Wednesday, May 04, 2016

My Once-A-Month Post and IWSG for May

So spring has done it's thing and now we're heading into summer. Flowers are blooming, new green is still present and I am bone tired. I feel like a limp dishrag, as my grandmother used to say. I am particularly in-inspired but have made myself get back to writing at lease a little bit each day. For that I am grateful. And in spite of my fatigue my post is full of fun stuff this month, just to boost your moral of course! Our house is on the market and you are welcome to "tour" it if you'd like...


After six months or more of preparation and getting rid of 50% of our belongings, I am ready to not be in "house" mode. I wanted to mention that I'm trying out Scrivener to finish my WIP and so far, with help from friends and how-to videos I am making good progress. It's a different mind set, but so far so good. I wanted to ask if any of you writers out there have done or do use Scrivener? What do you think of it? Does it work with the way you think?

So far these are the only issues I have...
Can't find a synonym finder.
Can't "find and replace" in a WHOLE document, not just the chapter. Well, I haven't figured out if you can or not.
And I didn't realize how to set up the dictionary so now I only have English but no French.

Other than that I hope you are all, writers or not, enjoying the "calmer" weather, life, and whatever it is in life that makes you feel the best. I will leave you with a poem from Victor Hugo...
Victor Hugo

La vie est une fleur dont l'amour est le miel...
Life is a flower of which love is the honey...

And since I have a sweet tooth, this suits me fine!

The awesome co-hosts for the May edition of the IWSG are Stephen Tremp, Fundy Blue, MJ Fifield, Loni Townsend, Bish Denham, Susan Gourley, and Stephanie Faris!
Please visit and thank them!

And Last but not Least...

Parallels: Felix Was Here
An Insecure Writer’s Support Group Anthology

Enter the realm of parallel universes!

What if the government tried to create the perfect utopia? Could a society linked to a supercomputer survive on its own? Do our reflections control secret lives on the other side of the mirror? Can one moment split a person’s world forever?

Exploring the fantastic, ten authors offer incredible visions and captivating tales of diverse reality. Featuring the talents of L. G. Keltner, Crystal Collier, Hart Johnson, Cherie Reich, Sandra Cox, Yolanda Renee, Melanie Schulz, Sylvia Ney, Michael Abayomi, and Tamara Narayan.

Hand-picked by a panel of agents and authors, these ten tales will expand your imagination and twist the tropes of science fiction. Step through the portal and enter another dimension!

Release date: May 3, 2016
$14.95 USA, 6x9 Trade paperback, 218 pages, Freedom Fox Press
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“Pensive and manifold views into parallel earth not without a glimmer of hope.”
- Edi’s Book Lighthouse

Founded by author Alex J. Cavanaugh, the Insecure Writer’s Support Group offers support for writers and authors alike. It provides an online database, articles and tips, a monthly blog posting, two Facebook groups, and a monthly newsletter.


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  1. Hi Lisa - good luck with the sale and subsequent move. Don't ask me about French - let alone a dictionary .. but I'm about to concentrate on Scrivener .. I gather it's great ...

    Good luck with all things and the Parallels: Felix was here .. sounds great - cheers Hilary

  2. Wishing you luck in your home sale. Every once in a while I contemplate Scrivener, but I haven't conjured up the gumption to try it yet...

  3. It must be liberating to get rid of half your stuff.
    Never tried Scrivener. Think it would confuse me.
    Thanks for mentioning the anthology.

  4. The thought of boxing everything up in my home and moving after 44 years is mind-boggling. I suppose the day will come, but I do not look forward to it.

  5. I've considered Scrivener, but still haven't made the leap. I should probably just write first since Scrivener won't do much for me unless I'm writing. Good luck with what's ahead. Getting rid of 50% of your stuff sounds kind of appealing to me. I'm been working on that for the past few years but I'm not even close--maybe I've gotten rid of .05% if that much.

    Arlee Bird
    A to Z Challenge Co-host
    Tossing It Out

  6. Thanks for the Parallels promo! I am so jealous you got rid of 50%! That's amazing. We are not moving, but I have a serious clutter problem that can only be ignored for a few more months. Then my parents will come for a visit and they'll need to be able to walk to and sleep on the guest bed.

  7. I use Scrivener and I like it. I don't write in French so I can't help you there. Have you highlighted the word and right clicked your mouse for synonym finder? If so, you might have to go the hard way and google.

    The part I love is importing webpages when I'm doing research. Then I can refer to them using my split screen.

    Glad to help if you need me.

    Anna from elements of emaginette

  8. You make my heart shudder with the word MOVE! I look around me and think, "How on earth did I get so much stuff?"
    Good luck with that downsizing and with Scrivener.

  9. Hi, Lisa! So spring has sprung, and you are headed into summer? Yay! Here, on the high plains of Colorado the snow from our last snow storm a few days back has finally, this morning, disappeared completely (at least from what I can see from my windows.)! I won't feel safe from snow until after Mother's Day because it has snowed here on the past two.

    I'm not familiar with "Scrivener," but I'll have to come back and check it out after I have finished my IWSG co-host visits today.

    Good luck with your move! I, too, have been eliminating things that I own (or that own me!). It feels great, doesn't it? Have a good one! And happy writing!

  10. I use Scrivener, but not to edit, so I've never needed to use the find function or the dictionary. :-)

  11. I've always found downsizing liberating. Doubt I'll ever use Scrivener. The anthology sounds intriguing. Best of luck with your writing.

  12. I bought Scrivener, even participated in an online workshop. It sounds great, but the learning curve for me was too great. I'm back using good, old Word. Good luck with this new way of writing.

  13. I've peeked at Scrivener, but I found and fell in love with yWriter first, so I don't plan on changing anytime soon. I hope you figure out the software though. That find and replace would be horrible if it won't allow you to do the whole document. And getting rid of half your stuff sounds wonderful. I think that's what spring cleaning is all about, right? Best of luck with the house!

  14. I guess that's why I haven't bought Scrivener. I'm just not ready to deal with mastering it right now. Good luck.

  15. I think MO skipped spring and jumped right into summer. High 90s next week. I've never explored Scrivener. But everyone seems to adore it. I stick with one thing and figure it out technology-wise or I'll be trying to figure out how it works for months instead of writing. But if you can, let us know!!


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