Jenkins Rising

ROW80 Week 9: Incidental

(other participants)

This has been a good week for things that weren’t goals:

My best progress was with memorising poetry, which I managed to fit in at least six days this week.

Writing wasn’t so successful: five days out of seven, but nothing very long, and nothing towards Conkers.

Hopefully I can change that this week — work has got me looking into mindfulness and ways of avoiding distraction when programming, and I suspect writing requires a similar kind of focus.

While I don’t have a reading goal at the moment, I’ve still been reading. Both these stories got me thinking about how to write alien perspectives:

China Miéville’s Perdido Street Station has a monster that only very inhuman minds can fight.

Bravemule, by “Kevin Snow + collaborators”, is a story based on a Dwarf Fortress game. The characters have strange personalities to match the sometimes-strange decisions the game AI makes.

Good luck and happy writing!


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