New Article At GPSTrackLog On Souvenirs
My latest article is up at GPSTrackLog and this month I take a look at Geocaching Souvenirs – What are they? How do you get them? And why you should consider ‘collecting’ them.
Be sure to check it out!
The last month has been a whirlwind. Time has done that weird thing where it seems both an age ago and yesterday since I moved house. I still have boxes everywhere and don’t seem to have a free moment to unpack many of them, and I’m going to bed mentally exhausted as I work through a mountain of a ToDo list.
I have found time to get out though. I’m sword training twice a week at the moment and that’s going well and last weekend I went to the Torro Autumn conference to hear about the latest in tornadoes and their research.
As regular readers of this blog know , I’m a big fan of tornadoes; not the destruction they wrought but the mere act of nature. I’ve even chased in the US (and been in the outer edges of a mile wide EF2).
But what surprises me (constantly) is how little we know about these acts of nature and how little research has been done. What’s all the more surprising is the research that has been done has often been done not by academics but by knowledgable amateurs with an interest.
As much as I am like Benny from The LEGO Movie, “shouting “Tornado, tornado, tornado” instead of “spaceship, spaceship, spaceship” I have a real and genuine interest in the science of tornadoes. Therefore travelling to the conference last weekend and hearing all about research on things like topography and tornado formation was genuinely riveting.
I enjoyed my day and am determined that the idea for a research project of my own should be moved forward. I need to find ways to source some historic weather data but it’s going to be interesting to see what comes out of it.
The last time I went to a Torro conference I was a few weeks away from going on my first chase. Now I’ve been out to the US and experienced tornadoes I’m even hungrier for information. We’re a long way from being able to predict tornadoes but there’s an army of academics and amateurs studying these things and trying to learn their lessons.
New Article At Fantasy-Faction On Scapple
So this month over at Fantasy-Faction I’m taking a look at the companion product to Scrivener – the mind-mapping programme called Scapple. If you’ve ever wondered what mind-mapping is and how it could possibly help you or have looked at Scapple and wondered what it does, be sure to check out the article.
My approach to my writing process is one of continual improvement. I like to discover different techniques and then try them out, fine tuning them and seeing if they match my approach to writing.
A lot’s changed over the last 18 months in terms of process and I’m largely very happy with it and what it’s delivering. I’ve possibly got a big process rework for how I approach editing on the horizon but I suspect that will slip into next year. So for now, any changes are things that aid and support, rather than radically change the current process.
Talking about Greasemonkey & Tampermonkey Scripts At GPSTracklog
This month at GPSTracklog, I take a look at Greasemonkey & Tampermonkey scripts you can use in your browser to make changes to the Geocaching.com webpage and introduce extra functionality. It should be of interest to all geocachers.
For the last few weeks I’ve been unable to write. After never-ending months of the house purchase looking like it might never go ahead, I suddenly found myself with the reality that not only was I buying a house but I was faced with all the realities and complications that arises from the move.
I had so much to do that I decided it would make sense to put the writing on hold whilst I dealt with life. I hated doing this, especially as I’d got some very key scenes I was desperate to write. But needs must.
Like a lot of writers I sometimes find writing a chore. I often wonder if I enjoy the act of having written more than actually writing. But I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised how much I missed it whilst moving. Over the last couple of weeks whilst apparent chaos has swirled around me, I’ve longed for quiet time to sit back down and write.
And with this week, that time finally came.
I still have a mountain of house-related tasks on my ToDo list, I’ve yet to really unpack many boxes, and as much as writing last night was like trying to use a underused muscle, I still really enjoyed being back.
I’ve worked hard over the years to be able to afford space where I could work uninterrupted. Now I have it, with a massive new computer desk as well. I have no excuse now not to churn out the words now, do I?
For those of you who missed it last week, GeoGearHeads has posted the video of the webchat we had where I talked about the wonders of the Geocaching software application, GSAK. I sound remarkably coherent for 2am in the morning!
If you’re a geocacher who has been wondering why so many Geocachers rave about this product, check out the video and find out why!
Just to let everyone know that I’ll be appearing on the Geocaching Show, GeoGearHeads, this Thursday Night (Friday Morning in the UK) to talk about the software tool, GSAK. Chris and Darryl always do incredible shows so if you can tune in live, please do so. If not, you should be able to watch afterwards via YouTube. More details on the episode and local broadcast information can be found
+Adrian Faulkner returns to talk with +Chris Umphenour and +Darryl Wattenberg about GSAK and how #Geocachers can make the most of the popular tool. Hit the “Q&A” button in the upper right corner of the trailer to add a comment or question to be used in the show. Or email us at GeoGearHeads@CacheAManiacs.com(audio files are preferred so we can hear them in your own voice) or call our voicemail line at 206-350-3647.
So I realise things have been a little quiet on the blog the last couple of weeks. As twitter followers might be aware, I’ve been busy with moving to Wiltshire after buying a house in the county. I’d not planned to buy for another year or two but I found a great property at a bargain price that I fell in love with.
It needs a bit of cosmetic work but has a ridiculous number of rooms (especially as it is just a normal house). But the real star is at the bottom of the huge garden. I think calling it a shed, den or an outbuilding is slightly understating it, so I’ve nicknamed it the batcave. In a year or two, when I can afford all the work it needs doing to it, it will be my office. In the meantime, I’ve got the office set up temporarily in another room.
However, after taking all my stuff out of storage, I’ve still got a mountain of work to do to make the house habitable – or at least if I want the use of my living room back!
New Article at Fantasy-Faction on Aeon Timeline
So, this month over at Fantasy-Faction I take a look at another piece of writing software in the form of Aeon Timeline. For those of you who struggle to keep track of which characters are where when, this can be a Godsend!