Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Pierwalker Log: May 7, 2019

Writing start: 10:17 A.M.
Finish: 3:24 P.M.
Total new words (est.): 1500
Edited (est.): 6000

1. Failure: 700 new words
Notes: One of my all-time-favorite heroes is about to get some well-earned glory.

2. Book Three Melody: 300 new words
Notes: A section I have thought about for a long, long time is coming up.

3. Angel: Book Three: Off

4. Random Chance Book Two: Read-through of chapter two

5. LOTR: Primary edit number two of chapter seven

6. Port Story: 500 new words
Notes: Very slow-going, but good.

7. Hidden Bookmarks: Off

8. Rumpel: Off till next Tuesday

Special Projects: Work on "Looking Out Her Bedroom Window"

Extra notes: A minor heat-wave is coming in Thursday, so Kye and I have decided to postpone our travel plans that day until October. We've got our dorky little dork to think about, after all, and the thought of her suffering in an RV with temperatures likely racing into the low 100s is not a good one. This rig just soaks up the sun--which is great when it's cold out. Not so great when temperatures head into the 80s, as are projected Thursday into Friday. So we're home both days, which means I'll post more than my fractal art Thursday and Friday.


We watched Knock Down the House last night on Netflix. If I could give it six stars out of five, I would. It's inspiring and moving and gives me hope, however feeble it may be, that all is not lost in this country.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's meteoric rise to prominence is told here: how she got elected to the US House of Representatives. Three other women's stories are told; all three would fail in their bids. But to paraphrase AOC, a hundred folks have to try for one to get through. So true.

You get a firsthand look at how rigged the system is in this documentary. You really see how bad it is, which makes AOC's success that much more remarkable. She's a shining star of decency that managed to get elected to a gigantic, festering cesspool of indecency--the United States Congress. Since then she has let her freak fly, going after bank executives and climate denialists alike, and doing so with great poise and substance. It's no wonder she has more than four million followers on Twitter alone. She's exactly what is needed if the United States, not to mention the planet itself, is to survive.

The punditry of this nation is as hateful a group as currently exists, and is in no small part responsible for the mess we're in. None of them gave her a chance to win against one of the worst establishment Democrats ever to sit in Congress, Joe Crowley. But she beat his ass handily, and nowhere did anyone see a single apology or retraction from those pundits. Which is why, time and again, I call for Americans to stop reading or watching or listening to mainstream media sources. They have a vested interest in our self-destruction, for it brings them higher ratings and bigger profits. People like AOC are anathema to them, which is why so many have turned their vitriol on her. She's a threat to them--and rightly so.

A Second American Revolution must occur if we are to survive. I mean this quite literally. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is the kind of warrior we need; and we need many, many more of her kind to step up, to break down those toxic walls and to flush out that fucking cesspool.

Here's to AOC! Here's to the Revolution!