A Battle to the Finish

It had come down to this, the two men aligned on the broken plain, a gentle breeze kicking up swirls of dust.

On one end of the field stood the figure of Jim Hines. A tiny fire spider scrambling from shoulder to shoulder across his leather jacket. Four princesses flanked Jim and a bookish looking person stood behind him shrouded in shadow. Arrayed across the field behind Jim was at least a horde of goblins, possibly two hordes. One particularly runty goblin with glasses separated itself from the horde and came to stand in front of Jim.

On my side, my army was not nearly so great. A knight stood to my right, unholy power leaking between the plates of armor. A wizard stood nearby ready to unleash his magic on any who approached. I hope the dragon was equally to the goblin horde, but who could say how that would go?

“I will not let you so blithely take control,” I yelled across he battlefield.

“I’m not even sure what this is all about,” Jim yelled back. “Why are we here?”

“You know perfectly well, Hines,” I said. “Don’t play coy with me. There is a point where your innocence bleeds into arrogance. I know you seek to take the Wizard’s Library from my hands.”

At these words, the bookish person in the shadows perked up.

“No,” Jim said. “I–”

“Enough of your words, sir,” I bellowed. “We fight now.”

Before I could give the order to charge, a young boy appeared before me. He wore a tabard of a blue field with white book on it. In his hands he held a rolled-up scroll.

“A missive from the gods, Sir.” The young boy’s voice cracked as he said the words.

I unrolled the scroll and read the contents aloud.

You are receiving this email because you are a maintainer of the community wizardlibrary.

According to the results of the Owner Election for this community, jimhines has been designated as the owner of this community.

“Well, it seems the masses have spoken, Mr. Hines,” I said. “Take good care of the place.”

I reached into my pocket and dug out a set of keys attached to a fierce wolf keychain and tossed the set to the new owner.

Writing on the Go

I made a similar post about this subject about a year ago. I wanted to make an update to show where I am now. As I’m not yet writing full time, life still dictates the need to write on the go, whenever I find the time. Here are the tools at my disposal:

I have switched from using an iPod Touch to a Motorola Droid with Verizon. In particular, I am a fan of this phone for the slide out keyboard. This comes in handy for three reasons. 1) the on-screen touch keyboard isn’t taking up space. In landscape mode, I have much more screen available. 2) Anectdotally, I feel like I type much faster due to the texture of the actual keyboard. 3) I don’t have the screen accidentally flip to portrait mode because I tilted it slightly. My wife doesn’t use the slide out keyboard and I suspect when we are up to replace the phones, we will be getting different phones :)

I still love Dropbox. This of course has simplified the process greatly. I currently sync through three devices.

I still have QuickOffice for Android, but I don’t use it as much as I used to. Unlike the iPod version, the Android version does not let you edit text files. You can read them, just no editing. I keep it around for editing documents if need be.

I’ve tried a variety of free text editors from the Android market. My favorite by far is Jota Text Editor. It works seemlessly with Dropbox. In particular, it is designed for use with long text files, which is usually the case for writers. The developer is often providing updates and new features to the app.

My home computer is still using a combination of WriteMonkey (for text) or OpenOffice (for docs).

Whether I am at the park or waiting at McDonalds for a birthday party to be over, these tools let me write on the go.

Keep writing.

Finished Story

Well, I finished my “medusa story” on my lunch today. I don’t have a proper title for it yet, but I am hoping something comes to me while in edits. It is definitely in need of edits. There was a little meandering in the middle as I tried to figure out where I am going with the story. I finished at just over 10k words. We’ll see where it stands after edits. Overall, I like the story. But of course I do, that’s why I wrote it. With some polish, I think the response will be positive.

Keep writing.