You may have noticed the new My Best Stuff section on the side. The articles there either continue to be the most viewed or have generated the best reaction from people who know me. I didn’t think much about it when I was calling it Popular or Recently Popular. Calling it “my best” makes me nervous.
It made me realize that those articles probably do represent my best writings, or at least my most successful. And I wonder if they’re actually any good. No real way to find out, except by forging ahead anyway.
So please don’t hesitate to let me know if I’m wrong about what to include in the list or if you have any comments or suggestions. You can follow me on Twitter here or email me .
I’ll update the list on occasion as I discover which articles resonate with people the best.
A few months ago, two friends asked if I’d be interested in working on a book project with them. Jed is a successful artist and illustrator. Noelle is a brilliant writer and educational designer. They’ve worked together on several projects and wanted a programmer to help design a book app. I said yes before they stopped talking. :)
Here is one of Jed’s early designs:
It’s an interactive fiction fantasy story app, except that the plot is cohesive and targeted at a young adult audience. In many choosable path books, the endings were often very different from each other. For example, the plot might change from bank robbers to aliens depending on which door you went through. Also you died a lot.
In our story app, you nudge the main character in the direction you want her to go even as the story unfolds around her. The book remembers the choices you make and adjusts the text and artwork as you go along. Noelle is writing the same story more than 20 times and loving it. She’s been planning this story since high school.
A website is coming soon. We’re close to finishing the programming, art and writing for chapter one. Noelle is wrapping up chapter two in a few weeks.
A few weeks ago, I got to attend Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference in San Francisco for work. My plane took off about sunset.
I’d just finished reading Brenda Ueland’s If You Want To Write. I admired the view out the window and then wrote the following:
As the plane rose into the air, I could see the mountains rising up like waves about to crash on the lights of the towns below. They were white-capped still from the remains of winter snows as yet unmelted. The flat plains looked peacefully unsuspecting of the violence poised above them frozen in stone.
Facing the waves, the sun was sinking into a flat line of fog, its orange light spread across the edges of the fog. The scattered islands in the Great Salt Lake below made curious outlines in the fading light.
It’s my first attempt at writing something spontaneously. If You Want To Write is very good, by the way.