Still Alive and Editing
No, I haven’t dropped off the edge of a cliff or anything. It’s just that it’s a lot harder to get an English OS computer here in Japan than I had expected, so I’m stuck in tablet exile, which makes blogging really tedious. But I am still writing, about halfway through Betty’s Boys, my military sci-fi project, and also on the first editing pass of Banner of the King. First of how many? Dunno. For me, at least, this is a lot less intuitive than writing was, but I will get through it. Banner will see the light of Amazon! Until then. Or rather, until I get a new computer…
Sense of Wonder
Maintaining a sense of wonder is an important characteristic for a writer, particularly one who wants to appeal to a younger demographic. I can’t hit the “wonder beats” if I don’t feel that particular emotion myself. Unfortunately, I’m a jaded, cynical ex-intel guy who sees the dark side of most everything, so I have to overcome that while I’m writing. My best asset for that effort: Nina, my almost 2-year-old daughter.
In Defense of Windows XP Users
The world as we know it will end on April 8, 2014. Microsoft will cut off support for Windows XP and- I just learned this researching the date above- for Office 2003. Dozens of tech blogs, no doubt, have already written about the technical details about how 30-something percent of computers still run XP, as well as some massive percentage of ATMs (how is it they don’t crash?), and how the hackers are eagerly waiting April 9 to lay waste to us just as we’re trying to file our online taxes. I’m no tech geek, as I intend to make painfully obvious below, but I found one consistent weakness in each of these articles, and it’s time to set the record straight.
I Scoff at People Who Say They Don’t Have Time to Write, but
. . . I recently found myself using the same lame excuse with the word “blog” juxtaposed for “write.” Damn those double standards.
Where Have I Been?
Well, crap. I haven’t updated this blog in over a month (well, expect for the Writing Progress Tracker. It’s been a wicked busy month at work, plus a family crisis, plus I think I’ve just been taking this thing too seriously. I’m going to try to fix that.
StoryMOOC Creative Task 1 – Remembering a Story
I signed up for the iversity MOOC (Massive Online Open Course) on storytelling that started around the end of October to learn more about transmedia storytelling, including stories for RPGs, movies, and episodic TV. Not to worry, I’m not abandoning my novels, but as readers become more accustomed to these forms of stories I thought it may help to understand them and see what I could adopt or reflect on for my own work. The course involves a “creative task” each week and, when I can keep up with them, I’ll post my results here. Week 1 is about remembering a story that influenced you.
Changing Blog Software
Dear Readers, I have finally had enough of fighting Drupal and its heinously unfriendly interface and have switched over to WordPress. Please bear with me as I get my historical posts and permanent pages repopulated! Thanks,-Travis
Travis’ Travels: Never be Brave when Baiju is Involved
My trip to Beijing two weeks ago is fading from my memory, encouraged by the head-turning speed of the trip and the exhausting catch-up I’ve been playing since I returned, so I figured I’d better get it on paper before the whole thing fades away. Although the trip was not that much shorter than my previous trips to Kuala Lumpur and Ho Chi Minh/Hanoi, having only one day of recruiting to go through made it seem quicker. But unlike my previous trips, this time I was traveling with a Chinese coworker, which made the trip a bit more fun. No arguing with cabbies, no blank looks and failures to communicate, I got through smoothly and even got some good food out of the deal.