I am compelled to talk to you about some of the fun I have been having recently involving inventing not-so-subliminal messages in binary code for chapter breaks and typing the infamous words “[THE END]” on my next novel’s manuscript.
It has been sometime since I have opened up to you, Eager Readers, and that is why I felt the need to get in touch today to catch up.
I should have said more of myself, but I did not.
A bad car accident has had me in disarray over the last year and a half plus, but my health is improving and so too, I hope, my writing going forward.
It is not an excuse, but it was difficult to write my thoughts down and hard to get them out in the world.
What has been incredibly frustrating is a drastically altered ability to read, to see in general, and subsequently to write and edit.
All kinds of quality of life issues have stricken me down, but the acts of reading, writing and editing, which have been second nature for as long as I can remember, were crippled.
Fear not! Things should improve for me in the not too distant future.
I will get back to making art at a high level, and I am working oh so hard to get back there, and to a healthy state, every day.
But back to the fun I figured you would enjoy hearing about.
Reading and rereading some fascinating articles on translating binary code – and just where the hell those numbers come to have meaning – had me inspired.
This is one of the articles I read from math.grin.edu.
It is called “The Binary System: A pretty damn clear guide to a quite confusing concept by Christine R. Wright with some help from Samuel A. Rebelsky” (and it is quite fun, even for one who tries to ignore math regularly, as I am wont to do).
I will never be able to grasp the sheer math of it all, and the geniuses using this method and other in-depth ways for creating myriad works of art in the Cyberverse continue to have my utmost respect.
But trying to wrap my head around just what those numbers mean and how does so much meaning and information pass through them in the world today, invisible and yet visible at all times through the digitally dependent society that circumvents much of the globe.
Do not get me wrong: I simultaneously love and hate the digital Cyberverse that has infused itself into modern civilization; as much as I am fascinated and utilize the tech, I wish we were not so completely dependent on it.
But I digress, back to fun.
Being moved by the complexity and yet utter simplicity of binary, I decided it would be fun to make a different interconnecting message in binary code as a chapter break at the end of each section in the latest novel I have been writing to follow-up Cyberwar.
I am afraid I do not have a title to reveal just yet, but the book, which was largely complete before my car accident is inching nearer to its culmination.
The binary serves as a great visual break between parts of the book’s words, but also allows me to add in some of my own views on a level, a fun level, that requires a little research on the part of the reader to find the meaning hid in the 1’s and 0’s.
You may also be interested to know that this very week, I typed the words, “[THE END]” onto the ms.
Now there is a good deal of words on the page after those, and that will have to be addressed.
And there are numerous sections that need to be expanded upon, some that need to be chopped down to timbers, and others that no doubt need transplanting, either to other sections of this book or into another book entirely.
That will be the fun as the editing and the writing continues.
I can give no timeline, but want to say a hearty “Hello” to you all and hope that 2016 is a healthy and magical new year for us all.
"FUN: I wrote [THE END] and binary chapter breaks" was originally written for CyberwarSeries.com by R.J. Huneke
I have turned the tide and started on my journey. Words and Worlds hang in the balance and I am writing it all down before the RJ Tower! Read about my newest novel on CyberwarSeries.com