|Kong Kong Int Airpor, early morning.|
Traveling again. After a year of turmoil, not all of my making (for a change), I’m headed on an extraordinary adventure, even by my standards (not a brag). I’m headed to Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam with my old pals from Intrepid. This isn’t your garden variety expedition. I’ll be backpacking it, with the only mod cons my laptop and smartphone. I’ll be staying with a family in the Cambodian jungle, traveling upriver on Halong Bay, traveling by overnight train, plane, motorbike, and who knows the what the hell else. I expect the food and drink to be spectacular, the people truly amazing , and the memories, unreal. I’m old enough to recall the Vietnam war and I worked side by side Vietnam vets in my early construction days. So it's a special trip. I'll also be collecting research material for a new Chase Baker novel. I’m writing this now at 1AM in the airport and looking forward to passing out on the plane which is a good thing since the first leg is 15 hours to Hong Kong.
Postscript: I've just landed in Kong Kong after the 15 hours flight. Three of the bathrooms were out of order, making it an especially grueling journey.
LIT WARNING: word up on the street is that publishers are now hiring sensitivity editors. God help us if books are about to be judged based on their political correctness. This is dangerous territory folks. Sensitivity editors are just a kinder, fuzzier way of describing censors. These people want to crush voices, not encourage creativity. Are we heading toward a Stalinesque future for the written word? Be careful how left you're willing to go. The void of freedom will be replaced at tyranny.
These are dangerous times for free thought, free speech (which is now officially being discouraged on college campuses), and free creative expression. If an editor chooses not to publish a novel of mine because it’s not sensitive to their particular political views, I should only be too happy for the privilege.