It’s Only January

Yet ordinary life goes on. Today I deleted two never-embraced blogs I created and maintained for my former employer.

It felt good, like throwing out old socks.

I know — socks can be repurposed. It’s not so easy with blogs, not if they are explicitly tied to a brand. So they are gone, and I say good riddance to them.


Dave Winer makes some good observations about blogs
here. Like much of Dave’s stuff, it reads like a friend is talking to you.

As for me, I have an unfortunate tendency to try several things at once, including blog platforms. This has left me with a number of unattended blogs filled with bits of withered content. Winter’s nearly here; maybe those neglected things will die off so I can forget about them.

We Are Holding Your Teeth Hostage

We are holding your teeth hostage

The note was in clumsy printing on a scrap of paper pinned to his lapel: “We are holding your teeth hostage.” I never learned the reason.

He had hardly any money, so they, simple men, hadn’t asked for more than they reasonably thought he could pay.

I bargained for half that, so they posted his lower plate in a plain brown box, anonymously.

Highland 2

From the very beginning of my downloading the initial Highland release, I’ve used it for much more than screenplay writing. It’s a great place to hammer out the bones of a story, no matter the story’s final form.

Highland 2 takes this use case and runs with it. There are templates for fountain (screenplays, stage plays, multi-cam (for sitcoms) and graphic novels; there is a boatload of markdown templates including film pitch treatments, novels, journals and a lot more; and of course, plain text.

There are tools for working with the document overview, for pushing yourself to write more (goals, etc.). And it exports to .rtf, .fdx (Final Draft) and more.

I’ve hardly touched the surface of what Highland 2 can do, but I have to emphasize that its many capabilities are well organized and presented. I’ve not once felt overwhelmed with (ahem) options.

The app is rock solid. I have not been able to break the beta. I can see it becoming my primary writing app.

Slugline Version 1.3.0 (213)

An update to the splendid screenwriting app Slugline showed up today (Friday, March 17, 2017).

The ‘bug fixes’ portion of the release notes has some good stuff:

“Undo-ing the creation of a Character/Dialog pair no longer inserts random garbage into your screenplay.
‘That’s my job,’ you joked, but, hey, take it easy on yourself. That kind of self-doubt adds up.”

“When reverting to a saved document, the ‘Loading’ spinner should go away now, rather than stay there for four to eight years.”



Terrible Minds

Chuck Wendig’s Flash Fiction Challenge this week—OK, almost two years ago—is called “Spin The Wheel”.

I used a random number generator to come up with 10, 7, 2 for items within three specified categories hes set out.

Subgenre: Southern gothic. Setting: On the surface of a comet. Must feature: Magical foodstuff.

So yes, if I were to do Wendigs Flash Fiction challenge this weekI would have to _generate 1000 words of Southern gothic, set on the surface of a comet. AND featuring magical foodstuff_.