On Gratuity

Posted on Mon 23 October 2017 in Articles • Tagged with writing, gratuity, Game of Thrones, catharsis • 2 min read

I contemplate the rise of Grimdark as the new normal in fantasy and ponder the disconnect between gratuitous writing and the writer's narrative goal of achieving catharsis.


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Ode to Netbooks

Posted on Sat 23 September 2017 in Articles • Tagged with netbooks, laptops, tablets, productivity • 3 min read

A query from my mother makes me reflect on the death of netbooks and look at the devices that have replaced them for the mobile text warrior.


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Text Editor Conundrum

Posted on Sat 23 September 2017 in Articles • Tagged with text editor, Ulysses, MultiMarkdown Composer, iA Writer • 2 min read

I'm faced with having to choose between three text editors thanks to some bad timing. In process I confront software pricing in 2017.


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Why I didn't buy AppleCare

Posted on Thu 14 September 2017 in Articles • Tagged with AppleCare, MacBook, iMac, iPad • 3 min read

I let my MacBook Air's warranty expire without buying AppleCare and contemplate a shift from laptops to an iMac and iPad combination


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Blogging with RSS and Workflow

Posted on Wed 13 September 2017 in Articles • Tagged with blogging, automation, Workflow, RSS, Twitter • 3 min read

After being called out on Twitter, I briefly describe how I use RSS and Workflow as blogger's duct tape and Swiss Army Knife.


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Being Celtic

Posted on Fri 08 September 2017 in Articles • Tagged with history, archaeology, linguistics, identity, mythology • 7 min read

Language and culture shape our identity and I contemplate the modern Celtic misnomer and the boiling pot of history, archaeology and linguistics from whence it came.


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A Scrivener user reviews Ulysses

Posted on Fri 01 September 2017 in Articles • Tagged with Scrivener, Ulysses, macOS, iOS, review • 17 min read

I try Ulysses for several weeks and give my impressions as long-term Scrivener user. I'm impressed and ask myself if I could use it for my writing.


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A second thought on subscriptions

Posted on Mon 28 August 2017 in Articles • Tagged with subscriptions, software • 3 min read

I give more thoughts about the subscription-based software after getting underway with my Ulysses review and listening to the latest Mac Power Users


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Automating my publishing system

Posted on Wed 23 August 2017 in Articles • Tagged with automation, Pelican, Zapier, IFTTT, Python, blogging • 5 min read

I detail how a hardware failure and a Zapier mishap led me to automate my publishing process.


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How I structure novels in Scrivener

Posted on Sat 19 August 2017 in Articles • Tagged with Scrivener, structures, Ulysses, Weaver of Dreams • 3 min read

After reading Matt Gemmell's post on structuring his novel Changer in Ulysses, I take up his open offer to describe how I organise my novel in Scrivener.


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