Writing start: 10:43 A.M.
Finish: 3:50 P.M.
Total new words (est.): 900
Edited (est.): 4800 + 6 poemsTasks
1. Failure: Read-through of chapter twenty-five
2. Book Three Melody: 400 new words
Notes: True villains are always two-dimensional and boring. That's what embracing evil does to a person--it removes an entire dimension.
3. Fractalverse V5: Stage two edit of the third set of six poems
4. Rapscallion: Off
5. Angel: Book Three: Read-through of chapter one
6. T-Bag: Primary edit number six of chapter four
Notes: It's posted! Enjoy!
Notes: It's been a year since I've added to this fan-fic. I'm stoked to finally get back to it!
8. Random Chance: off till Monday
Special Projects: Transcribing Montaigne: day 3 of 3
Extra notes: The equinoxes (vernal, autumnal), as well as the solstices (summer, winter) are very important dates to me. They have been for decades, even when I was a young boy. Even over regular, "human" holidays like Christmas or Easter, or President's Day, or whatever, the changes of the season feel more important--at an instinctive, gut level. I don't know where that came from, but it has been with me almost my entire life.
What's very, very cool for me is that on the equinoxes, the sun sets directly over the Imperial Beach Pier, perfectly centered. I can't help but believe that its designer did that intentionally, but I wouldn't be surprised if it wasn't. Happy accident or not, going to the Pier on those days was always a powerful experience for me. Now, living more than a thousand miles north, my spirit is back there today.
To my northern hemisphere readers: Happy Spring!
To my southern hemisphere readers: Happy Fall!
Speaking of the Pier, Book Three of Melody is coming along nicely. I'm fourteen chapters in with probably thirty or so to go yet; I've completed two illustrations for it, with maybe three to go. It's an inspirational read, and one with tons of description porn throughout. The chapters are long--I believe the average is around 7K words, meaning I've probably already written almost a hundred thousand words.
I don't know if any of you have read Melody, or are a fan of it or its sidestories, but it is, ultimately, why I get up in the morning. Don't get me wrong: I love my other works too. Very, very dearly. But Melody and the Pier to Forever was the story that gave me the courage to finally abandon a false life and fully embrace a new one--an honest one; a true one. One filled with faith, love, and authentic courage. It has been anything but an easy path, but I didn't expect the path to get easier. In fact, I knew it would get much, much harder. Jesus himself warned that it would happen:
Enter by the narrow gate.For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leadeth to suffering,and those who go through it are many.But the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leadeth to true life,and those who find it are few.
Very far from a religious verse (despite what many Christians try to do with it, mangling its meaning in the process), this is both powerful advice and a warning for those who insist on living their lives as they feel they were put on Earth to do, who insist on being true to themselves and their inner callings and desires, who insist on not giving their beings away in order to satisfy societal expectations of them.
Melody gave me the courage to finally take that advice fully into my heart and begin living it full-time each and every day.
On this spring equinox, I hope you find such courage and joy too.