Saturday, February 23, 2019

Pierwalker Log: February 23, 2019

Writing start: 10:22 A.M.
Finish: 3:01 P.M.
Total new words (est.): 800
Edited (est.): 8500 + 6 poems

1. Failure: 500 new words
Notes: Writing something that is both campy and deeply touching is very difficult to do well.

2. Book Three Melody: 300 new words
Notes: Very slow-going. I need to get this chapter right: precise, perfect tone, perfect pace.

3. Ant Story: Read-through of chapter five

4. Fractalverse V5: Third tertiary edit of the third set of six poems

5Rapscallion: Read-through of chapter one

6. LOTR: Read-through of chapter six

7. Angel: Book Three: Off till 2/27

8. T-Bag: Off

Special Projects:  Work on "Becoming"

Extra notes: Kye and I saw the final installment of How to Train Your Dragon yesterday, on our day off. There is much to recommend it, to be sure; but there is more, in our opinion, that doesn't. If you are a typical suburban, with typical suburban values, you'll love it. Right now on Rotten Tomatoes it has an audience score of 89% and a critics' score of 91%, so it's a sure bet that our opinion on the film is in the distinct minority.

What is that opinion? Well, the truth is, I've had a very strong week of writing and do not relish the idea of writing any more; at least not right now. What I've got to say about the film and its message would easily take up 2K or more words, which would eat up another couple hours of my day, and would probably be read by no more than a handful of you.

So I'll make you a deal. You go see the movie for yourself, then come back here, to this post (which you'll have bookmarked) and comment on it, on what you think, given the other two films, you think the message in the third one is, and if it doesn't completely clash with the messages of the first two films, especially in matters of nonconformity and following one's true path, true family, and friendship (the most important value). If any of you do that, I'll respond and we can have a dialogue. If no one does, then I am excused from any further commitment in commenting about the franchise.

Suffice it to say that you'll find that message nowhere in any of my work. As in nowhere. In fact, you'll find the very opposite message, and very loudly and proudly stated again and again and again, both verbally and, more importantly, in the actions of the characters I write about.

I hope you have a lovely, restful, and peaceful Sunday.