Thursday, March 30, 2006
Weblog address change coming up
For a month or so they'll mirror each other: then the Blogspot address will either simply become a forwarding address, or will close down.
Tuesday, March 28, 2006
Challenge Grant #4 now running!
The challenge started running at 10:00 GMT -- the PayPal button for challenge grant subscriptions/donations is in the sidebar to the left. Let's see how long this one takes to complete...
And thanks again for your support!
Monday, March 27, 2006
Another challenge grant coming up
We'll have PayPal buttons up here on the weblog and over at the main website for those who're interested in participating. Grants have been matched more and more quickly each time: the last challenge took less than three hours to match a $500.00 grant.
Maybe we can do it even faster this time. Let's find out...
(And of course there's always the button below for those who just can't wait.)
Thursday, March 23, 2006
New Chapter One file format available: MobiPocket .PRC
Linnette will also be converting new chapters to .PRC format as they come out.
Wednesday, March 22, 2006
Just a note in passing regarding something that came up
Online narrative writing practices, especially those associated with fanfic writing have spawned a reading and peer editing process generally referred to as 'beta reading'. Basically, the process involves the author posting a narrative, or a chapter from a more extended narrative, to a relatively private public space like a blog before publishing it in a wider or more formal venue, including as meatspace novels, and asks for reader feedback on work done so far (e.g., the novel,Four and Twenty Blackbirds was written this way). Now, Diane Duane, a writer of young adult fiction, is posting online installments of her latest novel, Feline Wizards 3: The Big Meow, for readers to review and provide feedback on....
Erm. Can I clear something up here (before the mailbox starts filling up with kindly offers)? I'm not posting the chapters "for readers to review and provide feedback on." I'm publishing them to publish them. :)
...Oh, doubtless there'll be some critique and comment here and there; but that was never the point of putting the chapters up. (Nor would I dream of trying to blanket-pressgang beta readers in such a manner: it'd smack too much of trying to get other people to do my work for me.) The idea has been (a) to let people see the material as it would go to an editor in first-draft form: (b) and just plain to let them read and enjoy it, since a lot of folks clearly want access to it the very minute each chapter is ready. (BTW, editorial is handled: I've already hired a professional editor -- one I've worked with before on more conventionally published books -- to assist me in going over the material when the book is done.)
So if anybody sees anything in the pages on the Big Meow website suggesting that I'm looking for critique on the material, or soliciting beta-readers, please let me know where it is so that I can get it out of there. I don't want anyone getting the wrong idea of what's going on.
Tuesday, March 21, 2006
Chapter One has been turned loose
BTW: if you were a one-chapter subscriber and didn't receive a notification about the chapter's pre-release location, please mail me and I'll see to it that you get a credit for Chapter Two. And my apologies for the problem. It seems that the email addresses of a very few one-chapter subscribers somehow didn't make it into the notification mailing list.
(sigh) Spam arriving at the mailing list address already...
Note to readers of "On Her Majesty's Wizardly Service / To Visit The Queen": "Humphrey" moves on
A sad loss for the feline bureaucratic establishment. But those civil service People who knew him suggest that, unless he's gone Tenth-lifing, it will probably not be possible to keep him out of politics for long. The Whitehall scene should be carefully watched for signs of his return, especially if Gordon Brown should suddenly find himself with a stray kitten on his hands at No. 11...
Saturday, March 18, 2006
"The Big Meow" coffee mugs
...including the first of the Chapter One mugs.
Friday, March 17, 2006
Trouble with the mailing list server again
Sorry for the inconvenience.
I couldn't help laughing
"The Big Meow" at Amazon.com
Not just yet, guys. In time. But restrain your enthusiasm for the moment, or people are going to get the wrong idea.
Meanwhile, a strange idea came up at the pub the other night. TBM coffee mugs. "A series of ten," Peter said, "with a different line of dialogue on each one. Collect 'em all!"
My husband is so odd sometimes. Yet...still...hmm... And I wouldn't care one way or another if anyone collected 'em all. It'd still be fun to do...
...Think I know what the first line of dialogue would be. (Or within two guesses.) Either "Did I look good in that? I think I looked good in that." Or, "You have cable in your Dumpster?"
Wednesday, March 15, 2006
First feedback (heh heh)
(BTW, for those interested in having a place to discuss what's being posted -- I'm trying to decide whether to start a new separate message board, or just set aside a space at the YW discussion forums where people can ask questions or point out mistakes or unclarities or whatever.
...Probably the latter makes most sense. I'll think about it a bit and work out what to do this evening sometime.)
Passwords have gone out
The mailing list software is still acting up, so I've had to gang-email everyone by hand this morning. If you're a subscriber and you do not receive your access info today, please mail me and I'll see what's going on. (In particular, I've had to hand-compile the subscriber lists, so there's always the chance that an address might have gotten mangled or dropped out.)
Tuesday, March 14, 2006
Chapter One is ready!
As soon as the chapter's up, I'll be starting to send out passwords. Please bear with me, as the process may take some hours: the password generator is having teething pains.
Chapter One passwords go out later today
Passwords will be going out to the mailing list very shortly after that. We're going to be using a different password system for the next chapter, so expect to get a different password for Chapter Two when it's ready.
Friday, March 10, 2006
(boggle boggle boggle boggle)
Thank you, folks.
Meanwhile: I'm up in a sushi bar (with wireless!!) in Dublin, striving not to pour saké into the keyboard again: so (because I'm here for a convention appearance) you won't hear much more from me until Sunday evening. Subscribers: passwords to the "locked" file areas will start going out to you on Monday.
Third challenge grant goes up
Meanwhile, this is a good place to thank the excellent and generous Carl Rigney, who was responsible for the second $1000 grant. Thanks so much, Carl!
Mailing list responder shutting down until Sunday
Meanwhile, the last challenge grant (for the moment) will be going up today: and the buttons for "full subscription", "full subscription with donation", and "Chapter One only" will be going up on the website within a couple of hours. A broadcast message from the mailing list will be going out to everyone at that point.
Also, just in case anybody's getting concerned: Chapter One is nearly done...I just haven't updated the progress graphic on the web page. The thing is kind of complex to update, and I'm looking for a better way to do it.
Wednesday, March 08, 2006
Mailing list acting up again: my apologies
Meanwhile, if you've already been confirmed on the list before today, please ignore what it sent you. Sorry about that...we'll get the thing sorted out in the next few days, honest. If I have to sort it out with that sledgehammer I mentioned.
Monday, March 06, 2006
Sheesh. I think I'd better write faster. :)
We'll do another grant tomorrow. Meanwhile, those of you who want to do your whole-book subscriptions at the same time as a $10 donation to the general fund, feel free to keep doing that using the button in the sidebar. I'll put up a PayPal button for whole-book-only and chapter-only subscriptions tomorrow or the next day (I'm still ironing out software issues with e-Junkie).
Here comes the new challenge grant!
If you'd been planning to make a contribution to the project, this is a great way to make your money go twice as far. For one thing, if you donate more than $32.50 -- the present cost of a ten-chapter subscription (see the How publication will work page for details), plus a ten-dollar donation -- your own subscription, including a print copy of the book when we go to press, will be all handled.
With your donation, you'll also be helping drive down the cost of the project as a whole, and the cost of your fellow readers' subscriptions. Ted Ts'o's first grant, and the generous contributions of those who matched it, has already reduced the cost of subscriptions by 20%.
So watch the sidebar for progress. Within only six hours of the challenge opening up, we're already well on the way to matching our challenge donor's $1000. The last grant was matched within thirty-six hours. Help beat the record!
Sunday, March 05, 2006
Mailing list madness: new challenge grant tomorrow
Meanwhile, the new grant challenge will start tomorrow. We're also almost ready to start accepting subscriptions for either just Chapter One or the whole book. Please see the new subscriptions page at the main Big Meow website for more details.
The main website should be completely up and running tomorrow, at which point this weblog will revert to being a place to discuss the project itself and how it's going. (20% of the first chapter has now been written: check the progress indicator at the top of the website menu column for updates.)