Tools and Tips for NaNoWriMo

We are mere days away from the start of National Novel Writing Month, so here are some helpful tools and tips for embarking on this bizarre journey: Pacemaker allows you to set a word count goal for your manuscript and then a strategy like “Mountain Hike” in which your greatest effort is in the middleContinue reading “Tools and Tips for NaNoWriMo”

Encyclopedia Brown and Mister Rogers.

About that writing offline I mentioned yesterday … I don’t remember a time when I wasn’t obsessed with notebooks. The first notebook I remember loving so hard that I wore it down to a floppy nub was spiral-bound with an orange cover. In my notebook I wrote down a lot of facts that I thought EncyclopediaContinue reading “Encyclopedia Brown and Mister Rogers.”

Postponing nothing.

Sometimes when I stroll through the circulation workroom of my library, a book cover catches my eye but because my to-read pile is already unreasonably large, I will merely nod respectfully to it and keep walking. Yeah, right. Recently my attention was snagged by “The Daily Stoic: 366 Meditations on Wisdom, Perseverance, and the ArtContinue reading “Postponing nothing.”

This Week

Life Hello from the midst of another Portland ice-pocalypse! FunkyPlaid and I have a fire going in the fireplace and still have power, but the sidewalks and roads are covered with ice. Now that I have somewhat recovered from last year’s Project 365, I thought I’d attempt this weekly review again. To combat the winter doldrums,Continue reading “This Week”

Day 282 of Project 365: Reading old drafts.

Today’s big task was to reboot my writing routine, so I downloaded Scrivener for iOS and synched some manuscript drafts to my iPad. I love using Scrivener on my Mac, and I’m so glad that the iOS app was worth the wait. While learning how to use Scrivener for iOS, I re-read part of last year’s NaNoWriMoContinue reading “Day 282 of Project 365: Reading old drafts.”

Day 241 of Project 365: Time is on my side.

Lately I’ve been struggling with time management. At work, there rarely seems to be enough time to get things done. At home, there is never enough time to relax before I have to get back to work. And on the bus, time smushes up so that even when I have extra hours to read, to listenContinue reading “Day 241 of Project 365: Time is on my side.”