25 April 2014

Editing-a woeful tale

When editing, I use a handy dandy gadget called "EditMinion" by Jeff Printy.  I had bookmarked the page when I found the link over to the NaNoWriMo forums.  Used the gadget for a number of years.  Never a problem with it.  It has helped me to refine my writing. (This is the new page, in case you see a difference.)

I have less revising to do and when I see the report card, I am doing the happy dance.  My first drafts have improved immensely since I started using the gadget.  There are all kinds of helpful things it does, such as "Adverbinator," "Weak Words," and "Passive Voice."  Nine in all.

The one that has confused me is "Homonyms."  Over the years, I've looked at the colored words in whatever passage I happened to be working on.  Found the homonyms with a puzzled frown on my face.  Never did anything with them because I couldn't think why they'd be highlighted.

Then last evening, I was happily checking the latest chapter I submitted to Jukepop Serials this a.m.  Found very few of those brightly colored phrases, words and whatnot.  Happy, happy, happy.

Aha.  What was this?  A few of the words were lightly colored.  Checked the legend for its meaning.  "Homonyms."  Again.  Now what was I to do?  I most certainly didn't want those little colored markers on my writing.  Must be a hangover from highschool.

Ackk! Short break whilst I recover from the shock of power failure.  Ratted dratted gremlins.  Let me see if I can redo that last paragraph.  I was in the midst of typing my best lines for posterity.  Oh!  Yeah.

I pondered on the meaning of homonyms.  Walked the floor, deep in thought.  Considered getting out the English grammar book lying around.  Problem: its never around when one really needs to look.  Light bulb moment: use the internet.  Alas, no help.

I considered the contact button located to the extreme right on the page bar.  Then I remembered  @DrWicked.  Thought about sending an emergency tweet.  Then considered sending an email.  Neither one was a good idea.  I needed immediate assistance, but didn't want the whole tweeting world to know.  Email is almost as slow as snail mail these days.  What to do?

I sat back and looked up at the wolf who is the source of much inspiration for me.  Glancing back down to the colored marks, I looked.  I began laughing.  Laughing so hard, I nearly fell off my chair.

I discovered there was no need to send out an SOS.  I had ended at least three years of puzzlement, thanks to the maiingan, the wolf.

The words were highlighted in the event I used the wrong one.  Teehee.  Hahahahohohohaha.  They're coming to take me away, hahahohoheehee.

15 April 2014

My new Serial

My serial, Stories of the People-Niiganabiik's World, has finally been accepted over to the Jukepop Serials site.  Those of you who have followed my sometimes convoluted journey through the writing world are familiar with some of the synopses I've posted here and there on one or the other of my various blogs and sites.

I may have seemed to be one of those ditzy type people.  I assure you, there is a method to my madness.  In this great, big, wonderful world, there are many ways of getting to the same place.  My way is one of them.

My understanding of the ways of this particular site:  You can vote for my story, you can make comments, suggestions, and add my book to your bookshelf.  Of course, I am free to take comments and suggestions under advisement.  How this works is what I've been searching for.

I wanted to do something like this whilst polishing up my trilogies.  That was the whole purpose of starting the StoryKeeper blog, which I will be using to concentrate on flash fiction.

And now thanks to Jukepop Serials, I think I can move forward with my plans.  Jukepop has instituted a donations button which I am finding a bit hard to set up.  Not sure what I have done wrong, so it must be the gremlins having a bit of fun this late spring.  The story is free to read, hmm, maybe not free in that you have to have an account to read, and vote.

Oh and do tell me if you like the cover.

The Blurb

A collection of short stories told by the Stories of the People in Niganabiik’s World. The collection begins with the origins of the Windigo in “Tale of the Windigo” and the battles of two legends who rose to fight the Windigo with the establishment of two Orders, Aaedaan Oakes in the “Clan of the Walkers” and Tallulah Nokomis in the “Clan of the Midnight Moon.”

The saga contains the tale of three people who know the influence of the Windigo is not over; Victorios “Victor” McLeod who has fought the Spiritual being in “Dreams,” Dr. I.R. Graham who found the manuscripts “Written Long Ago” and Viitah Tallulah Nokomis who was lost in the “Valley of Shadows.”

12 April 2014

Writing tip?

I finally downloaded Aeon Timeline. I'm learning how to use it.  And it has been worth the wait for the Windows version.  At least for me.  This is precisely what I've been looking for.  I do have timelines from different spots here and there as well as the genealogical ones. Buuut...(I can hear one of my mentors "Do not use the word but.  It is an excuse." which makes me extremely uncomfortable when I find I use it in my writing.) those programs made a lot of work for me.

As some of you are aware, I have a gajillion documents, spreadsheets and what not on my computer.  Therefore, when the gremlins strike, it makes me more than a little agitated, more than a little perturbed.  I have yet to find the proper word for exactly how I feel whenever those imps of madness and mayhem show their giggling little faces.

Enter Aeon.  I was watching for the Windows version of Scrivener for years.  Missed the rollout.  Happily, I finally caught the bandwagon and and now happily making up for the time spent with WriteWay.  I may have mentioned this a time or two.  I am a bit unhappy with WriteWay as it is not being updated.  Therefore, I do not know if the java, for surely it is one of the billion or so programs, devices, etc that use Java, is up to date and what effect it has.  I can find no further word for this program.  Thus, I switched my writing programs.

Then lo and behold, I checked out Aeon over to the NaNoWriMo forums and it was available.  Now, I downloaded it a couple weeks ago and now am in the process of trying to kick myself in the you know where.  Unfortunately, I am not as flexible as I once was.  Gave Aeon a try and Voila!  I can now keep track of my various timelines, arcs and major events.

Whilst transferring the various bits and pieces, I was able to sweep out the dust, err, plot bunnies.  There were a great many of them in a pile when I stopped to examine the various nooks and crannies.  There are a few more places that need to be checked out.

I can now happily report that my world is a bit more balanced.  It is a world that might be happier if I could come up with a more original name than "Niiganabiik's World."