Winged People

Another writer, a friend of mine, posted recently about her “obsession with wings” and winged people. Since she and I share that obsession, albeit for different reasons, I figured I’d link to her post here so that you could get her point of view:

My Obsession With Wings

In non-winged news, I’ve come up with a new title for the next novella (thanks, Wren Griffin!), and I’ve stolen it from the Gospel of Thomas (one of the Gnostic Gospels). Yay apocrypha!

Unrelated note – I think I like the Lansing Fleetwood Diner better than the original one in Ann Arbor.

Here come the bullet points!

Without further ado…

  • I saw Star Wars – The Force Awakens on a too-rare date with my wife. I loved it, despite and because of its flaws. It’s Star Wars. No, I’m not going to spoil it.
  • My holidays were pretty fantastic, and included taking the wife to work’s party in San Francisco.
  • Vlogging has been chugging along as well. I’ve started editing the damn things, so who knows where it’ll go from here! YouTube channel is here.
  • I re-read the entire novella yesterday, and contacted the artist that I want to do the cover. It’s time to make those creative decisions that have been impossibly daunting. It’s time to move toward the mountain.
  • I urge you not to make New Year’s resolutions. I urge you to do what makes you happy.

First Generation iPad Love

My family and I love our first generation iPad, and why wouldn’t we?

Another piece of old tech looking for a good home sent by the mysterious benefactor, I felt that making this iPad 1 useful would be quite the challenge. After all, Apple’s known for cutting devices off completely when they determine that backwards compatibility is no longer worth the effort. I didn’t even think it would connect to the app store.

My first step was to charge it. I’m not sure how long it had sat, but the battery charge was still at 25% (or thereabouts) when I got it. I had honestly forgotten about how awesome iPad batteries were. After I’d topped off the charge, I wiped it and started from scratch. I installed any available updates – the newest compatible iOS is 5.1.1. I tested all of the buttons and the touch screen, all working great despite some casing damage near the volume button.

The screens on these things are still freaking beautiful.

I pulled up the app store and entered my Apple ID, and… it worked! Up-to-date listing of all of the available apps, updates, everything. Even search worked! I threw caution to the wind and tried to download a free app. The download started, and then came the error box. Okay, expecting otherwise had been a bit unrealistic. Wait, what was this? “This app requires at least iOS 7.1 or later. Would you like to install an older version that is compatible with your iOS?”

WHAT WHAT WHAT?

Yes, app store, I most certainly would. And did. It should be noted that a good half of the apps I’ve tried to install haven’t had compatible older versions. BUT, I’ve found more than enough to make the tablet well-loved by the kids (thanks Toca Boca and Netflix), the wife (Diamond Quest), and me (SSH app, Pocket, Facebook).

So, yeah. I didn’t have to jailbreak it or load anything custom on it or jump through obscure hoops to turn an aged tablet into a used-daily family computing device. Now I just need to find a case for it. Who knows how long I can get it to last?

Writing Journal, NSFW

WARNING: This entry contains some adult references, and is Not Safe For Work.  Proceed at your own risk.

What is going through Susan’s mind?

  • Human fear of judgement and reaction from the scars on her arms.
  • Human and vampiric lust. She wants him, and she wants to drink from him.
  • In the back of her mind, she’s pleased with herself at her successful seduction, but worries that it’s another step away from being human.

What next?

  • Leave the shower scene where it is, maybe have her come in covering up her inner arms.
  • Next scene should be the following morning, Adam waking up nude on the couch, no idea where his clothes are.
  • He’ll go over the night before, his exhaustion, her scars, her complete lack of hair, the experience of her cleaning him like it was a holy rite,

WAIT. STOP. This story is told from Susan’s POV, not Adam’s. Let’s flip this around, shall we?

What next?

  • Leave shower scene as it is, maybe have her come in covering up her inner arms.
  • Next scene should be the following sunset, Susan waking up nude and hopeful.
  • She’ll get dressed, going over the night before, his exhaustion, lack of judgement about her scars, his excitement over her complete lack of hair, how he’d seemed to enjoy the cleaning, how they’d ALMOST had sex and/or fed.
  • Find out what Adam had been up to during the day. Made himself at home? Sammy-style research from a laptop that he didn’t have at the end of the last book? Does Susan have a computer in the apartment?
  • What color are Susan’s eyes? Her sister’s? Need to know that for when she meets Adam. What is the sister’s name?
  • The sister has been dreaming about Adam, and will speak to him, but will still be confused. She’ll want to talk about the green cavern and the story writers, not what happened to her compatriots.
  • When they do get her to speak of it, she’ll recount the events haltingly, and she’ll go on a rant about Walter’s eyes, an imbalance of powers, and the demon. It’ll tangent, like conversations do.
  • The sister is on house arrest at her home, and is guarded by several uniformed CPD officers. If they are in the home during this (likely taking notes for the investigation into the murder of three officers), they will certainly react to the strangeness.

What am I trying to accomplish in the next chapter?

  • Continue getting to know Susan.
  • More about her ties to Michigan and John.
  • Introduce Susan’s sister, the woman in Girl Ritual.
  • Expand on the Cavern that showed up in the last book’s epilogue.
  • Reveal to the characters that not only is Walter meddling in this Chicago, but he is physically there searching for the gun.