State of writing with Markdown, YAML, and Git 2017

A year ago, at one of my more successful panels at WisCon, I was on a panel with K. Tempest Bradford and Kristine Smith talking about writing processes. I got to see a lot of cool gadgets but I also got a chance to talk about my processes of writing with Markdown, YAML, and Git.

Giveaways, Patrons, Sorrow Rides a Fast Horse, and Sand and Bone 32

A busy week as I reach the end of Sand and Bone being serialzied on my website. There are giveaway, decisions, and a call for patrons. Not to mention a short chapter of Rutejìmo night time run.

Second-Hand Dresses 3

So, it's been a long time since I've done anything with Second-Hand Dresses but a number of folks on Wattpad stumbled on it so I was feeling guilty about not updating it. This evening, I did a little organization on the first chapter, split it in a half, and then merged it with the first section of the next chapter.

Master Plots, Book Identifiers, Wind's Teeth, and Sand and Bone 31

It's hard to believe that I'm near the end of the book. Only a few more chapters left. I'm betting I can abuse Rutejìmo a little more before the end though, besides there are a few plots (but not all) to finish up.

Anniversary, Website, and Sand and Bone 30

This week has been a lot late, I apologize for that. I decided to redo the Fedran website and try to fix a few things. Fortunately, this week is a very short chapter that bridges two important scenes.

Bryan Aiello podcast

This afternoon, I did my first audio interview/conversation about writing. It was with Bryan Aiello and his new podcast.

A Warrior's Fate, The Noble Death, and Sand and Bone 29

I've always said that Sand and Bone was inspired by Seven Samurai and The Magnificent Seven. I love samurai dramas for many reasons, one of them is you don't always know who is going to survive the piece. At the same time, there are very few "cheap" deaths. For a warrior, the noble sacrifice is one of the best ways to die.

Author Intrusion status for May 1, 2017

After a rough start of the previous week, I got a chance to really focus on Author Intrusion (AI). Despite the rather significant amount of check-ins and coding, I wasn't quite able to get to a really good "show off" point. Instead, this week ended up being a black triangle (significant progress but nothing visible).

Federated Opinions

I'm been thinking about trust and relationships on the Internet, specifically social networking and news. Here is one possible approach to handle it.

Violence, Mutual Destruction, Midnight Flight, Pacifism, and Sand and Bone 28

Over the last few months, I've brought up the words that Gichyòbi had said about how he was encouraged to save Rutejìmo from violence. This same encouragement was one (but not the only) reason that Mikáryo took pity on him back in Sand and Blood. Well, this chapter is why that aspect of the world came into place, all of those ideas and little bits paved the way for this chapter.

Idle Thoughts, Worn Ideas, The Choice, and Sand and Bone 27

I've thought a lot about my master plot, the different threads and stories that weave together into where I'm going. Even thought Sand and Bone is a single point-of-view novel, it is part of a master plot that I hope to see some day. I'm just doing it novel-by-novel instead o scene-by-scene. However, there is a drawback of thinking about stories too much and I'm afraid of burning out the idea before it can be pried out of my skull.

Death Marches; Burnout; Publication Status; Sand and Blood v3; Sand and Bone 26

There are moments in life when everything wears you down and you don't think you can move forward. This week, Rutejìmo is experiencing one of those moments as he focuses on burning a body before continuing his journey. I also talk about how the same death march has affected me in my life. Finally, a status update on the Sand and Bone publication process.

Losing Wars; Rites of Passage; Information Overload; Sand and Bone 25

This week, I write a little bit about the history of Wamifūko, their shattered mountain that used to be a fortress, and their rites of passage. There is also a question about world-building and these weekly posts. Finally, Sand and Bone gets into chapter 25 as Rutejìmo has to escape the city to burn the body of his wife's mother.

Unreliable Narrator; Dragon Spirits; Progress; and Sand and Bone 24

This week, I talk about the limitations of third-person limited as it pertains to the master plot. Also, the problem with dragons coupled with why Damagar didn't destroy Kanéko in Flight of the Scions. Finally, an update on the finalization process of Sand and Bone.

Subtle Healing; Progress; and Sand and Bone 23

I finally get to answer why Rutejìmo can take so much damage and still be walking.

Editing; Front Matter; Italics; Sand and Bone 22

Sand and Bone is almost ready for publication. Just a few more steps. Oh, and another chapter being released.

Teleportation; Midnight Flight; Sand and Bone 21

Rutejìmo is put into a situation where he has to choose his duties to the clan or the ones to the desert. Which one will he pick? And will the conquences be deadly?

The Overhead of Blogging

I got lost with a tangent where I try to create simple images for blog posts and ended up spending two days buildng a generic system.

Power Discovery; Empowered; Sand and Bone 20

In this chapter, Rutejìmo has a chance to dole out some wisdom that he has learned over the last few books.

Sand and Bone 19, sorrow, and fear of the dark

One of the common themes in the entire series is that Rutejìmo terrified of the dark. But what happens when unknown assassins are looking for him and he is left with the sorrow of losing his brother?

Sand and Bone 18 and the noble death

Along with the others, Rutejìmo ends up running for his life. He sees his friends and families for what might be the last time before he sets off on his own perilous journey. Before he goes, however, his brother has one last thing.

Sand and Bone 17, Choice, and Wisdom

Rutejìmo has come up to a point in his life, where he has to choose between his own life or dying for the clan.

Sand and Bone 16, R5-D4 plots, and dragons

We've gotten to a lovely chapter where two series intersect blatantly and the reader can get a hint of where I'm going with Flight of the Scions.

Sand and Bone 15 and speaking for gods

Sometimes the simplest of phrases can be the most powerful. To stop a death, Rutejìmo makes a declaration that ruins my entire purpose of writing the series and becomes a hero.

Sand and Bone 14, felony feedback, the Call, and anime fights

This week, we have a lot of violence, destruction, and a really bad idea. I talk a little bit about the mechanics of magic and the Call.

Sand and Bone 13, Nudity verses sex, Struggling for money

Another chapter of Sand and Bone with the clan making a choice to accept the job or not. In addition, a brief discussion about nudity and sex along with one about struggling for money.

Sand and Bone 12, HERO system, and pacing

We are now into the second arc of Sand and Bone, where things start to speed up greatly and the bloodbath is going to commence. While I'm setting it up, I talk a little bit about pacing for the book and how I use the HERO System to manage my fantasy.

On #lexember 31, I present nakasabyofino or the joy of finishing a good book

On the last day of Lexember, I give you a word for the joy of finishing a good book.

On #lexember 30, I present tsudoku or an unread book

On the thirtieth day of Lexember, I give you a word for an unread book.

On #lexember 29, I present takawumofu or paper cut

On the third to last day of Lexember, I give you a word for paper cut.

On #lexember 28, I present wamifi or paper

On the twenty-eighth day of Lexember, I give you a word for paper.

Sand and Bone 11, foreshadowing, third person limited, and big cities

Safely back at the city, Rutejìmo spends a leisurely day exploring the city. At least until Dimóryo finds him again.

On #lexember 27, I present hagomami or accounting or book of accounts

On the twenty-seventh day of Lexember, I give you a word for accounting or book of accounts.

On #lexember 26, I present akuregima or a book or registry of taxes owed

On the 26th day of Lexember, I give you a word for a book or registry of taxes owed.

On #lexember 25, I present rogami or a registry or list of items

On the twenty-fifth day of Lexember, I give you a word for a registry or list of items.

On #lexember 23, I present nigafokura or a children's book or written story

On the twenty-third day of Lexember, I give you a word for a children's book or written story.

On #lexember 22, I present fakori or a bound book

On the twenty-second day of Lexember, I give you a word for a bound book.

On #lexember 21, I present paryumichya or written instructions

On the twenty-first day of Lexember, I give you a word for written instructions.

Sand and Bone 10 and hair styles

Rutejìmo returns to Kosobyo City and finds himself in an unfamiliar civilization that only vaguely resembled his own. Also a little bit on hair.

On #lexember 20, I present sakofukika or a formalized description of a battle or fight

On the twentieth day of Lexember, I give you a word for a formalized description of a battle or fight.

On #lexember 19, I present konufichya or essays or other factual descriptions

On the nineteenth day of Lexember, I give you a word for essays or other factual descriptions.

On #lexember 18, I present bifochyo or the western style of writing with vowels as accents on the consonants.

On the eighteenth day of Lexember, I give you a word for the western style of writing with vowels as accents on the consonants..

On #lexember 17, I present chofachi or the northern and eastern style of writing with separate vowels on the same line as the consonants

On the seventeenth day of Lexember, I give you a word for the northern and eastern style of writing with separate vowels on the same line as the consonants.

On #lexember 16, I present pafagukiki or printed advertisement, such as a poster or in a newspaper

On the sixteenth day of Lexember, I give you a word for printed advertisement, such as a poster or in a newspaper.

On #lexember 15, I present pifagiki or advertisement

On the fifteenth day of Lexember, I give you a word for advertisement.

On #lexember 14, I present kosonomichyu or the details of how words are written or typed

On the fourteenth day of Lexember, I give you a word for the details of how words are written or typed.

On #lexember 13, I present wafukiki or a newspaper or poster

On the thirteenth day of Lexember, I give you a word for a newspaper or poster.

My publications for 2016

As we approach the end of the year, there is a consolidate list of the pieces I've published in 2016.

On #lexember 12, I present mafachichi or the sound of a mechanical printing press operating

On the twelfth day of Lexember, I give you a word for the sound of a mechanical printing press operating.

On #lexember 11, I present mikodojyu or writing of prayers on sand using a finger

On the eleventh day of Lexember, I give you a word for writing of prayers on sand using a finger.

On #lexember 10, I present nijijya or the art of writing on temporary places such as sand or water

On the tenth day of Lexember, I give you a word for the art of writing on temporary places such as sand or water.

On #lexember 8, I present chyukofecho or legal writing or word puzzles

On the eighth day of Lexember, I give you a word for legal contracts and word puzzles.

On #lexember 7, I give you binafichu or using writing in architecture

On the seventh day of Lexember, we have a word for writing using buildings and architecture.