This is going to be a short post, mostly serving as a commitment to myself and to the public, or at least, anyone reading this blog.
I want to write a book in the next 5 to 10 years. At this stage, it could be any kind of book: technical or fiction. I have a few ideas for a topic:
- I could write a NixOS guide of some kind, perhaps an intermediate level book that assumes that the reader has already used Nix and now want to start writing their own packages. This would involve examples writing packages from scratch as well as many examples of packaging third party binaries. One requirement for this idea is that I would need to level up my own packaging skills in order to accomplish those things. But then again, I can go the blog-to-book route and write lots of posts about packages that I’ve created and wrap those into a neat cookbook of sorts.
- Back in 2013 I participated in National Novel Writing Month and I completed a 50k word manuscript called “Unit BN” that I slimmed down to 25k words of actual narrative and then have not touched since. I could revisit Unit BN and try to make it into a proper novel. IIRC, the majority of the text is “Lemme tell you what’s happening next…” or similar, so I’d have to do a lot of work to turn it into a novel. And quite a lot of research, too.
- I’ve thought about what would happen if I went back to school to get an MFA in Writing, and one thing that I would need to do is write a thesis, which in this case would be a book. And I’ve thought about what that book would be. And I think that I would spend a LOT of time researching stories involving magical doors, and then write my own magical door novel. I have no idea what kind of story that it would be except that it would be a magical traveling story, and I would play around with the metaphysics of doorways as much as I could manage.
- Related to the last item, I could write a non-fiction book about magical portal narratives, assuming that doesn’t exist yet, or doesn’t exist in a form that excludes more material written on the subject.
Those are some of the ideas floating in my head. I know it’s going to take a long time and a lot more writing in order to achieve this goal, but I’m cautiously optimistic about my ability to do it.
If you have any comments about my ideas, or other ideas that are interesting, please leave a comment below.