hares-recovery

Text and PDF versions

Posted by Derek
Nov 05 2010

It’s been promised a long time; I never could get things to look the way I wanted, which in addition to a severe lack of time to tinker with it is what’s delayed the function for so long. I suppose I shouldn’t worry about the look so much. I mean, it’s just plaintext. Why worry about presentation?

Because I, apparently, am picky about such things. I almost called myself a ‘diva’ but I went ahead and ate a candy bar. TV taught me that would help.

I’m still hungry.

Anyway, here’s an example. It’ll offer you a lightly-formatted text document to print, as well as a PDF link to save. The link for these is located in the upper-right of each individual chapter’s text, near the next/previous links.

The look is still not perfect - for one, once downloaded, there is no way to discern the intended order unless you’re careful to do so while you fetch the files. I could fix that by adding in a number to each chapter’s title, but I think that may change the permalinks as well. I could instead add a number as the first line of the text, I suppose… My original intent was to do so by providing an in-universe date on which the particular chapter takes place.

I’ll wind up generating my own PDFs I can better control the look of, but for now this should help the e-reader blues. Also, a single, monolithic PDF of the entire collection (or sub-sections, perhaps) might streamline the process. For example, one logical division would be from Blizzard through Two Thousand. That however is a sizable chunk. A few smaller installments might work better. This is something to further examine en-route to an .EPUB or .MOBI edition.

But that doesn’t change the main reason for this place: further progressing through the story itself. Sadly, there is no new installment today.

It’s been a rough few months timewise, as should be mostly evident from the lack of any sort of updates other than quick blurbs on twitter and this out-of-the-blue rant. I’ve worked on Awakening’s sixth part as I’ve been able, but spending a mere five minutes here, fifteen there, another half-hour over there… With all the separate sessions breaking up the creative process, the chapter’s very rough and doesn’t logically fit together. I’m not happy with it, and as soon as I can dedicate an entire afternoon to working on it I might actually make some progress.

There are a few things I’d like to share in the interim, however. It’s likely they’re not new to anyone, but I’ll do it anyway.

First, from @baltakatei via Twitter - Dinosaur Comics debates the scientific merits of immortality. I think the green guy should have eaten the yellow guy at the first sign of dissent.

From me: A photo from the very first high plains snowstorm of the 2010 season. It dumped as much as 13” in some areas (such as in front of my outward-opening door. The residence pictured is not my house). Much has since melted, but it has really made things a mess while working in the woods.

Also, as someone publishing content to the web, I feel compelled to mention this. There’s been a bunch of controversy in the last several days about an alleged theft of intellectual property by a magazine who supposedly stated ‘the web is considered “public domain”’ in defense of said theft. If the story is true… It’s quite possibly the saddest thing I’ve read all year. I won’t rehash it as it’s been thoroughly covered almost anywhere else you care to look and I’d probably miss important details.

It won’t change what I’m doing here, I don’t expect. This site is my sole current method of publishing my work. I don’t mind if someone prints off a copy for their own reading, or loads it on an e-reader for the same… Heck, even downloading it for offline reading, fine. Enjoy it.

All I ask (and all I’ve ever truly asked) is: Please, don’t distribute it elsewhere unless you’ve asked me. If asked, I’d almost certainly okay a repost. Mainly, this so I can keep track of where it’s gone across the Great and Scary Intertubes. It’d be something else if the site actually was a source of income for me.

Which, sadly, it’s not. I’ve never made a single cent off of this site (a very rough estimate is that it has actually cost me approximately $2000 USD to date in hosting and domain fees alone). To the best of my recollection I’ve also never asked for donations towards domain upkeep. More than once, I’ve thought about asking - but unless I can get myself on some sort of routine schedule for updates, I simply don’t feel right rattling a tin cup. The most I’d likely do is toss up a paypal button somewhere on the sidebar and never mention it again.

What I’d much rather do is finish the story and create a nice, clean epub/kindle version, perhaps with illustrations… Really wish I could afford to commission a couple of pieces right now. I’d like to get a group-portrait of several of the characters done.

Let’s see if I can’t make the most of the next hour or two before I fall asleep…

TL;DR:

“You’re still talking but all I hear is ‘blah blah excuses blah blah.’” —T’bia, from Awakening pt 6

Working on it.

One Response

  1. typhoon says:

    PDF Links:

    Hey, it beats copy & Pasting Everything into TeX and it looks quite readable at last on my current setup. I haven’t tried it on anything small so far. Sometimes OK & done beats perfect and when it’s ready. I’ve been there plenty of times.

    As fas as the copyright thing: I think the one who claimed that simply wrote the first thing that popped into his or her mind when confronted with the theft - which turned out to be even more stupid then the original case of copy & paste authoring (Which has become far more common then most people’d believe). I’ve been pondering the question of licence and copyright too - pretty much since I started considering publishing myself. I’ll probably go for a creative commons license - maybe you should take a look at that.

    As for writing: Heck sooner or later Winter is going to get serious about things instead of dropping a few hints. I’d expect things will slow down then.