Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Farewell Scrivener

I shall miss you, but I can no longer wait for the iOS version. I need to write wherever I am with whatever I've got. At work, at home, on the go.
In the meantime I'm switching to Plain Text. It is a great, simple, little app with word and character count. The syncing is bulletproof and near instant without the typical delays and slog of conflicted files common to so many other writing apps I've tried.
Now I can write on my iPhone, iPad or my PC by keeping my files and folders organized in Dropbox.
The disadvantage of all of this is that PlainText is, (who could have guessed?) plain text only, so I'm using Notepad now, rather than my beloved Scrivener when I'm on a PC. Have heart though; it's only through the first draft.
I write my chapters as individual files with the # symbol between scene breaks for when the time comes to import into Scrivener. Using Import and Split, my scenes import as individual cards within my Chapter Folder in Scrivener. Make sure you import as UTF-8 or your import will be messy. Once you've got it in there you also have to convert it to your default text style. Next is editing and markdown.
It's not perfect. Perfect will be when I have an iOS version for iPad and iPhone that syncs with my PC. Until that day comes I will continue the struggle to perfect my workarounds.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Emmettville is free, Dec 24th-29th

Merry Christmas you filthy animals! Don't forget to swing on by the Amazon store and pick up your free copy of Emmettville. It's a terribly dark tale of alcoholism, infidelity and murder. It's right up your alley, you deviant you.

Thursday, October 30, 2014


I couldn't ask for a better cheerleader then my wife. It's amazing to me just how supportive she is of me, of my writing. I love you, Tessa!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Favorite Time Waster

When I'm wasting time that should be spent writing, I like to pretend I'm actually doing "writing related" things. For example: I probably spent two hours today tweaking my Scrivener template to perfection. It's beautiful. It really is. It is so beautiful in fact, that I actually want to write something instead of idly fucking around.
Will I? Let's hope.
Sometimes these little exercises do serve a purpose. They get me excited. They get me thinking about writing again. I like planning, organizing, outlining and streamlining my process for efficiency. It's just who I am.
What about you? Are you a planner or a pantster? What is your favorite method of procrastination, of wasting time when you should really be writing?

Tuesday, July 22, 2014


I've been busy. So busy. Too busy. We've recently moved off-grid, out to the country and radically downsized which is awesome. The downside is I have at least a million projects to complete before the snow flies. Actually, I like projects.The downside is I have no time to write. I am still journaling, but my fictional characters are stuck in limbo for the time being. I hope they'll hang in there and have a fantastic story to tell me once I get the homestead in order.