My apologies to the handful of readers for the lack of updates recently. I’ve been slaving away at another project, a new wiki for the TV show Haven. It’s a supernatural/sci-fi thriller a la the X-Files, Buffy, or Fringe, featuring a seemingly innocent town that harbors some mysterious people with strange powers.
I discovered the show quite by accident: even though new episodes air on the SyFy channel, USA happened to be re-airing the series premiere a few days after it aired on SyFy. Seeing as how I only have basic cable which doesn’t include SyFy, I was glad that USA was airing it as well. At first, I didn’t really get what was going on, so I sort of tuned out, but after the first 15 minutes or so it caught my attention – a sign of a good show. I wanted to find out more info on it, so I Googled “haven wiki” and found nothing. After checking IMDB, I found out that the show had only premiered a few weeks ago (July 9th), so obviously there wouldn’t be any wikis yet. And seeing as how I enjoy wikis a lot and have always wanted to start one, this was a perfect chance for me.
Now it’s been 11 days since the premiere and the second episode has aired, with a new one slated for Friday. I’ve already got the basic stuff set up on the wiki… a few character pages, an episode page for the first episode, some pictures, etc. The name Tuwiuwokia comes from a line in the show about the Migmaw word for “haven” or “haven for God’s orphans”, which is “tuwiuwok.” Setting up a wiki truly is grueling work though. My congratulations go out to the admins of the popular wikis like Wikipedia, Lostpedia, Memory-Alpha, and others – I know your pain now. I would love to get some help developing the site and I could also use some authors… so if you’ve seen the show and like it, hop on over and lend a hand!
Areas that need development:
- Better site logo – the current one (pictured here) is a crapjob I did in Illustrator. I don’t have a good hand when it comes to logos, so I need a creative person to design one.
- Episode summaries – I’ve done Welcome to Haven, but haven’t done one for Butterfly yet. As more episodes air, I’ll need more authors to keep up with everything.
- Character pages – both major and minor, along with the corresponding actors.
- Site development/design. I have a few infoboxes that I’ve designed (using Lostpedia as a guideline for the styling, thanks!), but I probably need more templates. A custom skin wouldn’t hurt either… but that’s far out of my coding skill.
SyFy has ordered 13 episodes for the first season, but I’m hoping it won’t go the way of Firefly or Gilligan’s Island and disappear from television despite the fan base. Of course, I’m hoping that Haven will also develop a good fanbase as well, otherwise I’ll have spent the last two weeks coding and typing and snapping screenshots in vain. So help a fellow author out and log in or sign up over at Tuwiuwokia!