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Thursday, April 25, 2019

Pierwalker Log: April 25, 2019

Writing start: 9:57 A.M.
Finish: 3:05 P.M.
Total new words (est.): 800
Edited (est.): 12500
Tasks

1. Failure: Primary edit number five of chapter twenty-five

2. Book Three Melody: 600 new words
Notes: I have, as with all the other novels in Melody, fallen in love with this one. This one is particularly special, as I have waited for so long--nearly 15 years--to write it.

3. Angel: Book Three: Primary edit number six of chapter one
Notes: Kye has it!

4. Rumpel: Primary edit number three of chapter three

5. Random Chance: Read-through of chapter two of Book Two
Notes: I haven't looked at this chapter in nearly two years. I thought at the time that I would have to delete all of it and start over, but I really don't think so. It's quite good, all told; and in truth I need a few more plot points and I can begin the primaries on it.

6. LOTR: Off

7. Port Story: Off

8. Hidden Bookmarks: 200 new words
Notes: This is going to be slow, but I believe it'll be quite good in the end and worth the effort. I've been thinking about this project for at least 2 years. I was quite nervous to get her off the ground.

Special Projects: Transcribing Montaigne day 3/3.

Extra notes: Two more episodes of Cobra Kai (3 & 4). Two great episodes. I'm so impressed with the writers of this show. They really have brought to life a tremendous story. I know I've really fallen in love with a story when I find myself thinking about it hours later. Cobra Kai has achieved that mark with ease.

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Here's a link to a great old Seth Godin post: "Greatest hits are exhausting."

The entire thing (it's quite short) is a money quote, but here's an appetizer:

The web has pushed us to read what everyone else is reading, the hit of the day. But popular isn't the same as important. Popular isn't the same as profound. Popular isn't even the same as useful.

I'll never make the New York Times bestseller list. This blog will likely never appeal to a mass audience or even be noticed by all that many. It's unlikely I'll ever make much money as a writer (year-to-date total: $10.61); and it's unlikely I'll ever find a "tribe" or "community" through my work. I've struggled with those likely realities more times than I can tell you, and I still occasionally struggle with them. It's been a fifteen-year-long desert, and there is no end in sight to it.

But you know what? Deserts can be quite beautiful. And this one at points has been astonishingly so.

I hope you have a great weekend.

Cobra Kai, baby!


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