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Hello!

This blog has been a ghost town for about four months now. I’m not sure if it was my longest hiatus but it was definitely another long one.

I could bore you with excuses that hold no weight anyway or tell you what I’ve been up to (I won NaNoWriMo this year by the way) but really, I don’t want to.

Let me be honest here. This blog here, good old Writing Wings, started out as a fun experiment for me. And I learned a lot and had fun. But I changed my intention of this blog way too much. And now that I’ve been away for so long, it’s just a quiet but persistent nagging in the back of my mind.

I don’t want to write here anymore though. I have a balance of old friends and new friends, family and perfect strangers, atheists and Christians. It’s a bit tiring to balance my audience here. I do want to keep blogging though. But I want to do it for me.

I’ll be writing elsewhere. Sometimes stories, sometimes political rants, sometimes perfect chaos of nonsense. But I’m not going to tell you what the blog is. If you discover it, you can read it. Most likely because you will find it by tags that will show that you are looking for my type of writing. I want my new audience to like me for what I write, not who I am.

I will be closing out all of the pages of this blog except the blog itself. They will remain online and public for as long as I don’t feel shameful for them. If you would like, go back and read old stuff. Or just walk away from here like I will after posting this.

For all of you still here, I’d like to thank you most of all. My audience. No matter who you are, what you believe, whether I know you or not. If you have stuck around until this very end, thank you. You have made me feel like I wasn’t just clicking keys for nothing. You all are great.

Thanks for the great ride.
~Author Faerie :)

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So I said I was trying to find a replacement for Scrivener in Celtx. Well, Celtx isn’t working out for me. It is made to help screenwriters and if I wrote screenplays, I would probably like it a lot better. But for novels it just doesn’t cut it. I tried to use the storyboard feature for my outline and it worked once I got used to how they had it set up. And their note cards are alright. Nothing special there. But then I went to start actually writing and deleted some of the screenplay formatting and my note cards all went away. Now I could find ways around all of these issues but when I have to pay more attention to working around things than actual writing, it was time for a new program. So Celtx didn’t cut it for me. But it does have some good stuff so maybe you’ll have better luck with it than I did. Especially if you do write screenplays.

I spent a few hours in some threads on my favorite writing site, Scribophile and decided to give yWriter a chance. Right of the bat I get a good vibe because they suggest Scrivener for Mac users (yWriter isn’t yet available for Mac, I guess). So I read through the introduction page and the guy seems promising by knowing programming and has used his own creation to write books. So I’m trying it out. I’ve been with it for only a day and a few hours but within the first few minutes it beat out Celtx. The user interface (everything you see when you turn on a program) is very simple and easy to fin things. It still isn’t as great as Scrivener but I doubt I’ll ever find something as wonderful as that. At least it works and is getting me writing again without too much focus on the features. But who knows what may happen after a while.

What writing program(s) do you use, how many have you tried and have you settled on anything yet?

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Wow. A lot of big issues lately. It’s time for a slight break for a writing blog!

Yes, I am writing. Aside from blogs, I have started working on a new book. (For all of you asking, “what happened to that other book you were writing and excited about finishing about a year ago?” may answer is, “It’s still around. I’m just not ready to go back to that story line yet.”) So anyway, this new book of mine has a finished outline and quite a bit of background.

If you followed me around the time of NaNoWriMo 2011 you may remember me boasting about a writing program called Scrivener. (I posted about it here.) I had a trial version of the program specifically for NaNo and fell in love with the program almost instantly. Sadly though, the trial was over shortly after NaNo and I didn’t use my NaNo participation coupon (I didn’t win and receive the winner’s 50% off coupon, though 20% off is still good) in time to gt the discount. Still I debated getting Scrivener at its regular price ($40) because I thought it was worth that much.

My husband (oh yeah, by the way, I got married last month) suggested looking to see if there was any program that compared to Scrivener that was free or at least cheaper. After a bit of fighting it on my side (I had fallen in love with Scrivener, remember?) I gave in and started the search. Now given the title of this blog, you can probably figure out how that search went. It was long and very few things even came close. I found a lot of full screen, no distraction, writing programs that focused on typing without all the extra stuff. But I wanted Scrivener’s features.

So I kept looking.

I googled so many combinations of things and learned a lot about a lot of programs. But things kept coming up short. My husband figured I was being biased so he pulled out our other laptop to help me search. Luckily he had also used Scrivener so he knew what it was I liked about it. About the same time we both came across a promising program called Celtx. It was free and while I did some research first, he just downloaded it and started messing around with it. Celtx has a free version as well as a paid version,though it’s a lot cheaper than Scrivener. He liked the program right away and insisted I download it to the other laptop and just try it.

What I had of this story at this point was all mashed around in a Google Doc. Now, I love Google Docs – I like sharing documents with other people who can read them and comment on them or edit them along side of me. But it lacked the organizational extras of Scrivener. So I gave in, downloaded the free version of Celtx and started transferring stuff over. I hit a few annoying patches where the program wasn’t doing what I wanted it to or I didn’t know how to do something – and couldn’t find help. But it still holds a promising feel.

I haven’t looked at all the features yet to see if it’s enough to replace Scrivener. Right now I only have the outline and characters over in Celtx but that’s enough of the story that I may be stuck with it for now. I say “stuck with it” mostly joking. It does seem like a good program and I can probably learn to really like it. I’m just having a bit of trouble switching.

If anyone out there has tried Celtx and can giver their feedback or hints, I’d love to hear from you. Especially if you have tried both programs. Please leave comments if you can help me.

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Wow! Hey, look at this! There’s a world out here! This is so fascinating!

Hello all of you NaNo buddies (who are procrastinating by reading this here) and non-NaNo people (thank you for putting up with us). Whoever you are, thanks for greeting me on this break of mine.

Okay so maybe I’m not in that much of a cave for NaNo as I thought I would be. Actually, I’m doing more networking in NaNo than the rest of the year combined. Between Scribophile, the NaNo site, Google+ and actual real life people at my area’s Write-Ins, my  social life is kind of soaring right now.

My first year of NaNoWriMo is going better than I thought it would. I’m ahead in my word count by a good amount and still going strong (8,553 at the end of day 4). I did run into some big blockage though that took away a lot of time for me though. My computer decided to start acting up. And I mean terrible twos combined with teenage rebellion and Alzheimer. (Okay maybe only two of the above.) My laptop decided to make programs go unresponsive often and for long periods of time, wouldn’t update anything properly and required me to restart it about once every 10-20 minutes. BUT I believe things are all in working order now and I can only hope that my laptop holds out in the good state until November is over. After that, I will gladly fix whatever needs to be fixed as well as giving my laptop a much-needed break.

But until then, NaNo calls!

How is everyone else doing with NaNo? Word counts?

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Hey all you crazy fellow NaNo-ers out there.

Just thought I’d share something awesome with you. It’s a software called Scrivener. It’s an amazing system for story planning and first draft. All those little features you wish you could have in a basic word program at your fingertips or mouse point. And once you learn how to use the features it has, you won’t want to go back. If you want to try it out through NaNo, check out their extended NaNoWriMo trial here.

Now this writer needs to get back to her planning. Less than a week left!

~Author Faerie

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Oh crap!

Well, I did it. I signed up for NaNoWriMo this year.

What is NaNoWriMo? Google it! Actually no, I’ll sum it up for you: Starting November 1 at midnight, insane writers from all over challenge themselves to complete a 50,000-word novel before November 30 runs out.

My problem? I have no idea what I’m getting myself into! I have only a week left to figure out what I will be working on this next month! A week to decide, outline, gather coffee and stock up on extra sleep before the frenzy begins. What have I done? Someone help me.

~Author Faerie

PS Join me?

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I found this joke while reading along a fellow writer’s blog and thought I would share it with you readers and direct some traffic her way.

That’s all for now. See ya next time!
~Author Faerie

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