March 24, 2005

Well, the PHP attempt that probably should have worked choked on the database, so I’m guessing that it’s a server/database issue. Since I don’t know the password to log in to our web domains (bad, I know; I need to get these things from boo so I can deal with stuff if I have to… like, paying bills and stuff), I’ll have to wait till boo is home & not too busy to mess with it again.

Added a fiction abstracts page. I’ll add abstracts as I reread stuff so that I’m not just pulling it vaguely from memory.

March 23, 2005

In one of those “want to write, don’t know what to write on” stages… happens every couple months. The aforementioned rewrite is going okay, though I also started another piece closer to the original idea I had for #147 (and in reality, much different from how that turned out). So I’m giving that a rest right now and went back and read a bit of #105, and I may kick that around for a while. We’ll see.

Going to try to get the workslist to work off the database, but that may take me a bit to figure out.

Update – about an hour later, heh. It’s not perfect, and it’ll be a bit before I’ve got the titles linked (in concept it’s easy – if I do them *all*…), so I’m leaving them both up. I need to have concatenated date fields, I think, if I want them to display easily. Meh.

Update – five minutes later. Apparently the site doesn’t do ASP. Bleh. And here I was hoping I could skirt learning anything about Perl yet. Maybe later. (That, or it’s the fact that it’s an Access database… maybe I can do it later with a MySQL database, if I can find out the info I need to plug in for that.) But it works on my own system’s little internal web server. :P Ah, well.

March 7, 2005

I was re-reading stuff when I updated the site, and I decided to rewrite #6. I like the general concept still, but I wanted to try it with older characters. And a grayer perspective. And in 3rd person. Some of the basic elements are the same, some of the names are different, some of the extraneous characters have been pared out. The reversion part of the plot was axed, though. I’ve done that a couple times, and it’s never really worked well. So I’m about 18 pages into the rewrite. Parts of it feel a little rushed, but hopefully I’ll remember to try to slow it down a little when I get around to typing it. Probably one of those things where I have too much in my head I’m trying to get out.

March 1, 2005

I meant to link these before… they’re things I’ve written in the past about my fiction. “Beware of Stray Thoughts“; “Vera and The Ringbearer

Oh, and a short story from high school – Kreth and Celt

I’m currently still writing on Fé. I’m debating whether to make it a multi-part story, similar to Veronica, or to do it as two or three novellas. Either way it’s going to go one way or the other.

Hm… I should put some sort of basic synopses up on here, the way I’ve done on the other site. Next project…

February 28, 2005

Ok, so I’ve totally reworked the site, and I think it’s mostly XHTML/CSS compliant at this point. I probably missed something somewhere, but I think it’s good to go.

Anywho, all the content from the previous format (the fiction, the poems, the resume) are still here, plus a list of my bookmarks (well, bookmarks from about a month ago… I need to add a couple), and some pictures. I’ll try to ramble about my writing here from time to time, since it was re-reading some of my old school essays on the Veran series that made me want to rework the site to have somewhere to do so.

I may try to get some interactive stuff here (forums? a wiki page? a feedback form?), but I don’t think the site will get enough traffic to bother for a while.

March 26, 2004

So I was lying awake the other night trying to fall asleep when I had a sort of epiphany. I hadn’t started anything new since November, and I’d been in a bit of a writing slump recently. An idea I was kicking around early in the week got onto paper finally, so the drought so far as starting stuff (not necessarily a bad drought, but it was there) ended, but I think I was starting to get tired of working on the same stuff for as long as I had; I started Rose (#136) back in November, and I started the reworking of that genetic engineering story, and I’ve still got Murena sitting around, and I know where I want all of them to go, but I’ve been working on them for a long time, and I need a break from them. So I did go ahead and start #137, since I had the idea, and I know if I don’t write an idea down, I’ll lose it, but I don’t know if I really want to get too far into it right now.

Anywho, I was lying there, and and it occurred to me, since I’d been looking at my writing stats (I’m very much a geek like that… I like stats & whatnot…), and I realized that I’ve been writing for ten years come August. This is probably tied up in my whole consternation over graduating in August, since I’ve been in school for about 20 years now, which is most of my life, and I’m not sure how I feel about leaving it on a semi-permanent basis.

Anyway, that epiphany. I’ve had the Veran series sitting around for about ten years now, in various states of completion. The Ringbearer has bothered me for a while, because, while I’m satisfied with it as a product of my 8th-10th grade self, it’s pretty difficult to just integrate it into the series. As a stand-alone, it can work, but when I started thinking about writing the book that comes before it, chronologically… well, it just won’t work. When I was writing the Ringbearer, I didn’t know the characters nearly as well as I do now; I didn’t know about their past connections, their old fights. While some of that was reconciled in the revisions that occurred while I was writing the stuff that followed (the blue binder of material that’s now Keeper, Karthowbay, and Prelude), I can’t reconcile it all with everything that’s in my head that will go into the Last Rebellion.

So I’m going to revise it. I’m keeping the “original” form intact – original in that it’s what’s posted here, in extant, as The Ringbearer. It will remain The Ringbearer. What I’m going to do with the revision… Well, I took all seven pieces, what I have typed of them, and dropped them into a single work titled “Vera.” The only things I really have any meat in are Saga & the Ringbearer. I formatted the document into 5.5″x8.5″ pages, as, for some reason, I’m more comfortable with this work in that format. I’ve got the timeline pasted into the end as the appendix, along with the population tables, and I’ll eventually figure out how to work a genealogy tree for it, since I get lost in it with out one. Anywho, I’ll have to write a prologue for it, and I’ve added in the Concise History of Vera I wrote a couple summers ago during a writing class as an epilogue – I’m really fairly happy with that piece; it’s a wholly different tone and window on it than I’ve taken with much of the rest of the series, and it does somehow fit that it has a different voice. When you consider that I’m really about halfway done with Saga, that I know the meat of the Ringbearer (which will be retitled the Last Rebellion, Part 2 for the unified piece) and just want to rework it to give it a more consistent voice, and that goes pretty much for the three that follow the Ringbearer, I really just need to write out the Last Rebellion (part 1, now) and part 7. Part 7 (Dragon Lord) is the one part that is still not very well developed. Delving into Vera’s past was fairly easy for me, especially for the more “recent” past. Going forward is more uncertain, as I don’t have most of it laid out. Parts, but there’s a lot I need to work through first. But anyway, I think I’m going to be working on it for a while.

January 7, 2004

Well, as usual, I’ve drifted into writing other things; the good part of it is that the current piece is going really well. Better than I initially thought it would. As long as I don’t forget everything I want to put into it, it should turn out pretty good.

The piece I’m currently working on is flagged “Rose” right now — whether it will keep that as its title or not, I don’t know; I have difficulty coming up with titles. It’s set in one of those generic Medieval/Renaissance time periods I seem to end up in, since it lets the characters push the normal gender boundaries and whatnot, as well as allowing for more horses and swordplay, since, let’s face it, swordplay is generally more interesting than target shooting. And beyond that… well, I’m not particularly good at summarizing anything, much less something that’s taken me 72 pages to get to roughly the half-way point.

Other stuff I’ve recently put thought into… That genetic engineering story I started back in June of 1997… Well, I’ve figured out some of the actual science fiction parts of it. I started completely rewriting it in 2000, and I’ve a much better idea of how it’s going to work out.