The Devil’s in the Details

Analytics Whoops!
Analytics Whoops!

In a moment of goofing off from NaNoWriMo I decided to take a look at what my website traffic has been doing since I turned off comments. I was hoping to thwart the spammers, which should have lead to a downturn… but not quite as drastic a one as I found.

Thankfully it was an obvious and easy fix.

When I swapped my theme from the Boilerplate to Twenty Fourteen I forgot to turn the Google Analytics plugin back on (I’d had it hardcoded into my custom header). So everything since November 8th is now a nice little dead zone in my reports.

With that hiccup, it looks like I’ll have to wait a little longer to see if there’s actually been a change. But on a good note, it means I can try and focus in on what sort of traffic I want to see and how to get it! *dusts off her researching tools*

 

Saturday Story Prompts

Saturday Story Prompts

1. The world is ending in a month and we’ve run out of things to do.

2. Dragons are sharp, brittle personalities, objecting with chirps and warning belches at any change in routine.

3. Virtual reality has always been better than reality, it’s a life designed to be won– once the chance to choose one over the other is real, the results are terrifying.

4. Teaching Songs are passed down verbally from generation to generation. Too sacred to be transcribed, the words and lyrics fall victim to time until each town has it’s variations.

5. It wasn’t the sort of test you could fail, you got unlimited attempts and nothing counted against you. They wanted to know how you approached problem solving, not if you could solve this particular problem on the first try. But everyone knew that going in, so some of us got creative…

New Expansion Downtime

Ashella Making New Friends
Ashella making New Friends!

I love new content! There are new quests to do, new things to ooh and aah over. Cutscenes and lore and all the new goodies that come with a new (or old) chunk of Azeroth popping into existence.

What I don’t like is all of the people.

I spent last Friday fighting server queue times, insta-spawning quest monsters, rares that are only up long enough to click once and pray you do damage before they’re down again, and layers upon layers of friendly folks who’ve buried the quest givers under a sea of mounts… It the same thing that happened with MoP and it’s enough to make a Kitty Blender of Doom™ take a vacation.

Stuck on the Docks
Stuck on the Docks

I can’t wait to play the expansion, but after a long day of work the last thing I really want to do is fight with the game for a chance play my Kitty Cuisinart™.  So I think I’m going to throw in the towel/keyboard for this first week and let the newness wear off a bit.

In the meantime I’m just going to soak in the awesome goodness from all the other WoW blogs on my blogroll and maybe play a little SWTOR on the side…

I’ll Be An Artist/Writer When…

Live from the Workbench 11-15-2014
Live from the Workbench 11-15-2014

Margaret’s post I Feel Like a Fake. Anyone Else? caught me at just the right moment this morning. I’d been wading through my old short stories trying to find bones to wrap NaNoWriMo wordcounts around, all while pushing aside art projects so I could see my desk.

She asked the question: What will it take for you to believe you’re an artist?

I thought about it, in terms of Artist and Writer and I’m honestly not sure where that bar is at for me. When people ask me I will always respond with “I’m an Artist/Writer, but…”

So I’m going to do an experiment!

Starting today I’m going to make a list of all the Buts and then I’m going to chase each of them down MythBuster‘s style and see if they are actually true.

I’ll do a post at least once a month on which Buts I’ve Busted and what the results were. (Some will obviously take less time to test than others.)

Should be fun! :)

Saturday Story Prompts

Saturday Story Prompts

1. Tiny wisps of clouds float by on the horizon, like lost sheep scattered out across the sea.

2. She’s reduced her life to the very minimalist edge, everything she used to cherish now lives in photographs on the web.

3. Everything turns colorless as soon as the glasses turn on, the Technicolor jungle reduced to a grayscale version that immediately soothes his headache.

4. “I didn’t bother to patent the machine because it doesn’t work,” he grinned at her between mouthfuls of steak. “My competitors can try and backwards engineer it till the stars burns out and they still won’t find the secret.”

“Which is what?”

“Magic.”

5. Breaking a leg is a thousand times worse than she’d imagined, but it was still totally worth it to see the look on his face.

A’WoW’ing We Will Go… Maybe?

World of Warcraft Woe
World of Warcraft Woe

I had grand plans to get on World of Warcraft tonight after work– it’s a new expansion so there’s plenty to do on my main that isn’t just a max-level grind. But alas, the entire rest of the universe wanted to do the same. Whodathunk? ;)

So instead of walking away the miles while I play all things New and Improved™ I’m staring at a screen that constantly changes it’s mind on how long I have to wait.

But I am a patient kitty and soon new levels of foes will taste my claws… at some point… eventually… *goes off to play on other WoW blogs in the meantime*

Building a Story To-Do List

Short Story Outlines

This year’s NaNoWriMo has turned into another series of short stories and that’s sent me digging back into the vaults to see which outlines are ripe for word counts. I didn’t plan for the first story to die out at 10k, or the second to round out a 5k, so I’m needing some serious story bones right now…

So far I have finished off

  • The Tear’s of Winter — New universe, 10kish
  • Werewolf Sick Days — Tales of the Drunken Unicorn, 5kish

Older Stuff I have I can work on

  • Last Requests — Nothing done on this one other than the really rough outline
  • Chewtoys — Plenty of room for prose expansion on ‘this is what happened’ sum-up bits
  • Silverwitch — very very rough idea of where it was going, so lots of room to run
  • The Ties That Bind — Lots to prose out still, but it might be better to finish Silverwitch instead of working on the sequel
  • Inheritance — Still needs a lot of prose written, but the story itself has issues, might be good to work those out in a NaNo rush.
  • Natural Instincts — Almost no prose done, pretty much an untouched universe so lots of room to wiggle
  • Three Tequila, Floor — Lots of room to run here, very vaguely roughed out. Also bonus for being in the same ‘verse as Werewolf Sick Days (TotDU)
  • The Wolves of Windsor Dorm — Only a very loose idea, but I keep referring to it in the other TotDU stories

I have a few other stories in the wings, but I think I’ll start with these and roll out the others as needed! :)

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