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by janra
Sun Aug 29, 2010 12:39 am
Forum: Writer's Block
Topic: Protagonist VS Story
Replies: 13
Views: 1893

Re: Protagonist VS Story

I generally start with a character and a situation, the the story and more of the character build out of that.

Actually, I frequently start with five random words, but with those I make a character and a situation, then decide if I want to take it further into story.
by janra
Sat Jan 23, 2010 12:49 am
Forum: Aeon Timeline (Temporary Home)
Topic: Zooming, Context, and Detail: Design Decisions
Replies: 30
Views: 3222

Re: Zooming, Context, and Detail: Design Decisions

On the one hand, seeing a timeline as a time scale that gives you a good idea at a glance of the relative timing of things is useful. On the other hand, each item is an event (scene?), and no matter how far apart they are in time, they are close together in the book. (Not counting flashbacks and oth...
by janra
Wed Jan 06, 2010 4:50 am
Forum: Using Scrivener
Topic: Scrivener for Print on Demand (POD)
Replies: 2
Views: 1527

Re: Scrivener for Print on Demand (POD)

MMD/LaTeX is also an option. Fletcher posted some time back a 6x9 book format that works wonderfully with Scrivener, and the Lulu 6x9 book format. It makes a print-ready PDF.

That's what I use when I want to get something printed via Lulu - done 3 already, getting 2 more done soon.
by janra
Sun Jan 03, 2010 3:51 am
Forum: Technical Support (Mac)
Topic: Should I pay $900 for Scrivener? Newbie needs help!
Replies: 19
Views: 2981

Re: Should I pay $900 for Scrivener? Newbie needs help!

You could go to a mac store whose demo computers have internet access, download and install scrivener, and play with it a while. They generally don't mind, as long as you don't monopolize the computer when other customers want to take a look at it. You'd get a feel for how the mac operates in genera...
by janra
Thu Dec 24, 2009 5:19 am
Forum: And Now For That Latte
Topic: No, you write because you *have* to.
Replies: 12
Views: 1888

Re: No, you write because you *have* to.

I write because the voice in my head whispers weird stuff and makes me do it. I wish it wouldn't happen when I was riding on a bike into london for 40 minutes though, because invariably I've forgotten all the amazing things I was supposed to write by the time I get there. Voice activated recorder a...
by janra
Tue Nov 10, 2009 1:46 pm
Forum: NaNo Materials
Topic: And?
Replies: 27
Views: 4519

Re: And?

About 5000 words behind due to a few very long work days where I only managed 200-300 words before falling asleep, but starting to catch up again, slowly. Got a couple of 2000+ days, and maybe I can get a 5000 word day - that would catch me right up! The story is half outlined. I am discovering more...
by janra
Fri Oct 23, 2009 5:57 am
Forum: Software & Development
Topic: The Growth of E-readers
Replies: 53
Views: 6589

Re: The Growth of E-readers

I haven't read the thread closely, but I don't think anyone has mentioned my current dealbreaker for e-readers: Format. To the best of my knowledge, there is no single smart format that is supported across the range of e-reader platforms. [...] Until my electronic books are AT LEAST as platform ind...
by janra
Tue Oct 06, 2009 4:11 am
Forum: Aeon Timeline (Temporary Home)
Topic: dates and times - and entry forms
Replies: 2
Views: 571

Re: dates and times - and entry forms

Cool. Looking forward to it!
by janra
Mon Oct 05, 2009 5:31 am
Forum: Aeon Timeline (Temporary Home)
Topic: dates and times - and entry forms
Replies: 2
Views: 571

dates and times - and entry forms

Hi Matt, Could you please pretty please go through all your data entry forms and make sure that when you press 'tab' after entering something the focus goes somewhere sane? The tab key is standard for keyboard navigation of forms, and I am constantly having to resort to the mouse. For example, the n...
by janra
Sun Oct 04, 2009 8:09 pm
Forum: And Now For That Latte
Topic: Bread - why I hate Americans
Replies: 117
Views: 7777

Re: Bread - why I hate Americans

Janra, Frozen bread is unpleasant if you don't use it like you do, which is pretty much right away. If you put a loaf in the freezer and let is sit for about 2 weeks in it original bag, you will see what all the complaining is about. 2 weeks is frequently how long it takes me to finish a loaf... Ma...
by janra
Sat Oct 03, 2009 4:47 am
Forum: And Now For That Latte
Topic: Bread - why I hate Americans
Replies: 117
Views: 7777

Re: Bread - why I hate Americans

I'm almost afraid to ask... why the hate for frozen bread? I can't finish a loaf before it goes mouldy on the counter, so I pop it in the freezer while it's still fresh. Shake loose a couple of slices whenever I need bread, and keep the rest frozen. I'd never ever have bread if it weren't for my fre...
by janra
Tue Sep 29, 2009 3:00 pm
Forum: Writer's Block
Topic: Other boards, or why do I torture myself like this...?
Replies: 42
Views: 4245

Re: Other boards, or why do I torture myself like this...?

I think that critiquing other's work is also a learning curve for many, and can improve the perception of your own work too. Ohhhhh, yes. I was a member of an online critique group for a while (critters.org), and even though I never sent one of my own stories through I learned a *lot*. You see thin...
by janra
Thu Sep 24, 2009 8:42 pm
Forum: NaNo Materials
Topic: Anyone Planning for NaNo 2009?
Replies: 81
Views: 13665

Re: Anyone Planning for NaNo 2009?

I don't see nanowrimo as a competition with others, it's something I at most see as a competition with myself. Can I write more words today than yesterday? Most of my region seems about the same - those who want to compete on an individual level I'm sure are there, but they don't tend to be in the ...
by janra
Thu Sep 24, 2009 4:23 pm
Forum: NaNo Materials
Topic: Anyone Planning for NaNo 2009?
Replies: 81
Views: 13665

Re: Anyone Planning for NaNo 2009?

yeah I strictly limit which NaNo forums I will read. Most of them are not useful to me. I do keep up on my local regional forum though; some of the crew continues to meet and write all year.
by janra
Fri Sep 18, 2009 7:43 pm
Forum: Technical Support (Mac)
Topic: Backup
Replies: 5
Views: 716

Re: Backup

In the file menu there is a "backup to" option; make sure the checkbox to zip the file is checked and it will make a backup file, zipped, with the date in the filename. That zip file is suitable for emailing to yourself. .scriv files are actually packages, which to non-mac systems (like em...