Well, I’m back to doing my own job again today. The CSM didn’t tag me for help with the order entry tasks today, so I was able to work on the programming task I had going on the other day.
But not everything is peaches and cream.
I didn’t get any new words written last night. So I broke my one-day streak. *Sigh* On the other hand, I got home later than I wanted (and it will be later still tonight thanks to a snow storm coming in), and by the time it was all said and done I just…ran out of gas. Happens a lot, unfortunately.
But today I tackled my VBA macro again, determined to finish it off. And because it’s a type of macro I’ve written lots of times before, I can simply grab code from one of the others and recycle it. In fact, it’s clean enough code I don’t have to even make alterations; it uses variables defined in other areas of the program. As long as those get initiated, we’re all good.
And it runs beautifully, too. It updates the user by writing to a specific cell on the UI sheet, and it closes automatically without saving so there’s no inadvertent messing up the macro by a careless or overly-cautious user. It protects them from themselves. I was sorely tempted to disable saving, but I don’t know how to save that change once I make the change. The workbook will cancel the save so…um.
Anyway, the whole thing works great. But…
I didn’t get any new words last night. And doggone it if I didn’t dream about Destiny again. Sheesh. I need to write the software company and see if they have an expanded universe or something. I can’t shake the story, or the setting, at least. The whole after-the-collapse thing, post-golden age Earth.
Still, I can’t bring myself to write fan fiction for it. I just can’t.
Years ago, I found a community on DeviantART.com called “Wind City.” It was neat. A guy created a setting – a city, floating above the world, adrift on huge balloons that buoy the city via magical glyphs on the balloons. And the creator left it open for anyone who wanted to write in that setting to do so. You just couldn’t use someone else’s characters in your stories (which, of course, was the first thing I did, and promptly got chided and dismissed from the group).
It was a great idea, and if you’re into fantasy (’cause this definitely had a LotR feel to it), it could be huge fun. (And if, y’know…you follow the rules.)
If some of these video games provided that sort of playground, I think there’d be a lot of takers. Sort of like Kindle Worlds, wherein you can write in the world created by another author. It allows fan fiction to grow and earn a profit for both the creator – who never has to lift a finger – and the fan, who gets to write in their favorite universe with the creator’s blessing. Kind of a win-win thing.
Alas, I probably won’t do it. I don’t feel right. At the same time, I can’t figure out what about this game’s story won’t get out of my head.
I wish I had an original story worming around in there like that.
See you next time.