Found 10 results for tag "fire"

Announcement: Updates to Omega Noir

As I mentioned on September 27th, I've decided to make some major changes to Omega Noir. This decision has been coming for quite some time, ever since the first draft was, well, drafted at the start of Nanowrimo 2016. I was hoping to get the first book written, edited, and published by the end of 2016. Well, that didn't happen.

2017 came and while I had a proof copy of Omega Noir in my hands, and fairly positive reviews from my fellow Beta Readers, the story just didn't sit right. Hence, the start of Draft #2!

But that draft didn't last more than 20 pages before I wrote myself into a corner and couldn't get out.

Hence (don't you love these fancy words?), Draft #3! Draft #3 took me somewhere between 4-5 months to hand-write (my current full-time job didn't allow laptops at work, so I had to hand-write the whole manuscript). Although it was 325 hand-written pages of what I thought was a great story, my initial editing said otherwise.

Which brings me to now.

The Reason for the Changes


If there is one thing I hate to admit, it's that my villains are...not so villiain-y. Their motives are lacking, their character structure lacks cohesion, and they're somewhat good guys (although I know that "Every villain is the hero of their own story," my villains relate more with the heroes than villains). This drove me nuts over the past few weeks. Additionally, I felt like the latter half of the story was more of "filler" than of actual content.

So although it saddens me to disregard ~200 pages of story, I will take what I have and begin (somewhat) anew. This means I am flipping the personalities of the two most powerful characters in the story, re-working the primary story event to be more dramatic, and completely rewriting the climax.

And one more thing: the title.

The title?


Yes, although "Omega Noir" is a great title, it seems like a better marketing move to rename the series (if all else fails, I can go back to the original title, but I don't want to rely on that).

Since the story focuses around a magical world, and a female character who specializes in Fire magic (yes, I know - it's already been done before, multiple times across many genres and animes), I want to try out a new title:
Omega Noir
Light My FireTitle design is still TBD

It does mean that some design modifications are to be made, but that will come later. On to Draft 3.5!

Wait...so when will Omega Noir Light My Fire be out?


Well, since I'm basically semi-restarting the manuscript, my hope is that the first book, which is still subtitled "Ascension," will be out by Christmas 2017, which puts me on a really tight deadline. Realistically, Spring or Summer of 2018, depending on my work situation.

Therefore, make sure to follow me on Facebook and Twitter for my (more frequent) updates!


Tags:#omega #noir, #light #my #fire, #updates, #announcement, #drafts

FIRE SALE!

What we have left!
If you haven't heard the news yet, Keat and I are moving to Japan. Therefore, we need to downsize our belongings. Some of these belongings include extra copies of our books, so we've decided to host a Fire Sale of our remaining inventory!

In order to move what we have left, all books are $5 flat! That's right, we'll cover the cost of shipping to anywhere in the US, because we need to move these things.

Spread the word, tell your friends, and help us get rid of our inventory, because we can't take it with us when we leave the country!

You can only get this deal on our Square store - not Amazon, not at a local book store, not anywhere else!

And once our inventory runs out, that's it (for this sale). Click on the titles below to purchase:


The Night Blade series is actually going to go through a minor revision, and will be re-released with new covers, and that should happen early 2017.


Tags:#nightblade #thekingsrose #lunarproductions #firesale #japan

I just found a cool tool!

Ever since I first learned about Chris Pedderick's Web Developer Toolbar for Firefox, it has been an invaluable tool for my web development processes.

Now, Chris has gone one step further and included something that I just thought was cool: Responsive Layout viewer!
Responsive Location


This little widget allows you to view a site in the standard responsive design sizes, including standard mobile, mobile landscape, tablets, standard desktop, and more!

Here's an example of The System in this view, because I like the way Rosscott made his site:
The System - Responsive!


If you have Firefox or Chrome and work on the web, I would highly recommend this tool. This is an extremely close 2nd to Chrome's Developer Tools when working on sites.


Tags:#webdeveloper #chrome #firefox #responsive

A bunch of browser-based comics

Since my comic repository is growing faster than I can post, I thought I'd go ahead and post a bunch of browser-based comics. Enjoy!


XKCD
Foxtrot
CH Tabs
Firefox


That will do it for now.


Tags:#xkcd #foxtrot #cyanide&happiness #firefox #browsers

Are you kidding me?

I was browsing DeviantArt.com about 10 minutes ago and saw this ad:
Firefox for AOL?

I'm sorry, but if you are still using AOL, Firefox must be as Greek to you as the Higgs Boson. I'll admit: when my parents had AOL, I connected (using dialup) using AOL and browsed with Firefox, but why would you need a Firefox optimized for AOL?


Tags:#firefox #aol #ad #deviantart

Google Maps API Success!

Garfield

Today was a fairly successful day. I worked on the NSMT system a bit and got the Shuttle Service 80% complete. I also revamped my ToDo list, and now have it squared away better. And HEY! I even got today's blog entry in.

The reason for the title is because I researched, learned, tested, and successfully implemented a Google Maps API today for NSMT. I applied for a Google API key for the site, found some test scripts, and customized the scripts to return the road distance between a location and their office (my first script only calculated the direct distance, but I'm guessing my client wants the "Road" distance, which makes more sense). I also used those variables to calculate rates based on their service charges. Best part of all: it works in all browsers, even IE!

I also researched a JS function to detect if you're using IE (which you shouldn't be, anyway) and if you're using IE 8's compatibility view (which you ALSO shouldn't be either). Turns out that NSMT tested the "Request a Transport" system we created at a local school, and the majority of students were using IE8 with Compatibility View! What a nightmare for Web Developers! Luckily, the script successfully determines if IE8 Compat. view is on, and how to remove the site from Compatibility view standards so it runs better (IE8 and html5 were hard enough, and now we have to deal with Compat. view!)

I also browsed the internets some and found a lot of good stuff, like the live feed of the Firefoxes at firefoxlive.mozilla.org and the 24-hour broadcast of Keyboard Cat at exitthroughthepetshop.com - how entertaining! (not sarcasm)

I actually got a 20+ increase in twitter followers this week, which for me is great! Usually, I see a 1-2 increase, but to see a 20+ increase was amazing.

Overall, this has been a great day and I'm heading home. I've been in since 12 and only had 1 can of Dew so far (I know, I know....BLASPHEMY!) I'm going home to rest.

Oh, I also finally beat "Ratchet & Clank" yesterday. I got it Friday(?) and beat it last night. The last boss was a killer, but after I realized I had the PDA to order weapon reloads on-the-road instead of running out of 1 type and using whatever I had left. It actually worked better to use my Blaster (200 mini-shots) first, then use my Devastator (20 big shots) to kill the boss. The first 10 tries or so, I would use the Devastator and keep reloading, but the PDA charges a convenience fee to restock, so it was 2000 bolts each time. After I realized I could use the Blaster first, I killed him on the first try. Now I can go back and get the RYNO and Tesla weapons and get them free in R&C: Going Commando and R&C: Up Your Arsenal.


Tags:#nsmt #ie8 #compatibilityview #js #firefox #keyboardcat #garfield #ratchetandclank

I know not of Yesterday

The System

Well, yesterday had its ups and downs. I never really knew exactly what was going on, but I had a good idea. Aside from waiting on the latest Bleach chapter to come out, I worked on some Fire and Ice updates, some Cove Creek updates, tried to get the North State payment system working (found out I needed to contact their Merchant and put the account in Test mode), replied to some business emails, and napped a bit. For some reason, I couldn't fall into a good sleep on Tuesday night. So I napped when I got to the office until Keat called. She went to lunch with her class, and then went back to her other classes, and I napped. After a restful nap, I got back to work, trying to catch up and get things going. I know it seems pretty vague, but that's how yesterday seemed: vague. We were also waiting to hear back from the Radio station about a hosting gig and the SMDC Board about the Expo idea. I'll explain more tonight.

Aside from the typical business stuff, I also tried to work on some more subdomains. I added them, but they aren't showing up. Don't quite know what that's about.

Until tonight, PEACE!


Tags:#thesystem #vague #smdc #northstate #fire&ice #covecreek #subdomains

No Snow Day? Ok...

xkcd


Wow, is the day over already? It just seemed like a few hours ago that I resistantly cralwed out of the warm bed. No delayed schedules today, but after getting up at around 10:30, dropping Keat off at class, then heading to the office, I just wanted to stay warm. There wasn't as much snow as yesterday. In a way, I'm glad. That means that there will be (hopefully) less wrecks.

I worked on a various number of things today: the cURL implentation (which was easier than expected; the hardest part was having the cURL library and the https connection), blog fixes, and some F&I things. Not really much to report about today. In 1 word, today was: blah.

1 interesting thing I did see was a slew of fire trucks parked outside of our apartment. Not quite sure why they were there, but it added something interesting to today.

Almost forgot: when we got up today, I had a bit of a rude awakening. I rolled over and felt a wet spot on the bed. I thought the worst, but when I realized that it was on the bed, on the sheets, and on the blankets, I realized that it was something I couldn't have done. Apparently, Chi had gotten on the bed and (we're suspecting) peed on it. We're not quite sure why (aside from being in heat), but the little event soaked through 2 comforters, a sheet, the mattress spread, and soaked into the mattress cover. Keat and I striped the bed and started washing the items in question. Stupid little cat.

That's it for me tonight. Not much else happened. Fairly short entry.


Tags:#xkcd #slownewsday #blah #firetrucks

Happy Turkey-day Eve!


Not much to say about today. It's not that I'm ignorant of today, but not much really happened. Aside from being steamed from the manual file editing during the server transition (which hasn't progressed since yesterday as far as I know), Keat and I got up around 10, packed up our bags, and left for Keat's parents for the holiday.

On the way here, the traffic itself was light, but a lot of idiots on the road. I think we counted 10 cops either sitting and waiting or pulling people over before we even left Asheville. I lost count after 15 on the way here.

I got this shot about 30 minutes before we arrived.

Sunset over Hamptonville/Statesville, NC
Just beautiful.

Keat and I arrived at her parents, and I'm just lucky they have internet. Without it, I'd be scraping for something to do. We talked with them, started a small cooking fire, talked to some (of her) family friends, ate dinner, and then had firepit conversation.

Not much for today, but I can only hope that tomorrow goes better.

Before I go, I saw this video via Geeks Are Sexy, and I just had to share it. It really blows my mind that an LCARS system can be mimicked for a UI. Can't wait till I can get that far.


Tags:#geeksaresexy #thanksgiving #traffic #fire #startrek

Where did Friday go?

It seems just like I woke up an hour ago. Although it felt pretty good to sleep in till 11am on a day off (I know, I know....some of you are saying "Sleep in till 11? Half of the day is already gone! How can you stay sleep past 8am?" - as a programmer, my best work is done between 1-3 AM (as the SunTrust commercial goes, which is true), and sleeping in between 5am-12pm is normal for me).

I worked on a few web-based cosmetic items before lunch, mainly on my blog, and got some coupons for Hardee's. Afterwards, went to Goodwill and found some really good items (won't say what specifically), and then heading back home.

Keat and I watched the end of Psych season 3, and started season 4. Always a winner, always will be.

I fixed a lot of issues on the blog, along with added the twitter feed and the entry editor. I also fixed a server issue with Fire & Ice fest site, along with the NSMT test site.

Friday didn't go as planned. I expected to have a lot more work done today, but what can I say? Friday was here, and now it's gone.


Tags:#friday #psych #sleep #hardees #fireice #nsmt