NaNoWriMo Journal Day 2: The Monday Cometh

Monday’s have a sacred purpose: Ruining the weekend. Oh, if only it were still the weekend, all the writing I’d do. Nevertheless, I persevere and attain my goals.

Today’s words: 1672
Total words: 3604

So…my story doesn’t reeeeaaaaalllly know what it wants to be yet. I’ve read all the Honor Harrington books several times which I’m stealing most of my “space navy” vibe from, but I don’t want it to be super serious like the Honorverse is. This is probably just a matter of finding my voice for this particular story. Ideally, what I’m going for will be a sort of Firefly / Honorverse matchup with a touch of Pirates of the Carribean…except no one is going to be Jack Sparrow. I don’t think I’ve got a role for Johnny Depp in my story. Still…maybe I can shoehorn in a sword fight in space. That would be fun. Avast!


NaNoWriMo Journal Day 1: And off we go!

So, I thought that I would do a little daily writing diary here during National Novel Writing Month.  With luck, having to record that I did not, in fact, write anything for a day will keep me a little more honest.

I probably could have gotten a little more done today, had I done some proper outlining before the start of November, but whatcha gonna do?  I made up for a little lost time and got an outline started that will hopefully save me time as I get into the month and also managed to write 1932 words.

No matter what else, I’m off to a decent start.  I may write a bit more later on tonight, but honestly, I’ll probably play some video games or read.

How did everyone else do?


Fight for the Net: Round Frickin’ 3

I’m getting really tired of this bull shit.  We’re still 16 months out from the next presidential election, there’s five hundred republican candidates for congress, all of whom yammer on and on about “people”, “freedom”, and “protecting individual rights” but then we get crap like the fight over Net Neutrality.  How can any of you Tea Party losers even claim to support the people when the only reason this is a fight is because Comcast and Verizon spend hundreds of millions for lobbying (read bribes) in Washington.

Politicians. I’m looking at all of you. It is your job to protect us against giant corporations that just want to bend us over the barrel and shake us until all our money comes out.  I considered another analogy, but its less family friendly.  I’m sick of this.  I’m sick of you hypocrites pretending that you care about the American people.  You say one thing, then provably do another.  The American people want Net Neutrality.  We crashed the FCC’s servers telling you that in an OVERWHELMING volume.  You do, what we tell you to. Period. End of sentence. I don’t care how much the service providers contribute to your campaign donations.

The last few years have made it abundantly clear who has influence in Washington, and its not the people.  Between SOPA, PIPA, the latest trade agreement debacle and Net neutrality, its clear that our representatives and senators aren’t looking out for our interests.  They’re looking out for the corporate interests. So, bring pressure on these jerks. It only takes a few minutes. Write to your senators and representatives.  Come election day, remember who sold you to Comcast, then also remember how much fun you had the last time you called Time Warner Cable.  It’s time for politicians to remember who they work for.


Tor Boycott: Or a follow up to my last post

If you read my last post, you already know that I think that Vox Day and his “Rabid puppies” are a bunch of shitbirds.  For the sake of keeping this post short so I can go and write other more fun words, I’ll be brief.  

Long story short, Irene Gallo, the creative director at Tor said basically called the Sad / Rabid puppies a bunch of rascist, misogynistic neo-nazis on her private blog.  She’s not wrong, by the way.  Still, the shitbird in chief, Day (also known as Theodore Beale), took a screen grab of the comment, then sat on it for a month.  Knowing the time was write do to the tingling of his doucebag-sense, he released it a bit more than a week ago to stir up the puppies again with an extra helping of GamerGate bile.  

Tom Doherty, head of Tor, made a basic statement that kind of threw Gallo under the bus, and she made a broad apology.  That didn’t sit well with pretty much everyone else and cue the next big Vox Day caused fight since the Hugo’s ended.  Of course, he and his minions weren’t satisfied that Irene wasn’t outright fired for the simple act of speaking her mind, so of course, Day is leading a boycott of Tor books. 

Don’t mistake him. Day doesn’t give two wet shits about what Irene said.  He might be personally offended that she dared say anything about her male betters (misogynist that he is) but he doesn’t really care what she said.  More to the point, this is at least the second boycott of Tor books that Day has tried to get going among the trollish parts of the internet.  He’s had some sort of ax to grind against them for years, and I don’t know if its because they won’t publish his books or because he has some weird feud with John Scalzi and it just spills over onto Tor.

I should point out that while Day views Scalzi as his arch-nemesis, Scalzi really doesn’t appear to care one way or another about Day, beyond wishing he’d just go away.  Still, it was amusing to watch Day nash his teeth and turn green when Scalzi landed a sweet deal (millions of dollars) with Tor.

I seem to have digressed.  Right! Boycott of Tor, Vox Day at fault!  So, basically I don’t want Tor to suffer because Vox Day is the rabid puppy currently taking a dump on their living room carpet.  I’ve bought a couple Tor books in the last couple of days, and I’d encourage everyone else to do so as well.  Your options are many, and just about every one of them is a winner.  If I may, a few personal recommendations:

John Scalzi

  • Locked In
  • Red Shirts
  • Old Man’s War
  • Fuzzy Nation

Brandon Sanderson

  • The Way of Kings
  • Warbreaker
  • Mistborn: The Iron Empire
  • The Alloy of Law
  • Elantris
  • Steelheart

Buying more books is always a good idea, but if you do it now, you can show a great publisher that it doesn’t have to worry about feculant little turds like Day.  Lets show him that he really, truly, doesn’t matter, and then read a few great stories.


The Ides of March – WordKeeperAlpha update

Alright.  So it isn’t really the “Ides” of March yet, but I like say “ides”.   But I digress (“Digress” is another word I like). Here we are, three and a half months into the year and what do I have to show for it?  Plenty!  You just may or may not notice it.  That’s because I’ve been diligently (kinda) working on bugs and other issues that have been reported to me by my wonderful users.

That isn’t sarcastic.  You guys really are wonderful and I really do appreciate it when you let me know when something isn’t working right.  As stated before, I’m only one man, and the likelyhood that I’ll find everything wrong with this Frankenstein’s Monster that I’ve cobbled together is minimal, especially when I think it works perfectly.  Trust me, I know it doesn’t.

WordKeeperAlpha development has is largely limited to the weekends now, while I focus more on getting my book done.  That doesn’t leave me as much time as I’d like for adding new features, but I AM working on them.  If you haven’t noticed the bugs, I’m not going to lay them out for you here.  If you have noticed bugs, and they haven’t been fixed yet, please let me know, and I’ll make it a priority to fix.  One major one that has been repeatedly pointed out to me is that the “Remember Me” box isn’t working properly yet.  *sigh*  Don’t worry, I’m not sighing at you, I’m sighing at me.  I’ve though that I’ve had this stupid thing sorted out twice now, but every time I think I’ve got it whipped, it rears its ugly head once again.  I am working on it… in fact its my primary goal right now.  So please, bear with me for just a while longer.

Other feautres that I’m working on:

  1. Public author pages (don’t worry, you’ll chose if you have a public page or not.)
  2. An API, so that other people can develop WordPress or other blog plugin’s to share your progress and projects.
  3. A semi-public writing room and simple text-editor to accomidate word sprints. More on this below.

I’ve always wanted WordKeeperAlpha to be a more social experience for writers, but at the same time, I also don’t want to be the Facebook for authors.  There’s already one of those.  It’s called Facebook.  What I want is to create something that will let authors interact and motivate each other.  Motivation is the key here and I think word sprints are the first thing that I want to take a stab at.  I’ve been on the fence about it, since there are scads of different options for you to write in.   Hell, I’ve got no less than six apps on my iPad that I can write in, distraction free.  I don’t need to reinvent that particular wheel.  What I’m shooting for is a really simple writing environment that will let many authors participate in the same writing sprint.  It may work, it might not, but I’m going to try it and see what people think.

This, of course, is where you come in.  Do you think I’m going in the wrong direction with WordKeeperAlpha?  Is there something that you’d like to see more than a blog plugins or a feature that supports word sprints?  Do you think that would be the bee’s knees (I have yet to figure out why a bee having knees would be anything someone would be excited about)?  Leave me a comment and justify my exist…  I mean give me feedback on what you think I should do with WordKeeper next.

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Seriously, someone leave me a comment.  Its way to quiet around here.