Wrote late into the evening about the VP pick. Should you wish, you can read it over yonder.

I have to say, though, I’m feeling some mild relief that Biden announced Kamala Harris last night and not just because I think the ticket is probably the strongest that Democrats could field from those running. I predicted the Biden/Harris ticket over two years ago, though these things are rarely remembered unless you get them wrong. It’s why it’s probably dumb to make predictions…

I’m not necessarily saying the ticket is perfect but for the purpose of this coming election, I think it can hurt Trump in the places that matter. It will quickly become a cliché to say it’s a safe choice but it really is. Given how the Democrats might have thought Trump so unpopular that they could run anybody – the thought of a Sanders/Warren ticket causes real mental pain – it’s somewhat reassuring when pragmatics win the day. It’s as though Biden really is in this race to win it.

The Pence/Harris debates will certainly be watchable, speaking as they will to two quite diverse demographics. I just can’t see how Harris doesn’t beat a religous zealot with his tongue so far up Trump’s arse that he’s polishing the backs of the Donald’s eyeballs. Trump/Biden I’m not so sure about. I doubt if either can do or say much that will shift the needle. Votes for Biden will often be votes against Trump, votes for Trump will be votes for Trump. I don’t see how a few weeks of campaigning will change people’s perceptions of the incumbent after three and a half years of borderline (real and figurative) madness.

Today… Well, I guess it’s another hot day and I’ll continue to struggle. It’s the humidity I particularly hate. I think maybe it’s a symptom of a really strange year but my ability to concentrate hasn’t been as good, my moods slightly more frayed the past few months. I’m eager to start a new project but I also can’t rush it. Until the idea comes to me, I’m without a good idea, but the things that usually spark good ideas are things in the real world, which I’d come across in the normal course of life.

I’ve also been watching a lot of videos online about drawing and art. They probably hinder more than they help. I should probably stop. So many rules, so many techniques, so many things to remember: it’s easy to be put off from creating anything. There’s a good argument to be made that I should just relax, go do something else for a while, and just follow my instincts. Some things are better if they’re not forced and that’s certainly true of ideas. Good ones are skittish and need to be approached slowly.

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Why Dunciad.com?

It’s a cool domain name and it was available. Yes, I know. Available. Crazy, isn’t it?


Yes. It also helps that it’s also my favourite satire written by Alexander Pope, one of the most metrically pure English poets who also knew his way around a crude insult or two. If you’ve not read it, you should give it a try.

So this is satire, right?

Can’t deny it. There will be some. But it’s also an experiment in writing and drawing, giving work away for free in order to see how many people are willing to support a writer doing his thing. It’s the weird stuff that I wouldn’t get published elsewhere in this word of diminishing demands and cookie-cutter tastes.