Into the Drowning Deep

Well. That is certainly a book.

It basically reads like Mira Grant thought: you know what’s kind of creepy but doesn’t really have that many books written about them? Mermaids. And just went with it. It works though. Creepy as heck at times and once things start happening around halfway through the book, they really don’t stop. The ending is a bit weak and leaves me wanting more answers, but not enough to ruin the entire book.

The Rook

She came to a decision, pulled her feet out of the mire, and stepped carefully over the ring of bodies that were scattered around her. They were all motionless, and all of them were wearing latex gloves.

So far as openings go, that was certainly one to get my attention.

Advent of Code 2018

Let’s do it again! I’m starting a day late, but much better than last year 😄!

This time around, I’m hoping to solve each problem in both Python and Racket, both to show an example of how the languages differ and … well, because I can 😇.

EDIT 2018-12-05: Yeah… I’m not actually going to do these in both Racket and Python. The solutions are ending up being near direct translations. Since there are probably fewer people solving these in Racket, I’ll do that first and Python eventually™.

As always, these problems are wonderful to try to solve yourself. If you agree, stop reading now. This post isn’t going anywhere.

If you’d like to see the full form of any particular solution, you can do so on GitHub (including previous years and possibly some I haven’t written up yet): jpverkamp/advent-of-code

NaNoWriMo 2018 - Special Collections

It started with an idea from an annotation on the Darths and Droids webcomic of all things:

A mysterious figure drops an overdue book in the library’s after-hours returns slot. Long overdue. 90 years overdue. It’s a book about the occult, and contains incantations and recipes for drastically extending life. The borrower’s last known address is that old “haunted” house on the hill outside town. Someone need to go investigate to recover the overdue fees…

Take a few hours outlining by hand (which I never used to do, but am starting to see the value of) and a month of crazy nights…