Nocturnal Lives

Musings from the mind of Amanda S. Green – Mother, Writer, Possessed by Cats

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Grab the popcorn

Novembers have always been interesting. There are the elections and all the related issues, some more “interesting” than others depending on the year. There is Thanksgiving. For writers, there’s NaNoWriMo. And that’s just to name a few. But now, on top of all that, there is the soap opera that is the NFL. More on that in a moment.

Let’s start with NaNo. I share my thoughts on it over at Mad Genius Club today. The short version is that NaNo can be a useful tool for writers. By setting a goal and having accountability, by telling the internal editor to stay silent for a month, a writer can get into the habit of writing. I know that sounds strange, but it is very easy to be pushed away form the writing habit by real life demands. NaNo can refocus the writing — if you let it.

This is where I grab the popcorn. Yesterday, I posted both here and at Victory Girls about the ongoing soap opera that is the NFL. Since then, things have only gotten worse — or better, depending on your point of view. Roger Goodell, NFL commissioner, wants $50 million as salary, more than $10 million above what he is currently making. He also wants a private jet for his personal use FOR LIFE. Add to that health insurance for his entire family FOR LIFE. I don’t know about you, but I’d love that sort of pay and benefits, especially if I ran a company that is in worse shape now than when I took it over.

Jerry Jones wants accountability. He says his demand is not personal toward Goodell but toward the office of the commissioner. He say the commissioner has too much power without enough checks and balances. From what I’ve seen over the last few years, I’d have to agree with him. And I don’t like Jones. For me to agree with him on anything takes a lot.

But Goodell and certain other owners don’t like it. Members of the committee responsible for negotiating the contract with Goodell have now served Jones with a cease and desist letter. Jones needs to shut up and play the good little owner or they might take action against him. They can fine him. They can suspend him. They can try to take his beloved Cowboys away from him.

Is there anyone who thinks this will end well for the league?

Yep, it is popcorn and beer time. If you need me, I’ll be over here, writing and waiting for the shoe to drop. If Goodell and company aren’t careful, they might find out that Jerry Jones isn’t just a nightmare but he is their worst nightmare. This is going to fun to watch, certainly more entertaining than the current season has been.

Are you kidding me?

Those of you who are regular readers know I usually start the morning with coffee — necessary to function — and checking the news. This morning, I turned on the local Fox affiliate. That isn’t the channel I usually watch for local news. I’ll be honest, one of the newsreaders drives me up the wall. But it was the only local news on at the time and I hadn’t seen anything but national news for a couple of days. Just as I was about to switch the TV off, the sportscast came on. The tease for it was enough to keep me watching. Oh. My. Ghu. If the sportscaster is right, we may be about to see the end of the NFL as we know it.

It is no surprise that the NFL is suffering a crisis right now. Viewership, especially of the Sunday and Monday night games is down, really down. That means advertising dollars are being impacted. Worse in a lot of ways, attendance at a number of games are down as well. As easy as it would be to say the trouble started with the National Anthem protests, it didn’t. The NFL’s long history of failing to deal with players who continually violate the drug policy, who have abused their spouses or women they were dating, and then of over-reacting when they finally realized the public had had enough started the decline. But the National Anthem protests by some players and the NFL’s failure to address it was the final straw for a number of fans.

Goodell can get up there and talk about how he wants to support his players and how this isn’t really a protest against the National Anthem but the average working person — the average fan — doesn’t buy it. After all, if they were to go out and do something that harmed their employer’s brand, they would be disciplined. Instead of seeing the NFL players facing any consequences for their actions, once again, they see a very different standard being applied.

And yet, Goodell and company continue to ignore the problem. Instead, they have worked with the various networks to make sure the players aren’t being shown being disrespectful of the Anthem. They are hoping for the “out of sight, out of mind” adage to become true. Except it isn’t going away and it won’t.

If that isn’t bad enough, it now seems that there are some NFL owners who are so out of touch with their fans, they think the way to deal with the controversy is to try to force Jerry Jones, owner of the Dallas Cowboys, out of the league. The Fox sportscaster this morning discussed the news circulating recently that a group of owners want to use the “nuclear option” in every owner’s contract when they buy a team. This option basically says that if a certain percentage of owners decide another owner is acting in a manner detrimental to the league, they can vote to force him or her to sell the team.

What is Jerry Jones’ sin? He isn’t backing off of his derision for the protests. Nor is he backing off his demand that Goodell should actually work AND accomplish things to move the league forward. In other words, he is listening to his fans and knows his money comes from them and not from the few players who want to make a political tatement at the beginning of a game. He knows that the head of the league should have the good of the entire league in mind when he acts and not the feelings of a few of the players.

If these owners are foolish enough to actually try to force Jones to comply with their BS demands, I hope they are ready for the fallout. For one, Jones isn’t going to go down without a fight and he will leave bodies, at least metaphorically speaking, in his wake. But that isn’t what they should fear. They should be trembling in their boots at the thought of how their actions will look to the fans, the people who buy tickets to the games, who buy their merchandise, who watch the games on TV and then buy products from sponsors. This action could very well tell the NFL fabric apart, leaving the league in tatters.

How long until these owners realize who has the real power here and it isn’t them and it isn’t the players. Those with the real power are the fans and they have already fired the warning shot. If the NFL under Roger Goodell continues on its current course, it will go down in flames and there is no guarantee it will rise from the ashes like a phoenix.

In the meantime, I’m enjoying the college football season and looking forward for baseball to return.

 

#Harvey,#Writing: On Writing and Harvey

This morning’s post will be short and sweet. Like many people around the country, especially here in Texas, my thoughts and prayers have been with all those impacted by Hurricane Harvey. The images coming out of the Houston area, as well as Louisiana, have driven home how truly minor so many of the problems we tend to complain about really are. That includes the occasional whining this author makes about her evil muse. The writing happens, whether it is what I want it to be about or not. I have a roof over my head and I can — and have — made contributions to the relief effort.

On the writing front, the expanded version of Vengeance from Ashes is almost finished. Unless something jumps out at me today, the final count of new chapters will rest at four. There have been some new scenes included as well. I haven’t done a final word count, but my guess today is that it will come in somewhere between 15,000 – 20,000 additional words. These additions don’t change the plot of the book — or the series — any. They do, however, add to the story and, I hope, make it better.

Hopefully, I’ll be sending the new version out to my beta readers this weekend.

On the Hurricane Harvey front, Harvey continues to wreak havoc on the country. There is the potential for flooding today going all the way up to Ohio. The Houston area continues to suffer flooding and other issues related to having too much water in too small an area. We are also starting to feel the related problems such a natural catastrophe can wreak on the rest of the state and country. Gas prices in the DFW area have jumped $0.20 or more per gallon. Some gas stations have already run out of fuel while others find their supplies being  rationed by the corporate offices.

As an example, the Quiktrip I usually patronize, especially if it is before dawn (this lot is very well lit), ran out of gas last night. The store I went to this morning was down to approximately 700 gallons and the lines were starting at most of the pumps. It won’t be long before it, too, is out of gas and they don’t know when they will get a new supply.

But higher gas prices aren’t the only new development on the Hurricane Harvey front. The Arkema SA chemical plant in Crosby suffered several explosions today. A crew had been left to monitor the plant but they had to be evacuated as the floodwaters rose. While the chemicals involved aren’t toxic, at least that is the last report I heard, they are irritants and some several people, including first responders, had been transported for treatment

There have been other, less serious ways, Hurricane Harvey has impacted the state. The preseason football game between the Cowboys and the Houston Texans has been canceled. The Texans had already been practicing in Frisco because they were unable to return home to Houston. The game had been moved here as well because of Harvey. However, when they got word yesterday (iirc) they could finally get home, the decision was an easy one for all involved. The game was cancelled so the team could finally be with their families and see what they were dealing with. I will say,

We have, as a friend said a few moments ago, an interconnected economy. That means the impact of Harvey is going to be felt in many ways — beef prices because of the number of cattle killed in the flooding, prices of foods made of various grains grown in Texas, prices of items that come into the Port of Houston (and other impacted ports) that have either been lost in the storm or couldn’t come ashore. The list goes on.

We will recover but it will take time. It will also take patience and understanding. Most of all, it will take hard work. So this morning, I’m saying an extra prayer that calm heads prevail and Mother Nature decides to give us a break for awhile.

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