Hello, Old Friend

The Boing Boing store had a great deal a few days ago in which they were selling Scrivener for more than half off. It was a phenomenal deal and I had been having trouble getting my old serial number back, so I decided to just go ahead and buy it again. It’s well worth the money.

If you aren’t familiar with it, Scrivener is a program that lets you plan out and create books, screenplays, graphic novels, whatever. If you need to write it, you can do it there. It’s really cool and I always had a good time using it. I had an even better time once I figured out how to embed images and links because it meant I could keep everything in one place. I never tried the word processing part but I’m thinking of using it this time. My Office 360 is going to expire at some point and I’m not paying a monthly subscription fee when I only ever use Word.

I booted up an old computer to see if I could rescue my old Scrivener files and was extremely happy to discover that they aren’t OS-specific (my old computer was a Mac, rest its soul). I pulled out one of my many, many flash drives and transferred the one I decided I wanted to use for NaNoWriMo – I SWEAR I’m doing it this year – to see if it worked. Not only did it work beautifully, all my images and research were still embedded.

To make things even better, the entire story was laid out and plotted. I had forgotten I even did it! This idea was kicking around in my head for a little while but I never checked back up on it after my computer stopped charging properly. Now it’s ready to go for November and I can just flip back through the cards to refresh my memory.

I went ahead and transferred the files from Framed, which is probably the book I’m going to put out after Detective’s Brother, and for DB as well just to have them all on my writing computer and in the same place. I might go through them and see how much I embedded in them. I forgot all the work I did on my soon-to-be-current WIP, maybe I forgot stuff about them too!

My car is still officially not fixed, though the downswing in temperatures has made it a lot less uncomfortable to be in during the day. The mechanic wasn’t able to find a problem with it so they just shot a bunch of dye into the system and want me to bring it back in a week for them to check out. Awesome. On the plus side, the rental car we got cost us a whopping $36 for the weekend and it was amazing.

I honestly don’t know how we are going to get the car back there for testing with my stepdaughter back in town, though. It will involve maneuvering a car seat and possibly begging for child care for a couple of hours but it may have to go on the back burner because it’s just such a hassle and it seems to be all right now. Ugh.


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