Scrivener Experiments and Exceeding Word Counts

So my new challenge with this story for the OC Writer’s Anthology is to write the short story entirely in Scrivener. And I’m starting to adapt to the program. And I’m starting to see the worth in it. I think for my major stories, like Orion and Dreamscape, there could very well be some advantages to using it. The idea of having a central part for characters is wonderful, along with consistent information on settings and such.

I’ve realized that a lot of my writing habits have to do with format, margins, text and style of the page, rather than actual mechanics with the word processor. I still don’t like the fact that I can’t really use anything as effective as Word’s autocorrect, but having built-in word count goals (and word counts that are not limited to 100,000 words) is really nice.

The bad news? I’m already passed the maximum word count for “Beyond Waterfall.” The target was 3,000 words. At my request, the head of the program said the max is 4,250. I already hit 4,500 and I suspect I have another 1,000 words until completion.

The plan? Finish the story. If I can “compress” it, then I’ll compress it. But I tend to leave holes in stories rather than have sections that can be easily cut. The worst cast scenario is that I come up with something different. I still have a couple months until it’s done. And considering I’ve busted out a 4500 word short story in a few days, another one shouldn’t be too hard.

Maybe I should look at my other short stories and recognize the common elements that work so I don’t go so far over.

Nothing else really new here. We’ve decided to cut down on Caitlyn’s TV and add more play time. I’ve also decided to try and have more conversations and less “do this, don’t do that.” And I’ve started doing Old Raids with my Guild, Saga, in WoW again. I really missed doing these. We managed to down 10-Man Heroic Ragnaros & Al’kir too with the Feedback Achievement.

Anyway, that’s it for now. See you next week!

Good luck and have fun!

-rks

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A Quick Hello

I’m a bit pressed for time, but since I couldn’t make my Sunday deadline, I wanted to still do one this week.

I had a really good time at the other Apple Store. The commute was great and the people were just fantastic. I felt totally welcomed and was very happy with the entire thing. I was sad to leave, but it’s not permanent. Not yet anyway. I’m hoping I can work something out, but I’m going to continue doing my best.

My experiment by doing all of the coming short story in Scrivener is going well. I’m finally starting to adapt to the program. I like the Compose mode where I have nothing on the screen but the notes I want and the main document. It’s working well for me.

I did have to ask for a word count extension though. I just can’t seem to write anything short! The goal was about 3,000 words, but I’m already at 2,500 and I’m about halfway through (I think). But I think I can end it by 4,000. As long as I don’t get distracted within the story. But so far, I’m pretty happy with it.

And that’s about it! Let’s see…I’m excited about the new 5.3 Patch landing today in WoW. Really excited about that. And I was looking into the Xbox One a bit. Disappointed about the lack of backwards compatibility, but I think there’s a lot of potential there. I won’t be a day-one adopter, but I rarely am for consoles.

The only other thing is that I’ve started listening to Alloy of Law by Brandon Sanderson. Fantastic so far, though I’m not the biggest fan of Michael Kramer’s audiobook voice. But he’s making it sound more raspy than he used for the Wheel of Time series and he doesn’t sound so blasted bored, so that’s helping.

Okay, time’s up!

Good luck and have fun!

-rks

New Stories, New Locations

So I’m spending the week at a different Apple Store, it’s a store I hope to transfer to eventually. And I’m pretty excited about this chance to be somewhere different and hopefully make a good impression. The schedule is a little different though, so I’m taking a moment to post here before I forget in the chaos of a new setup.

The other detail is they have a different setup for lunches, so I may or may not get a chance to write this week.

Speaking of writing, I’m going to be submitting an entry to the OC Writers anthology that should be coming out around September or October. More information on the book itself later. What’s big is I’ve already developed a new story idea in a week and it seems to be coming together great.

With the new My Little Pony thing going on, I’ve been reflecting on peer pressure and the desire for acceptance. And I’m going to try and tackle some of these themes in this story. I have a good feeling about this. The only catch is I’m worried it might not all fit in a short story. But we’ll see.

Worst case scenario, I have a new novella or novel idea!

I’ll probably post some lines from it soon once I get started.

That’s all for me today!

Good luck and have fun!

-rks

No One Here But Us Ponies…

Ponies

I hate to admit it, but my entire household has come down with a severe case of Ponies. And of course, I’m leading the pack. *Laughs* Caitlyn loves My Little Pony as well, though. Even Laura’s constantly wanting to watch it. There’s something I can’t really describe about this show. It’s snarky in parts, but overall, it’s so cheerful and upbeat. And I think that’s a big deal right now.

If you look at a vast majority of television on in the last few years, it has been unequivocally dark. CSI and Law and Order shows continue to be popular, as do Reality TV shows that seem to celebrate people bashing upon one another. To have something so cheerful and upbeat, which revolves primarily about lessons in friendship, I think that is filling a need within people. I think it’s such a huge need for most people that they’ve gotten enough courage to finally admit it to people around them.

I’ll admit that I’d been tempted to watch this show for years. I didn’t do so because I was worried I would be embarrassed. Why? I don’t know. Maybe because I’ve always been desperate for acceptance since I spent most of my childhood and teenage years (hell, most of my life) on the outside of the popular cliques.

But I’m starting to realize I spent too much of my life in fear about what other people might think. And most of those other people I don’t even like. How absurd is that?

There’s a quote I found on Wikipedia regarding the huge fandom of the “Bronies.” It struck a cord with me, so I thought I would share it.

“…One contributor to “The Brony Study” said that the adult fans are “a reaction to the US having been engrossed in terrorism for past ten years” in a manner similar to the Cold War, and are “tired of being afraid, tired of angst and animosity”; the show and its fandom are outlets from those strifes.”

(From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/My_Little_Pony:_Friendship_Is_Magic_fandom)

So, in the interests of full disclosure, I am a full fan of the My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic series.

Writing and Such

Writing has come to a slow lately. I’ve done some more work on Stormhaven, finally making some headway into another scene (finally). I also taught myself a huge amount about ebook publishing and design from Pages and Word. Since I got my new iPad, I decided to experiment a bunch with it. I’m liking what I’ve done so far.

I’m not quite sure what’s coming next for this, but it should be interesting. I’m hoping to finish Stormhaven…

And then?

And then I’m going to get Soul of the Scribe published, dammit.

It’s about time I was out there.

Good luck and have fun!

-rks