January 23

Tough going writing

Well, we aren’t all smart.

There are going to be so many jokes made at my expense for this, but I have to be honest about it. I may have impaired my ability to write for the next week. All from cutting cheese.

Jarlsberg cheese

Jarlsberg cheese (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

All right, get it out, my juvenile friends.

I was cutting the rind off a nice piece of Jarlsberg swiss today with the closest instrument of destruction – a steak knife, of course – when it slipped. Nay, was repelled by the cheese. Sliced right into the pointer finger of my left hand.

That was six hours ago. Still stings. Even worse, it’s slowing down my typing pace. And it stings.

January 21

The good, the bad, the uh-oh (writing)

Has it been that long since I last blogged? On the upside, I’ve got a current work in progress. As of tonight, I’m about 21k of the way in, which is a good foothold. I’ve learned a few tricks writing this novel so far, things I’ll happily share – once I make it to the finish line. On the upside, for the last week or so I’ve been managing over 1k a day in my writing tallies – yay!

On the bad side, I’m fast approaching the end of my initial sketch. I know where this is going, but I really need to set some time aside soon to figure out the next part of the book. The formula I’ve been using is parts pantsing, part outlining. I have a rough sketch of some scenes and character repetitions (ie, X, Y, then Z, repeat, throwing in A or B occasionally for variety), which I then fill in with some old fashioned organic writing. I just need to extend that rough sketch further into the book so I can dig into the next section.

So to sum up – its been quiet on the blog (bad) because I’ve been writing (good!), but I’m anxious about maintaining the momentum (uh-oh). I hope other writers go through this while working on a project, or at least other non-outliners.

[Image is from Black Books. Because reasons.]

January 7

A Scrivener API?

Scrivener (software)

For those of you that have wandered this way because of Scrivener related shenanigans (like, pumping data into a Google spreadsheet analysis a la Jamie Rubin’s scripts), thought I’d share this tidbit. Rather than speculate and hope, I wandered over to the Literature and Latte forums tonight and just straight up asked whether there was or would be an API for querying scrivener for stats. The reply can be found here (http://www.literatureandlatte.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=30065&p=191164#p191164), but to save you a hop

There isn’t an API right now, though. This is on the roadmap, but I must stress, the long-term roadmap. :)

Also confirmed of my approaches for pulling the number of words written in a day (for that you should follow the hop) wasn’t wrong, even if it isn’t necessarily going to be right forever. Oh well, back to staring at a zero word count for the day.

EDIT: Re-read this post, clarified words my sleep deprived mind left out. Now back to that zero word count.

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