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.


Continue reading

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.


Continue reading

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.


Continue reading

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.


Continue reading

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.


Continue reading

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


Continue reading

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.


Continue reading

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.


Continue reading

On Marriage Equality

Posted on Fri 18 August 2017 in Articles • Tagged with marriage equality, human rights, politics, religion • 8 min read

An opinion piece in The Age makes me angry enough to break my self-imposed embargo on political writing and describe why I will vote Yes for marriage equality.


Continue reading

Portable Writing Nook

Posted on Thu 17 August 2017 in Articles • Tagged with Brydge, iPad, review, writing • 4 min read

After almost 15 years, I finally find the right combination of hardware and software to create my (almost) perfect portable writing nook.


Continue reading