Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Pierwalker Log: December 5, 2018

Writing start: 11:00 A.M.
Finish: 3:14 P.M.
Total new words (est.): 800 + new poem to blog
Edited (est.): 7100 + 6 poems in FVerse: 5

Tasks

1. Failure: 300 new words
Notes: Now we finally come to it--the beginning of the end. Epic as hell.

2. Book Three Melody: Off till 12/13

3. Ant Story: 500 new words
Notes: A discussion of individuality and free will.

4. Fractalverse: Primary edits of the first six poems

5. The Cheapery St. Heroes: Book Two: Second Tertiary Edit of chapter two

6. Dread Pirate Roberts: Primary edit number two of chapter six (2nd Adventure)

7. Rapscallion: Read-through of chapter three

8. Gilligan: Off

Special: New poem posted to blog

Extra notes: It's an interesting thing: from birth we are basically programmed to try to be as popular as possible. We are taught that if we don't fit in, that we risk social rejection and isolation. And so we go through life working as hard as we can to be as popular as we can to as many people as we can. In reality, that's the primary occupation in life of the vast, vast majority of us, regardless of wherever that pursuit may lead us, into whatever niche we end up.

The Internet was supposed to "democratize" everything. But it really didn't. It just took that primary occupational pursuit to an instant, digital, worldwide stage. It put that pursuit on steroids, in actuality.

This year for me has been a steady awakening to blockbusterism and blockbuster culture, as well as a steady honing of who this blog is actually for. It isn't for the masses. Neither are my published works. I spent three hours early this morning thinking about this. I couldn't get back to sleep because of it. Seth Godin says the bell curve of people's interests is "dissolving"-it's flattening as folks realize that it's okay to pursue interests and jobs outside what was once considered "normal." I agree: I think that's true. What's also true, unfortunately, is that the pursuit of popularity within each of those interests has ramped up to an insane degree; and because of how the Internet and social media in particular are set up, only the most popular, the most visible in each niche can make anything close to a decent living. As the bell curve has flattened, the power curves of each niche have spiked and gotten much more severe.

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