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Movement, Unboxing, Thought Processes.

As some of you who follow me elseweb may know, I just moved a couple of weeks ago across a river to another city.

It’s put me way down on things. I’ve not written much of anything for myself, nor have I worked on the conversion of Partners to ePub. I occasionally manage to open A Whisper of Technology over in Nimble Writer and review where I am. From time to time, I get to add a paragraph to it. It’s slowly coming along, and I’d like to get it to 5,760 words before I publish it. That should be a couple of chapters more from where I am.

I also found one prototype story I started years prior, and must’ve shoved it into Google Docs. It has loose ties to the Chronoverse and touches on a bit of My Little Pony. It involves a metreshifta — a chronometric event where Time recedes away from a given point, rendering the area dead, replete with deadsand and a cascading loss of life, followed by a massive outswelling of Time, infused by a shift which causes a spike of Time almost as strong and toxic as flying directly into the core of the Chronoverse.

Metreshiftae often bend the fabric of time enough to displace anything living caught within its radius, placing it somewhere within any universe. Unlike most universe crossover stories I’ve read within the MLP fandom, this won’t be the typical ‘human in Equestria’ tale, nor would it unlock some ancient and foretold evil. It’s just gonna be a machine that’s breached and transcended Time and Space, misplaced and learning how to function.

I’m also hoping that whatever update is coming for Nimble Writer fixes my main gripes about working with it. I’m fine with Markdown. What I’m not liking is its ePub handling, and how tricky Markdown can be when trying to edit things in a specific way. I’m nearly fed up enough to see about exporting what I have of Partners, and shoving it into Google Docs of all places, since it appears to have ePub production facilities now. If it makes the task easier, then it makes the task easier. I’d love to have this converted by Christmas, so I can offer it to its author as something he can share with his readers.

Once that’s done, I can ask my lone Patreon contributor if there’s something she’d like me to work on, because she’s been kind enough to contribute and give me a bit of self-worth as a wordsmith.

For now, though, I need to go through my still packed boxes and find some pills.

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Rant

A brief rant on cellular connectivity.

I promise to keep this brief, because it doesn’t quite fit the theme I wanted to set here, and yet it does have an effect on me.

Modern tech is designed to be convenient, with services delivered often at the press of a button.

I’m not getting this out of my mobile carrier. For the last two months, I’ve been working in a college town, right outside of the university campus, and I’ve had super poor signal that won’t let me place or receive calls, or no signal at all, so everything goes to voicemail. I complained audibly enough that a master ticket was opened, and I’m certain that I have coworkers that contributed to that ticket as well.

This is mainly important because texting or calling my mobile is something that is critically needed with me having been in the middle of a housing search. I can’t be reached for ten hours of my day. This wouldn’t be bad if I worked a schedule that gave me a couple of business hours on either end of the day, but I work those very business hours. So I must call during my lunch, which is painfully short at 30 minutes. I get a choice: bike out of the bad signal to place and receive calls (at least quarter mile each way), hope that the Xfinity access point is up and strong enough to allow wi-fi calling, or don’t bother until the end of day.

I’d change networks, but right now, a network change means I’ll have to accept an Android or iOS device. BlackBerry announced the death of their hardware division. I wouldn’t trust the existing hardware to get proper maintenance, as result. Windows 10 Mobile, on the other hand, isn’t getting a lot of love hardware-wise. Going to VZW yields one phone: Lumia 735. Pretty phone. I have one. Going to AT&T yields a couple of phones, but a ridiculous purchasing requirement. 30 month device payment? Nope. Sprint has no Windows 10 Mobile devices.

This frustrates me, and yet my carrier knows they have me by the balls, based on phone preference.

This sucks.

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Update

A fresh can of paint.

I caved in. I bought a WordPress theme, because I just haven’t felt quite as urged to re-learn PHP and write my own theme again.

Granted, the theme I purchased is kind of a special one since it’s one of those engines that allows you to (within reason) build what you want within its framework, and publish that as what you’d like to show off to people. I’ve to learn a bit more about it, so I can get more of what I want out of it, but it’s a bit closer to what I’d like out of an appearance than what I was using.

It’s also special in that the framework in question allows me to build child themes, as far as I’ve gathered, and actually resell these.

 

For my Patreon patron(s), you deserve more flavor in your update. Here’s the seasoner:

I’ve tabled work on converting Norithics’ Partners series temporarily. There’s a LOT of writing there, and I need to be able to pay proper attention while I work to get the formatting correct. I also need to track down a bug in generation that is causing everything in the test e-book to act as if it were all being shoved into a set of nested tables with pixel-thick borders. Just a few pages in on the last generated test, and I can see eight nested tables. I’m nine issues in on formatting, and I need to know before I finish these whether there’s something dumb that I’m doing, or if it’s a bug in Nimble Writer’s ePub generation.

To that end, I’m working on another short story of my own, so that I can have a separate test bed to see just what is going on. I admit that I’m cheating a little with the story, as it’s another one focused in my Chronoverse, but it’s part of one that I never posted, and nearly lost when the Copy online storage service shut down earlier this year. If I didn’t have redundant copies of damn near everything, this tale would’ve been lost, even to me.

Even that is running a little on the slow side, because I’m struggling to find a place to live, and it’s getting really close to struggle time.

Anyhow, back to the grind.

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Silence is Golden, but Damage is Chronometric.

Hey, folks! Xial here.

August has been a very, very interesting month for me. I restarted my Patreon, right as I got so fed up with a part time retail job that I just quit.
Granted, a few days before, I had hit my tolerance point for the place that I was ready to walk out that day. Through some careful wrangling, I managed to line up a bit of temporary work that has consistent, humanizing hours, and a pay rate that gives me a chance to put away a little cash to try to get another place to stay.

A place to stay, you say?

I’ll get more into why I do not want to move with them after the cut.

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‘Partners’, coming soon.

About a week ago, I announced on Inkbunny that I was working on converting Norithics’ Partners series, volume 1 to ePub, because I wanted to see a digital copy of the book.

At that time, I was hasty and thought I’d have it done in a couple of days.

There’s a LOT to Volume 1. 23 ‘issues’, at around 5100 words per issue (chapter).

23 * 5100 = 117,300 words, which is around what I think is in there.

There’s a bit of proofreading to be done as I go through each issue, and there’s conversion from not-quite-Markdown to Nimble Writer’s approximation of Markdown. Then I export this, make an ePub, and then get to work on the stylesheet to get it to be presentable. There’s also font embedding, cover generation, and then an actual hardware test to my ebook reader.

This is probably going to be a couple of weeks of work, provided that real life does not properly get in my way.

 

Either way, stay tuned. 🙂

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ePubs are coming. :)

The ePubs I’ve mentioned once before are coming. I’m working the content in Nimble Writer, exporting it to have most of what I want in place, and then cleaning up the ePub to make it ready for your viewing.

I intend to make a free and a paid version of the stories available. They’ll be identical; the paid version is if you’d like to support a writer. 🙂

Cheers, folks!

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That Southern Hospitality

That Southern Hospitality

A D’Syrup Short

Written by Xial Lunashine in 2015


Please be aware that the material in this short story borders on erotica, and may not be suitable for public reading. You may follow the page link to continue reading for free.

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Miutium Minutiae

Miutium Minutiae

A Chronoverse Short

Written by Xial Lunashine in 2015

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Chemical Assistance

Chemical Assistance

A Chronoverse Short

Written by Xial in 2014


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Accelerant and Purge

Accelerant and Purge

A Chronoverse Short

Written by Xial Lunashine in 2015