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@phildini
Reading: Damn Fine Story (@chuckwendig) and The Stars Are Legion (@KameronHurley)
Working on: $dayjob, then back to timelining the epic four-volume SF story. Also got a short story messing with my brain, trying to escape. Maybe a long-overdue blog post.

GOOD MORNING, MASTODONIANS

PREPARE FOR VICTORY, YOU WILL OWN YOUR FRIDAY AND WE WILL HEAP YOUR BROW WITH THE GARLANDS OF GLORY

Today I wrote another 8400 words and I just finished this book it's 260,000 words total oh god what the fuck have I done I have no more brain to think please send brain

OKAY EVERYBODY PIPE DOWN I GOTTA FINISH THIS BOOK

GOOD MORNING FRANDOS I HOPE YOU HAVE A SPACTACULAR THURSDAY

The Witch, The Kobold and the Rotating Coyote

I have written 9000 words today.

I think tomorrow I finish this book.

Hello. Remember, everybody, you're cool and you can do amazing things. High-five yourself. Forgive yourself. Be awesome to yourself.

okay bye gotta get back to this book

*shuffles in with coffee*
*waves cane at the timeline*
*shuffles out again*

#wip For #NaNoWriMo I tried to train a neural net to write the 1st line of a novel, but only had 1000 entries, most of which were Bulwer-Lytton contest winners. It didn't go well:

"Stop! I caused the Narguuse man who was new on Alabama, the screaming constipated eggs."

aiweirdness.com/post/167049313

Now I'm crowdsourcing a larger dataset. Enter the 1st line of a novel/short story (I have 7700 already!) & at the end of the month I'll try again.

docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAI

Just ate cheese called "Red Witch." It smelled like a corpse's mouth. It tasted like buttery delight. The aftertaste was like I was licking a cow's udder. A very weird experience going on in my face right now.

He answered the door to find a stranger there, spittle dripping from their hard, determined face.

“Are you Jim?” the stranger asked him.

“...Yes.”

The stranger dropped two objects at his feet; one a black eye mask, the other a square of torn red textile.

“What is this?”

“The Lone Ranger’s Mask and the piece of Superman’s cape I tugged,” the stranger replied. “Now prepare to be messed around with...Jim.”

“Listen, I don’t know—“

“NO ONE TELLS ME WHAT TO DO!” the stranger thundered.

FIN

@Mjm @gannet @chuckwendig it’s worth noting that the most polished, twitter-like experience you’ll get is on Mastodon.social.

ie, they work really hard to have no downtime and do maintenance silently in the background. The Wandering Shop is a smaller operation, and we do take occasional downtime to do maintenance, like the websites of old.

I think we have a more focused, welcoming community, but YMMV.

@chuckwendig this doesn’t counter the rest of your arguments, but @phildini wrote a blog post a few months ago talking about having made wandering.shop in part as a place for SFF writers; today is #wip Wednesday there. So it might be an SFF instance, but it’s in the category of a convention - which is for writers as well as readers.

The Shop has definitely gotten rather more populated in the last couple of days, but it’s still open to new accounts.

Speaking of which, gotta get back to this big-ass book, WANDERERS, which is now 1050 pages in MS Word, and 244,552 words.

*deep breath*

My defining trait is that I am profoundly lazy. I spend my limited non-laziness on ALL THAT BOOK-WRITIN', so if I have to spend it on LEARNIN' NEW SOCIAL MEDIAS I'm probably just gonna move to a cave and yell at the bats instead because that sounds easier. That's on me, to be clear, not on anybody else, but I like shit easy like Sunday Morning.

Sure, sure. Honestly, my bigger worry, which I think you've touched on, is that the strength of non-central control is also the biggest weakness. Folks creating their own instances is like folks setting up message boards on their own websites in the late 1990s/early 2000s. We all did it, and we all eventually abandoned those and shut those down. That'll happen here, and folks' posts/contacts will vanish.

@chuckwendig Translation: Run your own Mastodon server, with you as the only user, where you put things for your followers/audience (as opposed to socializing with your friends/a community/a special interest group).

@chuckwendig There's not, but you can get a permalink to a toot from the timestamp in the upper right corner and use that to link to the toot you want to quote; it's not a perfect solution but it works in a pinch.

(As a sidenote, Last Toot is how I'm choosing to quote people at this point, because I don't think there's a quote function in re-tooting yet is there?)

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