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Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Pierwalker Log: May 8, 2018

Writing start: 9:33 A.M.
Finish: 2:15 P.M.
Total new words (est.): 1000
Edited (est.): 7700

1. Failure: Special read-through (Ch.10)
Notes: A second align edit on chapter ten. It may still have issues (almost certainly), but it may be enough for me to continue with the actual writing in chapter twenty. We'll see.

2. Book Three Melody: 700 new words
Notes: Looking for a possible ending to this chapter. It may require a re-write of the beginning of it.

3. Watson: Read-through

4. Love Story: Off

5. Ant story: 300 new words

6. Dread Pirate Roberts (2): Off

7. The Candle: Book edit ch.4
Notes: More polishing. Broke up some paragraphs.

8. T-Bag: Off till Saturday

Extra notes: A good day today. Not as stressful as the past week or so has been. A little more in the way of creativity waiting in the front of my brain.

Learning to slow down and take time with these projects is difficult. I constantly have to remind myself: I don't have a fan base. I don't have people clamoring for more Melody, or more fan fiction. No one cares about my new projects. I don't have a publisher breathing down my neck.

I'm going to go back to the attitude I had when I was writing Book One of Melody. I wasn't in a hurry then. The chapters came out of me at their own pace, and in their own time. I'd write or edit them on buses and trolleys as I went to see tutoring clients. I have great memories of those moments.

I have Kye and a handful of friends scattered here and there around the world. I have this image of Mom in my head. She smiles a lot at my creative efforts. And I have myself. Nothing has changed in fifteen years, and I expect it won't. The huge (for me) blast that occurred with my Cobra Kai review posted to Reddit is already gone. Nobody who visited the blog bothered looking through anything else. I didn't expect them to.

I've said it before, but it bears repeating: the value of attention is rising geometrically. But the quality of attention is declining, and at the same geometric rate. It's an unsustainable split, the consequences of which we are now dealing with on a vast social scale: despotism fueled by trolls, the degrading of democratic institutions, the evisceration of the planet via apathy and indifference, the eroding of education.

Reading requires high-quality attention. That's precisely what most refuse to give. What's incredible to me is how people refuse to connect the dots in seeing their part in the continued, now almost intractable, problems our world now faces as a direct result.