Not Invented Here

Posted on Mon 20 February 2017 in Articles • Tagged with writing, development, productivity • 3 min read

Tools and process is important but sometimes it's better to use what you have instead of reinventing the wheel. I contemplate the Not Invented Here phenomenon and try to curb my own proclivities.


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Updating your Nanowrimo Wordcount with Python

Posted on Wed 16 November 2016 in Tutorials • Tagged with writing, Python, Nanowrimo, development • 2 min read

I nerd-out and show you how to update your Nanowrimo world count using the API and Python


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What Scrivener on iOS means to me

Posted on Sat 16 July 2016 in Articles • Tagged with writing, iPad, Scrivener, MacBook Air, iOS, Linux • 6 min read

Tl;Dr: it's about convenience and getting the job done!

It feels like my (creative) life's been on hold and oddly that's spilled over into other avenues: notably my choice of computer platform. Lately, I've been writing more and that writing's been in Scrivener again. Currently that means I have …


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Historical Fantasy

Posted on Tue 15 December 2015 in Articles • Tagged with writing, world building, fantasy • 3 min read

I like writing fantasy and I like world building but I've been wondering lately if the effort of creating a new world is worth it, particularly for single volume stories.

I've been contemplating this both as I ready my novel, Weaver of Dreams, for publication and as I embark on …


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Some refinements to process

Posted on Thu 03 December 2015 in News • Tagged with writing, markdown, gedit, Python • 1 min read

With NanoWriMo done and dusted for 2015, it's a good time to refine some of my writing processes. I've been in a state of flux recently. On the desktop I'm torn between Mac and Linux while on mobile I use both Android (my phone) and iOS (my tablet). I've been …


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Looking back at Scrivener and OS X

Posted on Mon 30 November 2015 in Articles • Tagged with writing, os x, scrivener, linux, markdown, weaver of dreams • 6 min read

I finished NanoWriMo yesterday with a wordcount a pip over 50,050 words. It feels good; quite a chunk of my planned re-write is now drafted and I'm probably only a month away from finishing the first draft.

For reasons I'm not entirely sure about, I decided to go back …


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NanoWriMo 2015

Posted on Sun 15 November 2015 in News • Tagged with writing, nanowrimo, Weaver of Dreams, fantasy • 1 min read

I've decided to do NanoWriMo again this year, it will be my fifth time since 2008. This year I'm bending the rules and am using this month as a chance to write all the new scenes in my redraft of Weaver of Dreams.

Posting this as of Day 10, and …


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50k words in 21 days

Posted on Sat 22 November 2014 in News • Tagged with Nanowrimo, The Florentine Conspiracy, writing, historical fiction] • 1 min read

Haven't written that much and that quickly in a long time. This year's Nano has been a lot of fun!


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NaNoWriMo One Week Update

Posted on Sat 08 November 2014 in News • Tagged with nanowrimo, writing, historical fiction, fantasy • 2 min read

It's a week into NaNoWriMo and I've written just over 30 thousand words. That's insane; I don't think I've written at that sort of rate since I was a teenager. It's taught me two things: firstly, despite being anal about formal planning I am more productive when I don't and …


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Nanowrimo 2014

Posted on Fri 31 October 2014 in News • Tagged with Nanowrimo, writing, The Florentine Conspiracy, Historical Fiction, Maison de Catres • 1 min read

I've decided to have another crack at Nanowrimo this year. I stated my intention to do so last year, but seeing as my youngest son was born just two weeks before it was overly ambitious and I don't think I actually wrote a single word towards my story.

This year …


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