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Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Pierwalker Log: July 2, 2019

Writing start: 10:05 A.M.
Finish: 4:22 P.M.
Total new words (est.): 900
Edited (est.): 5400
Tasks

1. Failure: Sixth primary edit of the epilogue
Notes: The writing of this novel is officially over. (Yay!) I'll take the rest of the month off in order to rest up and gear up for the deep edits, which will be, I suspect, quite challenging. Possible release date--early summer next year? We'll see.

2. Book Three Melody: Read-through of chapter sixteen

3. Angel: Book Three: 400 new words
Notes: Maybe this could be likened to a spiritual Josey Wales.

4. Random Chance Book Two: Off

5. Port Story: 200 new words
Notes: Describing this village is difficult for some reason.

6. Hidden Bookmarks: Off

7. LOTR: 300 new words
Notes: I love my Krapp.

8. T-Bag: Off till 7/8

Special Projects: None today

Extra notes: Last Friday we saw Toy Story 4. It's excellent. The writers of the final installment of How to Train Your Dragon could have learned a thing or twenty from Toy Story's writers.

If it's still in Brookings this Friday we'll go see it again.

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Other media we've enjoyed recently include Yellowstone, starring Kevin Costner. We watched the pilot episode just last week. It's a compelling series, beautifully shot; but the characters are hard to love or even like, with maybe a couple of exceptions. I bought The Man They Wanted Me To Be by Jared Yates Sexton, an intimate and hard-nosed look into what Sexton calls "toxic masculinity," the characteristics and symptoms of which fit most of the characters of Yellowstone to a fucking T.

I was raised in a very similar culture to Sexton's, and one not too dissimilar from that depicted in Yellowstone. Many of our society's problems have deep roots in toxic masculinity, including the great Orange Ass Boil in Donald Trump, his vile cabal, and his supporters.

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More media. We're just about to watch the last released episode of The Expanse, which we've looped through twice now.

If you haven't watched this series, you're seriously missing out. In my opinion, it ranks up there with Battlestar Galactica in the television pantheon of great science fiction. The writing is superb, the acting too; and the special effects and sets are mind-boggling.

Production on the fourth season of The Expanse began clear back in October. Here's to hoping that at least a trailer will be released soon!

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Finally ... yet more media. I'm putting together another Spotify playlist, this one featuring dance music. I'm being really, really picky with it: just because a zillion other people think a song is good to dance to doesn't mean I'm going to include it. In fact, chances are good that if I didn't dance to it and enjoy it greatly, it won't be included here--which means that most of the songs will come from the 80s and early 90s, which was the last time I went "clubbing" or whatever it's called these days. That isn't an absolute rule: I'm going to include a few more modern tunes that I really love and am sure would be great to dance to.

The last time I went dancing was with five others. I believe the year was 1992. We had just graduated from Colorado State University's teacher training program and wanted to celebrate. We went to a local bar with a nice dance floor in the basement, one that was closed. But the DJ showed up and offered to open it for us only, and even offered to play tunes for us!

We had the whole dance floor to ourselves for three wonderful hours. We danced our friggin' asses off. Of the six of us, there were two couples, leaving myself and another person, a really pretty girl whose name I can no longer remember. We paired off and got pretty cozy during the slow songs, as I recall. I was hoping it would go somewhere; but the next day she confessed she had a boyfriend and felt guilty getting all rubby-rubby kissy-kissy with me in that basement. I never heard from her again.

Still, that memory ranks as one of my life highlights, so fun was it.

The dance playlist isn't finished yet, but you can still listen to what I've chosen to this point. Enjoy.


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