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  • Do tell! What does Scrivener help you do?
    Itís just really honestly so tiring and emotionally draining to have to get upset over reality constantly.


    • Um . . . everything? From what I can tell, anyway.

      You get multiple panes, and a binder, and a corkboard, and you can view things as index cards on the aforementioned corkboard, or you can view everything in an outliner mode. You can do notes per section, or per chapter, or have floating note panes (all of which I need, because I have to keep a lot of new words and their definitions in mind), and a way to capture just snippets that you might want to use later in a chapter where you can get at it easily. And ways of keywording sections, so you can create a collection that is viewable (like all part of a document where a particular character appears, so you can skim through all of them at once and make sure you are being consistent with speech patterns), and ways of moving bits and pieces around like it's all easy pie. And you can take snapshots before you start editing, so you don't have to worry about losing drafts, and you can compare by paragraph, word, etc. between various snapshots, so you know exactly where the revisions occurred.

      It would be even more useful perhaps, to a nonfiction person who has to do lots of research and footnoting and referencing, because storing and organizing that looks easy with this, too. You can store pics, media files, video files, web links etc. It basically has a zillion features, of which I might only need a fraction. Also, it auto-saves every two seconds, the lack of which annoys me with Word. I am really only mentioning like, a fourth of what the tutorial told me.

      Also, when you are done, it combines all of your chapters and pages into one single document, and complies it so you could turn it straight into an e-book without needing another program to do that with. It looks great for self pubbers.

      Only $49.99! I'm impressed.

      ETA links:

      Also! It comes loaded with templates for character sheets and location sheets and ways to tag thematic elements.
      Last edited by ophy; 09-26-2012, 12:46 PM.


      • Wow, neat! Sounds like Evernote on steroids!
        Itís just really honestly so tiring and emotionally draining to have to get upset over reality constantly.


        • DROOL. It does wayyy more than what I thought! I want! When you're not writing or being supermom, you could work in sales for Scrivener.


          • Anybody paying me anything to do ANYTHING would be cool right now. I tried charging the ophyboy a dollar per diaper change, but he balked. The little freeloader. Pfffbt.


            • So the hint of a love triangle was developing in the dragon thieves book, and I decided I didn't want one to happen. I fixed it! I made one of the three gay. Now if only DC had done that with Dawson.

              Anyhoo, Scrivener won't open for me anymore. I'm going to uninstall and reinstall and see if that works. I don't want to have to go back to Word after seeing what Scrivener can do. It's like test driving a Damon Salvatore in a Denver motel hallway, and then being told you have to go back to only driving a Matt Donovan.


              • If Scrivener fails? I will be sad. I have it on my list of things to buy someday!
                Itís just really honestly so tiring and emotionally draining to have to get upset over reality constantly.


                • One of my favorite books in the last few years is among the Kindle deals this month:

                  Hairstyles of the Damned by Joe Meno.

                  And my favorite bad review of the book:
                  1.0 out of 5 stars
                  Trash, February 27, 2007
                  By B. Busch
                  This review is from: Hairstyles of the Damned (Punk Planet Books) (Paperback)
                  I couldn't stand this book. It is filled with meaningless cussing and there is no real plot other than these people trying to grow up. They don't seem like they ever will because they are so self centered and morally vapid. This is like hanging around with the worst kids in school and looking forward to spending the rest of your life in prison.

                  I can't believe I'm the only person who hated this book. That is why I'm reveiwing it. With so much fine literature out there on the same topic I don't know why anyone would waste their time with this. Why not read Joyce Carol Oates on adolescence where the girls who hang around with the bad crowd get hurt?

                  Gretchen is a thoroughly disgusting character. She is basically a felon who continually gets away with agravated assault, which impresses her suitor who still rejects her for being fat. How dumb and sleazy can you get? I thought punks had more of a philosophy but I can't find a shred of even logic in this book.
                  Why can't kids with bad parents who smoke pot be punished!? <3

                  The other bad review is nonsensical but this part floored me:
                  Characters dry-humping one another? I wasn't buying into that, women just would never allow such a thing.

                  Anyway the book is about a metal kid in the late 80s/early 90s and is everything Perks of Being a Wallflower is not. It's entirely authentic. Brian's parents are falling apart so he has a shitty home life. He drinks at parties and sometimes cries for no reason he can discern. He does not encounter every single cliche known to teen melodrama. He befriends a fat girl named Gretchen and becomes a punk rocker and is confused and conflicted over his attraction to her. And it's pretty much a book that reads like a diary of a lot of kids I knew, struggling to define themselves in music with little guidance from adults.
                  Itís just really honestly so tiring and emotionally draining to have to get upset over reality constantly.


                  • Excellent, because I just reread Wallflower due to the movie coming out, and it really is a big pile of bs, especially the LAME reveal at the end He was molested as a child by his BELOVED AUNT and apparently THAT'S why he's so weird, he's not just a big old Aspie like you're lead to believe . So I am looking forward to checking this one out!


                    • I just read that book for the first time less than two years ago and I didn't even remember that being the Big Reveal. Ha!

                      The whole aspie thing didn't exist as a cultural reference point when that book was written, did it?

                      I really disliked Perks. I thought it was overly precious and gimmicky. Charlie and his friends are just so precocious (they all are going to great colleges, as an example) and everybody is always telling Charlie how amazing and special he is. He's so sensitive and progressive and a pacifist but can beat up the football player if needed! And in just one school year he experiences every possible 90s teen trope including forgotten trauma.

                      Some of the prose was strong but the plot was laughable.
                      Itís just really honestly so tiring and emotionally draining to have to get upset over reality constantly.


                      • The sample of Hairstyles has been on my Kindle for so long! Yay sales!


                        • Aw. I loved Perks when I was in high school. I'm sure it doesn't hold up. I didn't even remember that big reveal and I think I read it like 5 times way back when.


                          • Okay, totally back on the Yay! Scrivener! bandwagon. There wasn't anything buggy about it, I just installed it wrong, like an idiot. Five re-installs later, and it's working great.

                            Now I have to just import all of my stuff into it and carry on. So glad I wasted five days trying to chase down a non-existent bug.

                            <---------------- dumbass


                            • I can't help but LOL at how the media is 'discovering' fanfic:

                              Far from being overheated schoolgirl fantasy, fan fiction is an inventive antidote to a PR-obsessed entertainment industry

                              Next month, 16-year-old Emily Barker publishes her first novel, Loving the Band. Barker was commissioned by Penguin to write the book after it discovered her One Direction fan fiction. Fan fiction is a craze that's almost as old as the web itself, but is currently in the spotlight because EL James admitted she started out writing Twilight fan fiction before she changed the names Bella and Edward to Anastasia and Christian Grey and ended up writing the most successful sex book since Purple Ronnie's Guide to Doing It. Publishers believe they have found the next big thing in Barker's tales of boyband trysts.

                              For those who still read proper books, fan fiction – particularly its romance-heavy strand slash fiction – is a self-publishing phenomenon where amateur authors and tween pop superfans write sexy stories about the celebrities they are obsessed with. It's a dark genre where Justin Bieber and Draco Malfoy canoodle on a moonlit Quidditch pitch and the members of One Direction like to five-way spoon.

                              Barker is not the only one to find fortune from the genre: Abigail Gibbs signed a six-figure book deal when she was 18 off the back of her Twilight stories, and a blog of NME sex tales – where staff writers would check out each other's 7ins – ended when the magazine discovered its author and gave her a job.

                              Despite these successes, a misconception remains that fan fiction is just girls' fantasies scrawled on the toilet door of the internet. Fifty Shades of Grey has done little to rescue the reputation of the genre.

                              But if anything, most fan fiction is a rejection of Rihanna and EL James's leather-bound version of sexuality. When most teenagers are faced with the miserable advice of sex education (put a condom on a carrot, use a mirror to look at your bits), or the miserable version of sexuality in porn, fan fiction offers a more honest way to engage with relationships and sex.

                              Often, the most endearing thing about these stories is the way they draw upon the genuine experiences of teenage romance. Harry Styles never remembers to text back. Harry Potter is always passing out drunk before anything actually happens. (OP: ..... does this person actually read fanfiction?)

                              At the moment, one of the most popular stories on Movellas, the fan fiction site where Barker was discovered, is a sort of Hunger Games meets American Pie coming-of-age tale where members of One Direction compete to "stamp the V-card" of the story's first-person protagonist. You might expect a distasteful and badly written tale of teenage lust.

                              In fact, the story is a fairly merciless character assassination of the band, in which their petty attempts at sexual espionage are almost always rebuffed, by the same person who is making them up. A repeated device used to great effect in the story is Harry Styles getting kicked in the balls. Niall – the one who looks like a Guess Who? illustration – comes round to her house with flowers and chocolate, which quickly get "smashed at his face".

                              The serial is ongoing – we're only at chapter nine at the time of writing – but so far this has been a story about silly boys and how to deal with them rather than an entry in a wet dream journal. These are stories as much about relationships as they are fantasies.

                              One Direction dominate most of the fan fiction sites. A year ago it was Bieber, before that Twilight and the Jonas Brothers. These musicians and franchises are cynically marketed at teenagers and their parents as clean. When Disney was trying to promulgate the story that the Jonas Brothers were strict Christians who wore rings to symbolise their commitment to not putting it about, fan fiction sites were full of stories of girls being ravished by the band in incestuous foursomes. While Styles was made to apologise for a whispered indiscretion on The X Factor, it was vanilla to what he is whispering in teenagers' own imaginations. Fan fiction takes power back from a PR-obsessed industry and gives the fans free rein.

                              Often the funniest blogs are the ones that pick on unlikely stars – Daria on a date with Courtney Love, the Doctor getting his sonic screwdriver stuck in a Dalek. One site, Steadbombs, is dedicated to Bombay Bicycle Club, the shy, even-tempered indie band from Hampstead. Rather than make them out to be the lotharios they're not, it plays on the band's obvious lack of laddish behaviour with stories of spurned inter-band advances and lots of crying. Guitarist Jamie is often slipping his "soft, moisturised hand" into frontman Jack's. Eventually the two of them have a child together – Flashygertrude.

                              These stories are interspersed with endless photoshopped pictures of their heads on women's bodies. This is fandom at its most creative and cruel, with a sense of the surreal that you used to only get on The Mighty Boosh.

                              Fan fiction is making teenagers better writers and better satirists, and allowing them to explore sexuality in a way decided by them rather than dictated by the entertainment industry. A purity ring doesn't carry much meaning when Ron Weasley is pulling it off with his teeth.
                              FANFIC IS NOT JUST ABOUT SEX. Beeksus, people.


                              • People read One Direction fanfic.
                                You know, I already knew that. I did. I mean, I have personally read Bonanza fanfic (just for kicks) and I actually wrote an outline for a Laverne & Shirley fic where Laverne and Carmine are having a thang but still. The fact that there is fanfic for every.thing never ceases to amaze. RP fic is soooo prevalent now. It was taboo back in the day, remember? Those innocent early Internet days! *sniff*
                                Itís just really honestly so tiring and emotionally draining to have to get upset over reality constantly.