humour, Scrivener, software, writing

Dear Scrivener

We’ve been back and forth a few times now, and I have to be clear – this is your last chance.

I’ve taken you out on a few occasions and it’s been a little awkward. I was nervous about getting something wrong, or simply not being able to figure outΒ the way you operate. Because let’s be honest, you’re different. I don’t mean that in a bad way, but I’m not sure it’s in a good way either. It might be, but I need time to figure it out one way or another.

And yet, everyone else raves about you. You’re the best! they say. You’re amazing! Some even claim you’ve changed their whole lives. I want to feel that too! I do. Which is the only reason you’re even getting another chance after that last time when you insisted you couldn’t open the files you yourself generated. But I can’t ignore my friends. They might be right.

You have November to prove to me that we can work together. I’ve done a lot of research, talked to a range of people about the best way to approach this, and we’re doing it. You and me. I’m trusting you not just with a brand new project, but with my first draft of a new project this year. That’s a pretty big deal. I figure if we can’t make it work now, we’re never going to. I want it to work. I do. I’m going to try my hardest, and I hope you do too.

Yours sincerely,

J.C.

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authors, NaNoWriMo, writing

FREEDOM!!!!!!!! And other things

So, I’ve just handed in my last assignment for the year and I couldn’t be happier. Okay, MAYBE if you handed me a million dollars, or a six figure publishing contract, then I could be happier, but for now, for today, I’m pretty freaking happy. I’m free (until March).

This last month has been a creative black hole and I’m thrilled to be leaving it behind. With freedom, comes NaNoWriMo, which I’ll be participating in (though probably not winning). You can find me here if we’re not already buddies. I really enjoy the good spirits, word sprints and enthusiasm of writing alongside others, so am looking forward to spending the month writing my little heart out and watching a bunch of other writers achieve their goals and whatnot.

I’m going to be working on book three in the series I’m writing. It’s currently titled ‘By Souldust and Starlight’, and I’m really looking forward to leaping into it. This is the story that sparked the entire series, and it’s going to be MAJORLY fun to write. Let’s hope my characters are ready, because I have not had nearly as much time to plan as I’d have liked!

Other lovely things I’d like to note while we’re here are a couple of book releases that have happened in the last couple days.

First off the block is Heartwood by Freya Robertson, who is a wonderful NZ writer friend. An epic fantasy of truly epic proportions, this is her debut fantasy release, though she’s had a bunch of romance novels published in the last few years. It’s published through Angry Robot, who are awesome, and you should totally check it out! The second book is due out early next year, too, so you won’t have long to wait for a sequel!

And secondly (lastly) an anthology close to my own heart. Even if I didn’t have a story in it (but I do!! The Dead Way, it’s awesome, you should read it) I’d be pimping this one because it’s all in the name of a charity to get kids reading! That’s right, all profits from Baby Teeth go to Duffy Books in Homes, and who doesn’t want to get kids reading?

Also, those are my baby teeth on the cover, and I don’t think I’m ever going to stop being thrilled with my weirdest claim to fame yet. You can say that you know a woman whose teeth are stringed up on a necklace of the cover of a book. I guess that makes this a bit of a fitting post for Halloween after all πŸ˜‰

I’m so happy right now πŸ™‚

Hope you’re all ready to get stuck into November, because October is past it’s prime and I am SO ready to move on! Roll on November 1st!