Monday, December 17, 2018

Pierwalker Log: December 17, 2018

Writing start: 10:49 A.M.
Finish: 3:32 P.M.
Total new words (est.): 1300
Edited (est.): 4800


1. Failure: 800 new words
Notes: A huge rewrite of the latest chapter, one that I will continue tomorrow.

2. Book Three Melody: Off

3. Ant Story: Primary edit number five of chapter four
Notes: It goes to Kye tomorrow!

4. Fractalverse: Off

5. The Cheapery St. Heroes: Book Two: Third tertiary edit of the prologue

6. Rapscallion: Off

7. Gilligan: 500 new words
Notes: Trying to keep the weird real.

8. T-Bag: Off

Special: None

Extra notes: I live to be inspired, and to try to inspire others. That's pretty much it for me. At the bottom of my personal emails, below the signature line, is one of my all-time favorite quotes: "My business, my art, is to live my life." Michel de Montaigne, my namesake, said it.

It isn't a given, that business, that art. Most think it is. It takes great conscious effort and the willingness to go against the herd. No herd animal is living an artful or artistic life. Going along and getting along is, in reality, anti-artful, anti-artistic.

The human species is imperiling the planet by continued herdism. It's that simple. And terrifying.

I try to inspire others by my writing. I noticed long ago that it's my best means of communication. I was made to feel great shame about that growing up, and then as a young adult, but have since realized just how awful and dysfunctional my circumstances, and the people I knew back then, were. They were trying to shut me up and shut me down. Most of the time they succeeded.

I live to be inspired as well. My YouTube history is easy proof of that. The vast majority of it is inspirational scenes from movies and television, inspirational speeches, and inspirational music. I watch them again and again and again, never tiring of them, trying to "write" those scenes in my mind. I also, very cautiously, try to find more inspiration.

It's out there, but most of it has been suburbanized for easy consumption and digestion. It's why I avoided watching this video for months; I thought it would definitely fall into that category.

Since yesterday I've probably watched it half a dozen times or more. For those leery of clicking on a mystery link, it's a totally kickass metal cover of Frozen's "Let It Go."

That is one badass inspirational cover, don't you agree? Just friggin' outstanding in every single way. The singer is impressive as all hell, with a range that'll raise the hair on the back of your neck.

I live for shit like this. I really do. Now more than ever do we need artists like this, who put their very best out into the world, who fight the power curve, as I say, who truly go for it (as opposed to the suburban version of going for it, which is basically manufactured excitement akin to getting jacked up about a business copier or one's cog job), who defy conventions and expectations, who live/write/sing/paint/whatever their holy truth.

Like I said: I live to be inspired, and to try to inspire others.