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Monday, April 1, 2019

Pierwalker Log: April 1, 2019

Writing start: 10:57 A.M.
Finish: 3:37 P.M.
Total new words (est.): 0
Edited (est.): 11700
Tasks

1. Failure: Read-through of chapter twenty-five

2. Book Three Melody: Primary edit number two of chapter fourteen

3. Rapscallion: Off

4. Angel: Book Three: Off

5. Rumpel: Read-through of chapter three

6. Random Chance: Read-edit of chapter three (Book One)

7. LOTR: Off

8. Port Story: Off till 4/22

Special Projects: Transcribing Montaigne: 1/3; work on "Looking Out Her Bedroom Window"

Extra notes: The results of week two of my presidential horse race are posted below. Week one can be found here.

I've decided to make this a weekly event. I'm interested in tracking candidates, making notes, seeing what I like and what I don't, keeping up with the news regarding each, and so on.

There has been a change this week from last. Here, in order of preference, are my favorite candidates for president.

1. Elizabeth Warren
2. Cory Booker
3. Kamala Harris
4. Beto O'Rourke

Pete Buttigieg, who was number two last week, has fallen off completely due to his ridiculous comments regarding Hillary Clinton and her campaign, which, as we all know, was entirely successful, but was upended by an illegitimate and cheating campaign by Trump and his Russian accomplices. Clinton, I'd like to remind Buttigieg and his campaign, won the popular vote by more than three million votes. Her campaign was entirely effective.

Warren, who was first place last week, remains so this week. She's got good, detailed plans, is passionate and inspiring, is taking no PAC money or corporate money, and has the wisdom and experience necessary to lead this country. In my view, to this point she has run a flawless campaign.

Booker wasn't even on this list last week. But his recent campaign comments, especially about confronting the NRA and about religion, both his personally and the warping of the New Testament by evangelicals, has definitely got my attention.

Harris remains strong, especially regarding her stance on teachers and the need to pay them significantly more; about Mueller and the myriad investigations still ongoing concerning the Orange Ass Boil; and about LGBTQ+ rights. Like Warren, Harris is a Woman With a Plan; and I find myself liking her more and more.

Beto O'Rourke is in fourth, but barely so. It's great to be a rock star, Beto, but let's get serious here and like Warren, like Harris, drop the decibels a little and raise the discourse some. Okay? You're giving far too many generalities; and your wishy-washy response to whether ICE should be abolished (it absolutely should be) is, to put it mildly, troubling.

I'll post another edition of my Top Four Presidential Candidates next week.

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For those of you who still don't know, I released Fractalverse: Volume Five this weekend! Check it out!

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We're going to see Shazam this Friday. When I was a kid, Shazam was my favorite superhero, even over Batman and Superman. We still haven't seen Captain Marvel; we'll probably wait to catch it when it comes out on Netflix. There are many sexist comments regarding Shazam with respect to Captain Marvel, who at one point were one and the same superhero. Captain Marvel is, properly, female in the latest installment, which has led to ... Well, just read the comments--and try not to despair too much over humanity.

A few nights ago we watched Wonder Woman, which is, to my view, still the high bar when it comes to superhero films. I'm not a fan of the genre in general, so if a superhero film actually manages to capture my attention, that's saying something. I'm excited but also trepidatious about Shazam. If the film can capture Billy Batson's humanity; if it can stay humble and grounded like Wonder Woman; if it can tell a compelling, tightly written story; if it doesn't overwhelm me with CG special effects; if it offers even half the excellent sets and scenes as Wonder Woman; if the soundtrack is even a fourth as good ... well, I'll be duly impressed.

Have a nice Monday evening, folks.


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