¶ 1 Leave a comment on paragraph 1 0 I believe that in the first year of this project, I have committed most creative sins Merlin refers to in this talk, with the happy exception of activities worth promotion to the rank of Salami Commander. The result: tens of thousands of words, which are totally not a book.
¶ 2 Leave a comment on paragraph 2 0 I tried a few more things that didn’t work during my internet fast, before discovering that writing longhand is awesome. There’s time to think. I can’t back up to reorganize. I can’t get distracted by research notes. I have to just sit there, sucking at writing, and in doing so, getting better very slowly.
¶ 3 Leave a comment on paragraph 3 0 I’ll be sucking at writing in this fashion until October 31, at which point I’ll set that draft aside to marinate. From November 1 to the solstice, I’ll be pounding out 50,000 words of unrelated drivel (and won’t you join me?), and getting the interactive site to work like I want. (If you’re Ruby-on-Rails-inclined, here’s the zeroth draft on github.) After the holiday break, we’ll start making the book better: I want to have the site’s tires getting kicked starting January 6th, and the first missions starting a week later. I’m fully anticipating being humbled by my software naivete, but the basic idea is to give you one or more ways to read and annotate as I edit and add supporting material.
¶ 4 Leave a comment on paragraph 4 0 That’s the state of things. In short, make it, then make it better. I’m still vulnerable to clicktrance (so… many… tvtropes…) so I’m trying to be online minimally, but I will shout for help on twitter if needed, or maybe hold some stalker office hours. See you in the world.