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Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Pierwalker Log: October 24, 2018

Writing start: 10:10 A.M.
Finish: 2:58 P.M.
Total new words (est.): 400 + new poem
Edited (est.): 7000

Tasks

1. Failure: Primary edit number six of chapter twenty-one
Notes: Kye has it now!

2. Book Three Melody: Off

3. Ant Story: Off till 10/31

4. Fractalverse: New poem
Notes: Verse about the end of democracy and the slime eager to make it happen.

5. The Cheapery St. Heroes: Book Two: Third secondary edit of chapter three

6. Dread Pirate Roberts: 400 new words
Notes: I will take an extra day to read the previous chapter to make sure I've got the details right.

7. Firefly: Read-through

8. Rapscallion: Off till 11/7
Notes: I'm eager to get back to this project, which I haven't looked at in a dog's age!

Special: None today

Extra notes: Pipe bombs sent to prominent Democrats, and what is CNN's headline? "Pipe bombs target US politicos, media." That's what is called "fair and balanced," apparently.

If they had been sent to Republicans, the headline would instantly reflect it, of course: "Pipe bombs target GOP."

Words matter. "Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words can never hurt me" is a bunch of horseshit. Language is, and will always remain, humanity's greatest weapon. The problem is, the US media is sold-out and rapacious, ever eager to stoke the fires, ever ready to promote the fascism that is engulfing the United States as I write this. "Fair and balanced" simply does not exist, at least from mainstream sources.

I quit another subreddit today. It doesn't matter which one. More and more am I convinced that private forums and the like are really the only way to go. Social media, at least in its current form, is a disease. It really is. I use it to promote my works; when I attempt to use it, as I did for the subreddit in question, as a way of sharing the joy I feel over one of my favorite television shows, it inevitably becomes toxic and useless. I very rarely speak up on such forums or comment strings; when I do it's usually because I am moved to great anger over that toxicity, or the idiocy of members, etc. Bottom line: it's never worth it, that anger. It's never worth it to comment; it's never worth it to try to make a difference in such digital spaces.

Social media is designed for negativity, not positivity. I strongly recommend this interview with Jaron Lanier if you aren't convinced. Who is he? Take the time to find out for yourself.

That's the other problem with social media. It promotes and promulgates sloth. You expect me to hand you all the answers. You expect me to take the time to link you completely up so that you don't have to go hunting around for yourself. You expect me to hold your hand and baby you to the dinner table. Well, fuck that. And if you don't like it, fuck you, too!

This blog is growing ever so slowly. It's in its second year, which, as I understand it, is when most people who own blogs abandon them. Getting a readership of any size takes a great deal of time--from what I've researched, at least five years, and that's assuming you're consistent with it, and timely, and devoted. It's my digital base. Someday I will have that private little community, and it will be based here. Here will be a safe oasis of sanity and decency amid the madness.



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