I wish more people in the FOSS world understood that when you place a technical barrier on contributing, you're closing off your project and hurting the movement as a whole.

Don't yell at people who open bug reports because they lack some understanding of the issue or don't know the technical jargon. You might just send them back to proprietary software.

Not gonna lie, as someone who doesn't write code, I don't always feel welcome.

I'm currently looking for an editor for my science fiction book about the dangers or proprietary software. It's heavily influenced by free software and its culture.

Here's a link to the Reddit thread, since there's too much information for a single toot.

old.reddit.com/r/HireAnEditor/

If you're interested or know anyone, feel free to get in touch.

Well, my editor quit a week ago for personal reasons. Guess I should start looking for a new one soon. Or I could give the book another go and improve a few things first.

As I work on my next project, I keep thinking about the best way to structure a story.

It comes down to three things. First, characters have active goals. They take actions and make decisions based on those goals. Those actions have consequences that move the story forward and potentially create new active goals.

It's really the basics, but it's easy to forget about it and write whole chapters where nothing happens. Dunno if that's how everyone does it, but it's always been my approach.

I finished my last rewrite this morning. Now, all that's left is to edit the book. Oh, and handle all the other stuff like the cover, legalese, etc.

Still, it feels like I hit a big milestone.

So with all these posts about Tumblr banning porn... Mastodon is about to get invaded by rule 34 artists, isn't it?

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Is anyone knowledgeable in website design? I'd like to have a blog implemented on my website, but without any sort of proprietary plugin, tracking cookies, or any of that stuff. I want something 100% FOSS and privacy-friendly.

The friend I hired to design the website is cool with that, but isn't very saavy when it comes to FOSS, so I said I'd look into it on my own. Problem is, I'm a complete newbie when it comes to web design. Anyone has recommendations?

I just rewrote that romantic scene I'd been struggling on. It always feels good when I manage to fix something I've been struggling with. Romance in particular is something I have a very hard time writing.

It's pretty sickening how Amazon dominates the self-publishing industry. On top of it, so many writers are complately sold on their methods.

Not only does it leave writers at the mercy of whatever Amazon decides to do, it makes it hard for customers who don't want to deal with that company do discover potentially great writers.

We really need more viable options to buy books, mostly when it comes to self-published material. How come we don't have something like Gog or Bandcamp?

Chapter 1 is done and ready for publication. Just 19 more to go. I should probably kick myself in the butt and start looking for a cover designer, look into how I want to tackle the final formatting, that kind of stuff.

Just went through my editor's notes for the first chapter. I think I'm fairly satisfied, although I'll definitely give it at least another look in a few days.

I don't know if it's just me, but beginnings are always the hardest for me. It's just impossible to find a hook that'll work for everyone.

After 3 weekends of not having the time to work on my book, it's time to sit down and edit.

I find that these last steps are always the hardest, especially when I already have an idea for the next book. Still, gotta finish this one and give it my 100%, then on to publishing.

I just got home after my trip to Italy. It's amazing, the inspiration to be found by visiting another country.

Top lesson learned though: next time I plan on going to a country where I don't speak the language, I should take the time to learn a few basic sentences first.

Just formatted my laptop in preparation for my upcoming vacation. Kinda crazy that I now feel the need to avoid carrying any of my data when crossing a border.

I definitely was due for a cleanup though. I like to reformat my laptop once in a while either way.

I got my first chapter back from my editor. It's exciting to be getting into these final steps.

Feels great to get back into writing. Editing is advancing pretty well, and I'm already thinking about things like cover design. Taking a break was helpful though. Sometimes, you need to give your brain a rest and reboot it, so to speak.

So I found this random picture online that looks just like one of my characters. No luck in tracing it back to its source, but it might serve as inspiration for the book's cover.

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