New to Mastodon, and this server too, so here's my #introduction!
Im currently working on:
🚀a #scifi epic
🌳ecopoems, and poems generally
Lovely to meet you all!
@wickertongue a poet, how nice! very glad to meet you. i'm interested in poetry, too. note that i'm more of an amateur though. i've recently compiled my poems in a booklet. i should share here!
@oneofvalts lovely to meet you! And yes - please do share your work. I think poetry is hard work, and getting it published is about commitment and honing one's poetic tone - as well as having a strong sense of voice. I haven't had a poem published in some time, but I'm working on that 😉
@cregox ha! By physical keyboard do you mean a mechanical keyboard? The guy I work with works on his laptop keyboard, so there's one for a start - but I admit, I love the clack-clack of a mechanical.
@cregox oh - virtual keyboard would have been more clear for me, actually. If you'd said something like 'do you know anyone that uses virtual keyboards for work' I'd have known what you meant. :)
I don't - I think people still like the physicality of manual, physical keyboards for development. It's why laptops are used for work, and not tablets - I think most people find it difficult using a board that doesn't give them physical feedback.
@cregox also, I think you can now run vs code on android devices. That might be something to look into if you like using virtual onscreen keyboards :) but you are right, there's not as much support for things like tablets and phones. There's a bit more hacking about involved.
I bought one for an e-paper digital typewriter I'm trying to make, but my main laptop's keyboard was starting to act up, so I took the mechanical keyboard along to work.
Of course the click, clack stood out among all the not nearly as tactile keyboards everyone else was using—so much so that one person came up to me and said "it sounds as if you're the only person in the room who's actually working!" 😂 😅
@wickertongue @cregox well, it was! Unfortunately I wasn't home for a few months and the screen ran into ghosting issues. Partly my fault because I'd permanently keep the same image on while in sleep mode.
I'm going to try refreshing it with various different pics and see if that helps; I've seen intermittent improvement so let's hope it recovers properly 🤞
I love the device, though so worst case I'll just order a new screen and use that!
I actually never heard from anyone else about the typing, so I don't know if they were all being polite, or it genuinely didn't bother them, or maybe they were so busy with their own work they didn't even notice 😛
@wickertongue welcome to the Fediverse! I write an edit articles that...aren't quite sci-fi. They're more like nonfiction, but using fiction elements like suspense, narrative, and metaphor to get the point across. Perhaps you could call them "fi-sci"? 🤪
I'm doing software stuff during the day too (and tooting at Fosstodon: @badrihippo). Right now there's a card-game app whose backend I'm helping to develop, but I do hope one day I can earn my living without so much screenwork!
I know what you mean about the screen work - when I am writing, it's often pencils and typewriters just so I can get away from pixels!
@wickertongue haha, the multiple accounts thing is something I'm figuring out too. I used to be mainly on Fosstodon, but wanted to get into Scholar Social to explore the local timeline more. It's only been about a month though!
@smileybone is trying to convince me to only have one account or the other, not split my personality among both 😅
@wickertongue typewriters! That's awesome. My family is thinking of buying one, but till now for me it's mainly pencil—and then typing-out-from-notebook when I'm done.
Magical realism isn't quite it; wait let me send you some examples. Ordered from "more fiction" to "more non-fiction":
@badri thanks for sharing - indeed, your style is interesting! It does have a whiff of magical realism, but combined with article writing, and almost a diary writing aspect too. They have a 'moral story' feel for them too. I don't think I've ever read anything quite like them. They make you think! The closest similar writing I can think of is some works by Jorge Luis Borges.
@wickertongue wow thank you!! That...is probably a sign that I should read some Borges? 😅
I think the last piece (The Last Sorcerer) is more representative of my usual style though; I'm very proud of the other ones but it's not often that I get that level of inspiration!
Yep, making you think was the point so I'm glad that part worked 😁
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