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Longer Boats are Coming to Win Us

Enough sales now to notice something. I never get any rewrite requests for fiction I've sold. But I almost always get a rewrite request for poetry. It must be different parts of the brain. It happened again today "no edits required, passing on to production" sort of email.

It's not rewriting usually for punctuation, grammar, or such, but conceptual rewriting. As if the poetry has too much or too little in it. Sort of a half-finished carving that needs trimming or filling in. Labrea Tarpits of the mind.

Meanwhile, the cold next to the window where I've been storing the 30lb bucket of honey means the honey is now a hard solid paste. The joy of chiselling out a pint to melt is the being able to dip a bit of toast into the hot melting honey and eat it. You can taste all the wax, all the pollen in it like it's a warm summer's day. Lovely.

And I spent the weekend in Ottawa at a programmer's conference. I learned two important things: 1. There's a lot of new tools available I should be using, and 2. Everyone has the same trouble with Drupal as I have, and I'm actually as fast or faster at bringing features to production as other people who have had more experience. So I'm chuffed, but not entirely happy to move forward into more Drupal use.

Reason being is that there is a lack of structure, a lack of discipline, in the Drupal community. I've always been leery of using volunteers in mission-critical tasks, because we are raised to believe that payment comes at the price of guarantee, and if you are paid, you must deliver. I took part in a playpen agile "code sprint" on Saturday and found that even simple changes to documentation are difficult because of the organic, polymorphously perverse extension of even basic functions in core. Don't get me wrong, this is still the overall most heavyweight PHP web framework I've ever seen, and it's a bit of a masterpiece. But it's also a lot of a kludge, and that kludginess is based partly on the philosophy that "one does not criticize that which is offered for free".

The Drupal community needs to get a hard edge and clean up their code and build more test cases. But most of all, a realtext code search engine needs developing, so that particular code usages can be found and compared in order to help quash bugs and support documenters who have to reverse-engineer programming logic in order to document APIs that were thrown together in code sprints and then forgotten about.

And that person... I need to decide if I am going to commit. There is a HUGE amount of really good seasoned developers putting a lot of effort into all aspects of this community. They deserve some help.

And I need to pay bills. So I'm looking for work that would allow me to do both. Which means, first, going into drupal.org more often, and helping out.

Which means using those tools more.

Which means next week is school time for barry.

And since I need a real project with real deliverables to work on as part of the effort, I'm going to try to push the CZP conversion ahead. Wish me luck.

But tonight, tonight is Cara Sposa's b-day, which means comfort.


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Feb. 24th, 2013 11:31 am (UTC)
I read "Drupal" and I think of some kind of religious sect... but really it's some kind of computer language or something, right? No, don't answer that; I'll look it up. Happy birthday to Cara Sposa, and do your remarks at the start of the entry mean your fun piece that I read--or for that matter, the other piece I read--got accepted?
Feb. 24th, 2013 11:34 am (UTC)
No, I haven't submitted the MC piece to anyone, yet. CS has to copy and proof.

This one was the bookbinder's daughter piece. I don't know if you've read it. It's a MG-YA fantasy.
Feb. 24th, 2013 11:39 am (UTC)
I did read it! I really liked it. Congratulations!
Feb. 24th, 2013 11:43 am (UTC)
Thanks. I should write more of that sort of stuff. It's fun, and I'm tired of the drangsturmming all the time.
Feb. 25th, 2013 09:17 pm (UTC)
Yay, the bookbinder's daughter piece found a home! (I did like that one.)
Feb. 25th, 2013 09:28 pm (UTC)
Yay, yes. She deserves a home. Not that she'll ever find one...
Feb. 24th, 2013 12:50 pm (UTC)
Huh -- I've only once gotten any sort of revision requests on a poem, and that was at the clarifying punctuation level. This was for an anthology that was otherwise all fiction, at that.

Feb. 25th, 2013 04:24 pm (UTC)
Hey Barry. I think you should write a post and put the links to your story and poem credits in one place so interested parties (like me) could check them out. I wonder if many of them are online.

Take care,

Feb. 25th, 2013 04:27 pm (UTC)
Re: Publication
Oh, they're all on my profile. Check them out there.
Feb. 25th, 2013 09:15 pm (UTC)
Please pass along my (somewhat belated) birthday wishes!
Feb. 25th, 2013 09:28 pm (UTC)
She says "thanks"
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