|megpie71 (megpie71) wrote,|
@ 2009-09-15 11:31:00
So for the last few days I have been mostly playing City of Heroes, or reading the stuff on porn_battle on IJ, chasing down the FF7 anonymous kink meme on LJ or just generally futzing around the web a bit. I've also gone through my plot notes for one of my great big pieces of fic (the one that's at 24K words and counting) and re-organised them into some sort of structure, so I can actually find things. This involved a lot of copy & paste work, and as a result the whole business is now blown out to about 24K words as well. So I have an equal amount of pagespace spent on the plot notes and the actual factual plot. I'm not sure whether this is a good thing or not.
In the course of my reading through a fair amount of fanfic over the past couple of days, I've Seen A Great Need: a spelling checker program which is linked to a dictionary of meanings, allowing people to check for homophone/homonym confusion, not to mention whether the word the spelling checker program is suggesting as a substitution is actually the word the person is wanting to use. After a few days of reading all the standard muddles of "there/their", "taut/taught/taunt", "peek/peak/pique" and even "your/you're" (as well as all the other ones which aren't springing readily to mind at present), I'm starting to think it would probably be the most useful thing available for a lot of the fic-writing community. It might be a good thing to offer as a plug-in for a program like OpenOffice (free, open-source office suite) or possibly as an adjunct to just about any other word processing program. In this age of ubiquitous internet access, it wouldn't even need to have the definitions file bundled with the program - instead it could access an online dictionary of the user's choice (defaulting possibly to Oxford for UK English speakers, Websters for US English speakers, and Macquarie for those of us from Australia).
I can't be the only person to have thought of such a thing, surely?
City of Heroes is pretty okay. I've managed to solve a persistent problem I was having contacting their map servers by getting the correct ports opened on the home firewall (amazing how much easier it is to contact something when the traffic back from it can get through!) and I've managed to get three characters up over level 5 (two of them are out of the starter zones, the third is still trying to figure out how to get into a cave which doesn't appear to have an actual entrance). I've also created my first villain character (on a different server) and she's doing all right as well. If there's anyone who reads this who's also playing CoH, my chat handle is Daishakke (or at least, I think that's the correct spelling - I'll update if it isn't) and I'm playing mostly on the Infinity server. My only grumble with the whole thing is that there don't seem to be as many start-out paths for CoH as there were in WoW (although even there, I managed to get bored with creating new characters) - there's only 2 starter zones for either heroes or villains, and what you'll wind up doing depends largely on what your origin is.
I'll probably be paying for the full version some time soon, simply because I don't think I'll be able to level up much past about level 10 on the trial accounts.
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