I’ve been kicking back and forth whether or not to write this article, but this concept has been weighing on my conscience for far too long. Being a student in Computer Science, I am beginning to notice the students around me more, and their level of competency when it comes to the narrow topics that are being discussed in class. For the most part, everyone tries their best and gets things done, and as adults tend to actually attempt to understand all of the material.
But there are a select few students that either are just not getting it, or are relying on the “No Child Left Behind” mentality to simply skate through the college experience and earn their degrees. One problem with this set of students is that they are going to be completely shocked and overwhelmed when they reach a real work environment, and not all requirements and steps are set in stone and handed to them on a silver plate.
This is where my problem with the state of higher education stems.
There has been a lot of controversy lately about the viability of commercial, closed source applications running on Linux as a platform. The purists believe that all closed source applications are inherently evil, and should not be allowed to run on Linux, as it spoils the world of freedom. The other side of the coin are the people thinking about the future of Linux as a viable platform for even our grandparents to use.
I subscribe to the latter point of view. I’d like to point out one amazingly awesome piece of closed source commercial software for Linux.
Have you ever had one of those days where it seems that everything that could possibly go wrong does? As Murphy’s Law states:
Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong.
This seems truer today than ever in my life. It seems it’s a matter of the Universe trying to tell me something, and I’m not sure if I’m really ready to hear what it has to say.
Day 5 brings another 933 words added to my novel, bringing the total to just over 10,000. I’m going to have to work on some metrics tomorrow to determine what percentage I estimate to be done according to the storyboard I’ve laid out.
Anyone know of a good reporting system for daily updating that shows metrics on word count, projected percentage complete, etc?
I transcribed 1545 words of Chapter 8 of my novel today. I have only one more handwritten chapter to transcribe, then I can get into editing the early chapters (which were written 3+ years ago) and then on to fleshing out the timeline!
Getting the eighth chapter of Dimenxia complete keeps me coming back to wonder about where this is all heading. Am I going to complete the entire novel, then go the traditional route of sending in the transcript to traditional publishers and get tons of rejections before finding a good fit.
Or, I could publish it myself through a system like Amazon’s Kindle marketplace. Or I could go even farther and go with some sort of home-made distribution system that seems to work so well.
There will certainly be plenty of research into this topic as I get further and further into my manuscript. Does anyone have any suggestions?
Yesterday’s post, How Not To Write A Novel – Or 4 Ways To Drop The Ball quickly became the most read post on this blog. I wanted to follow up with another good writing topic that has been on my mind for the past few days.
When Do You Know When You’re Done?
Some writers start out with a clear vision, and a solid outline which allows them to write exactly what they need, regardless of whether there is extra content that seems to be needed for the story to properly be conveyed.
As I’ve mentioned multiple times here in the past, I am working on writing a novel. Truthfully, there is enough material in the universe of this novel for three or four full length novels.
I started with the ideas in late 2002, and have progressively and consistently dropped the ball day after day since then. I have found that there are no less than four things that have played into my failure in finishing the novel(s) that I have been working on over the past few years.