50K/30 for iOS Demo Video

Chasing word counts made easy: 50K/30 for iOS

50K/30 is available for sale now at the App Store (https://itunes.apple.com/tw/app/50k-30/id570422816?mt=8) for $1.99.

Feel free to contact me for promo codes, questions, comments, suggestions and random ramblings.

Video by my little sis 🙂

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Making 50K/30 iOS App and Other Random Things

A development told using Instagram photos (because everything looks better with filters).

First of all, what is 50K/30? Read my pitch?

Chasing word counts made easy: 50K/30 for iOSAre you writing a 50,000 word novel in 30 days? Then 50K/30 is the app for you. (Did I sound like a telemarketer just now?)

50K/30 is a simple and concise iOS writing app with a prominently displayed word count, because we know (or at least for me) it’s all about the word count.

– it has a simple and clean interface
– it autosaves (so no need to worry about losing your precious words)
– it has a email feature that allows you to send your novel to yourself
– okay, some nonsense, because who doesn’t love themes (well, I like themes, because I’m girly like that)
– you can pick your own font. Are you a Helvetica or a Times New Roman? While you’re at it, might as well change the font size
– are you a glass half full or a glass half empty? counting the the number of words so far, or counting the words left?
– and sometimes, you just want to write carelessly and turn autocorrect off

50K/30 is available for sale now at the App Store (https://itunes.apple.com/tw/app/50k-30/id570422816?mt=8) for $1.99.

Feel free to contact me for promo codes, questions, comments, suggestions and random ramblings.

Second, how did it all begin?

I have been a NaNoWriMo writer for 4 years now.

What is NaNoWriMo? You ask?

NaNoWriMo aka National Novel Writing Month aka insanely writing a 50,000 (that’s 4 zeroes, 50 thousand, 50K) in 30 days (yes, only a month and it’s not even one of those long months, it’s a short 30 day month, November, to be more exact).

And since I am quite obsessed about the word count, I want a writing app that like shows me my word count, like all the time. I used to write using Open Office and before that Microsoft One Note, and those software, I’d have to like click at least 3 buttons or something before I can see the word count.

So yeah, I want an app with a prominently displayed word count. And since iOS app developer and all, I decided to “write” one.

I thought of all this while waiting for my friends for our Friday night dinner slash tea party at a place called Dazzling Cafe. (And the Instagram photos begin…)

Third, and then …?

After going home around midnight (Cinderella), I sat in front of my computer and started typing, typing and some more typing.

What inspired me to get started on it, like right away, is because one of my friends, Gina, participated in a 2 day game jam and she finished her game like all by herself. This game:

It’s about punching holes in donuts. Because their theme was Unity (the game engine) primitives, and she asked for our suggestions on Twitter, and we said: torus, donuts!

And that sort of inspired me to do good.

And so XCode and some geeky coding photos:

And after a long while (I saw the sun rise, and heard birds chirping), I have these:

My little sister picked out the theme colors, while I got the icons from Some Random Dude (http://somerandomdude.com/work/iconic), I’m serious, he really calls himself Some Random Dude, and he make open source icons licensed under Creative Commons Share Alike 3.0. 

Lorem Ipsum is by Cupcake Ipsum (http://cupcakeipsum.com).

The next day, instead of submitting my app like immediately, I had to go to Yongle Market to buy some trinkets for my little sister. Yongle market also sells fabrics, and while browsing I cam across these:

Hello Kitty fabrics- the cutest things.

And after some more browsing:

Look! It’s my color scheme, in leatherette!

Yongle Market is next to Dadaocheng Wharf, so we decided to go there to watch the sunset (might as well, since I already saw the sunrise).

Pretty.

And after that it’s laundry.

I’m so tired.

And then we got home and I finally submitted 50K/30 to the App Store. All I can do now is wait.

And while I waited, we took a train to get out of the city and technology (iPhone and Instagram, not counted). We went to Neiwan, Hsinchu.

And enjoyed nature- ish.

I didn’t do anything from Monday until Friday. Well, okay, I did work, but that’s like programming for some other work related apps.

On Saturday, we went house hunting, because our lease is up and we like moving. We found a pretty little loft type.

On Sunday, I begged my little sister to wake up early with me, so we can film a demo video for 50K/30. It has to be early because the sun looks prettier then.

Our little set up- Canon DSLR and a table lamp.

After that we went to Huashan Creative Park for dinner and looked at some interactive art installations.

Like this one, you’re supposed to touch the lighted green button with the body parted that has been dictated. For example touch that lower left (right? I get confused) with your ankle.

And then it’s another week of waiting.

After 10 days, waiting for review, 50K/30 is approved!

It’s available for download at the App Store (https://itunes.apple.com/tw/app/50k-30/id570422816?mt=8).

And then Friday night dinner slash dessert at Hello Kitty Sweets.

Massacred pink Hello Kitty head cake.

And then we (by we, I mean my little sister) start editing the demo video:

While I write a pitch document, this blog post and some email drafts.

It’s 4AM ish now, and little sis is almost done editing.

I will post the video soon.

In other news, NaNoWriMo starts in 4 days. And my NaNo novel this year is titled, “The Nine Lives of Hello Kitty”. It’s going to be a novel inspired by the book “Hello Kitty Must Die” and the concept of the movie “Dreams of a Life”, and accompanying game “Dreams of Your Life”.

So far that’s it.

MacHeist : Play games win free Mac software

From the website:

So, what exactly is MacHeist? It begins with the missions…. MacHeist’s missions are an opportunity for our members to live out some of their time travel fantasies, including family secrets, hidden rooms, and a storyline packed with Steampunk intrigue, while earning free Mac software.

They are pretty serious about giving away free software.

There has so far been 4 NanoMissions and 3 Missions, and I’m done with 5 of them, and gotten some pretty cool loot. And they’re not crap software, some of them are actually pretty useful, like NetShade (it makes your presence on the web anonymous by routing your connection through a proxy server). And they give away games too, like Fractal (made by the guys behind Auditorium) and Hector : Badge of Carnage.

It’s only for a limited time, so hop over to their site, register as an Agent, download the Missions, solve the puzzles and win free stuff.

I love puzzles and I love free stuff.

MacHeist : Play games win free Mac software

Taiwan Designer’s Week 2012

After my shift, I got to explore the other booths at Taiwan Designer’s Week.

My desk is way worse.

Bloody bookmark.

“It’s ok to be imperfect”. Amen to that.

Scribbles chair.

This feels steampunk to me.

“Power to the Prototype”.

Shuriken magnets, anyone?

Piggie este panda banks. I love the display case.

I like this clock.

Those “plastic” looking cans are actually made from corn and 100% biodegradable.

“Designer = Translator”

Those lines are actually threads.

Some augmented reality fun. There I am, even wearing my uniform.

Products inspired / influenced by Taiwanese culture.

A chandelier made from… hair dryers, hair clips and combs.

Paper cutting, and a play with shadow and light.

Keyboard coaster!

This post is getting really long, so I think I’ll just stop here.

More pictures on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151025747281008.417877.504536007&type=3

Bone at Taiwan Designer’s Week 2012

My first time participating in Taiwan Designer’s Week.

My company had a booth and we were assigned to be there it for a couple of days in that week.

Our booth with our graffiti penguins.

My penguin.

Our game took part in the exhibit too, to boost game sales.

And some of our company’s products.

I will write a separate post for the other booths that I saw in the Exhibit.

MikuPa

So I went to a concert yesterday, of a virtual singer.

Her name is Hatsune Miku, she is a singing synthesizer application with a female persona (according to Wikipedia).

She performs her concerts using animated projections on this sheer screen, which is pretty awesome.

What I am amazed more of is her fans. The entire place is packed and there were glow sticks everywhere. Before the concert even started everyone was chanting “Miku, Miku”, as if she’s a real person waiting backstage.

See this little blur? This is her, when she appears.

The photo is just a little blurred. Because, even though I’m really short and can only afford tickets in the last section, I can still see her pretty clearly.

It was quite a fun concert, because everyone was waving their glowing sticks and singing along.

I found some videos on YouTube of her MikuPa concert in Singapore:

Oh and my favorite, Kagamine Len:

I just love Len, he is adorable. I can rewatch this all day.

It was overall a fun experience.