Trying My Hand at Data Visualization

A few weeks ago, I went to my first Hacks/Hackers meetup on Google Fusion tables. I sat there mostly overwhelmed while people walked us step-by-step through creating elaborate data visualizations. (See here, here and here.)

I created my own, albeit simple, map from my resume. I’m hoping to explore a little more with the special features and eventually move on to the shapes feature. I can’t embed it, but you can see it here.

I survived NaNoWriMo

Last month, I decided to start an undertaking that most people would consider ridiculous: writing a 50,000-word novel in one month. So, with thousands of other crazy people, I committed myself to writing 1666.66 words a day for 30 days. This challenge is known as NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month.

November is over, and I have something resembling a novel. (No, you can’t read it.) I didn’t write 1666.66 words every day. Some days I wrote nothing at all, and other days I would crank out 5,000 words.

The key to actually finishing the novel — or at least what all the pep talks told me — is to not edit, to just write. So that’s what I did. Even though I write thousands of words a day at work, coming home and writing for pure creativity was relaxing and, honestly, a lot of fun.

I can’t say I’ll do anything with the finished novel; I might not even read it again. But the experience reaffirmed my love of writing.