Friday, November 11, 2011

"Grunge Box" created with Inkscape

I worked with Inkscape alongside a friend today and created this RSS box icon from scratch. There is a great listing of tutorials at the Inkscape Tutorials weblog where I discovered how to make this and other cool things. The great thing about an exercise like this is that it teaches you some useful techniques to employ in your own designs. Inkscape is a great vector graphics editor, and it's free. To learn more about vector graphics, there is a pretty decent wiki on the subject.

I made this box from the "Use Inkscape to Create a Grunge RSS Box Icon" tutorial. Enjoy!

Monday, November 7, 2011

New Sci-fi Movie "Rage of the Yeti" vs "The Thing"

I had to laugh at the title of this new sci fi horror movie premiering November 12th, 2011 on the Syfy channel. However, I still maintain that nothing can beat John Carpenter's "The Thing" (1982), which will always be the ultimate 'snowy wasteland' sci fi horror movie.

(Update: 11/27/2011) Unfortunately, the embedded Yeti trailer no longer works, so I removed it from this post. I wasn't able to find the trailer any where else online. So enjoy "The Thing"!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

On National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo)

Yes sir, November is National Novel Writing Month. Every year people gather to write novels together and sign up at I've never been a fan of online writing communities. I tried some out in 2001 and found that I was much better off writing and tracking my progress offline. I carefully choose who I show fresh work to, especially if it is far from being complete. But that's what works best for me.

I say if it helps you write, do it. But then keep on going. Don't stop on Nov. 30th. If novels are what you want to write, write 'em, damn it! And write 'em year round. If you can make time for one month, you can make time for 11 more.

If you're going to sign up for this 30 day novel writing extravaganza, use it as an opportunity to learn about your own writing process. Your mission:
  1. Find out what works best for you.
  2. Do what works best.
  3. Make it so you can do it the rest of the year.
Sounds simpler than it is... but hang in there. Write. Write. And write some more!

Here's some nice sentiments on NaNoWriMo from S. Misanthrope: Stupid of the Week #3: National Write a Novel Month.