A new snippet, some news, and a few thoughts

I’m late. Let’s face it, I’m late by a day with this post. My only excuse is yesterday started way too early and included too many appointments away from the house. Even though I had a blog post planned, I hadn’t actually written it and, along with several other things, it fell through the cracks. So let’s start with the important bit. A new snippet for Battleborn was posted yesterday over on my Substack. Please go check it out and let me know what you think. (There is one proviso: these snippets are rough drafts and will be edited, cleaned up, etc., before final publication.)

Here’s a preview:

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What else?

Well, one thing I was going to blog about yesterday was the marathon writing session I had over the weekend. Between editing Surtr’s Fury, I also found myself cranking out close to 10k words on the project that shall not be named yet. I managed another couple thousand last night as well.

So what’s the difference between the last few days and all the weeks and months before?

While it might be a combination of factors, there is one big difference. I changed the app/program I was writing on. Until now, I’ve basically been an MSWord user. There have been a lot of reasons, not the least of which are it’s what I’m familiar with and it is what’s been considered the “industry standard” for years. But most of it is simply I know the program, am comfortable with it and I hate change.

That doesn’t mean I haven’t tried other programs/apps over the years because I have. Most notably, I’ve tried several times to move to Scrivener (and later to Atticus). Both are good programs, especially if you want all your notes, etc., as well as your mss in one place. But they are easy to get lost in and when you fall victim to popcorn kittens as often as I do, too much of a good thing can be a very bad thing.

I’m not sure what made me do this the other day, but I downloaded Ulysses on my Macbook Air. I wasn’t too sure about having to go back in time to using markup as I wrote, but holy hell it worked. Without all the bells and whistles of even standard word processing programs, not to mention all the distractions of Scrivener and programs like it, my focus was only on the written word. I’d forgotten what it was like to sit down and just let the words flow. Other than the occasional chapter header or italicizing a word or phrase, I didn’t worry about formatting.

It was heaven.

Even better, the export function from Ulysses to DOCX was simple. While it wasn’t perfect–some paragraphs were indented further than others–it was an easy correct. Simply drop it into a document with formatting already applied, highlight the section needing to be fixed, apply the correct style and it was done. Simple, no headaches, and WORDS!

But that got me looking for an equivalent on PC because I don’t always take my Mac with me. So far, I’ve tried only one: Inspire. While it looks very similar to Ulysses, it just didn’t gel for me the way Ulysses did. I’m going to give it another couple of days until the free trial expires, but I have a feeling I’ll be looking for something different. Not that finding a PC substitute is necessary since I do most of my writing on the Mac.

Here’s hoping the increased wordage continues.

Guess it’s time to wind this post up. Until later! (I should be back this afternoon, but no promises.)


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