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June 2019 – The Emperor

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Well, we are six months into 2019. The 6th card I drew for the year is The Emperor. This is a card that portends guidance, protection, and advice from a father figure.

A Little Non-Feminist Feminist Rant

I have been thinking about men in society a lot given my background and the current political climate where awful phrases like “toxic masculinity” are tossed about.

I am an independent woman who has worked in a male-dominated field (software engineering) my entire adult life. I raised a daughter on my own. I have no male partner in my life. I don’t want one. That has nothing to do with my gender. I am happy being single and was miserable married.

I remember being told to shut-up as a young girl because the men were talking. I was told I was not given a middle name because I could use my surname as a middle name when I got married. When I was coming up, the society around me screamed that as a woman, I literally had ZERO value if I did not get married.

So I get why so many women are pissed off at the “patriarchy”. It is an unhealthy environment that casts women as property for the sole purpose of sex and reproduction. For thousands of years of history, in all corners of the world, women have been less-valued than men. That must stop.

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People matter. We all do. Regardless of gender, race, ideology. We matter, each and every one of us. We all make choices that lighten or darken the world. Some make no choices at all which allows the status quo to continue for good or ill.  So I have no problem with the male in general. I even welcome the support, guidance, and protection of men. It is when they become tyrants we have a problem, but June brought the Emperor upright and not in reverse.

Moving On

I look forward to June. I have made great progress on the book. With the Champions League and the EPL on hiatus until August, I have less distractions from my final push to put this book to rest and get on with the next eleven. Yes, I started writing eleven other books during the last three years while writing this one. Another reason, this is taking so long.

The end of an Era

images-2Game of Thrones came to an end in May 2019. Lots of fans were disappointed. The final season felt rushed to a conclusion that satisfied few. However, for myself, I think that it came to an end was what tore me up.  Game of Thrones is undoubtable the greatest television show so far. It drew in millions of viewers, invested them in the complex and difficult characters that spoke so loudly to our humanity. While I will miss the show, miss trying to figure out what happens next, I so look forward the George RR Martin finishing his books. Let’s see which one of us gets there first. Shall we?

Miracles in May

A unseasonably hot May has ended after a series of triumph and a miracle.  I wake to June with Liverpool as European Champions. Miracles do happen. Recall that when I entered May, Liverpool had a 3-0 deficit to cover in order to get to the Champions League final. They did so with a miracle at Anfield. I took a great deal of inspiration from that night.

May 7, 2019 is one of those days I will remember forever. Yes, I am obsessed with Liverpool and really the English Premier League. There is something there that men from literally every corner of the globe can come together, united by purpose, put their differences aside and create emotion like this. Note at the end of the evening, when Liverpool has done the impossible, the crowd singing to them and the players singing back to the crowd “You Will Never Walk Alone”. This is the stuff of hope and dreams.

3 thoughts on “June 2019 – The Emperor

  1. I totally agree with you that women are equal. But I heartily disagree with the term “male toxicity” and strongly feel we are tipping too far the other way. I have two teen sons and hearing them speak about themselves and their place in society is sad. Not all men are toxic and raising our next generation of men to feel the way we did growing up is plain wrong. *stepping off soapbox*

    Good luck with the final push on your book!

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    1. Yeah, I hate the term “toxic masculinity”. I find it appalling and damaging to society. I worry about my nephew and the eggshells of political correctness he must navigate. I also worry that terms like that have damaged my daughter’s relationships with men. Humans always go too far one direction or the other, don’t we? It seems too much to ask that we all simply treat each other with respect and live and let live. Ok, I should probably break down my soap box for fire wood or something.

      How is your book coming along? The last push for me seems the hardest because now we are in the dark pit of continuity issues. But that’s what I get for thinking, hey epic fantasy, it’ll be fun.

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      1. Slowly *sad face*. This year has been a crazy roller coaster I would just like to get off. I’m trying really hard to rearrange life so things settle again. But I recently took a weekend with 2 friends to go on a writing retreat and that was awesome so I am hoping it was the push I needed to get this rewrite finished. So glad mine isn’t an epic fantasy *grin*. Having fun yet 😉

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