WordKeeperAlpha – Quick update

Hey guys.  I didn’t get anywhere near as much work done this weekend as I wanted.  I know a bunch of people are waiting for the word record editing and deleting feature, and I’m sorry it isn’t going to be finished tonight.  I’ll be working on it through the week though, and hopefully it will be out before next weekend.  Please bear with me just a bit and it’ll be done soon as I can make it done.  If anyone needs their word records updated, please feel free to shoot me an email either through here or through WordKeeper.  Everyone have a nice week and keep writing!


WordKeeperAlpha Update 12/2014

Wow… So this month has been a little bit crazy.  Yeah, National Novel Writing Month didn’t help, but MAN it’s been crazy for Word Keeper Alpha too.  Here I was, minding my own business, when I decide to look at my traffic numbers…because that’s how I validate my worth as a person… and I notice that they have tripled.  Not only that, but all of a sudden I started getting all sorts of email from WordKeeper users … granted, most of them wanted to know how to delete word counts (more on that in a bit) but they also seemed to like it!  You can ask my wife.  I’ve probably been super annoying over the last week or so.

One of the reasons is because I got linked by PCMag.com (this article, toward the bottom) and they said nice things about WKA! I’ve also been getting traffic in from other places like writing.com and the nanowrimo.org forums.  I’ve now got over 200 registered users, and my daily traffic has better than tripled!  I could not be more excited about this.  I’m just happy that people are finding and using this thing I made.

Of course, that means I have to keep polishing of the rough edges, and the roughest edge that’s been pointed out, so far, is that people can’t delete or update their word counts.  If you’re a user, and you’ve run into this, I really apologize.  Part of the problem of developing something to use yourself, is that you know exactly how to use it, and never consider that someone might come in, make a mistake, and then want a way to fix it.  I mean, everything makes perfect sense to me, the guy who made it… Yeah, I should have thought about that.  So, my bad.

Don’t leave in frustration!  I’ve read your emails (just the ones you sent me, the government is busy reading the rest) and this is my top priority now.  This weekend I’ll be rolling my programmer sleeves up (metaphorically, because my computer room gets DAMN cold) and getting this thing done.  I’ll put up a notice here, and on WKA when this function is out and ready to use.  After that, I’ll probably work on revamping how the goal graph works, so that you can use more than just the Monthly goal on it.

I’ve got even more stuff in the works, including a more organized and sensible About page, the ability to share your progress on your blog (bit bigger job that), public profile pages, collaboration and much more.  Trust me, my work on WordKeeperAlpha is far from finished and you will all reap the benefits.  Until then, I hope you enjoy using it.  Feel free to let me know your thoughts in the comments or get in touch via the Contact page.


NaNoWriMo 2014 Postmortem

Well, ladies and gentleman, November is over and its time to look back upon it and gaze upon my fine works.  Courtesy of WordKeeperAlpha here is how I did this month!

NaNo 2014

Final word count for the month was 24438 words, just about half of the required 50,000.  Do I feel bad? Maybe a little, but not as much as I might for past years.  I’ve won two years in a row so far and produced first drafts that needed to be all but rewritten before I felt comfortable showing them around.  This year I was working on the second draft of Impervious, which I found out was perfectly legal to do, (legal for the official NaNo rules) provided I was writing all new words and not just editing existing ones.  Turns out, pounding out that crap first draft is a whole lot easier than pounding out 50,000 words that you actually don’t mind showing people.  While I didn’t hit that lofty goal, I did manage to get a fair chunk of the next draft finished and am now sitting on 11 finished chapters and will be starting in on chapter 12 … well, soon as I figure out what the hell I need to happen in chapter 12.  Still, the writing will go on.

Unfortunately, this means that I’m not going to be able to get the second draft done by the end of the year, which is going to change the date when the third draft gets done, yadda yadda yadda.  What do you expect?  I’m an author and we are a shiftless and lazy bunch.  Still, I’m going to get this sucker wrapped up in 2015 and get the second draft of the sequel started on, with the goal of writing the first draft of part 3 next November.  Big plans, I know, but I think I can hack it.  This year I managed just over 100,000 words, AND created the new and much improved WordKeeperAlpha.  In 2015 I want to average around 15k a month, while still pushing out updates.  It should be doable, seeing as how most of the core functionality is already in place and I’ll just be making regular updates and new feature releases.  How did I do this year? Why, WKA knows that too!

WordKeeper graph for 2014

Yeah, November kind of kicked the rest of the months’ collective asses.  August absolutely sucked in terms of writing, and so did September, but that’s when I was really focusing on getting WKA pushed out.  Still, next year, more writing every month should let me get a considerable amount done.  I’m looking forward to it.  Impervious is really coming right along and I’m excited to show it to people.  I’m not writing December off either … well, I will be writing but… you know what I mean.  Shut up.  No, you shut up!

*pausing for Seth’s post NaNo psychotic break* 

Whubba?  Oh, right.  Sorry, I had a little moment there.  I think my cold meds are starting to kick in.  I’m going to go lie down for a bit.  I’ll be back soon with some new WordKeeperAlpha news as well as the awesome thing that happened halfway through November regarding my little abomination of code and graphs.  Later.


Battle For The Net

If you woke up tomorrow, and your internet looked like this, what would you do? Imagine all your favorite websites taking forever to load, while you get annoying notifications from your ISP suggesting you switch to one of their approved “Fast Lane” sites.Think about what we would lose: all the weird, alternative, interesting, and enlightening stuff that makes the Internet so much cooler than mainstream Cable TV. What if the only news sites you could reliably connect to were the ones that had deals with companies like Comcast and Verizon?On September 10th, just a few days before the FCC’s comment deadline, public interest organizations are issuing an open, international call for websites and internet users to unite for an “Internet Slowdown” to show the world what the web would be like if Team Cable gets their way and trashes net neutrality. Net neutrality is hard to explain, so our hope is that this action will help SHOW the world what’s really at stake if we lose the open Internet.If you’ve got a website, blog or tumblr, get the code to join the #InternetSlowdown here: https://battleforthenet.com/sept10thEveryone else, here’s a quick list of things you can do to help spread the word about the slowdown: http://tumblr.fightforthefuture.org/post/96020972118/be-a-part-of-the-great-internet-slowdown Get creative! Don’t let us tell you what to do. See you on the net September 10th!

via Battle For The Net.


Quick WordKeeperAlpha Update

I haven't been doing much work on WKA lately, mostly because this build seems pretty stable for the time being. Analytics say that I've got a fair amount of users now, at least compared to the last version, whick makes me pretty happy. Honestly, I am really happy with how things are working now. It does everything that I wanted it to do, and a bit more. I'm finding it very handy for my own wriiting, though I suppose your own milleage may vary.

Right now, we're about four days away from the start of National Novel Writing Month, and though I won't be participating (i.e. starting a new story) I will be attempting to write the full fifty thousand words, which means that for the next month, at least, I won't have much time for working on Word Keeper. I will, of course, find time to fix any bugs that crop up between now and the end of November, but I probably won't devote any serious development time until at least the beginning of November.

In all reality, I probably won't do any more serious development on WKA until after the new draft of Imperious is finished. This is mostly because I wasnted to have the second draft done months ago, with the third draft firmly underway by now. Part of the reason that didn't happen is because I sidelined that project due to work on Word Keeper, so now, it only seems right that I refocus my efforts on my own writing now that the program is in a relatively stable and complete state. At my current rate, I'm looking at having the second draft finished sometime early on next year … at least, assuming I make my fifty thousand word goal next month.

In regards to that, I'm doing pretty good. I'm doing my prep work, just like I would for NaNoWriMo, doing my best to write on a regular basis. Undoubtedly, friends and wife will be annoyed with me as a go into a state, of “non-existence” once the first hits, but what can you do? Writing must happen.

So, there it is. The Word Keeper you see right now is the one you can look forward to using for the next couple of months as I get Impervious in order. Starting sometime earlier on next year, look for some updates, including more social features, UI improvements, and more graphing options. I've got a lot of great ideas, and I intend to do a lot of polishing next year. Until then, everyone have an awesome NaNoWriMo and donate! The only reason I can do the things I've done is because they've done a lot of work and done awesome things first.