Creating Milestones that take less than a mile…

There are many terrible things about being a writer. My gripe today is about milestones and deadlines. While all of these are self imposed and I can change them tomorrow if i felt the need. It is important to use them.

I don’t like it but it is none the less important.

I started writing ages ago and never finished anything. Then in 2017 I was left with only one choice if I wanted to continue to be an entrepreneur and work for myself. I had to write. I don’t want to write… It is not the most enjoyable thing I spend my time doing.

But it is the only thing that I have enough resources and skill at that it was worth pursuing. Also it solved a huge problem in my life.

The lack of decent male orientated novella length pulp fiction. If penguin publishing was still commissioning new or similar series to the Trailsmen then I would never have picked up the pen and instead refined perhaps my programing and game design skills.

But they didn’t and here we are.

My first book took over a year for only about 42K words… I know that I should have been able to finish it sooner but I didn’t know how to do. My second book took six months and my third and best book so far took only four. I should be able to get a book done every three months at a pace of 8k a week and so my next book will be ready by the start of September.

What does this have to do with milestones well I found that these milestones work for me. 600 words take a break. Finish scene take a long break. Keep track of my progress towards my deadline am I behind, ahead of schedule, or right on target.

In school I’ve always been a do it at the last minute type and the fear of failure has been a good focus. But with no publisher and audience breathing down my neck for the next Song of Ice and Fire, I have to manufacture my own fear.

The first thing I do is increase the demanded production to much higher than I can handle. It’s overwhelming but I’ll try to get 8k words done today and another 8k words tomorrow and another 8k after that. I took an extra day off of my part time job that pays my full time bills so that I could have the day to write. This helps keep that pressure on… I enjoy work and the bills it pays. I now have to prove that taking that day was worth forfeiting the steady days pay in exchange for higher production on my novella.

If I’m successful at reaching my word count goals than this book 4 will be draft a month and a half before I expect to publish it. Allowing my more time to edit and apply wordcraft polish before I send her off to the editor. While at the same time will remind me of the extreme work flow that I’m capable of and draw ever closer to my goal of having four more quality novellas done before June of next year.

And gee I wish these words counted but they don’t this distraction has cost me 30 minutes I should be writing,

With love

hngyhngyhppo

Fascism is virtue according to Aristotle

This title does not reflect the views and opinions of myself or any reasonable person.

FASCISM is bad

-HPPO

Now,

Political centrism has gotten a lot of bad press recently and its not going to get better anytime soon.

But political centrism is not the same as fascism

extreme centrism is fascism though.

Political centrism is the people stuck in the middle saying things like we should pay taxes to support roads, education, and cushion the blows of the free market/tragedy against members of our society when they fall on hard times.

Fascism is a large governing body that has extensive and unaccountable control over the nation state that it rules over. The fascists decide who gets a helping hand, where and who builds the roads, and who gets educated in what field. They do this according to their own world view without much input from those being governed.

The right of the political spectrum is not fascist. The further right you go the larger the individuals sphere of influence over the matters in governance. Your town would decide where to build the roads, if to build and maintain a school, and who qualifies for assistance from the taxes raised. You could literally walk into a town hall meeting and demand an increase to the minimum wage, if their are enough people in your community who agree with you and support your proposal. Boom new minimum wage.

The left is not fascist either. The further left you go the smaller an individuals sphere of influence but the larger the scale of policies once enacted. If it would cost your town of 100 to build a road costing $100,000 dollars that is $1,000 per resident but if your road was part of a larger network say 500,000,000 people. The cost per payer for that road is far less than the smallest unit of currency, or the entire thing is paid for by a tax levied on an excess of profits that exists somewhere as a result of the flaws in free market systems.

The far left can lead to fascism because the further left you go the more control you surrender to the whole of the governing body and therefore the more likely that a fascist style government can arise. Once a fascist government has taken control they never give that control back to the lower levels of government, free market forces, or individuals.

The far right can lead to fascism because once fewer restrictions are placed on legal organizations and greater autonomy is given to individuals, the more uncertainty you create. Uncertainty and the Unknown cause individuals, businesses, and groups to become afraid. Fear leads to individuals yielding their authority and autonomy for security. If you’re afraid you’ll starve to death if you don’t accept a job that pays you a slice of avocado toast once a day, you’d probably take that job. And they will continue to shrink the ratio of avocado toast to work preformed until your employer has reached the bare minimum to keep you productive, profitable, and alive. In an effort to create more certainty for themselves, those with the avocado toast will gather as much authority and influence as they can until they have become fascists.

What does this have to do with Aristotle and virtue?

Aristotle defines a virtue as in between two extremes in behavior.

The most common example given is in between cowardice and recklessness lies courage.

Therefore in between the left and the right is the virtue of centrism.

As explained before once a governing body has gone too far left or too far right it will self correct and that governing body will become fascist becoming neither left nor right on the political spectrum, but by strict definition a virtue.

Aristotle virtues must be practiced and are not innate.

It is a practiced virtue to eat only what you need.

To not over-consume or starve yourself.

But if you have no choice in the matter it is not a virtue.

If you never have the opportunity to over eat at a buffet or you are withheld food though famine, then your choice in the quantity consumed is not a virtue.

So if you have the opportunity to make a difference in politics but you do nothing, you are not virtuous

If you don’t have the opportunity to make a difference in politics, you are not virtuous.

If you have both the opportunity and you use it well that the virtue.

Basically stop alienating centrists because they are left or right from you on the spectrum.

How come in 2019 have we come to recognize gender as a spectrum but policy has become binary?

Go with love and grace,

hngyhngyhppo

The short information on Libra coin for speculators

Don’t

Libra will not make you rich as a speculator for two reasons.

First it will not be a marketed traded currencies like not a financial tool like stocks, bonds, and/or Crypto. Meaning that if Libra goes up in value you will be unable to trade it to a third party for more dollars or yen.

A typical transaction will look like this

You will purchase a set number of Libra for a set dollar amount 100 Libra for 10 USD.

Then you will purchase with that Libra goods and services using Facebook as a payment processor.

Send 50 Libra to Mikey D for his new digital album.

Facebook charges Mikey D 4 Libra for the privilege of doing business with Libra.

Now you have 50 Libra left in your account and you want to convert it back to cash or possibly Crypto (no word yet on whether Facebook will support transactions to Crypto).

You may be charged 4 Libra for the privilege.

Facebook business model with Libra is clear that they want to create a stable currency for countries outside the United States and monetize through either fees now or in the future after they have dominate market share. Facebook’s intention is to become a stable store of value for countries outside the federal reserve system. If you convert Pesos, Lira, and Won to Libra your likely to maintain a high store of value against your countries inflation. If 100 Pesos buys you 100 Pesos worth of goods today, but in six months 100 Pesos buys you 80 Pesos worth of goods, you’ve lost money to inflation. If you’ve converted to Libra then your inflation rate SHOULD be lower or zero, 100 Libra buys 100 Libra because unlike your national currency Libra is control by a single non government entity and they can instantly change the conversion rate of Pesos to Libra.

Again we do not know how hard it is going to be to take your money out from Libra and back to street currency. Facebook may want you to keep Libra on it’s platform so that you use it’s coin and help them expand their market share.

Once everyone is using Libra and it is convenient Facebook may charge convenience fees. Libra may operate like early Amazon or PayPal for a period of time and not have a single fee until they’ve reached dominate market share, on par or over what PayPal has. Then it will make since whether or not to start charging fees for using Libra to conduct business.

Second Libra is only valid through the Facebook wallet. Just as Monopoly money is only valid during a game of Monopoly. Facebook is playing the banker and taking government backed currencies in exchange for Monopoly money to play with. Meaning that it will only be valid as long as Facebook and users of it’s wallet continue to play the game. Once the game is over at Facebook’s discretion or due to market forces, they can without recourse close down all access to the Libra in your wallet. Just as when it’s time to put the game away the Monopoly money goes back into the box.

TL:DR

Libra is not a Crypto and will not make you a profit like trading Bitcoin.

With Love,

Hngyhngyhppo

It takes more than time…

Ten years ago I had grand dreams as to who and where I would be

A year ago I did not imagine I would be where I am now.

A year from now I cannot imagine where I will be.

To even attempt to do so is a waste of time.

Success takes more than time.

If all it took was time

Their would be

no

Wal-Mart

Greeters over fifty

That didn’t intentionally want

There careers. No no no if you need

More for your future then you have to do more

Do more than you ever thought was possible and learn

More than you ever dared to imagine. Learn more, Do more.

Wait no more…

..

This hourglass poem was crafted with love and care for you,

Hngynhngyhppo

Why I’m using Acts instead of Chapters

A typical 300 page or 80k+word novel will have anywhere between 30 and 60 chapters that cover the typical beats of a 3 act story structure.

Now there is nothing wrong with this. This is fine and I’m sure plotters get a lot of use out of it. But I’m a pantser and I’m writing pulp

My novellas follow a 5 act structure to cover the 40k word count or 150 pages.

Each act should be a self contained pulp fantasy western story

Conflict introduced – Conflict resolved

Act 1

The Duke and The Dragon

Mouse is a hired gun for the Duke’s hunting party

The hunt is Dangerous

Mouse fights wolves

The Duke hunts falcons from inside the safety his hired and loyal men create

Conflict introduced

Mouse and the men risk there lives to protect the duke who doesn’t come close to danger. But the duke’s personal bard sings of the duke’s heroism and skill in hunting and the men who haven’t faced danger cheer the story

Conflict resolved

Mouse and the men have a private meeting with the duke where he learns more about them and their pasts, their families, and shows that he actually cares about the men under his command both the temporary hired and the loyal men from the kingdom

Act 2

Conflict introduced

Mouse and the men need a plan to hunt a specific bull of the duke’s choosing but they don’t know which bull the duke will want to hunt

Conflict resolved

They “red team” each others plans and come up with a plan for each of the wild herds prize bulls

and the hunt starts

Act 3

Conflict introduced

The duke has trouble with ladies and Mouse offers him bad advice (get really drunk)

Conflict resolved

The duke becomes so drunk that he almost challenges Mouse to a duel. Which if he lost Mouse would become the Duke of Rose-Scent…

So the duke’s tutor casts a magic spell to distract the duke.

She creates an illusion in the sky to make a thunder cloud look like a dragon. The duke passes out before he can finish his challenge.

Act 4

Conflict introduced

The duke says he had a prophetic dream last night that they will meet a dragon in less than three weeks and he offers extra gold to any of the hired guns willing to stay. After testing the duke’s memory of last night, Mouse thinks that this is clearly the duke misunderstanding the magic from last night and there is no dragon.

Conflict resolved

As they march north it becomes clear that there is a strong magic caster killing virgins. They are attacked by a flame avatar of a dragon. There might be a dragon involved…

Act 5

Conflict introduced

Yes there is a dragon

Conflict resolved

Yes they fight a dragon

In the Duke and the Dragon

This final climax is the hunting of a dragon. But it is not the focus of the any Act except Act 5. Act 1 is an introduction to the dangers of the Freeland and the Duke’s hunt. Act 2 shows how Mouse navigates as a scout and a ladies man. Act 3 is where the story turns from Mouse being competent to Mouse losing and the final conflict is spelled out for the reader. Act 4 is resolution of logistics necessary for the final conflict as well as a minor conflict that feeds into the climax. Act 5 uses as many tools from the previous acts to bring about a satisfying resolution to the novella.

Each act consists of as many scenes either written in traditional format or in vignettes as is necessary to give a successful resolution to the introduced conflict.

Because this is a western I do not linger on descriptions or world-building. If a scene does not contain conflict-resolution then it will be rather short.

The best part about this structure it’s really easy for me as a pantser to use and create a constant quality novella. Each Act is roughly 8k words of minor conflicts and resolutions one major.

Act 1 introduction

Act 2 Rising confidence (the readers confidence in Mouse)

Act 3 The Turn (The Final conflict is revealed)

Act 4 Regaining competence (Mouse adapts and prepares to face the conflict)

Act 5 Climax conclusion

If this was a wonder women comic

Act 1

This is wonder woman (introduction)

Act 2

See how she beats up a bad guy (readers gain confidence)

Act 3

Oh No! She has been tied up (readers worry)

Act 4

She hears the evil plan (readers regain confidence and are excited about the resolution)

Act 5

She could have escaped the whole time.. She saves the day (hurray)

that’s what I have to say about that,

With love,

Hngyhngyhppo

Thoughts on Esports

Esports are here to stay and they are growing.

There are fundamental differences between traditional sports and Esports.

Esports constantly change

Traditional sports rarely do

Esports have a low barrier to play or gain fans

(buy the game… rank up… win tournaments from the comfort of your our home)

Traditional sports fans can no longer participate in the game after a certain points and must spectate.

(personal story… I live in CO but I’m a Chiefs fan… being a Chiefs fan is a humbling experience. And rarely will you find a cocky Chiefs fan.

I’m a Chiefs fan because when I was young my parents punished me by forcing me to watch an entire football game. I was a high energy child, and watching football for two and a half hours was a fitting punishment. My parents rooting for the Broncos where just as tortured at the results of the game and thus a Chiefs fan was born.

And because of this child hood experience I still keep the Chiefs in my news as to their record and occasionally I will watch the simplified stat tracker on one of my many monitors while working or playing games.)

But after watching a game I know I can not just go outside can 6-12 friends and get a game going. After watching an Esport I can almost immediately play a match.

Traditional sports have less competition

Esports have to compete not just against other Esports but every other piece of content on the internet

Traditional sports have to be watched live. They depend on ticket sales, ad revenue, and social obligations. I’m old enough to remember when the original spoiler warning was because someone was unable to watch the game live and they had to tell people to shut up before they ruin it.

Esports revenue is based on the game itself. Yes ads, ticket sales, and social obligations can supplement that but if no one is playing the game and spending money on X, Y, and Z then the sport will be canceled.

A traditional sport does not need to sell merchandise

An Esport does

An Esport doesn’t need butts in seats

A traditional sport does

This deserves some more thought

and I’ll get back to it

‘Til then with love,

HngyHngyHppo