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Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Pierwalker Log: October 23, 2018

Writing start: 10:27 A.M.
Finish: 4:11 P.M.
Total new words (est.): 500
Edited (est.): 18800

Tasks

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

2. Book Three Melody: 500 new words
Notes: Slow going. I need to make sure the story is right.

3. Love Story: Primary edit number six of chapter three
Notes: Kye has it; I'll be taking a break from this project for a while.

4. Ant Story: Primary edit number six of chapter three
Notes: Kye has it. I'm looking forward to starting chapter four in a week!

5. Fractalverse: Read-through

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

7. Dread Pirate Roberts: Read-through

8. Firefly: Off

Special: None today

Extra notes: Dr. Who's "Rosa," which Kye and I watched last night, is now one of my all-time favorite Dr. Who episodes. It's moving, funny, inspirational, and I think firmly cements Jodie Whittaker's Doctor in the canon for all time. If you watch Dr. Who, don't miss that episode.

I've decided to quit the Dr. Who subreddit, by the way. Like so many forums or subreddits or whatever you might call them, it was ultimately way too full of snark and cynicism for me to continue. But that's what happens to open forums and comment strings and the like: they always fall prey to those diseases. It's why I don't open this blog to comments from non-members, and why I don't make TLCAC open as well. It's just not worth it.

It's probably a pipe dream, but one I refuse to let go of: maintaining and growing a small like-minded community of artists and the like, both here and at Reddit. On occasion I get a tiny nibble from someone, but inevitably they go away and I never hear from them again. It's always disappointing, but these days not nearly so affecting as it used to be for me. Small is out in this culture, don't you know? And people aren't nearly so eager to participate as they are to lurk and be passive. The consequences of that mindset, not-so-parenthetically, are now playing out in the disease of the Trump "presidency."

I'm very unlike those folks. I am not content with lurking and passivity. But I and those like me seem to be in the solid minority. And so I hold out slim hope of finding that community. That said, I won't give up, even if I never succeed.

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