Trying the “Get Noticed!” theme
Apologies for the appearance of the blog – I’m updating to a new theme – “Get Noticed!” – and whilst in transition some of the look and feel will undoubtedly be a little poor.
I hope that this will resolve itself very quickly!
Because third-party applications – like Twitter and Coveritlive – are an important part of the service that we offer, it felt like it was time to try to explain our thinking on how we work with them, both how that works but also why it’s not always the easiest thing to do.
Outline for “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix”, by JK Rowling. [Via Chandler Baker]. Click the image to view her original.
I came across this post
on the Flavorwire site showing a number of authors’ Outlines for their novels. I find it interesting to see both the similarities and differences between the various examples.
Personally, if I wasn’t outlining electronically, I would go for the spreadsheet-like format (although it only gives you 2 degrees of freedom, I wouldn’t be able to cope with a looser organisation). I’d be interested in seeing how some of these would look electronically – Scapple and Aeon Timeline would be my choices.
If you’re looking for a simple way to make use of contexts and tags in Wunderlist, read on.
I’ve stumbled across two fantastic blog posts over the last couple of days – both about Scrivener’s place in the editing process.
David Hewson’s post argues the case for dumping Scrivener and using Word; Jamie Todd Rubin’s post describes how he manages edits in Scrivener.
I think both cases are valid: David’s is argued from the point of view that editors will invariably use Word; Jamie’s from the point of view of someone who understands this, but would rather manage the whole process in Scrivener.
The example Jamie cites is for a 12 scene work; his process of copying from Word into Scrivener seems viable for a work of this size. David’s example has over 100 scenes and I wouldn’t want to be copying and pasting between the applications for a work of that magnitude.
What do you think about these two different approaches to the editing process? What do you do? Please feel free to leave a comment.
I’m curating a whole host of Scrivener-related resources here
. Please pop by and take a look.
Thanks to SourceForge’s Facebook timeline, I just discovered CorneliOS. From their blurb:
The CorneliOS WebOS is an easy-to-use and cross-browser “Web Desktop Environment”, “Web Operating System” or “Web Office”. It’s also a powerful web application framework that can be used to build community platforms.
Here’s a link to the CorneliOS web OS & application framework.
I came across this blog post yesterday about a ‘hidden’ feature of Hazel. The ability to create nested conditions will really make my life easier.
Email client applications are all much of a muchness; some do more than others with tagging, highlighting and rules, but in the main they ultimately allow you to read email.
From a ‘Getting Things Done‘ (GTD) perspective, email has been the one ‘inbox’ (in the sense of GTD) that has been incongruous to the rest in my system; I’ve found it really difficult to smoothly integrate emails in my inbox into my GTD workflow.
If, like me, you use mail rules a lot in Apple Mail, you’ll be thankful for this nugget of information from George Coghill.
Email can be a terrible way to communicate. One such occasion is when trying to communicate planned time. As Nathan Cahill puts it:
“Plans are not easy to communicate over email. Whether you are planning a short trip or having a relative visit, you need to write it in calendar format.”
And, fortunately for the rest of us, he went ahead and created Short Calendar, a web app that allows you to do just that – create your plan on a calendar and email it to whoever you need to.
Simple, free. Excellent.
Thanks to Brent Sordyl, who’s blog post brought this service to my attention.