New tech toy

After months of research I picked up my new cell phone today. A Samsung i760 Smart Phone. Isn’t it pretty?

It’s nice but the bluetooth headset I got is going back. I need to find one that fits my ear better. I am still getting acquainted with it but I can make calls and send text messages (which is the best way to stay in touch with my daughter) and I managed to synch my calendar and my contacts and my task list. Way cool! The little slide-out keyboard is sooooo much easier for text messaging or entering a task or contact. Best part (so far) is that my husband has the same phone so all those annoying things I can’t figure out, he will learn first and then show me!

Wednesday, January 16, 2008|Categories: Family|Tags: |3 Comments

software for writers?

As I wade back into the writing waters after my own self-imposed hiatus, I am beginning to do some warm-ups. I’m playing with words and word games. I’m reading – non-fiction and writing process. I’m re-reading bits and pieces of old manuscripts. I starting looking at my favorite writing exercises to get my brain pumping and then started wondering about world of software for writers and how far it had progressed in recent years. I remember thinking a few years back that I was surprised the field of creating software for writers hadn’t progressed faster than it had. Perhaps I shouldn’t have been too surprised as there are still a great many writers who don’t use a computer at all and don’t spend all their time online like so many of the rest of us. Still, I thought it would be fun to go looking for brainstorming and story building software and see what was out there. I might even buy one to play around with. One project I am going back to work on is a book that I’ve been working on for over 20 years. I need a fresh approach if it is ever going to get done and maybe playing with it in computer program might be just the ticket. No program will write the book for you but sometimes, as with sharing your work with a critique group, you can jumpstart your brain to start thinking about your story in a very different way.

So here are some of the more popular programs I found.

Story Base sort of intrigues me. It looks like fun (possibly useful procrastination?) Some of the others look like too much work. How about you? Have you used any of these or other programs for brainstorming or story building?

Thursday, September 13, 2007|Categories: Writing Process|Tags: |12 Comments

Password management program?

Okay, part of my plans for the new year include getting organized. I’m starting to check out the possibility of using a password management program. If you use one, which one and what do you think about it?

Monday, January 1, 2007|Categories: Writing Process|Tags: |6 Comments