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Checklists 📌

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Well, the new CSS changes are coming along swimmingly, along with the code updates. I've also been quickly rewriting the code to switch from my weird, convoluted mess of classes and lists to a simpler semantic HTML set up (using things like <header>, <footer>, and so on.) With the new changes, I think it looks a little modern, if a little sparse with the lack of any graphics. Not like I need those.

There's still a checklist to be completed:
1). Postit needs to be completed. Right now, as it stands, only I can make a Postit and assign it a user — which isn't ideal, and since it only acts as a basic comment system for my posts, it seems pointless to tout it as a microforum until I can figure out how to make independent posts (though, now that I think about it, it shouldn't be that hard).
2). User pages are awful and needs to be fleshed out.
3). Markup overhaul. The existing markup uses old BB style square bracket toggles, like [b] and [i] and so on. It seems pretty dated and I'm not so used to it, so I'll develop my own standard and not provide documentation. Markup's been finished with a new format: *(html tag)/Text/. It works pretty well, but it has limited support in terms of what it can and can't do (which is good.)

There's a fourth item, which is import ALL the previous posts from the old rants that I still have, not that there ist much point and most of the Souvenirs are embarrassing and dated, but there's no point to not hide them.

Well, that's it for now. Expect new changes as time comes along.

[Edit 1] I finished the user page. Cuz that list was in no particular order. It at least gives definite updates on when the last post was made, instead of the relative dates (which may need some expanding anyways.)

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To-do list 📌

Posted . #rant

Alright, so this is what needs to be done, in order of most important:

* Better user functions, and profile viewability.
* When uploading pictures, can be seen by people.
* Meekro message board.
* Preview post option.
* Sticky post options. I think I can pull this off without much modification
* RSS feed. Because my thoughts are that important.

[edit] To be honest, I have no idea what "better user functionality" meant. I just made it up. But I did add a user list and cleaned up some of the background code. So this should work just fine.

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Semi-update

Posted . #rant

I haven't exactly been working all too hard on the website as of late. Much less trying to think of things to blog about. Ideas and concepts fall on me like a deep, heavy fog and it's easy to fall back into that fog and forget the outside world exists. Which is why sometimes I forget that my blog exists. That I should be putting something in here, anything. Any thought or ramble. Hell, there's a reason it's called rant after all. It's senseless words slapped onto a webpage with no real point or direction, and it can be anything from webcomics I did with a friend back over a decade ago, or when I tried my own hand at it and now feel horrifically embarrassed that it's there (but it's there.)

Oh well, back to it all. Beneath the Blue Pale is stalling a bit as I try to punch up the dialogue. There isn't anything resembling levity, and the heaviness of it feels hokey to me. It needs to be something more, so I'm circling like a vulture over it until either it breaks or I break.

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Ataxonomia

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Or, a completely made up work.

First of all, an update. In the last rant, I talked about Beneath the Blue Pale not appearing on the ARCHIVOS podcast. I should clarify. I'm not giving up on the story altogether. I'm still working on it, I just need to get over this concept. This thing that holds me back and is going to probably haunt me for a long while.

We'll give it a name.

It's the name of this rant. Ataxonomia. These are the things that sum up my work. My writing and stories and projects. My identity. It's the avoidance of classification. It's hating to put complex ideas into little boxes. It's when presented with the label of something, I immediately want to do anything in my power to defy it. A little angsty rebellion.

Don't think this is some /r/iamverysmart shit, with this bullhockey that my ideas are too big, too grand for that. No. They're not. */Beneath the Blue Pale/ is as a I described it when submitting my story to ARCHIVOS. I'm not going to list all the ways I wanted to avoid it with Beneath the Blue Pale, but the avoidance and insistence to abandon classifications makes a terrible product. It makes an idea too hard to sell. Too awkward to present. And I'm not talented or well connected enough, all zero-readers of this here blog, to even attempt something like that. Something that morphs and changes the further you look into it because I disdain the grain of the status quo, even if it's this shallow facsimile. Like wearing a Star Wars t-shirt and ranting about the military nostalgia complex sapping adults with the fondness they have their own childhood.

Not saying I'm innocent here. I'm just pointing out the ridiculousness of it.

If there's a simpler word for ataxomomia, it's being difficult. And you, Neek, are being difficult.

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Taking a break and doing something in Bronze

Posted . #rant

So I had to give it a rest. With Moonbarred or Beneath the Blue Pale. The podcast episode with the Roundtable probably won't happen, either.

Also, the podcast has been renamed to the ARCHIVOS Podcast Network, which is a lot more poppy than The Round Table (a fact that was pointed quite frequently on the show.) It would have been a Brainstorm episode, had it happened. They're doing some cool stuff with it (link). I'd check it out.

The reason it's not happening is, well, I broke it. I'm what they call a seats of a pantser, someone who writes on the fly. The whole concept behind Moonbarred, which is about a young woman taking a vacation to the intergalactic equivalent of New Jersey and finding trouble (no crap), was that I had an idea. And I started pouring that idea out page after page, taking the plot through a shaky idea in my head. Except it broke apart the moment I tried to define it. I had to piece together a 6-8 minute pitch, with theme, setting, characters, and plot... and the more I worked at it, the worse it all got. The dumber it seemed. The more untenable the plots and events, that had been burning in the back of my mind, became. So I gave it up.

Instead I've been toying around the idea of a new story. An old story, I guess? Based off D&D settings and half-baked ideas, inspired by video games and some books I've been reading recently (omg the Expanse series is awesome. Sort of.)

But there's one story I've been wanting to tell. A demythification of a myth that's never happened. A story of lives, civilizations, and a world on the cusp of falling apart. And in a setting that interests me greatly: The Bronze Age.

Meet the Infamy series, a work in progress of half-assed world-building and "epic" fantasy (where, were it for not the facts of the characters, it'd make a pretty trope-worthy epic). It follows mainly Rodah, the mercenary with a hereditary curse of just poor luck, as well his father's own bad luck (or bad decision making) falling into Rodah's lap. To regain his father's honor, and his place in his clan, Rodah sails to the Edge, where the sphere of the Earth is shattered and everything falls into the Oblivion, to slay a dragon. It's cool. The oracle told him to do this... except... he fails to kill the dragon, but snatched her three eggs out from under her.

So what happens, when you have an egg sweating water? One sweating dust? And another never falling, sometimes floating, and sweating wind and cloud? You could say, there are four elements: Water, earth, and air... except, where's the fire egg? And why were they about to teeter off?

And so on. The first book, of this tentative series, is titled Rodah and the Sweat of the Seas, where he's joined by the warlock Svaitlaugas, a strange being? man? who has seen the beginning and end of time a thousand times over, but he knows this time around, he hasn't seen things before, and his assistant Dalia, a bastard girl with hopes and dreams of nobility and a knack for a hustle, and a forlorn princess, daughter of a king who seeks to throw his empire away on good will.

Maybe I'll pitch this one to ARCHIVOS. It's not starting with me just putting words down, but actual planning. And I don't feel like I'm breaking anything, only improving. Let's see how they feel about that!

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