The end of my weekend

Today is my rotating day off. With it winding down, I thought I'd tally up whatever I might have accomplished over the last three days. I also have a serious question for you. I know I'm rarely serious, but bloggers know stuff and maybe you can help me.

My sister-in-law was here for a few days. I had to work through most of this, but my wife took a day off and got to spend it with her sister. This is great, considering we only get to see her every five to ten years. We went out to a nice dinner one night.

We also had our grandson over the weekend. We took him to the last flag football game and watched him collect his trophy. His parents both had commitments, and I'm glad we could help out.

I managed to deadhead my roses. This makes them grow and brings on new flowers. Roses all took a hit here last year, but mine aren't grafted so they all came back true. We had a terrible cold snap in November and it caught them all by surprise.

I poisoned the lawn for clover, crabgrass, and dandelions. I know some people are against that, but they won't let me buy napalm anymore. I don't mind a certain amount of invasion in the lawn, but there's more clover than grass right now.

Research on potential novels turned into reading. I'm so hooked on the book that I'm reading the whole thing. I actually have about five books by this guy, and some of the data I wanted is in another volume somewhere. I cleaned and filled fountain pens and managed a page of notes that deserve deeper research.

The competing outlines got a few more index cards. One is starting to show signs of an act one, and the others aren't far behind. I'm struggling to find the right bad guys for the science fiction piece though. The story I have in mind would have the readers cheering for the bad guy.

I started reading another novel at the same time, and am over a quarter of the way through. I'm really enjoying it, and looking forward to getting back to it.

I finished one short story, but it needs some work, wrote a cool micro fiction, and started another short story. The new short is coming up flat though. Maybe going to work for four days will bring some clarity.

I prepared a couple of guest posts and sent them off. One is going to be a blog swap so that will be fun. I explored an autumn promotional opportunity with a friend, and it has a lot of potential.

I also exchanged a pretty fun bunch of emails with a cover artist for the book of short stories. The cover is looking incredible, but we're going to let it stew for a month or so. I don't want to release it until school starts up again. We have time to play around and tweak a few things. (It's so awesome though!)

Back to outlining and that question I have. I wrote a sequence of posts a few weeks back about how I storyboard my outlines. I also mentioned a specific app I use, but that's it was getting tired on iOS 8. It hasn't been updated since about iOS 6. It likes to open, crash once, then work.

I sent an email to the company asking if they were planning an update. The fellow immediately forwarded it to the person in charge. Everything went silent since then. I sent a follow up email two weeks later that was never acknowledged at all.

I've searched for a cork board app that would do the same things this app does and there is no such thing. Therefore; does anyone know how difficult it is to create an app and get it on the Apple Store? The research I've done usually says to hire someone to make it for you. I'm not opposed to that idea if it seemed profitable, but how do you find these people and what might it cost? It seems like many people are creating apps these days, so why not me?

I know someone out there in blog land has some of these answers. Let me hear from you.


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34 responses to “The end of my weekend

  1. I have no answer for your questions but what an intriguing project!

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  2. I have no idea how to find an app developer. I suppose I’d ask the techy people. I know a few.

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  3. Wish I had an answer for you but I’m coming up short. In the day job (real estate marketing) I often have companies contacting me about creating an app for the company I work for, but I haven’t pursued them. Have you tried Googling?

    As for the rest of your post, you are really rocking it with a lot of irons in the fire! You must be feeling a great sense of accomplishment. Looking forward to your new releases as they come down the pike!

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  4. Can you write code? If so write the app and submit to AT&T’s Foundry in Plano TX or Palo Alto CA. (Here is the google link………..0.L9uh77mJQrU If not you will need to hire someone to develop it for you and then submit..

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  5. Sounds like you had a great weekend and got a lot done. The grass situation sounds like what my dad has here. We’ve tried a lot of ways to grow fresh grass, but the birds keep getting at the seeds. The latest time might work though. Fingers crossed.

    Sorry that I’m no help on the app thing. Barely understand how to use them, much less make them.

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  6. The guy who wrote the code for the WordPress Editor Redirect is here:
    I know The Penguin writes code. Dennis does too, I think, but admits The Penguin is better at it. The Penguin has a contact page that is public, but on it there is a link to a private contact form.

    I think he’s a teacher/professor because he refers to his “students” often. Maybe you can partner and make millions. Remember me when you do.

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  7. Wait, you did all that in the last three days! That’s pretty impressive.

    My other half’s son created an app with his techy friend, this app – he’s a graphic designer and his techy friend is a coder. You definitely have to have the coding knowledge, or get together with someone who does. My impression is that it wasn’t just a quick simple process. It’s a bit like a mini website, so often it is something that web developers do on the side. You could contact some web design/development companies to enquire?

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  8. I know people who could do this for you, I’ll talk to them and see how involved it is.

    At one point, I think I heard the process for getting on Apple’s store was pretty strict, and might involve some time, but I can check into this as well.

    My first advice, though (maybe already you’ve done this) would be to do a more extensive search, there may be some other organization tool out there that’s not called corkboard, but does 90% of what you want.

    I like to use evernote to organize things, but it’s not visually oriented.

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  9. Jim

    If you want to pursue the custom work, you can check out Rentacoder, whoops, they changed there name in the last 15 years. Be sure to do some research on the person you pick. Quality does vary.

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  10. See if there’s a local community college or skill center that has app-writing courses. You might be able to hire a student to write your app, especially if they can use it for course credit.

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  11. Good for you. That’s a courageous undertaking, but I’m confident you can pull it off. Be sure to let us know where we can find it when you’re done. I’d definitely use it.

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  12. I’m exhausted from reading all that you managed to accomplish in a weekend.

    Gee, I think I need a nap…

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  13. I wish I had some useful information for you. But since I don’t, all I can do is compliment your awesome idea. Way to go! 😀

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