Thursday, December 22, 2016


Got started with the Scrivener Program, that is, I glanced through the instructions again, loaded a chapter into it somewhere and now I'm wondering what I should do next? Maybe I'll load another chapter and see what happens. Or, maybe I'll read the instructions again. I'm sure it tells me what to do next. It says something about being a program to structure a book or something. The book is already built. I'm just rewriting it so it makes better sense.

You can see that I'm lost. I hope your program for writing is going better, if you have one.

Anyway, I'll pursue it again tomorrow or the next day and wish everyone a very MERRY CHRISTMAS and a Happy New Year!

Friday, December 16, 2016

Oh, Shucks Again

I sure don't know what the heck happened. I had no time to write a blog post yesterday. I'll tell you why. On the computer for about four or five hours trying to read my e-mail and barely got through it. I ordered a new program that's supposed to speed up my writing, but every time I hit the download button, up came a message telling me that there was an error. After about six times trying again, I decided to let it rest. Maybe my credit card had to be processed or something. I went back to reading mail and interrupted it to try the download again. Finally, about three-thirty PM, I tried it once more, having read my email, but still nothing but the darn error popping up.  I had to shut down the PC and do something else, thinking I would download the program in the morning.

Surprise, no download. I will have to try the support site sometime, but not today. I have too many other things to do. Maybe tomorrow morning it will work. I've done everything I'm supposed to do, even received my completed order form. Something's fishy, but I'm not going to contact Support just yet. I'll give it one more chance Saturday morning and keep my fingers crossed.


Thursday, December 8, 2016

Critique Class

So, I finally joined a critique group and it's been quite a bit of fun and entertainment. They tore my book apart with some great questions and now I'm trying to rewrite it using their suggestions. Some were even obvious to me and some not quite so obvious. I knew it needed improvement and am thankful for the critiques.  We still have a few chapters to get through, but they have pretty well covered all the errors I made, but I am anxious to hear the rest. I'm sure it is all going to make the story better than it was.

The other stories in the class have been interesting and entertaining, to say the least. There has been two non-fiction books, and I don't know if my comments are helping or not, but I offer them anyway.
The remainder are various genre fiction that includes Sci-fi, fantasy, literature-type, a modern western and general articles on the state of things in general, and some humor-type stories.

It's the variety that makes critiquing them fun and some need more lessons on basic English and spelling, and I'm sure that most comments and recommendations are helpful to some of the "writers".
I recommend a critique group for anyone writing, whether a beginner or pro. It will be of benefit in structure, plot, grammar, and English.