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Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Pierwalker Log: May 21, 2019

Writing start: 10:01 A.M.
Finish: 3:41 P.M.
Total new words (est.): 1000
Edited (est.): 8500
Tasks

1. Failure: 300 new words
Notes: Slow-going today.

2. Book Three Melody: Third primary edit of chapter fifteen

3. Angel: Book Three: 400 new words
Notes: Learning a little about Aldo's hosts.

4. Random Chance Book Two: Third primary edit of chapter two

5. Port Story: 300 new words
Notes: A nice thread here. I wonder where it will lead--?

6. Hidden Bookmarks: Off

7. Rumpel: Off

8. Zelena (Secondary Edit One): Off

Special Projects: None today

Extra notes: So Game of Thrones has apparently ended. There are, from all accounts, a few people upset with the ending.

We didn't watch a single episode of it. I'm sure it was good; Kye and I simply didn't want to pay for an HBO subscription in order to watch it. We try to stay fairly frugal, which forces us to get very picky about where our entertainment dollars go.

I remember when Lost ended, and the same hubbub erupted. Some felt that the show's ending sucked; I've even heard some high-profile people say it was the worst ending of a series in TV history.

But here's the thing: to me, that ending is one of the very best I have ever seen. I swear I shed tears every episode of the last season, and twice as much during the last two or three episodes. I absolutely love how the series ends, and I dearly hope the show's producers know that there are many out there who feel just like Kye and I do.

The thing is, negativity always wins in such situations. The complainers and the bitchers and the ne'er-do-wells always end up with the bigger megaphone, which distorts the truth about how the general population feels. They are almost always in the minority in terms of sheer numbers, but, in their bad behavior and frothing and fuming, "win the Internet," as it's said.

Negativity sells. It sells much, much better than positivity. Facecrotch knows this; so does the Orange Ass Boil and his pus-filled administration. Mark Zuckerberg and his corporate oligarchs know this; it's why social media refuses to change. Trolls make them money--ton$ and ton$ of it. The positive, the optimistic, the truth-tellers, the creators (in large part) can't compete. They aren't allowed to compete.

I do my best to ignore reviews of any kind before watching a movie or reading a book or beginning a TV series. Oh, many reviews will get through anyway; and for the most part, I can deal with them, good or bad. Game of Thrones had an enormous audience. If three percent of that audience decided they hated the ending, they will "win the Internet," leading the other ninety-seven percent to believe that most people hated it, too. It wouldn't be such a big deal if it didn't also affect whole democracies, which, as we all have since learned, have fallen victim to that distorting effect all over the world. It's now the favored tool of such tools like Putin and the Orange Ass Boil and their mindless, soulless supporters.

Lost's ending was one of the best in TV history. And I bet far more people feel that way than you think. Don't fall victim to the naysayers, GoT fans. Those who are piling on GoT right now never were fans in the first place.

One more thing. If you're the typical suburban, you watch or listen or read something one time and then move on. (This assumes that you read, which, let's be honest, you probably don't.) That makes you a fan of nothing, in truth, an imbecile for another, and a waster for a third. We've watched Lost six times now, and still find new things to love about it, while also showering love on those things that we fell in love with the first viewing.

Try to be an inch wide and a mile deep, skeeziks, instead of a mile wide and an inch deep. It's a far superior way to live life, and does far less damage to the planet, and the commonwealth, as a whole.



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