22 December 2015

Alliteration Ink Presents: The Kickstarter for recompose, a new journal of literary speculative fiction (and a free first issue)


You're a person who loves speculative fiction. Give you a blaster, a sword, a creature from the Outer Black any day.

You're also a person who loves literature. Works that take language seriously, that treat writing as art.

What kind of magazine is this going to be?

This project is aimed for so-called "interstitial" works - short fiction and poetry that are too literary for genre, too genre for literary. Works that push the boundaries of both.

This is not a place for pretentious self-involved literary works, nor is it a place for flat genre. This is a place where metaphors exist alongside magic, where synecdoche occurs in space, where elves pen ekphrastic poems of Pickman's paintings.

This project is set up not to get big backers (though those rewards are there!), but to bring these works to as many people as possible.  That's why as little as $3 can get you a full year's worth of stories, poems, non-fiction, and artwork.

Wait, only $3 for the full year?

That's the other special thing about this Kickstarter - the more we raise, the more content there is for all backers. The more we raise, the more issues, more stories, more poems, more art there is for you... without you spending an additional dime.

What's the catch?

There is one, small catch. To make this happen, we need lots of people to support it. We have to tell everyone.

That's why we created issue #0 - a "sample issue" - that's free for anyone and everyone. You can get the free digital issue #0 at the Kickstarter page: http://j.mp/fund_recompose.

Tell everyone about recompose and the free digital issue - and help us bring more art to more people today.

recompose:a journal of literary speculative poetry & fiction -- Kicktraq Mini

25 November 2015

Like blasters, tentacles... but also like poetry and well-written fiction? We do too.

Okay, so I've sent out the formal announcements about recompose


So let me take a second to talk informally about some of the things that make recompose special and worth a few bucks.

  • We're paying professional rates. For both fiction and poetry. Without markets that fairly compensate authors and poets, there will be less art in the world.
  • Getting art out there is the main goal. I had an allergy to poetry for a large part of my life - because I didn't realize what was out there. As David Mitchell recently pointed out, separating literary and genre works is an act of "self mutiliation".  We want to be part of the solution. While backers will get exclusive content throughout the year, the majority of recompose will be available for free at recompose.press.
  • Anybody can support the arts. Sure, there's some high-level backer rewards. But after seeing a lot of crowdfunding projects lately where you wouldn't get the rewards unless you ponied up $20, $50, or $100 or more, I wanted to make sure that everyone could participate.
  • More backers means more stuff for all backers, period. We're taking a chance making recompose almost entirely digital (except for the print annual)... but that also means that we can easily add content without worrying about costs going up.
That last one is especially cool to me. We can keep adding poems and stories and artwork, and all backers from the $3 level and up benefit the same.

Which means that the very most important thing you can do to support this project is to tell other people about it. If you're gathering with others this week for the holidays, mention recompose. Show recompose.press to folks on your phone or tablet.  (Yes, it's mobile-friendly.)

And if you haven't yet, be sure to back the project on Kickstarter so that you can be part of this new venture.


24 November 2015

Automagically Sort Downloads By Category with uGet on Windows and Linux (and replace KGet if you need to)

I like customizability with my computer interface. The more I can automate certain tasks - like where I put my downloads so I can get back to them later - the happier a bear I am.

So, a download manager for me.

And I've settled on uGet.

I tried out uGet and quickly realized it was far more lightweight than what I'd been using, had categories like I wanted, and could integrate easily with Firefox/Iceweasel using FlashGot.  And always a plus - it's cross-platform, so I could easily recommend it to Windows users as well.

Consistently, uGet feels light, snappy, and quick.

I had two problems.

First was that certain apps I use - in particular Liferea - do not support uGet. But they do support KGet.  While KGet was good, it just felt ... bloated, and I had crashes with it, so I didn't want to keep using it.

Second, the one feature that KGet does natively that uGet does not is automatically sort downloads into categories. You can specify what categories to use, but it won't automatically detect them.

Turns out the solution to both was the same thing.  So I, um, did the thing.

I wrote a bash script for us linux people and a Windows script for the Windows folks, along with pretty straightforward and step-by-step instructions. The whole thing is over on Github: https://github.com/uriel1998/uget_autosorter .

I've done all the heavy lifting; it should be a matter of 20 minutes to set it up (including FlashGot for Firefox), and it's all free. If you have any problems with it, let me know!