# Writings

## Non-Fiction

I've left Twitter in favor of Mastodon. An archive of my tweets can be found here!

Every now and then, I write in my LiveJournal, and it becomes something that I refer to somewhat often. Usually, it's some method or formula that I've figured out on my own, and, rather than trying to reformulate it, I just refer to these writings. For convenience, they're now here. Despite the sometimes-heavy subject matter, the tone in these writings is often very informal.

• Slant Development Diary: The tiny bit of time I make any major progress on this, I'll post updates.
• Intro to SVG: A handy little piece on the important parts of scalable vector graphics
• Getting YouTube to Repeat Videos: A little JS paste that I'm putting here for safe keeping.
• Emacs Lisp: A really handy tutorial on Emacs Lisp!
• Quick Proofs: This is a short, but hopefully growing list of mathematically interesting proofs.
• Prime Factorization: Interactive (sorta!) demonstration that every number has a unique collection of prime divisors.
• A Lesson on Fractals: A basic explanation of the Mandelbrot and Burning Ship fractals.
• Introduction to Raytracing: Making basic three dimensional shapes with math isn't hard. It also provides an introduction to basic trigonometry. (todo: finish)
• Booleans in C: A guide to hacking the ternary conditional operator in C to some ridiculous ends.
• Intersecting a Box and a Line: How can you tell, mathematically, if a two-dimensional line intersects a three-dimensional box?

## Fiction / Shorts

• 99 Words project: an increasing nunmber of short vignettes of 99 words each.
• An Inhospitable Gray: a short story for a local writing contest.

## Fiction / Novellas

Every year in November is the National Novel Writing Month. Anything that I've written for that event is available here!

### Fortress of the Forgotten

This was my first attempt at a zombie novel. It's got forgettable characters and a contrived plot. It's a pretty forgettable pulp. On the plus side, parts of the book are pretty gruesome. As with most zombie stories, it's more of a survival story about a ragtag band of people thrown into a pretty horrific situation to prove themselves. It was originally written in XSL Formatting Objects and rendered into PDF with Apache FOP. Ultimately, FOP is a miserable, verbose XML-based language that makes me want to cry. Here are the links to read the 2007 NaNoWriMo entry:

### The Universe

While better than Fortress, it's still not a very solid novel. It's a tale of bravery, tragedy, and the ultimate shape of the universe. It mixes some philosophy with a brutal war between robots against humans and their giant, humanoid allies. Unlike Fortress, this one hasn't been fully proof-read yet. This was written in LaTeX rendered into PDF with proTeXt. This was ultimately a more rewarding experience with marginally better results. This was submitted for the 2011 NaNoWriMo.

## Print Versions

I'm tinkering with the idea of a print-on-demand version of these titles. I very much doubt they'd be a big hit, but in the future?