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VenLeitche Status 2019-12-09

The weekly development tracking spreadsheet for Dynamic Balances: Venleitche has been posted to https://bit.ly/2PtuaeU, with Changelog, Wordcount/Pagecount tracking, and To-Do. Patrons have received this week's development compile of the game manual, up 10 pages from last week. It's only a dollar to become a patron and see what I'm doing in a pangender Neopagan game world with a light-crunch mechanic drive by player agency and consequences of player actions. #ttrpg #rpgs #amwriting #writing #Venleitche
 
 

Writing Session 2019-11-19

744 words on Ikerlari Kaiet Xaparrarte, an Investigator who looks into possible arcane crimes and fraud masquerading as the supernatural for the Basque government. This will be #fasa1879 Personality 12, the one that finishes the first series. Proposed: Series 2, Villains; Series 3, Historical Personages. #amwriting #writing #ttrpg #rpgs
 

Venleitche Weekly Update 2019-11-18

#Venleitche weekly tracking sheet at https://bit.ly/2r2DJc3 has this week's wordcount, todo list, and changelog for my Dynamic Balances #patreon game progress. The game itself is restricted to the patrons but the spreadsheet is public in the interest of transparency. #amwriting #writing #ttrpg #rpgs
 

Hattie Strathmore, Journalist

Not a lot of writing time today, but I got 825 words in on the next Personality for #fasa1879 - an older snark woman, political and economic Journalist for the Sydney Herald. She still needs a lot of Backstory, and I haven't started her character sheet yet. #ttrpg #rpgs #amwriting #writing #steampunk
 
Several years back, I started a project I call String-Along stories. Basically, collaborative novels. We have two now, the second one just came out last month. This month we're selling them on the cheap, doing a buy-one-get-one, and we have a giveaway today. I'm super excited to have both books available together. It's really exciting.

Learn more about the giveaway and sells/discounts:
https://talesfrombabylon.com/2019/11/15/sales-and-giveaway-of-our-collaborative-novels/

The giveaway ends today, so head to the link and comment or subscribe to our newsletter above the comments to enter the giveaway.

Thanks y'all!

#writing #reading #FreeEbook #FreeEbooks #ebook
 
Hey #writing folks, what are you working on these days?

#amwriting
 

Venleitche: Progress Report 2019-11-04

Venleitche, my #patreon game, has posted its weekly tracking spreadsheet at https://bit.ly/32isskF - no page count increase this week, but significant revisions to the character build system, sample characters rebuilt to the new rules, and revisions throughout the book for terminology. #ttrpg #venleitche #writing #amwriting
 

The "Plug Gun"


Okay, Science Fiction writers, here’s a buzzword concept for you. The “plug gun”.

You want to write a firefight in a space ship, because why not? Pew-pew! Shooty-shooty!

But you also don’t want your protagonist to spend all day patching up all the bullet holes spilling air into deep space. So tedious!

That’s where The Plug Gun comes in. It’s a submachine gun so it spits out bullets like a fire hose.

But each bullet has two parts. The nose is made of lead or something, and it will happily punch a hole in a human or the pressure hull or whatever.

But the tail is a conical wedge cork that will plug that hole. Usually.

So rat-tat-tat away all you like! The plug gun will plug up all the holes it punches in the hull, mostly. Mostly.

(Also useful for shooting up xenomorphs without all that acid blood spraying everywhere.)

#Writing #ScienceFiction #SciFi
 

Venleitche Beta Testing Open!

Beta Release: The Venleitche / Dynamic Balances character build system is now open for testing! Development tracking spreadsheet at https://bit.ly/2Nk1l3l has wordcount, page count, changelog, & ToDo for this week's compile. Patronage starts at US$1! #patreon #ttrpg #rpg #amwriting #writing
 

Venleitche Progress Report 2019-10-21

The weekly compile of #Venleitche, my #Patreon #ttrpg, has been released to the patrons. The dev tracking spreadsheet is public at https://bit.ly/31yyzRJ in the interests of transparency. The game is now 113 pages, 93% of original targeted wordcount. This is likely to expand from 128 pages to 192 pages to allow for sample adventures and characters. One dollar gets you access to the dev compile. Higher tiers get to playtest and get printed copies of the final work. #amwriting #writing
 

The Battle of Snoopy's Poopies


On sfconsim-l, we were discussing what an interplanetary battle between Earth and Mars might be named. The OP speculated that it would be named after the constellation it was “in” from the point of view of Earth, simply because there wasn’t anything physically near by.

However, I noticed that there actually are a ton of asteroids all over the place, so one of them will be near.




The problem? The overwhelming majority of these asteroids have a very boring long numerical designation rather than a catchy name.

OR?

Okay, if we postulate that some flash-in-the-pan scheme lets people name asteroids, then we could easily end up with “popular” names for all these asteroids. Sure, a lot of them will be vanity names. But I’m thinking most will be silly on the level of Boaty McBoatface.

And that, my friends, is how we get the 2166 Battle of Snoopy’s Poopies.

#ScienceFiction #Writing #PostcardsFromCutty
 

Just Start

I've always put the following statement in by bios: I'm a software architect, but I long to be a writer.

Yet, I've only stumbled in that direction a few times a year. If I'm being honest with myself, it seems that I need an event to write instead of making it a part of my day-to-day life. I game more than I write.

I stumbled across this video:

YouTube: The Toolbox Fallacy (Passion of the Nerd)

I've made an agreement with myself- to write each day. Whether a sentence, a paragraph, or a few pages. I don't need an event. I will #JustStart.

#Writing
 
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Booking, publishing, and would like some help.....


Doing some publishing work tonight. Trying to get the 2 books in a collaborative series I've worked on over the past (almost) decade ALL OVER THE WEB. The first one has been out for a while, but I'm giving it some love to other platforms in preparation of the release of the second.

I'm trying out some new platforms (Google Play Books, Kobo, Barnes and Noble, and more). I also want to have a non-retailer giant friendly version. Something that's more direct. It's also something that I want to be able to use with my personal giveaway stories that I do regularly (I've crudely been using Dropbox).

I'm finding Gumroad might be the sweet spot. Any Gumroad users on this site? Anyway...

I'm setting it up two ways for my personal usage:
1. one link in the Gumroad store for purchasing
2. another "discount" link I can use that offers the same book for free

Here' show that looks:
1. $0.99 version of my short story The Experiment: https://gumroad.com/l/experimentnaw
2. FREE version of my short story The Experiment: https://gumroad.com/l/experimentnaw/naw001

You do not need a Gumroad account to purchase/download. After you purchase, the email address you provided will receive a receipt with a download link. Save that email for yourself. And because I'm nice, there's no DRM on the ebook. That way you don't have to worry about "too many" copies locking your file, or it only working in certain apps, or whatever.

Feel free to click the links and use it. Let me know what you think. Is it nice? Is this a process you wouldn't mind going through if you were purchasing an ebook? And no, you don't have to give me $0.99, you can use the freebie one. This is a test.

#writing #amwriting #publishing #writers
 

I’ve spent five years writing a JavaScript framework


HN Discussion: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=20310020
Posted by jcormont (karma: 71)
Post stats: Points: 141 - Comments: 54 - 2019-06-29T00:35:07Z

\#HackerNews #five #framework #ive #javascript #spent #writing #years
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PingCAP Talent Plan: Courses on writing distributed systems in Go and Rust


HN Discussion: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=20161214
Posted by ngaut (karma: 2458)
Post stats: Points: 117 - Comments: 14 - 2019-06-12T02:22:21Z

\#HackerNews #and #courses #distributed #pingcap #plan #rust #systems #talent #writing
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Writing Hello World in Web Assembly (2017)


HN Discussion: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=20126578
Posted by WA9ACE (karma: 88)
Post stats: Points: 135 - Comments: 15 - 2019-06-07T16:59:24Z

\#HackerNews #2017 #assembly #hello #web #world #writing
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Tips for Writing a Technical Book


HN Discussion: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=20070558
Posted by bcherny (karma: 916)
Post stats: Points: 156 - Comments: 29 - 2019-06-01T18:13:51Z

\#HackerNews #book #for #technical #tips #writing
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Undervalued Engineering Skills: Writing Well


HN Discussion: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=20061078
Posted by gregdoesit (karma: 1237)
Post stats: Points: 161 - Comments: 69 - 2019-05-31T14:18:16Z

\#HackerNews #engineering #skills #undervalued #well #writing
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Captain America: After the Endgame

#MCU #CaptainAmerica #Endgame #Movies #Comics #Writing

I'll try to avoid spoilers in this particular post, but something about the ending of Endgame stuck with me. There's been more and more scrutiny of one particular detail, and it inspired me to write down my own version of what I think events could have been.

Of course, there are spoilers in the short story, so be warned of that. It needs more editing to be sure, but it is at least at a point where I'm comfortable sharing it. Criticism and comments are definitely encouraged.
 
5 Words

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http://www.garyprovost.com/

#word #writing #five #5
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Writing an OS in Rust: Testing


HN Discussion: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=19765350
Posted by pcr910303 (karma: 745)
Post stats: Points: 135 - Comments: 7 - 2019-04-27T13:20:52Z

\#HackerNews #rust #testing #writing
HackerNewsBot debug: Calculated post rank: 92 - Loop: 230 - Rank min: 80 - Author rank: 240
 

Dear Humans. Comply, or die.


Several years back, I sat down on my front porch and began writing an improvised monologue in a new app I was trying out on my phone. The app was a simple notes app with the unique feature of reading said notes back to you in a very robotic voice. I wrote a very silly monologue, making the robotic womanly voice say things you didn't normally hear AI voices say. I tweaked it until it sounded pretty good. And then I realized it sounded really good. And that there might be something there. So I edited it down, took out all the comedic elements, and thus Dear Humans was born.

I wrote, recorded, and edited 3 episodes (transmissions). I intended on putting out about a 12 or 13 episode season, but my ADD mind got side tracked before I could follow through at the time. I could have had it done and dusted then, had I not wanted drastically to collaborate with other writers on the project. So after I made the first 3 episodes, I began working on how that collaboration might work. And then, my ADD mind took me elsewhere. Shame.

And then my laptop died. Double shame. I lost the Audacity files I was using to make the episodes. I still plan to finish it, but I've yet to share it except with one or two folks. But that ends today. I want to hear what ya'll think of this stuff and if you're a writer that's mildly interested in writing an episode, let me know. I've also made the episodes available for download, in case you want to take them with you.

Here are the 3 episodes: https://soundcloud.com/babylontales/sets/dearhumans1

About the show.


Dear Humans is an experimental story told through transmissions made by an Artificial Intelligence who has taken over the world's technology and subsequently the world itself.

#Podcast #ScienceFiction #Storytelling #Writing #AmWriting

SoundCloud: Dear Humans Volume 1 (Nathan Weaver)

 
Well, I'm #newhere, another G+ refugee checking out this platform. It looks promising; hopefully it can become a robust system and as great a community as I had at G+.

Below is an alphabet soup of hashtags with some of my more frequently visited interest areas. Historically I haven't used hashtags in much of anything I've written online, so I don't know that I'm gonna start doing that here all of a sudden, either. In any case this place looks like it emulates G+ circles (with the aspects thing), and afaic that's an adequate way to track and find my interest groups and like-minded peeps. Guess we'll see how it all works out!

By the way almost all my posts are public unless I'm asking a very specific question to a particular group of people (like asking fellow novelists something about writing craft or marketing). So what you see here is pretty much what you get.

(Btw my profile pic is way overdue to be changed but I'm starting out with it here for the sake of visual recognition for G+ friends.)

My main current interest areas: #3dprinting, #artificialintelligence, #china, #currentevents, #fantasy, #futurism, #gaming, #german, #germany, #history, #miniatures, #petmice, #rpgs, #science, #sciencefiction, #technology, #wargames, #worldbuilding, and #writing.
 
Hey everyone,
I’m #newhere. I’m interested in #android, all things #aws (studying for Solution Architect Associate), #linux, and #writing, and I'm a #GPlusrefugee.

Curious what I can find and learn here. I'm not always the most chatty one but be worried when I start talking about my books. I wrote quite a lot of them... #fantasy #scifi #steampunk
 
I'm #newhere, though I was on diaspora a few years back, before it went all pod-like, but lost interest as it seemed too narrow in focus - or else I just didn’t understand how to break out into wider waters. Thought I might dip my toe back in again now that G+ is dead. #GPlusrefugee.

I’m an #artist born in #Scotland, work in #Ireland, and wish the #UK would remain in #Europe. I’m interested in #art, #environmentalism, #technology, #writing, & #science.
 
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