Monday, October 22, 2018

Pierwalker Log: October 22, 2018

Writing start: 10:07 A.M.
Finish: 3:29 P.M.
Total new words (est.): 700
Edited (est.): 20800

Tasks

1. Failure: Primary edit number four of chapter twenty-one

2. Book Three Melody: 700 new words
Notes: Telling a story within a story is always a challenge.

3. Love Story: Primary edit number five of chapter three

4. Ant Story: Primary edit number five of chapter three
Notes: Both Love Story and Ant Story go to Kye tomorrow!

5. Fractalverse: Off

6. The Cheapery St. Heroes: Book Two: Third secondary edit of chapter one

7. Dread Pirate Roberts: Off

8. Firefly: Read-through

Special: None today

Extra notes: I think, ultimately, that all the doomsaying about reading and book readership will prove false.

Reading has never been a big pastime. Historically, only a tiny percentage of any literate general population has ever read out of habit and pleasure. I think what's going to happen with video and virtual reality and podcasts and movies and television will be ... well, basically, nothing. That same tiny percentage will probably remain fairly static regardless. That's my prediction.

Reading requires concentration, attention, time, and the willingness to learn. It's a very complex process that, let's be frank, very few ever bother with when they are not required. But such has always been so, even when efforts are made to boost literacy and readership by providing the science of all its benefits. The hard fact is this: the vast majority of any general population will almost always find something better to do--or, at least, what they consider better. (It very well may not be.)

As an unknown author, only a tiny handful of readers will ever discover me. That is to say, only a tiny handful of people who are already part of a tiny handful will ever discover me. But I won't join with so many others, who, because of advancing technology, portend the end of reading. It won't happen. A bestseller in the United States, just to remind you, is a book which sells at least fifty thousand copies.

Think about that for a second. Fifty thousand. That's it. The US has around three hundred thirty million people in it. In other words, a book is a bestseller in the US if fifteen one thousandths of one percent actually buy it! As a road to fame and fortune, it's a pretty stupid strategy.

I'm not after fame and fortune. I write because that's what I know I am supposed to do while on this Earth. If I can delight and change a handful of readers--who represent a tiny percentage of the general population--that's good enough for me. Books aren't going anywhere. And neither is that tiny percentage.

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