Coffee, code and fiction

Warner Onstine

Thoughts on software development, writing fiction, fueled by coffee.

Writing Exercises

I’ve been doing writing exercises off and on but never with a clear purpose in mind, just “write more". I recently read about a book called “3 A.M. Epiphany" which was chock full of exercises so I decided to pick it up. Boy am I glad I did. Not on...

Writing Exercise - Associative Logic

Use associative logic in a narration a child tells to an adult. The child can be any age between five and ten. The story itself is a dramatic monologue. Don’t let us hear the adult’s questions or complaints about the anarchic nature of the story— ...

Writing Exercise - The Reluctant I

Write a first-person story in which you use the first-person pronoun (I or me or my) only two times— but keep the I somehow important to the narrative you’re constructing. The point of this exercise is to imagine a narrator who is less interested ...

Writing Exercise - Sleight Of Hand

Write a brief story in which the major event or action is obscured— or easily overlooked— because of a splashier, more visible event. Sleight of hand, or the French phrase leger de main, means crafty or light hand. The magician captures the attent...

Week 4 - 2015 1/19/15 - 1/25/15

This week: Finish up Angular front-end Day 1 1/19/2015 Today: Figure out why my constants aren’t being loaded/injected properly, file is there, but it just isn’t working :/ http://mindthecode.com/how-to-use-environment-variables-in-your-a...

Week 3 - 2015 1/12/15 - 1/18/15

This week: Finish up API endpoints Start on web/angular side of project Day 1 1/12/15 Today: PUT /todos/:id - update a todo OK, got this working with a basic test https://github.com/warnero/node-todo-api/commit/dc0e0d24176080883c6c8429a66...

Week 2 - 2015 1/04/15 - 1/11/15

Decided to do things a little bit differently and publish this as a weekly update kind of thing instead of each day as I didn’t like all the posts separated (and a few too many IMO). This week I’ll try and do one post for the whole week and update...

Day 13 of 30 Min Project 12/27/14

Missed Days 10 - 12 due to Christmas and family stuff (12/24 - 12/26) Today: Figure out why convict isn’t respecting my env variable for PORT so that everything runs right OK, one weird thing is that the settings file appears to get loaded bef...

Day 9 of 30 Min Project 12/23/14

Tonight: Figure out why the startup isn’t happening on time now Clearly I’m misunderstanding gulp flow a bit here as there are some things that aren’t happening in the right order with my new setup test data and clear test data OK, got things w...

Week 1 of 30 Min Project 12/22/14

Made some decent progress last week. Got 6/7 days done, not bad for the first week. Hoping to be able to keep this up over our holiday break, which might be a bit tricky some days, but hoping to make up any time by doing extra (like today). Once I...