Just covering local comments this time, not enough going on to make a full post across the sites. Will be doing more full posts on both sites in the coming weeks.
Like Version Vibrant, the people who know whatís coming are keeping it close to the vest. There was a day when apparently Adam was testing art of it and accidentally had it in plain view of the site. My interest in the "Monster feature" is more reserved curiosity than real invested full-blown interest because it's going to be geared toward people who submit things (see here), not a major feature turn on for me because I'm not "prolific" and added to the trophy case, will most likely further irritate the old personal wounds that keep me from unleashing my full trophy case rant.
Member introductions is a good step for the site. It makes things easier for everyone, new and old members alike.
When the time comes, I'll see what I can do about getting a chapter online for promo purposes. I've seen that done with other books, but my guess is it depends on the publisher. Honestly, I didn't think I could write something of that length myself. the longest thing I've written before came out to about 15,000 words.
The blue seemed to fit the theme best. I did a lot of offline testing to get the color for this theme right. It's one of the 216 "all browser safe" colors too.
Member introductions is a nice clean and contained area for new members to make themselves known. I'm not impressed with the trophy case, but my reasons are personal, which is why I won't do anything drastic to try and force a change as I have done in the past. I would like to see the ability to "opt out" of the trophy case and not have it cluttering up the portfolio though. Thumb through Adam's "Founder's Diary" blog and you can find the posts about the monster feature. Only time will tell what it truly is, but I can say that if indicators are accurate, I won't be impressed with it at all.
I'll take all the good luck, dragon and otherwise I can get for the novel project. There are a lot of things working against it.
The performance here was at a community college, if there's anything at all like that closer that ridiculous to you (I used to live in west Texas myself so I know the pains of hour plus drives to get to the nearest anything other than a cotton field), check it out.
If I could explain the problem better, I think getting help would be easier. This is one of those issues that I can't even wrap my head around to fully explain it to others. I'll keep the offer in mind though, I may need to take you up on it.
I think I'm missing you more these days. I'm lucky to get online for a couple hours a week with this headache and a half.
For what it is, Version Vibrant is cool. It's launch could have been smoother though. There's a lot of extra stuff that's still not working correctly which needs to be taken care of and a few things I'd like to turn off myself, but those are points left to my off-otaku blog where I can be honest about these things and not have to deal with certain arrogance.
Hopefully I'll see you around the site a bit, but no promises.
I think we can call ourselves even given my lack of activity around here lately myself.
Yeah, it's been quite a year for the site, and for me personally. I'm just beginning to really decompress from all the action from this time last year. I don't think Adam will ever be done with the site, I don't think he'll ever be done with it.
There isn't a lot of info about the "monster" feature out there, just little blurbs in Adam's personal blog here and there. The only specifics I'm aware of are that it's geared toward prolific members and it'll probably go online March 3, the one year anniversary of the Version Vibrant launch. Wish I had more info, I'd be following it like I did the VV pre-launch.
I'm not all that prolific myself. My art is my hobby and my passion, I do it mostly for me. I don't make quizzes, I don't draw comics, so I know what you mean. For me the trophy case rubs salt in an old wound, which is why I don't like it.
Actually, I was surprised by the turnout in my area, they had to make people leave because the the theatre was filled to capacity. The show is absolutely stellar, Kuniko uses origami, masks, some amazing slight of hand, and simple props like a bamboo mat to tell stories and share myths. You know, I actually gained an understanding of some of the anime characters I watch from one story she told. I was the odd one out in my group too, but for other reasons. Even in jest, that kind of humor is just wrong.
Yeah, that was my first draft I was trying to get published last year I think it was. I decided to beef up the manuscript a little bit and try again, which is where I'm at now. I'm approaching the process differently this time too, going after an agent rather than trying to get published directly. Hopefully this round will be more fruitful than the last one.
If that wasn't the intent, it's a nice bonus for the feature.
Yeah, we started out with snow, that turned to rain, which turned to freezing rain, which turned to sleet, which turned to clear skies just in time for the sunset behind the haunted tunnel 19, but the time we got out of the tunnel (only 1,000 feet) it was sleeting again, and that turned to rain when we hit Cairo, the end of our trip. Would have been cool to have a video of that, but I don't have a camera with the capacity or quality to do that. I'm saving up the money for a quality video camera.
the real yojimbo:
I have my doubts about the "usefulness" of the monster feature given the little bits about it that are public. We'll just have to see.
Don't overlook arts programs that use school space either, it might just show up as part of an ongoing arts program like it did here. If you get to see it though, please do.