FP 3.4 :: Cure
Donk Donk. o/~
FP 3.4 :: Cure
Donk Donk. o/~
FP 3.4 :: Cure
Please queue in an orderly fashion for the paranoia festival.
FP 3.4 :: Cure
Here’s to your health.
Welcome back, folks. We’re in the end stretch of this particular book, so let’s go out big. This MIGHT be a four-update chapter, not quite sure yet, still working it out. Are you ready?
Lots of things going on behind the scenes. And in front of the scenes. And generally around the scenes. Allow me to explain.
Floating Point 3.3 is finalized, taking your feedback and fixes into consideration. One notable new addition: a brief explanation of Twist and how it operates. I’ve decided it’s spread through physical contact, so I’ve edited any instance of Spark touching people to work around that.
I’m outlining Floating Point 3.4 now. You may have seen me writing some of it over on my Twitch.TV livestream channel. There’s not quite enough yet for me to start posting it, and I’m still making tunes and tweaks, but it’s coming along. Once I have the outline for Act II of the chapter in better shape we can get going on it. Your patience is appreciated.
In other hobby news, I’ve started streaming retro arcade and console games on that Twitch channel I just mentioned. I’m streaming every Monday and Wednesday night at 9pm Eastern, and I’d love for folks to tune in and enjoy. It’s sort of a retrogame variety show, where I mix up classics and play random games, while providing pithy commentary. I’m also continuing to update my YouTube channel with some seriously deep geek arcade tech how-tos, with open source code for all the tools I’m developing.
Also, I’m doing some research into Visual Novels as a possible future project, after Floating Point. So far I’ve got some stellar ideas for what I’d want to do with the medium. I also have some unfortunate examples of what I absolutely do NOT want to do with the medium. I’m a picky bastard and I’ll only go into this new idea if I can make something that feels like my own ideals. …although having no art or music resources is kind of a major problem and may torpedo it. Yeah, I could use Twine, but I kinda want to mix media. You know me; I’m all about mixing media. I mix all the onesdamned media, when I can.
FP 3.3 :: Sell
Well, maybe they’re the FRIENDLY kind of religious extremists.
FP 3.3 :: Sell
I got through maybe an hour of that Nicholas Cage movie before quitting and changing my mind about this chapter’s plot.
So, Floating Point 3.3 has begun. That’s a thing. But wait! I have MORE things for you today! New things and improved things.
On the new front, the second book in the series, Revelation of Floating Point, is now on sale! You can buy it in physical and DRM-free Kindle ebook versions. What’s more, if you buy the physical copy, you get the ebook for free! Neat little trick there, Amazon. Props for value. This book includes chapters 2.1-2.6 from the website, plus the previously Patreon-only bonus chapter 2.7 which shows the origins of Netwerk through the eyes of its creators. Worldbuilding! It’s what’s for breakfast.
As for improved things, I’ve gone back and revamped 3.1 to include new icons. I’ll put ’em here for your enjoyment rather than make you plow through the text for them. These are icons for the Inquisition, the Nobodies, Lux, and Lumi respectively…
Pretty, ain’t they.
But wait, there’s more! I’ve finalized chapter 3.2, including two changes you may wanna read, both of which are based on user feedback. Some folks felt that our heroes didn’t really contribute much to the plot, so Madison clarifies how critical they were. Lastly, the emotional impact of Beta watching Lux’s interactions with the Nobodies didn’t really hit like I wanted, so I’ve expanded on her thoughts.
Okay, enough looking back. Let’s look forward. FP3.3 continues next week. My hustle has been strong after a few weeks of feeling stymied, and I gotta ride it out as long as I can. I can’t promise an end to roadblocks and delays, but for today, it’s strong. Let’s enjoy that, together.
The halfway point. Glass half full or half empty. Wednesday of the week. We’re at that point, folks.
Floating Point 3.3 has begun, and in fact I’m nearly done writing it, so releases should be smooth. Took some time to get to this point because I went down the wrong rabbit hole with my plot and had to back up quite a bit, but here we are.
What else is coming up? How about the Revelation of Floating Point book? As of this post I’ve completed formatting the print version (finally) and the eBook is formatted as well. Just gotta tune up the cover art and put it through the mighty gears of the Amazon.com. Once they sign off on it, you’ll be able to buy a copy. It consists of the six chapters on the website, plus a special bonus chapter previously exclusive only to Patreon backers. (No author’s notes this time, and apologies for that. It’s been a weird book.)
So here we go, folks. It’s all downhill from here. And the downhill is the best part of a roller coaster, isn’t it.
Floating Point 3.2 is now complete, and ready for your reading. And it should be a smoother read ’cause I’ve gone and spellchecked the damn thing. That’s going to be policy from now on. New content update? Spellchecked before it ever hits the website.
You might say “Well DUH, of course you should’ve been doing that!” but consider the story I’m writing, which is packed with nonsense words, technobabble, and slang a-plenty. It trips up the spellchecker perpetually. On top of that, I make revision sweeps through the work to tune up the wording, which can undo any checking already done. That’s why I tended to wait until after all comments were in from readers before making the spellcheck and finalizing the chapter.
Problem is… well, 90% of the feedback I’ve been getting is typo reports. And that’s nice, especially ones which an automated spellchecker wouldn’t get (“a black chat crosses your path” or “I think you you smell funny”) but it’s drowning out the one thing I really, really need now… feedback on the story.
For example… are you enjoying it? Do particular moments really stay with you? Do some things feel a little off? Did events unfold as you expected, or were you surprised? How do you feel? That’s what I need to know. By all means, if you see a typo, point it out! But I’d also love to hear your more subjective reactions, and to better enable that, I’m going to do redundant spellchecks anytime I change anything. More work for me, less hassle for you.
FP 3.3 will be starting in 1-3 weeks. I need some time to plot it; beyond “and then they dealt with the Athena Online senate and the Inquisition” and a few vague ideas, I got nothin’. Time to put that rental copy of National Treasure to good use!
FP 3.2 :: Sell
Greed, for lack of a better word, is good. Or so they say.
Patreon backers, you’ll be getting the finale of 3.2 a bit late; my life’s been nuts lately and I’m trying to prioritize self-care over consistent story updates. Does you no good if the writing’s bunk ’cause my brain’s melted.
In good news, my editor-in-chief is almost done with Revelation of Floating Point, the second novel in the series. It’ll go on sale within a week or two, if all goes well. It includes all the 2.x chapters from the website, plus the Patreon/Retail only bonus story which features Jack Hayes and serves as a prequel to the entire series.