Scrivener for iOS…

For those that might not have checked the L&L website recently, there has been some news posted on their blog about the status of porting Scrivener to iOS. (Disclosure: It was posted 5 August, and I just saw it last night, so no worries if you hadn’t seen it yet.)

Short version: it’s still in the works. (Yay!)

Slightly longer version: The hope is to finish by the end of 2014 or early 2015. (Follow the link above for the full story…)

Personally, I’m okay with is taking a little while, if the goal is to get it right, not just to get something out there. I think I’ve mentioned before that I started using Scrivener based on comments that Charlie Stross made on his blog some years ago…late 2010, I think. I downloaded it in early 2011, tinkered with it a little, but really dug into it when I started my MFA program in 2012.

In that time, it’s become my primary wordprocessing software for drafting prose. As someone who generally composes in longhand then types it all up, I’m still looking forward to this getting released. Because of issues I’ve had transferring test from Word into Scrivener, a portable version would be ideal, for those times when pulling out a laptop would just be overkill.

So, yeah…woot! It’s still in the works (and hasn’t been scrapped). Still looking forward to it.

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Genie Has Lost His Voice

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There’s just… I feel like the kid in Eight Men Out, following Joe Jackson around. “Say it ain’t so, Joe. Say it ain’t so.” Like so many of my generation, I first encountered him through Happy Days and Mork and Mindy, then his zaniness through his films, such as PopeyeGood Morning Vietnam, and even Disney’s Aladdin.

He was an icon. I had HBO while growing up, and remember watching him do introductions for an animated Shakespeare series.

What drew me in, though, what made me truly a fan, was the breadth of his roles. Sure, comedy was always his thing, but how easily he could slide into a drama – Dead Poet Society is the instant association most will have, and no doubt on some level that affected my chosen career path. Good Will Hunting might be the other go-to options – it is what earned him his Oscar. But before those was The World According to Garp. When I first encountered the film, it was flipping channels, saw Williams, and thought “Oh, this should be funny.” I came in near the end of the movie. It wasn’t funny, but that short part of the movie that I saw, that performance has stuck with me. (I have yet to watch the whole movie, or even read the book, but more than 20 years later, I still remember those final scenes, and the pain in those moments. That was one gut-wrenching jump-cut.)

I was lucky enough to see him in person, during a taping of Letterman back in 2002, when he was touring for his “Live on Broadway” special that was being released on DVD.

I’m just… “Oh Captain, my captain…”

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Sweet Thing on MVM

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What I’ve Done on MVM

Hmmm… Seems I’ve not had any Linkin Park on here. Let’s fix that, shall we?

I’ve got most of their catalog, even though I find myself pulling either their really big singles, those that landed on a couple of the Transformer movie soundtracks, or the “Crash Course” EP (remixes featuring Jay-Z).

This week is one of those Transformer soundtrack songs, at least, how I have it in the library, but the video is fairly neutral (i.e. – not explicitly tied to the movie).

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Am I Wrong on MVM

I am woefully out of touch with the music scene these days. Do they still call it a “scene” or is it something else? I dunno. Usually, my exposure is limited to brief stints of radio during the drive to and from work during the week (I am, however, usually on a classic rock station…not so much with the contemporary stuff). However, I have been known to land on an actual honest-to-goodness music video countdown on the weekend, if we’re not stuck watching kid’s shows.

Which is how I discovered this week’s selection. It’s catchy, but it’s also worldly (they’re from Norway!).

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June Res 2014 Day 2

Thursday.

Thor’s Day.

By Thor…I needed all the help I could get.

No, that’s not quite right. I was 90% prepared, going into the morning. I had piloted the in-room technology the day before, things worked fine. I had given myself plenty of time to run out to get treats to encourage class participation. Had prepped a few side documents (a roll sheet, a notes page as a guide to remind me of points, or keep me from rambling). Then I got to the campus computer lab, and the server was being wonky, and not letting me print. In the classroom, the tech had been changed so the display was that of the overhead projector, not the mirror-display from the computer.

While the monitor issue was resolved, I was still faced with presenting without my formal notes. Good thing I had been giving serious thought to performing my presentation as I was putting it together. Add a certain degree of passion about the subject, and I was able to do a fair share of winging my way through. I ended a little on the shorter side, and the debrief included a couple of possible activities I could have used to stretch the time a little longer, but I passed, which is ultimately the primary concern.

Let me explain. Remember that “Teaching Popular Fiction” course I mentioned? Students coming out of that class do teaching presentation at their next Residency. I was lucky enough to get mine done on the first day, lifting much of the pressure and antica…..pation that might have been there had I not been slated for later in the Res.

The afternoon module I had opted for was “The 30-Minute Novel,” for Reasons. From my mentor meeting, (two days prior, before Orientation), I had been given the green light to start work on another project. During this module, I added flesh to a story skeleton I had been tinkering with, getting a clearer idea for how it may play out.

Then came a (relatively) quiet night.

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June Res 2014 Day 1

The first session is a split one. During the 3-hour morning block, there is a (mixed) “Discussion of the Common Reading” session, followed by a class-specific breakout workshop.

An aside. I think I’ve mentioned before that there is a common text selected for each Residency, that varies based on a genre schedule. January, for instance, we read NOS4A2 by Joe Hill (Horror). Two years ago, when I started, it was The Hunger Games (YA). This time, the text was The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman.

A second aside. The program is structured to cover five academic semesters. The first three are (usually) “Readings in Genre” courses. The fourth term is when students take the “Teaching Popular Fiction” course. It is the students in that course that are given the opportunity to assemble materials (handout or Powerpoint presentation) that are used for the discussion sessions for the common reading at the next Res.

I was one of the four people that worked on the materials. They went over well.

Then came our breakout session: Reading Aloud, along with a brief discussion of what we need to be prepared for in this last semester, if we plan on graduating in January.

After lunch saw the start of the formal modules. I had selected “Media Tie-ins.” They were one of my gateways, way back when (gaming related books, ST:TOS and TNG novels), that I wouldn’t be opposed to one day playing in other peoples universes.

I sat in on one of the thesis readings that night, before putting the finishing touches on my teaching presentation, set for the next morning.

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