Posts belonging to Category Blogger Notes


Or, why I really need to do my blogging in the afternoon while making progress on something else rather than in the evening after an overall disappointing day. I get… snippets. Not large enough to be a blog post. Not small enough to just ignore.
Sometimes it doesn’t matter how epic the foe is, or how [...]

Ravyn Freewrites: Dear Spammer….

Oh, how sweet! How did you know I used to love trying to make sense of non-English writing systems? And actually using ones I’m familiar with instead of always defaulting to Russian? Made my day.
You seem very determined to sell people boots. You know, back when I was on the old network, we had long [...]

Ravyn Freewrites: Anatomy of a (Regular) Blog Post

I have a file on my computer—several files, actually, they get too long to stay as just one—in which I keep my blog posts. Mostly, they’re the ones I’ve finished and turned lose on the world, with a nod and a “looks good” from my sort-of-editor. But a lot of them are ones I might [...]

Wednesdays—Er, Thursdays and Writing

The temperature is high, the schools are beginning to open wide their gates, and I have a scheduling announcement.
This week, I began grad school in earnest, working on my Master’s in Library and Information Science. It looks like it’s going to be fun, except for one little problem: Wednesday nights. Suffice it to say that [...]

Buffer Paranoia

Every now and then in my blogging career, I’ve created a buffer of future posts. Why has varied; sometimes it’s been having an idea that took four or five and then getting inspiration while those four or five were going up, sometimes it’s been deliberate attempts to get ahead, sometimes it’s been a post I [...]

Further Reductions

All right, I have to admit it: I’m tired. Even at six posts a week, as I’ve been doing for almost a year, it has been much harder to deliver new, quality content, one of my major side projects needs a serious speedboost, and the looming specter of grad school is just around the corner. [...]

A Real-World Interlude: Infringements and Absurdities

I’m not sure whether I’m supposed to be fuming or laughing, but neither is letting me write tonight’s intended post, so instead: here’s why. Consider this a cautionary tale, or a view of the true absurdity of the Internet. You can’t make this stuff up.
It began with an IM from Shinali, who had been looking [...]

Sound Off: Quick Navigation

Yesterday’s riff on crowd-pleasers got me thinking about the purposes of this blog itself. When I started writing, back on the old network, I envisioned my site as a go-to place for writing and gaming advice of all sorts, particularly for characterization and world-building. Two things, though, got me to realize that there’s one point [...]

Obligatory Anniversary Post

Two years!
It’s been a long one, encompassing several long arguments, more series than I care to count (including one monthlong), three jobs (two of which have their own categories), one filler topic that turned into its own series, the beginning of a novel idea, and a site move. I still haven’t missed a day; by [...]

If You Have To Ask….

“If you have to ask, you’re not having enough fun.” I hear that a lot in my line of work, but yesterday, as an explanation of why yesterday’s riff about character ownership is a bad thing to write, got my attention.
I see these kinds of responses a lot when running around the parts of the [...]