Monday, September 24, 2012

Off-Topic Maps rant

So I just downloaded iOS 6 for my iPad.

I'm not really impressed. I hear there's a lot of under-the-hood improvements, and if you have a new iPad or iPhone 5 , there's some new features. But my iPad 2 can't use any of those.

So, what do I get?

Well, YouTube is gone. And there's a new maps app.

A worthless maps app. In the places I go, there's a pin for one gas station. That's it. One, out of hundreds. Yes, I'm talking most of central Michigan. No restaurants, hotels, nothing. There are almost no points of interest on the map.

Oh, and that one gas station, the pin was about a block away from the stations actual location. And when I found my house on the map, the address was wrong. And a local park had the wrong name... it goes on and on.

This wouldn't be as aweful, except the Google maps app that this atrocity replaced had all of these things and more - and they were in the correct location.

Sure, there's turn-by turn directions now... but what good are they if the map can't find where you're going and, even if it does, it takes you to the wrong spot?

So, what does this have to do with writing?

Well, I've been working on my first book for about five years now. I'm really eager to publish it, but I want to get it as good as I can before I send it out.
Sure, I keep learning more about writing fiction as I go, and if I waited until it was perfect I'd never realize it.
But I have to balance that with not releasing a crappy book that I just tossed together.