I’ll make this a quick post since it’s late. Since the #MidnightMurderParty beta is now in progress, I’ve shifted gears a bit and started working on my #hakyll_portfolio_blog again. Really, I restarted it from scratch since the first version was a mess. Maybe I’ll be able to launch a minimal version before the MMP beta ends–that’s my hope, anyway. Other than that, I started reading my third book of the year and got some #writing done on a #shortstory.
#MidnightMurderParty development is finished!
Okay, maybe not entirely, but @larouxn and I just closed and merged in the last remaining development issues tonight. There’s still the beta test, which I’m sure will reveal some bugs, but until then, I have no reason to open up Sublime Text or fiddle with code. It feels like finishing that first draft of a story: yes, there is editing ahead, but right now I’m just really excited to have completed a first draft!
There’s still non-development stuff to be done for MMP (#writing, editing, configuring services like #Mailchimp, etc.), so I’ll still be logging about that, but for now, I think I’ll take the rest of the night off… maybe read a book, or just try to sleep off this cold.
I’ve got bad news and good news tonight. I’ll start with the bad. My graphics card died, and I can’t even get into Windows now. Guess I’m going to Best Buy tomorrow to pick up a new one.
Let’s see if I can get back to daily (or at least near daily) logging again. Today, I:
- Got some #writing done on my current #shortstory—about 700 words on the manual typewriter, which I’m enjoying quite a bit so far.
Now, I’ll probably read for a little bit and maybe play some Osu! or Overwatch. Something that starts with an ‘O’ anyway.
Hi. It’s been a while.
While I was gone, Chromium went and entirely broke—and I mean broke, as in unusable broke—the #MidnightMurderParty reader. Yeah, one version of Chromium, it works. The next, it doesn’t. Since this breaks every Chromium-based browser (Google Chrome, Opera, Yandex, you name it), Midnight Murder Party is suddenly unreadable in all of them. The elements render, but after page two, they are all invisible as if
visibility: hidden is set (which it isn’t). The only thing I’ve managed to figure out is that it’s somehow caused by CSS columns (each page is a column). @larouxn and I were planning to have a beta test next week, but that’s shot until we figure out how to get around all these broken browsers. In the meantime, I’ve added Google Analytics and better error handling/reporting.
It’s holiday time this week, but also stinking hot so I haven’t been doing much. A little #drawing yesterday which was fun. Also worked on some blogging today and yesterday. I have a whole stack of drafts that need to be edited and published on my #blog now, including:
- My 2016 year in review
- My must-have apps for 2016
- My thoughts on switching from iOS to Android for good
- A recap on my fountain pen journey in 2016
- A recap on my planner journey in 2016
- An update on my 2017 planner setup
And I still need to draft a post about the habits I tried to build in 2016. Phew! #writing
I keep forgetting to log here, but I’ve been pretty productive since #NaNoWriMo ended. Over the past five days, I:
- Have continued nearly daily #writing (though not as much as during NaNo)
- Edited and submitted a short story manuscript to a magazine (will hear back within ~2 weeks)
- Began rewriting #midnightmurderparty Episode 1 with a hopefully better hook (if anyone wants to give me some feedback on this, let me know!)
- Started researching for MMP Episode 4
- Had an MMP dev meeting with @larouxn and threw together a Github Project board, which we will be reviewing tomorrow. The plan is to finish development by the end of January!
- Started using #LifeRPG again (and programmed another tool to calculate Exp and RP in a consistent way)
- Got OCR working for my typewritten text (new ink ribbon = darker text = good OCR)
- Decorated my apartment for the holidays with my parents (and went to a diner; what’s more productive than diners?)
Really disappeared for a while with teaching and the hustle and bustle. Still adjusting to being back to work and re-establishing routines. But keeping up with the #writing and getting #750words done every day, but not quite as good as connecting with other wonderful places like littlelogs.
Had a relatively harrowing car accident a few weeks ago that left me with a concussion and some soft tissue damage. It meant some time off work to recover and dramatically reduced screen time. I need to write about that and my #recovery soon.
Over the weekend I acquired two typewriters–one electric (which works pretty well, other than the backspace key) and one manual (which needs some serious maintenance before it can be considered usable). I’ve written over 6,000 words of my #NaNoWriMo story on the electric since Friday, and I’m quickly finding that #writing on a typewriter is the way to go for that sloppy first draft. Nice tactile and auditory feedback + the lack of computer-based distractions/notifications make sitting down and writing a lot at a time not only easier, but a lot more fun. I’m excited to get the manual cleaned up so I can try that one out.
I’m still looking for a good OCR program so I don’t have to transcribe 2,000 words every time I write on the typewriter, though. Most programs I’ve tried have struggled to read typewritten text to the point of being nearly useless, unfortunately.
NaNoWriMo word count: 46,526 words.
Expect near daily dev logs from me to resume in December when I get back to work on #midnightmurderparty since I’ve received word that the promo animation is slated to be finished close to the end of January.
This week has marked a return to #biking to work after getting my bike fixed, woohoo! To be fair, it has been mostly dry out, but I’m confident I can make myself keep riding when the rain comes back.
In #coding news, I figured out my #tributepage on Wednesday! Now it’s just a matter of adding a bit more content, cleaning the code to remove comments I no longer need, and make it look pretty. After that I can submit it and move on to the next challenge!
I also joined Support’s Driven 6-Week Writing Challenge (#sdwritingchallenge) and published my first post last week. Want to add some photos and headers to make it friendlier, and now working on #writing the second one!
Worked on some #research #sketchnotes for a #client #content article today. They take up so much of my time that I’m working on figuring out a process that gives me the benefits of sketchnotes without taking so long.
A quick update from me. I haven’t been posting since I’ve been in a pretty intense work-training class for the last couple weeks. It’s basically a coding boot camp.
As @JorfimusPrime mentioned, #NaNoWriMo has started! I’ve written a little more than I needed to for the first two days, but not quite enough to provide any padding or leeway. Still, I’m on track so far, so it’s a good start. #writing
Disappeared into work with the students returning to school and getting everything set up. The other big event as all this starts up is the Atlantic Film Festival which is part of what I do every year and I was able to write reviews of all of the feature films I saw. #teaching
Each day I was able to combine my daily 750 Words habit with blog posts. Last year I established the pattern for getting things written about everything seen on the next day. I would write reviews of the films and then post each review to Letterboxd and combine the reviews together on my blog for the daily summary. #writing #blog
Also started drafting another personal essay/feature-style article. No idea where I’ll pitch this one to (I should be writing with a publication and audience in mind, supposedly, but I just wanted to make some progress so I jumped in). It’s fun to write in this style, so much nicer than what I normally do. I can feel it flowing more easily, and I can tell it’s going to be fun to read as I’m writing it. Also makes me feel better about my #writing skills.
Slept in today, which started my day badly, so I didn’t get heaps done. I did submit my second #uni assignment, and I enrolled in two units for the next study period. I’m switching to study psychology (trying it out, anyway), since I’m getting nothing out of this #writing degree. I sent out six #interview requests for my next uni assignment, which is a longer feature article.
I wrote a short story tonight as well, but it ended up being pretty awful. I think it has some promise, but I’m basically going to have to rewrite it from scratch tomorrow. Oh well, it’s all part of #writing.
#uni day today. Watched this week’s lecture and read my textbook. Also did some research into magazines I could pitch for work. Learning very little overall, so pretty sure I won’t keep going with this degree when this unit is over. Considering switching to a psychology degree instead, as I think that would be applicable to my #writing work, but I need to think it over some more.
Also followed up some emails but I’m putting off pitching new #client #content work. Pitching is the bane of my existence these days. It’s like pulling teeth, and never gets any easier. I don’t know how other writers do it.
Funny story. On Thursday, I got an email saying I got accepted into the For Honor alpha, which runs from Thursday through Sunday. I cleared all plans for productivity in favor of playing the alpha while it was open. Today, while I was busy playing For Honor, I received an email with a writing prompt in it.
I had totally forgotten I’d signed up for a 24-hour writing contest this weekend.
Ended up taking a break from gaming, and just spent the last hour and a half writing a short story for this contest. This is the first time I’ve done any real #writing since pretty early in my dev streak, so it’s a nice change of pace–unexpected or not!
Pitched my first personal essay to a publication today! They say I have to wait 1-2 months to hear back (!!) so I guess I’ll get onto writing another one. This does not seem like a reliable way to make a living, especially when compared with #content work, but it’s a lot more fulfilling. #writing
Looks like I’m starting this week by going to bed too late again. Oops.
Today I continued working on the #hakyll_portfolio_blog.
- Added an #RSS feed. This is actually really simple in #hakyll, but I wanted the URLs in the feed formatted a certain way which complicated the process. Spent a while digging through #hakyll docs and mapping function compositions into monads to “alter” strings. Eventually, I got it working.
- Added link to resume as well as social media links in the sidebar.
- Sidebar now handles scrolling in a more aesthetically pleasant manner.
- Removed banner from the home page since it looked too busy and confusing.
- Added banner support to posts and post teasers.
I still have lots to add (Disqus, social share buttons, Google Analytics, better post formatting, etc.), but it’s coming along. Honestly, though, I’m pretty tired of #css and #design in general. I’m trying to finish this quickly so I can get back to logic programming and #writing.
Pushing hard on this #hakyll_portfolio_blog:
- Improved a lot of the #CSS and fixed a nasty wrapping-under-fixed-sidebar issue.
- Added navigation links to the sidebar as well as a conditional “return to home” button.
- Added skills list with bars that indicate proficiency as well as a tag cloud to the sidebar.
- Hakyll now generates a Portfolio page, which lists all my projects.
Aside from that, I’ve been gathering feedback about the first episode of #midnightmurderparty. @larouxn and I have been putting a ton of time into the site, but it doesn’t mean much if the story’s hook is weak. After hearing the feedback about the current version and the heavily revised version I proposed, it seems both versions have merit. I’m definitely going to rewrite the episode, so I guess I’ll have to find a happy medium. Can’t wait to get back to #writing!
Trying something new today, as I’ve found I seem to get work done in the afternoons, even if I fritter away the morning hours (which I do way too often). So I’ve set my working hours to start at 1pm, after lunch, and left the morning hours free for working on my own projects (or not), depending on how I feel.
Today it worked pretty well. I did a little work this morning on a personal #writing project, then this afternoon I finished and sent a #client #content article, finished the #research for another (but ended up without enough good information to write it so had to shelve it), finished edits on an article from last week, and sent out emails to two clients to get some more work booked in for this month and next. Phew!
Day 2 of my new morning routine went okay. I got started a bit late, but managed to fit everything in to some degree. It’s nice to be doing some personal #writing in the mornings again.
Also wrote up July’s #HelloCode monthly report today, followed up a couple of #client emails, and made some changes to my productivity #book sign up page to reflect my new ideas for it. I’m going to focus it more on analogue productivity, and fold in some of the general #productivity research I’d planned to include. So it’s time to create a #littlelogs project for it! #productivitybook
This morning I slept in a little, but managed to get through the morning routine I’m aiming to do all through August. After that I worked on #research for a #client #content article due this week, followed up some emails, and sent a couple of requests to people who might help with my other client article for this week.
Oh, and also outlined what may be my first attempt at a personal essay/magazine-style article. Hoping to move more into this kind of #writing if I can get paid enough for it on a regular basis. No way to get that happening except to give it a go!
This afternoon @josh and I recorded a couple of #HelloCode #podcast episodes, and then I felt a bit better, so I got stuck into #exist for #ios. The next step in my process of bringing it inline with the Android app wasn’t due until the 28th of July, but I finished it this afternoon! Pretty happy with how smoothly this is all going so far. Might even get the bulk of it done this month!
Spent some time chatting with @josh, my dad, and #writing in my journal over the past few days as I try to decide whether to finish the #uni degree I’m 1/3 through. Considering switching it from a comms degree to an arts degree with a writing/editing major, and learning more about different writing formats and styles, but it’s a big work load to take on right now.