Ramblings of a millennial software developer

I should really be focusing on my NaNoWriMo project, but... I had some thoughts related to open source grammar checking.

I know there's Language Tool, but I'm hoping to create something light weight and native to Linux. The problem is what I'm thinking of is not-quite-a-grammar checker.


I found my old journal. It's embarrassing and interesting to read. Reading your own thoughts and hearing you own voice are pretty similar. They're both embarrassing.

I was pretty big into Harry Potter at the time. One of the things that brought a smile to my face was the journal was about Finding 5 Magical Moments everyday. Not life changing magical—one of the moments was about the perfect fall colored leaf. The journal project was called “Finding Magic in the Little Things.”


I'm a fan of the phrase, “It's better to ask forgiveness than permission”. I'm not sure how well that works out in the real world, but I'm a fan.

For projects at work, there's a legal team. If anything goes wrong, the company is in trouble. I've been told when you get into open source, the first thing to do is register an LLC. I don't have an LLC yet 😨.


Is Pumpkin the Spice of Life?

I know, Starbucks started the Pumpkin Spice season back in August this year. It's 2020, and that still feels like yesterday.

My friends call the season basic, but I love it. I am also a firm believer that Pumpkin is the Spice of Life.

Track with me now.


I'll admit, I've fallen behind on NaNoWriMo prep this year. I'm currently reading Save the Cat! Writes a Novel to prep and have some path of where I want to go.

In previous years I've always gotten stuck around ~10,000 words. Most of the time I have some sort of premise, but the plot is too linear without much character development. Finding time to write 50,000 words while also doing a day job full time is also pretty tough.

This year, I'm hoping some form of accountability will help me get close to the 50,000 work goal. That's why I'm documenting my progress on I'm also thinking I can cheat and include the journal as part of the 50,000 words 😜

This is also an attempt to eat my own dogfood. I've been working on a Markdown Editor called ThiefMD. I really want to explore more creative outlets. Open Source Software is one of those ways I've been poking around, but that tickles one side of my brain.

ThiefMD aims to be like a smash up of Ulysses and iA Writer. ThiefMD manages large amounts of text and allows for exporting. It can export ePUBs, DocX, and now, Blogs!

The more I work on it, the more excuses I have for not writing my novel. Blogging isn't necessary to get a novel done, so this is just more feature creep. At the same time, I have fewer excuses about why I can't write my novel.

My current idea I'm throwing around is some sort of Utopia where it's really a dystopia. This would be a re-do of last year's NaNo with more planning and development beforehand. I was shocked to see Love Alarm on Netflix because the story I was working on had a similar premise. So I guess that means I already have a made for TV-series idea...?

Anyways, this is mostly just an intro post, and to validate ThiefMD is working with I look forward to sharing more with you soon!