Hey! I’ve got some unexpected news! My apology-generating bot is now a living chattering bot on Mastodon! I’ve always wanted to make a twitterbot, but my bots tend to be too verbose for 140 characters. Mastodon is the perfect place for SorryBot to live! You can follow SorryBot on Mastodon at botsin.space/@sorry!!

This new version is written in a Tracery grammar and hosted by a friend’s app. At some point I want to learn node.js and use George Buckenham’s Tracery Node library to make Polly into a more robust bot that can respond to mentions with apologies specific to input text (like what happens on the version hosted here). Once I do that, I’ll also be able to port Valerie into a Mastodon bot as well. She’ll be more useful there and also will conveniently promote Sailing Rough Waters some more (remember that? Man, I sure wish I was still that cool).

In other news, I finished my onboarding modals for Mastodon. At some point I’m going to do a write-up on the pedagogy that went into their design. For now, if you join Mastodon you’ll be greeted my modals.

My horror chapbook is still chugging along. It has a name now! Jovian Flesh & Fauna. Hopefully now that my Mastodon modals are done, I can step back from Mastodon development and focus more on poetry.

Finally, I will be appearing as a guest on Mile Wide Club, a podcast about media discourse. I’ll be talking about Cardcaptor Sakura, masculine caretaking, and fatalistic queerness. Keep an eye out for when that episode goes up! I’ll make a post here and on my social media accounts when it happens. In the meantime, I highly recommend listening to the most recent episode where comic artist Grace Willey talks Moomins and displacement.

To-Dos:

  • Mastodon Onboarding Modals (and other mastodon stuff probably)
  • Onboarding modals design write-up
  • Make SorryBot into a Tracery-based Mastodon bot (totally something I was planning all along hush)
  • Learn Node.JS and upgrade SorryBot
  • Make Valerie into a Tracery-based Mastodon bot
  • Jovian Flesh & Fauna poetry chapbook
  • Write “Intro to Boundaries for People Who Don’t Understand Boundaries” essay
  • “Minimum Living” budget calculator
  • Letters to your past self
  • That novel I said I’ve been working on. (I didn’t finish this I’m just canceling it because the horror chapbook fills the same hole in my heart)
  • Fix Feminiscience pages to not be awful.
  • Mystery project (may or may not ever happen)