Writing Journal

Once again, I have something that gives me experience in my desired field of editing. A friend of mine is starting a web page, and I've volunteered as a managing editor. I'll provide the link as soon as the site kicks off. I may even kick out a few posts for them, although I'm not as issue-charged as the rest of the staff seems to be. Which is probably a good thing. I'm only in it for the proofing, anyway.


Writing Journal

Long story short, I didn't finish my train story. Wacky work schedule and a bad case of Taco Bell early on started me in the hole, and I realized too late that the iPad for novel writing just doesn't do it for me, even with the keyboard case.

However, I'm within sight of finishing Constance in Sioux City. All that's left is a literal cut and paste job of 9 pages (margins narrowed; 12 at regular) to see if I can cut at least a page before I send it off to the BCReview for inclusion in their 2015 issue. I talked to the editor at this year's reception, and she seemed keen on the idea. So, yay!


Writing Journal

I'm still struggling a little bit with my keyboard.  Especially the shift key, the apostrophe/quotation mark key and the sensitivity of the keys.  Sometimes I get more than I bargained for and sometimes I'm halfway through the word before I realize it didn't recognize my tap on one of the letters.

This wouldn't be so bad if I were writing in word, which auto corrects a lot of those kinds of errors, but I'm not.  Which is slowing me down significantly.  The NaNo gurus are all like "don't edit as you go, not even typos," but they do not understand how utterly gruesome it would be to read what would appear as a result.  I'll give you an example, using a very well-known first line of a novel.

"It i sa truth universally ackknowledged, thaht a single man in posession of a good fortune, must be in wawnt of a wife.?"

Could you imagine 80 pages like that?
Um, that would be a big, fat NO.

As such, I signed up for free typing tests online at www.typingweb.com
When I hit blocks, I go there and keep my fingers limber, especially that right pinky.


Writing Journal

Now that I have a keyboard with my iPad, it will be easier to update this, as well as work on my writing. (Even though I'm not using the cheap keyboard right now, since the on/off toggle switch is really hard to get at, and I don't anticipate saying much.)

Today, I went browsing for free writing apps, and I have to say I'm not impressed with the Apple store's search feature. With Google Play on my phone, if I search the exact name of the app I'm looking for, it shows up. Not so much with the Apple store.  Anyway, I haven't found what I'm looking for.
-word count
-offline capabilities
-easy to navigate within the program.

Werdsmith is pretty much the best one I've found so far.  I won't stop looking until the end of the month, or I find one that I love instantly.

I also just created Pandora radio stations for the three characters who are not me.


Writing Journal

I want to share my thoughts on the #AmtrakResidency program. Please note my opinions may be influenced by the fact that I was actually on a train from Omaha to Salt Lake (but I got off early in Provo) when I first heard about it.

Basically, writers appeal to Amtrak for the chance to take one of 24 trips within the year so that they may have uninterrupted time to write on a train. Don't worry, I'm working on my application. I've seen a lot of dismay about the fact that Amtrak reserves the world rights forever to the writing sample that you submit with your application. 

Authors are upset because they want to retain the rights to all of their writing. I'm not that hardcore about it. I write to share stories with people, not make money. (Although I'm not opposed to that.) If I were to want to write for money, I would have turned to tech writing.