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Thursday, November 15, 2018

Pierwalker Log: November 15, 2018

Writing start: 10:20 A.M.
Finish: 2:42 P.M.
Total new words (est.): 500
Edited (est.): 14900


1. Failure: Off

2. Book Three Melody: Primary edit number one of chapter twelve
As an "info dump" chapter, it's pretty damn good.

3. Ant Story: Read-through

4. Fractalverse: Off

5. The Cheapery St. Heroes: Book Two: Off

6. Dread Pirate Roberts: Off

7. Firefly: 500 new words
Notes: Finished! I'll start the primaries Saturday!

8. Rapscallion: Read-through
Notes: I think I'll be reading through the first two chapters here (the only ones written so far) until I have a solid feel for where the story wants to go next. It may take a few cycles before I get there.

Special: None today

Extra notes: I watched a great interview of Seth Godin on Chase Jarvis yesterday. If you're a creator of any kind, I highly recommend it.

I've read Godin's blog for many years now. It's the only blog I've ever kept up with. His ideas, his wisdom, his advice ... all of it resonates with me. He just released a new book; I'm hoping Kye buys it for me for Christmas.

Being an artist is tougher than ever in this blockbuster culture. The Internet was supposed to make it much easier to be one; instead it has made it damn near impossible. It wiped out the "middle class" of many artistic pursuits, be it music or writing or photography. Godin doesn't go into that reality here; what he does is encourage artists to go for the "SVP"--the Smallest Viable Population. Instead of laboring to create art for a mass audience, go for the small, he advises. Try to delight just a few. If you can manage that, over time your audience will grow, because delighted folks tend to share with their friends and families that which delighted them. That's true.

Facebook and Twitter and the rest of the Social Media Disease has made visibility and connection and the ability to make a living off your art much, much more difficult. Their algorithms are specifically designed to shut out the small and enrich a tiny elite. That's the wisdom from one of the Internet's founders, Jaron Lanier. So my task last night was taking what Godin was saying in his interview and reconciling it with Lanier's proclamations. It turned out to be a much bigger task than one night could handle, so I'm going to give myself many days and nights to think about it.

I'm extraordinarily fortunate: Kye supports me and my efforts. We live very simply and frugally, and that helps too. Our life would probably bore the vast majority of you to tears. We like saving money and living creatively, as opposed to consumptively and compulsively. The Newest Big Thing rarely appeals to us.

(That said, we will be seeing Fantastic Beasts tomorrow. As I said--rarely. Not never. Rarely.)

I put every ounce of love and attention I can into my work each and every day. I have faith that that will pay off someday--both for my art, and for the simple life Kye and I share.