I'm finding it increasingly hard to stay positive. About anything.
Yesterday, I started out the day reading that the unvaccinated should be lined up in front of a pit and shot. Followed that up with the suggestion that all self-published authors are SCABS and are taking food out of the mouths of the traditionally published. Later came the news that studies show no one likes ebooks. And then another zippy note that the unvaccinated should be tied to a hill and left in the sun along with a suggestion that eugenics is a good idea when it comes to the UV.
I keep hearing the refrain 'if only everyone would get vaccinated, we could return to normal'. Umm... I don't think the people tweeting as if this was the late 1930s and the UV were Jews will let anything return to normal. Ever. But they're happy to let you believe that if everyone simply complies, we can have all our rights back. (As if rights are trading cards they can give and take at their leisure.) They like the new normal. It gives them power.
As for the suggestion self-pubs are stealing from trad-pubs by their mere existence... Umm, yeah, right. Here's the deal... traditional published authors have the weight of their publishers behind them with all the money, and therefore marketing, that comes along with that. If people are choosing to read self-published books instead, perhaps the trad-pubs need to turn their lens inward. Write better books. Price them so they're more in line with what the common man can afford. Be flawless in your editing. Tada, you sell more books.
And the other thing... It's a non-issue. This isn't the first time there's been a study that 'shows' people don't like ebooks. They're put out by the people who have hardcopies for sale that they can't sell at the price they want and they're trying to convince people to eschew the evil ebook so they can make up the money they've already invested plus a profit. Look at the sales numbers for ebooks. I haven't seen them in a while, but I assume ebooks are selling fine - especially for the self-published (whose numbers are never included in these studies.)
Not sure what's going to happen down the road. I don't want to look down the road at this point. Give me today. I can deal with today. I can maybe deal with next week. Farther than that? It's a crapshoot with loaded dice.
Speaking of next week, it's Wish in One Hand's birthday, so I made it free for five days. That's about all I can do to try and combat this negativity. One little thing at a time. One tiny pebble moved from beneath the landslide so I can breathe.