Yes, it is April first. I normally change the background or color scheme of the site, but I didn’t think of it in time this year. Still, I wouldn’t want to send you out on the internet today without your usual April 1st warning: Careful what you read. It’s probably even more untrue than usual.
So… it feels like we’re short on content these days, doesn’t it? I’m still finishing up my book. My wife has started a new job. We’ve been busy shopping for a replacement car and getting rid of the husk of the old. These various things have eaten into the hours I normally spend doing MY ACTUAL JOB. Where does the time go?
Also, maybe I’ve squeezed in a few minutes of Factorio here and there. You know. In those occasional moments when I should be sleeping, exercising, or working. That kind of thing. I found a few mods that really tickle my fancy, so I’ve spent a few hours having that thoroughly tickled.
The book now has a cover. Check it out:
I paid someone to do it on Fiverr, and I’m really happy with the result.
Obviously I’ve had to give the book a proper title. “Mass Effect Retrospective” works as a series of blog posts, but it’s kinda lame as a book title. I realize the current title is a Very Obvious pun, but what can you do?
Most of the work is now done. I’m just proofing at this point. Instead of thinking of proofing as a job that gets “done”, I’m starting to think of it in terms of half-life. Each read-through of the book seems to uncover half of the remaining mistakes. (Or if you prefer, half as many as the previous read-through.) You never really reach the point where the book is mistake-free, you just proof it until the projected number of undiscovered mistakes is low enough to live with. I think we’re almost there.
Some random comments / observations:
- After reading through my Mass Effect 1 series, I’m really looking forward to the remaster. That will come out in mid-May. I still plan on playing through the first game. I don’t plan on revisiting ME 2 or ME 3 unless there’s some radical changes I need to see.
- Wow, my Andromeda series is super-duper negative.
- Related: Andromeda was so bad in terms of writing. I forgot just what a mess it was until I re-read my series. I’ll reiterate the question I asked at the time: How did it get this bad?
- I have to keep coming up with new ways to look at the book. This is an old proofreading trick, but you want to make it look a little different each time so it seems fresh and new to your brain. Change the margins. The page width. The font size. Etc. This helps, but my brain is catching on and its getting really, really tired of reading the same thing again and again. I’ll be glad when this part of the job is behind me.
So that’s where things are right now. Hopefully we’ll get back to our normal routine Real Soon Now.
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