All my ROW80 progress this week (other people’s) seems to be tied up with fear in some way.
Firstly, I finished reading Nineteen Eighty-Four on Monday evening. It was a lot easier to read the last third of the book, I think because the suspense of waiting for Winston to be captured was finally resolved.
I started reading it because I was worried about surveillance, but the frightening part was the idea of a dystopia as a kind of superorganism, which makes every member (even leaders) unhappy just for the sake of perpetuating the broken government.
I don’t think I’m explaining it very clearly. But it did inspire me to write a sonnet about something similar.
My second sonnet of the week was after I learned about Heartbleed, which could let a lot of websites that should have been secure get hacked. Think about all the money that goes through secure websites, and you see the problem.
But I must have thought about it a bit too long, because I tried to write a reasonably hopeful sonnet, and it ended up being about the end of the world.
On the bright side, I got my two sonnets done. :-)
Good luck and happy writing!