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O.K., today wasn't the most exciting time to be had by your local friendly tech writer. No swinging from buildings, righting wrongs or even splitting the occasional infinitive. Nope, today was "let's write a software requirements document".

X 1: The system will . . .

X 2: The system will . . .

and then spend the rest of the day translating developerese into pseudo-English.

Can you say, "I want to pull my hair out"? Sure you can.

Once I get this darn document done, it'll be a breeze to maintain, but as the first full-time tech writer on this project, I've got a LOT of catch-up to do on basic documentation. I'm collating sources, trying to read notes on Excel spreadsheets and tracking down people who used to be on the project to make sure I know exactly what these darn requirements actually mean and did we/will we meet them.

Needless to say, even though the typing is not exciting, trying to put this to bed on time may become so.

Luckily for me, I think the conversation I was worrying about writing last night for Shadows went pretty well. I need to go back over it tomorrow and pump up Samantha's part, but I think I nailed the other character pretty well. *keeps fingers crossed* I added 1667 words to the chapter tonight and I think I brought it to a natural stopping point. It might be a little short though, so I'm going to try and add a little more conversation before we get to the "main event". A little more description might work well too, although sitting in a lean-to at night with no light source doesn't give me a lot to work with there. *grin*

Had a nice little conversation with Yasmine Galenorn on Twitter tonight. Along with being a pretty cool writer, she's got a gorgeous set of kitties; one that looks it could be my cat's twin sister. I wasn't exactly a "cat person" when I was growing up, but given our lifestyle and where we live, cats are definitely the better option than a dog right now. Now, when I can get that piece of property with about four or five acres for a dog to roam, then we'll talk.

I hit my writing goal early and I may actually get to bed on time for once. Go me!

Words for Today

1667 / 1000 words. 167%

Progress on Stargate SG-1: Shadows of the Heart

24075 / 100000 words. 24%

Words for 2009

16521 / 365000 words. 5%


( 3 howls — Howl with the Pack )
Feb. 20th, 2009 08:55 pm (UTC)
I yearn for the day when I can carve the "technical" off my job decision, and never again have to tweak Word templates, struggle with MadCrap Flare or RobberWhelp.
Feb. 20th, 2009 10:45 pm (UTC)
I am *so* there with you.
Feb. 22nd, 2009 05:33 am (UTC)
I may be able to help with this. Drop me an email - bardling at gmail.
( 3 howls — Howl with the Pack )

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