Saturday, November 3, 2018

Pierwalker Log: November 3, 2018

Writing start: 10:08 A.M.
Finish: 3:29 P.M.
Total new words (est.): 1400
Edited (est.): 4400

Tasks

1. Failure: 500 new words
Notes: Making sure the information I get down here is correct, for it's of universal importance to the story arc.

2. Book Three Melody: 600 new words
Notes: For an info dump, this isn't bad at all. I think I can really make this shine in the primaries.

3. Ant Story: Off

4. Fractalverse: Off

5. The Cheapery St. Heroes: Book Two: Fourth secondary edit of the prologue

6. Dread Pirate Roberts: Read-through of earlier chapter.

7. Firefly: 300 new words
Notes: Almost at a point where I can see a chapter end.

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: One of the best things about Cobra Kai, something I'm certain few people notice, is that it's a story told on a small canvas.

We're not talking about epic lives here--not at least in the sense that that word is commonly used or thought of in today's everything's-gotta-be-a-blockbuster world. It's about the lives of people in a relatively small part of the world--"the Valley," which is shorthand for Los Angeles' San Fernando Valley, where nearly two million people live.

Here a great conflict is being played out between two former boyhood karate champions. Now when I say "great" I'm not saying, "enormously encompassing, involving the whole country or world." It's a great conflict in the sense of its intensity, in the sense of its staying power--having to this point endured more than three decades--and in the energy that spills over from it to affect many other lives. And as far as "champions" goes, these are "All-Valley" champions, meaning that outside the Valley, few if anybody else probably knows about them.

Does that make the story less worthy? I'm certain for very many that it does. But they would be wrong.

Credit the show's writers in bringing to us ten episodes of highly engaging, deeply affecting characters and plots. By the time the All-Valley Under-18 Karate Tournament takes place in episode ten, you feel like it's the friggin' Super Bowl!

But it isn't. And I sincerely hope that the writers don't explode the small canvas in coming seasons in order to try to attract those out there who, under the sway of blockbusterism, refuse to view anything that doesn't involve exploding worlds and the lives of millions or billions of people. Like Kye said last night as we finished watching episode five (for the fifth or sixth time!): "The small matters."

Indeed, it does.


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