Monday, July 24, 2006

Way Cool Ten

Ten Things I Thought Were Pretty Cool

Freeware caution: always scan free downloads of anything for bugs and other threats before dumping the programs into your hard drive.

1. Want to write stories, but can't write? No longer a problem; 7thnovel is a freeware program that will write your short stories for you.

2. The Abstract Art Title Generator was created for use by artists, but some of the titles I got from it would work nicely for parodies, stories and even some novels. Who could resist a book titled "Undefined Bachelor Transformed"?

3. Generate names and identities for your characters with The Fake Name Generator*.

4. Jason Fieldman flexes his awesome programming skills with his Random Art Generator.

5. The next best thing to writing on paper for creative writers, Papel (this one looks very interesting; I'm going to give it a test drive later this week.)

6. Generate random animated textures with TexRD, which uses algorithms based on reaction-diffusion principle.

7. Compose your own music from scratch using VioLet Composer; break a music-writing block with the random chord generator freeware program koZong (click on downloads, then scroll down.)

8. A classic one-line story generator that often produces hilarious combos, The Story Starter*.

9. Kenyen.net has shut down their web site, but Writer's Block v. 1.0, their freeware writing block-buster program, is still available for download on a couple of mirror/host sites, like the ones here.

10. Zoner has a bunch of trial and free downloads on their site; Zoner Draw 3 is now being offered as freeware.

*Links swiped from The Generator Blog.

7 comments:

  1. OMG! I've been slackassing, trying all those links. They're hilarious! The name generator for characters said I should name my next heroine Velvet Nipple. *rofl* Sure, and if I make her a virgin, that will be a hit name.

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  2. I think I'll try Papal too.

    Thanks for the links. :)

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  3. Papel looks sort of interesting to me, too... I seem to have this thing with brainstorming on paper, though... haven't managed to make the transisition to the computer yet, though the desire is there.

    (Hoping you were joking about the 7thnovel thing... I had to quickly close the screen once I realized most of the suggestions were R+ rated, and I have a nosy kid here, lol.)

    Also, ran across dandelife.com--- interesting to play with a bit.

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  4. Writers Wanted11:47 AM

    You should join our writing competition . . . they are no big prizes, but you can get some feedback on your writing and have a chance to chat with other writers.

    http://literarysmackdown.blogspot.com/

    Come check it out and feel free to join this month’s challenge!

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  5. Writers wanted wrote: You should join our writing competition . . . they are no big prizes, but you can get some feedback on your writing and have a chance to chat with other writers.

    Tempting, but I have this ridiculous novel that I'm writing for this silly publisher I work for, so I'll have to pass.

    I don't mind folks posting links of interest, but what you're doing here is perilously close to SPAM. It's not the way to get traffic for your blog. Try something else.

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  6. Papel looks interesting; I downloaded it.

    Violet Composer requires the Microsoft .Net framework that you have to DL from them. I'll have to pass on that since a dial-up is no place for a monster that size (not to mention I have enough MS krep on the computer).

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  7. Anonymous6:20 PM

    Papel is now at version 3.5.0 and is kinda cool to say the least. The most intuitive software I've come across, ever. Kay.

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