Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Monday, May 6, 2013
- When you open up your cloud storage device be sure to wait until it has finished syncing. If you open it up before it has had the chance to sync you will be opening up the old file, whether it's an hour old or two weeks old. Make sure you wait for it to sync.
- Double check Scrivener's backup settings. Mine were the default settings which were set to backup whenever a file was opened. This is an awful idea. If you accidentally open up the wrong file you automatically back it up, overwriting your most recent file. If needed, adjust them. To change Scrivener's settings, go to Tools > Options. Under the Backup section, make sure the "Turn on automatic backups", "Back up on project close" (optional), and "Back up with each manual save" are all checked. Uncheck "Compress automatic backups as zip files". On Retain backup files, select the largest: Only keep 25 most recent backup files. This is to help to prevent word loss before the oldest file is rewritten. Finally, Backup location. On both my desktop and laptop they are pointing to Google Drive with each computer backing up to a separate folder within the cloud service. Apply for all computer and you are all set.
Monday, April 29, 2013
Recently I've replaced "I like to write" with "I'm a writer", but I'm still reaching out, grasping for the title "author". I want to walk into a bookstore and weave my way through the aisles to find my book alphabetized among the stacks of novels. And, if we're being totally and completely honest, I'd love nothing more than to be able to help support my family through writing. Which I suppose is why when my husband shoos me out the door to go spend a few hours writing in the Books-A-Million cafe he waves away my protests of guilt at leaving him with both kids, and insists that he's making an investment for our future.
I'm feeling particularly poignant about the future of my writing career today. Perhaps its because my husband biked to work in the sprinkling rain so that I could have the van to take the kids grocery shopping with me, or maybe it's because everything just feels right this time around with about 8,000 words deep into my current novel.
So what about you? What is your writing goal?
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Yesterday my phone rang while I was preparing breakfast. Normally I don't answer the phone then, instead opting to listen to my Doctor Who ringtone while the coffee maker hisses and gurgles to life with earthy coffee. I'm a lot more pleasant after I've had coffee.
I decided to answer anyway. It was my dad, and from the tone of his voice my first worry was my mom. Instead, he told me to call my mom, one of my cousins had passed the night before.
This is one of the things that sucks about the military, you can't just go be with family. When I had the opportunity I secluded myself and did the only thing I could make sense of; write. I pounded out about 4,000 words yesterday.
And to my cousin Sabrina, who lit up a room with her wide smile and could have me on the floor laughing, I love and miss you.
Monday, April 15, 2013
Long story short, we need a new bookcase.
I recently started Good in Bed by Jennifer Weiner. So far I'm enjoying it. Cannie's struggle with weight and the ensuing self torment is easy for me to relate to. But I've liked it so much that I also picked up Little Earthquakes and Certain Girls, also by Jennifer Weiner. However, I already have at thigh-high pile of books to read and re-read. Now perhaps that's not too impressive as I barely reach five foot four, but you get the picture.
What is everyone else reading lately?
Thursday, April 11, 2013
My husband has been trying to save those few words if nothing else since yesterday, even spending most of his lunch break attempting to figure out what went wrong. And the poor guy already does the same thing for other people's computers all day long.
So here's a friendly PSA. Back up, back up, back up.
Monday, April 8, 2013
But with the Renaissance Festival fast approaching I decided to whip that sucker back out. Here is the top half of my daughter's dress so far:
After dutifully pinning all of the fabric to the pattern and cutting everything out I felt ecstatic. All those neat pieces of fabric pinned to soft, crinkly paper just showed so much potential. All I had to do was take those pieces and fit them together. Easy, right?
When I ripped out perhaps my fourth or fifth seam I slapped my seam ripper down on the table and said, "I fucked the dress up."
"What?" My husband asked.
"I fucked. It. Up." I repeated.
Perhaps a bit over the top. OK, a lot over the top.
After I calmed down I sat back down at the table and began to pop the seams that I had sewn awry. And the thing that's nice about ripping out tiny little stitches is that it gives you time to think.
With writing I always seem to be in the midst of re-. Rewriting, redoing, re-planning, re-everything. I never quite peg things down right the first time. Or even the second or third. Sometimes it's from jumping in too fast. The rush of writing, something, anything takes me over and drags me along for a frantic dash across the keyboard. Other times it stems from the story taking an unexpected turn even through the most detailed of planning. When the story is laid out on crinkly pieces of paper it seems so easy. Put this here, have him screw up there, resolution over that hill. Done and done.
As I pulled out the rest of a basting stitch done all wrong (I can't be the first person who forgot to change the stitch length, right?) I completely changed my novel that I'd been working on before Camp NaNoWriMo. Nothing short of a complete rewrite can salvage it, but I think I'm OK with that.
How is everyone doing with Camp or the A - Z Blogging Challenge?