I'm sure there is a ton of work I ought to be doing, but currently none of it is urgent enough to actually motivate me to *do* it. I have a lot of little bits of stories languishing around, but nothing actually on the go. My lectures are starting to be predictable enough that I can draw in them, although not actually write because I get too absorbed and suddenly realise I missed the last bit. Still, I like writing and could do with something to write now I've done about all the narging with Ars Magica characters I can do.

I do weird random short stories, long rambling space opera, and fanfiction of stuff I know and/or can easily get books for reference. However, I don't seem to be able to motivate myself to write without an audience in mind. So you guys should tell me what you want to read, and if I think it's within my talents, I shall write it for you. (As term gets busier it might take a while, but I like to have ongoing projects.)

Also, is anyone interested in beta-ing / generally looking through and telling me where my tremendous continuity bloopers are today for a sprawling novel-length space opera? Some of you have already read the first draft - it's The Sky Goes On And On For You And Me - but I've caught one vast continuity issue since then, and have subsequantly lost track of whether I've changed enough to make my hasty patch over it work...

On a related but different note, does anyone have a good method of taking a vast pile of text (generally Psion Word, so can be modelled as plain text with single line breaks for paragraphs, although some of it has double line breaks) and turning it into HTML? I think that I basically need to write a script to turn newline characters into
tags, but I feel sure someone's done it for me already somewhere, and possibly thought of other things too, like if I get it out in RTF or Word format can I automagically deal with italics and stuff? Word would kind of do it (although it would also add Gunge), but I don't have a Windows install any more and I'm not sure what OpenOffice's variety of Added Gunge is like.


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