Small Update

Another small update before we head to bed. Showing up at the hospital at 5:30 tomorrow.

Did some more outlining today on Dragon Lords. Reminded me why I loved this story so much. Five good interweaving plot lines looking at different aspects of the same problem. Also realized how little of it I had typed up in my files and how much was still in notebooks. So I will spend some time working out the rest of the outline and getting everything organized before pushing on into new territory. Looking forward to it.

Outlining and such

I spent much of my writing time outlining yesterday (2 pages). Outlining will probably be the bulk of my writing for the next week or two. I am not sure where I plan to go with the previous story I was working on (outling) and I would also like a break.

My interests have always been more with dragons and wizards and such than aliens and space marines. The bulk of my longer works are almost all fantasy related. I have one that I want to get back to (tentatively titled Dragon Lords) but that needs some outlining too.

Mostly though, my wife is having a surgery on Thursday, so I don’t expect I will have much time for traipsing around my imagination anyway. Rest assured, I will be back shortly.

Back out the door

Received a rejection from Clarkesworld, sending it back out to Abyss & Apex.

Hammer of Had Smiting, +5

I had a real problem here. Some really passive prose featuring my apparent favorite word, *had*. I use it alot. I don’t know why, it just crops up in there all the time. Today and yesterday’s editing jobs had me knocking out the word had all over the place. But hey, I know what I had better look for in the future, so spotting it will be easy. Right? Like my buddy Duke always says, “Knowing is half the battle!” I wish I knew what the other half was.

Submission #2

Two stories out in two days. That is good in my book. This one is off to Asimov’s. I feel good about it. My application is strong this year.

Bringing it all together

Like most of us, I’m not writing full time. I write when I have time, when I can squeeze it in. Most days I get some writing in on my lunch at werk. Some days it is while I’m waiting in the parking lot for my wife. Some days it is on the iPod Touch while at home because I may need to set it down quickly to help one of our children.

The point here is that I’m not always at my main computer. This can of course cause a lot of problems. Some of the folders on my computer are a real mess with ver 1, 2, and 3 files of stories I typed up at different times. I have multiple different notebooks. That can make it very tough to bring things together into one coherent piece of work.

Chuck at Terrible Minds turned me on to DropBox. They provide 2 gigs of space for free (you can pay for additional space) and it will automatically upload to their servers anything in your DropBox folder. This also solved the problem of making sure that my files are backed up for the inevitable computer crash.

DropBox also has an iPod app that will let you view the files that are on their servers but not edit them.

I had been using a nice free app on my iPod Touch called WritePad. It was simple and allowed me to email myself the files. And hey, it was free. Can’t knock that at all. Emailing yourself the files though can cause all kinds of formatting issues when you copy and paste that into the document you are using. I wanted something with a little more power behind it.

After some research, I came across QuickOffice. At $10 you can get QuickOffice Mobile Connect which allows you to connect directly with DropBox (and a few other similar services) to view AND edit the files that are stored on DropBox. If you’re working offline without a WiFi connection, QuickOffice also allows you to copy your files to your iPod and then copy them back later once you’re connected again.

Now I am happy to say I am editing the same file regardless of where I happen to be writing. It has really saved me a lot of time and headache and really simplified writing anywhere and everywhere. If you’re in a similar position, I highly recommend DropBox and QuickOffice.

With a Sledgehammer

Well, after knocking out a lot of the passive sentences out of my story yesterday, I sent it off to Clarkesworld. Different story to edit today and then I will send that one off too. Not sure where yet, but aiming high.