Scrivener Differences Between the Mac and Windows Versions

For those of you who may have started your nanowrimo with the excellent word processor, Scrivener, you may want to take a look at this. While the application is great on both Mac and Windows platforms, be aware that they are not exactly the same. This link details what is missing in the Windows version.

Episode 5: Nobody Says “Hello”

Your adventures in National Novel Writing Month.  This podcast covers the event where writers try to complete 50,000 words in 30 days.

EPISODE 5: Nobody Says “Hello”

Lots of great stuff was covered, final preparations, aspirations, and extreme motivations. We’ve got a veritable buffet of links to share with you in this one. Help yourself:

 

Question for listeners: What tools are you using for your novel this year? Are you trying something new or going with an old standby?

NaNoWriPod Hosts:

  • Ben Alexander runs BlackRectangle.net and is starting his second season of NaNoWrimo. He can be followed on Twitter @mistahben and on the NaNo site at mistahben.
  • Jim Markus, the creator of “Write with Lions”, runs MoreKnown.com  and is starting his sixth season of NaNoWriMo. Jim is on Twitter @jimmarkus and on the NaNo site at jim-markus.

Both can also be heard on the  Stuff Smart People Like Podcast.

This podcast is not affiliated with the Office of Letters and Light, but we encourage you to support their awesome efforts. NaNoWriMo accepts donations on their site.

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Episode 3: Characters and Keytars

 Your adventures in National Novel Writing Month.  This podcast covers the event where writers try to complete 50,000 words in 30 days. 

EPISODE 3: Characters and Keytars

Ben devises a plan to conquer his regional deficiency. Jim contrives a way to create 17 characters in a single sitting. Everyone enjoys a good keyboard.

Edward Witt, notable panel member on the Stuff Smart People Like podcast, joins Jim for a discussion of the month. Ed shares his thoughts on reviewing past work, challenges for creative professionals, and adds a pleasing baritone to the episode.

Question for listeners: What character development exercises do you recommend? What online resources do you find most helpful? Should Ben play the Keytar for us?

NaNoWriPod Hosts:

  • Ben Alexander runs BlackRectangle.net and is starting his second season of NaNoWrimo. He can be followed on Twitter @mistahben and on the NaNo site at mistahben.
  • Jim Markus, the creator of “Write with Lions”, runs MoreKnown.com  and is starting his sixth season of NaNoWriMo. Jim is on Twitter @jimmarkus and on the NaNo site at jim-markus.

Both can be also found on the  Stuff Smart People Like Podcast

This podcast is not affiliated with the Office of Letters and Light, but we encourage you to support their awesome efforts. NaNoWriMo accepts donations on their site.  

Apple (finally!) overhauls Podcast app among slew of updates

With the recent press conference and announcement of new hardware, Apple has also pushed a number of software updates.

Of particular interest to this blog is the updated podcast app. 

If you haven’t checked it out in some time, you might want to give it a whirl. The latest update does away with the annoying “store” switching and hopefully the new app behaves like a proper podcast app.

With this update it is also important that you subscribe to, and review, Stuff Smart People Like and Nanowripod. ;) 

The DSM V as dystopian novel

Sam Kriss at The New Inquiry has an entertaining review of the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM5).  The writeup treats the book as a piece of science fiction literature, and perhaps rightly so as the tome, while authoritative, is as much a product of its time and a reflection of society as it is a book for diagnostic use.


"On one page we meet a hoarder, on the next a trichotillomaniac; he builds enormous “stacks of worthless objects,” she idly pulls out her pubic hairs while watching television. But the two are never allowed to meet and see if they can work through their problems together."

Book of Lamentations - Sam Kriss - The New Inquiry
But the 8-hour workday is too profitable for big business, not because of the amount of work people get done in eight hours (the average office worker gets less than three hours of actual work done in 8 hours) but because it makes for such a purchase-happy public. Keeping free time scarce means people pay a lot more for convenience, gratification, and any other relief they can buy. It keeps them watching television, and its commercials. It keeps them unambitious outside of work.
Episode 2: NaNoWriRules and Plot

Thinking out loud about National Novel Writing Month.  This podcast covers the event where writers try to complete 50,000 words in 30 days. 

Episode 2: NaNoWriRules and Plot

From the National Novel Writing Month forums: “NaNoWriMo defines a novel as a ‘lengthy work of fiction.’ The short answer to your question is, if you think you’re writing a novel, then so do we.”

We discuss plot outlines, specifically the gardener v. the architect. Take a moment to familiarize yourself with the monomyth. Then, we learn about Ben and Jim’s experience with each style.

Question for listeners: How much do you outline before the month starts? Have you started outlining already? If you do prep work, does that help with the overall success?

NaNoWriPod Hosts:

  • Ben Alexander runs BlackRectangle.net and is starting his second season of NaNoWrimo. He can be followed on Twitter @mistahben and on the NaNo site at mistahben.
  • Jim Markus, the creator of “Write with Lions”, runs MoreKnown.com  and is starting his sixth season of NaNoWriMo. Jim is on Twitter @jimmarkus and on the NaNo site at jim-markus.

Both can be also found on the  Stuff Smart People Like Podcast

This podcast is not affiliated with the Office of Letters and Light, but we encourage you to support their awesome efforts. NaNoWriMo accepts donations on their site.  

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Next Utopia Workshop

A collection of fun creative projects developing analogue cybernetic tools, such as the graffiti exoskeleton and Bar-Borg (pictured above).

From Niklas Roy:

KIKK invited Kati and me to give a workshop in Namur around the theme “Next Utopia”. We were free to make what we wanted, and decided that it would be cool to transform ourselves into cyborgs! The workshop space was also ideal for reaching the next level of human development: A Renaissance style, empty church full of divine iconography.

Regarding the cyborg building materials, we decided to leave computers and electronics out. Instead, we relied on post-apocalyptic plastic trash from one Euro shops, some medical gear and plenty of useful things from the hardware store around the corner.

You can find out more about all the projects at Niklas’ blog here

Power transcription

Tuesday morning I wrote over 4,000 words.

It wasn’t even for my novel (no cheating!), just for practice. What did I write? “Surface if you can” by Terry Champaign.

That short story is one of my favorites. It also isn’t in any ebook that I’m aware of and Champaign had a very limited writing career. The exercise had the dual purpose of creating a digital copy I could have with me as well letting me experience a little taste of the process of committing a complete story to the page in one go.

The tradition of copying a writer’s work has been practiced by such authors as Hunter S. Thompson when they were starting out. I wouldn’t want to copy an entire novel, as Thompson did with The Great Gatsby, but typing out a favorite story draws your attention to the little details: the use of punctuation, word choice, all of the things that you’ll be struggling with when you set down to write your novel in November.

At first it seems very silly, to copy a perfectly good story by hand. But don’t forget that this tradition is even older than Dr. Thompson and Fitzgerald. For thousands of years monks and scribes have hand copied sacred texts. The story you or I pick may not be an illuminated text, but the process and focus required is illuminating in it’s own way.

When I had finished, I felt a certain sense of achievement. I saw the story with fresh eyes and was glad that I had done what I did. 

Right now, pick a short story you enjoy. Open up your word processor and start typing it out.

Write now.

Nanowripod is now on iTunes

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Where is Nanowripod Season 1? (aka, “The Lost Episodes”)

WIth the new site and new year of Nanowrimo, we decided to put the original eight episodes of Nanowripod in mothballs. We even deleted the old RSS feed and told iTunes to kill the old page.

But the show still lives on? Where? In your hearts, of course! And also in this zip archive of the complete show. 

Indie sci-fi films starting to look like big budget movies

The Verge has a very interesting profile of a student film called “Tonight I Strike.” 

Awesome title aside, the article shows just how a student with a decent camera, a few days of shooting and a ton of patience can produce a scifi film with effects that come very close to top level Hollywood movies.

After you read the article, be sure to watch the complete film, embedded below. 

Indie sci-fi films starting to look like big budget movies

The Verge has a very interesting profile of a student film called “Tonight I Strike.” 

Awesome title aside, the article shows just how a student with a decent camera, a few days of shooting and a ton of patience can produce a scifi film with effects that come very close to top level Hollywood movies.

After you read the article, be sure to watch the complete film, embedded below.