It’s nice to have an office.
The place: The Facebook website thingie.
The time: A moment of weakness (escaping from my manuscript).
The assignment: “Exercise!!! 250-500-100 words (some kind of narrative). No “to be” verbs!”
The inspiration: This great photo….
My jotted whatnot:
Has anyone seen my sneakers? They walked off with my soul, and now I wander the earth, barefoot and in mourning, experiencing a life bereft of meaning.
Who knew shoes could take so much merely through their absence? Those soul-stealing soles completed me. Betrayers!
Tomorrow I have a date with a pair of sandals. In my younger days, I feared them. I thought they would tie me down. Those doubts plague me still.
Enough! No more whining! I shall pick myself up by my bootstraps—
Now where did THEY run off to?
—LLS, June 2014
Placed here for posterity. Now back to real stuff.
As a writing tool, I love Scrivener. Unfortunately this comes with some hindrances:
- Scrivener is not a standard format, so you have to compile and export anything you do to to anything with it.
- Microsoft Word is a standard format in publishing—obviously people in publishing are a bunch of masochists—but Scrivener’s exports to Word are unstyled.
- Scrivener’s exports to the .mobi format are barely adequate. Scrivener’s exports to the .epub format are famously incompatible with ebook retailers and need to be cleaned up.
- Scrivener has no export to InDesign—perhaps to be expected, as InDesign can import Word docs.
What I’m realizing is that I’m going to have to use Scrivener for a first-draft tool only, and then export to Word and finish every work in Word. For someone who loathes Word, that’s a sad prospect.
But what’s more sad is that before I can get going on the Word doc, I have to go through and define all the Styles in the manuscript. And it’s not easy, because the process results in loss of tabs, loss of italicization, loss of any and every special style I defined in my Scrivener manuscript (e.g., styles for text messaging). I have to spend hours going through a novel-length document looking for words and sentences that should be italicized, sentences that should be styled as text messages, and so on.
This has me questioning my entire workflow.
Scrivener » Word (garbage) » Word (manual cleanup) » [final delivery formatting app]
And it’s a huge distraction from writing.
Time to close the browser.
Originally posted on chrismcmullen:
Imagination On. Check.
Motivation On. Check.
Quiet On. Check.
Distractions Off. Check.
Comfort Zone On. Check.
Eyes Ready. Check.
Mind Open. Check.
It’s a go.
Take a deep breath.
Creativity blasting off in 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 0.
Let those creative juices flow.
Copyright © 2014 Chris McMullen
I never met Jay Lake. I stumbled across Green when it came out in trade paper in 2011, and loved it. Aside from reading the sequels and other books by Jay, I started following his blog.
It was at times heartbreaking to read about his travails with cancer. Yet he was also inspiring with his battling spirit (always with a degree of cheer, even when it must’ve been bravado). When he crowdfunded the sequencing of his genome and registered for NIH drug trials—the NIH loved that he had the sequencing done, what an opportunity!—he won even more of my admiration.
When we learned that the trial treatment did not work as hoped, my heart sank. Having watched my father die a couple of years ago—an experience that still haunts me—I felt all too keenly what would be next.
By all accounts, Jay was much loved by his many friends. I loved him virtually, through his blog, and through his dreams shared in his books.
49 is too young. Fuck cancer.
Originally posted on Whatever:
I can’t actually remember when it was that I first met Jay Lake, which is an unusual thing for me. I can often tell you the exact time and place I met most people I care about, from my oldest friend Kyle (on the bus on the first day of second grade) onward. I suspect my memory of meeting Jay is more diffuse because I first knew so many people who knew Jay, so that by the time we had our first meeting it felt, by commutative property, that I already knew him. I’m racking my brain here and coming up with nothing. From the point of view of my memory, Jay just was.
The picture above, taken at 2013’s Nebula Awards Weekend, was one of the last times I saw him in person. In case you’re not clear what’s going on here, he’s attempting to taste my…
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Originally posted on The Bloggess:
I was just on Facebook, and this popped up in my feed as something suggested for me personally:
And first of all, it’s disconcerting when you get targeted advertising for half a dead squirrel, and it’s not even the good half. Why send me this ad? It’s as if Facebook said, “Hey, we saw this asshole and thought of you.”
And then it’s even more insulting because it’s all “Still interested?” as if they’re implying that this was something I was definitely interested in at one point. And no, I’m not interested. That’s why I didn’t bid on it when I saw it yesterday, eBay. I was just looking at it. STOP MAKING WEIRD ASSUMPTIONS ABOUT ME. It’s creeping me out and it’s also making me feel bad about my internet surfing because probably everyone else is getting targeted ads for pretty dresses or new phones, whereas my page is all, “THIS ASSHOLE COULD…
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“And then I open a tab to Facebook…which does not allow piggies…”
I haven’t been blogging the A to Z Challenge these past few days because they were blocking me from getting the necessary things done—namely writing my novel, editing Kate‘s novels, and preparing books for publishing (and other life obligations).
I’ve been blogging for well over a decade, and love it. I’m not stopping blogging altogether. It’s just that, given the day job, trying to wedge in the A to Z Challenge as well was turning out to be a burden. I have to focus on priorities.
So no more A to Z, unless serendipitous Muse comes for a visit. Thank you, everyone who stopped by and commented. I hope to see you again.
Regular keyboards give me a pain — a pain in the wrist, specifically. It makes a huge difference when you’re typing a lot for emails, blog posts, proposals, articles … and novels.
I tried a number of keyboards.
How I am happy.
If you have nothing to say, jot it down. If you have something to say, jot it down. Just jot it down, and sort it out later.