Monthly Archives: May 2014

Today I’m reviewing The Skeleton in My Closet Wears a Wedding Dress by Sally Johnson, now available on Amazon and bookstores. From the blurb: Beautiful, young Sophia Davis is confident that her decision to marry Travis will lead her to eternal bliss—but when her new husband abruptly files for divorce, she is completely blindsided. With […]

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I’ve talked about Scrivener before, and how much I love it. It is truly the best software for writing of any kind, especially creative writing. I don’t claim to be an expert on Scrivener, but I have been using it for some time now, and have had the time to pick up a few things. […]

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  • Rowan WorthMay 20, 2014 - 4:28 PM

    Zipping the file is important especially if you’re backing it up to the Cloud. I had some bizarre glitches going on with text versions mixing up, and it turned out to be an issue between Dropbox and non-zipped Scrivener files. (I was working with a huge document, which didn’t help.) Zipping seems to have solved things. I recommend backing up to a flashdrive or external hard drive AND the cloud, just in case. 🙂ReplyCancel

    • LucindaMay 20, 2014 - 5:31 PM

      Did you see the links to the blog posts about Scrivener and Dropbox, Rowan? There are some tricks on how to set it up efficiently. And I agree, backing up to external drives online offsite is the best way. Thanks for the visit!ReplyCancel

  • Daniel GardinaMay 20, 2014 - 6:41 PM

    Great info, Lucinda. Thanks for the shout-out.ReplyCancel

  • DutchgMay 21, 2014 - 8:03 AM

    Thanks for the helpful info, Lucinda. I’m a new Scrivener user and am trying to learn all I can. One question: I recently started using 7zip because I like it’s password-protection capability. So I’m a little dismayed to hear that it’s not recommended for Scrivener. Can you please point me to your source on that? I’d like to learn more specifics.


    • LucindaMay 21, 2014 - 8:36 AM

      Hi, Dutchg, thanks for the visit. I got the information about the 7zip directly from Scrivener Windows support. I’d encourage you to contact them if you need more details.ReplyCancel

  • DutchgMay 21, 2014 - 9:12 AM

    Thanks, Lucinda.ReplyCancel

Hey, look! It’s the first Wednesday of the month, which means, it’s Insecure Writer’s Support Group: Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all […]

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  • EE GiorgiMay 7, 2014 - 8:22 AM

    Great to know, I haven’t been to a writers conference in years, I guess I have to make time for that this year!ReplyCancel

  • joyleneMay 7, 2014 - 8:42 AM

    I need a class on the slaggin middle. I did go to a retreat last fall that gave me a huge boost. But the one I’m aching to attend is in Surrey every year. Maybe one day. Great to meet you, Lucinda. I’m one of your co-hosts this month.ReplyCancel

  • Diane BurtonMay 7, 2014 - 9:02 AM

    Conferences/workshops are always worthwhile when you can take away a lot of great info. Best wishes.ReplyCancel

  • Donna B. McNicol [@dbmcnicol]May 7, 2014 - 9:02 AM

    I recently attended a small, informal creative writing class here in Ecuador. I loved it! The small group, the diversity and an interesting teacher who found something positive in all of us.

    D.B. McNicol
    Romance & Mystery…writing my lifeReplyCancel

  • HolliMay 7, 2014 - 9:07 AM

    My favourite writers’ conference is the Surrey International, held each year in October. I don’t always get a ton out of the workshops and classes, but the connections I make with other writers are invaluable.

    My favourite class in this last one is easy to remember, though–the writer’s masterclass with Jack Whyte. Not only did I get to hear how MY writing sounds in Whyte’s wonderful brogue, I got a compliment I REALLY needed, a lecture I also REALLY needed, and I made two new friends for life. How could I beat that?ReplyCancel

  • Hart JohnsonMay 7, 2014 - 9:51 AM

    Glad the classes were so great! Part of me would love to go to a series of workshops like that and part of me is SUPER rebellious, so it would depend just how prescriptive the presentation was… I might rebel…ReplyCancel

  • Melissa MaygroveMay 7, 2014 - 11:32 AM

    I’m assuming you’re ‘ReflectionsByCindy’. Your blogger profile was blank, so I followed the link in your comment.

    Sounds like a great conference! I’ve never been to one. I learned all my writing skills from articles, blog posts, books, and (brutal) CPs. LOL

    Good luck with your writing.
    Thanks for visiting my blog. 🙂

    IWSG #224 until Alex culls the list again.ReplyCancel

  • Mary AalgaardMay 7, 2014 - 12:48 PM

    That sounds like a fantastic conference. I have Tess Hilmo’s book. She’s a terrific writer.ReplyCancel

  • AngelineMay 7, 2014 - 2:21 PM

    I’ve never been to a writing conference yet, but I did do a writing degree at university, have been part of a local writing group and been to writing festivals. And you’re right – it is so great to talk to anyone there about writing stuffs and know that, not only do they understand, but they won’t get bored of the conversation either. (Well, it’s less likely at least!)ReplyCancel

  • L. Diane WolfeMay 7, 2014 - 5:22 PM

    I like how she explained the difference between style and voice. It’s been a few years since I went to a conference and the last time, I taught a session.ReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth HeinMay 7, 2014 - 5:46 PM

    Writing conferences can be great. I have been to several here in NC and met some lovely people. Few things can get you through a dry spell in your writing like a room full of people lending you their support.ReplyCancel

  • Dean K MillerMay 7, 2014 - 8:50 PM

    I attended the Northern Colorado Writers Conference in March and loved Illan Shamir’s two sessions, as well as, his opening day performance. (Also had a great time on a self published panel.)ReplyCancel

  • Michelle WallaceMay 8, 2014 - 1:07 AM

    I’ve never been to a conference… but would LOVE to go!ReplyCancel

  • Rachna ChhabriaMay 8, 2014 - 1:33 AM

    Hi Lucinda, I am super envious. The LDStorymakers sounds like something I would have not just enjoyed but badly need at this point. I like the analogy of SING. And the difference between Voice and Style cleared up a lot of confusion. I am sharing this post on my author page. And I will definitely be back to read your other posts.ReplyCancel

  • Heather M. GardnerMay 8, 2014 - 8:30 AM

    These sound like great classes.
    It also sounds like you had a good time!

    Thanks for your support.

Orson Scott Card was the keynote speaker at the LDStorymakers conference on April 25th, 2014. I haven’t read any of his work (sci-fi is not my usual thing to read), but I’d heard of him (obviously), and knew that he’s Mormon (a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints). He had strong […]

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  • Charity BradfordMay 5, 2014 - 3:01 PM

    Great recap! You brought up some of the things MormonMommy missed that I really appreciated–the bit about writer’s block.

    I’m glad many people are coming out to share what they enjoyed about his speech. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Over the years I’ve read many books by OSC and loved most of them, not all, but most.ReplyCancel

  • LucindaMay 5, 2014 - 3:57 PM

    Thanks, Charity! I enjoyed the post on MormonMommy too. It’s funny how you can listen to the same talk, and focus on completely different things.ReplyCancel

  • JeannaMay 7, 2014 - 6:38 PM

    I also definitely appreciated that view of writer’s block. I’d never thought about it that way, but it did make me realize that sometimes when I’m stuck I just need a better idea and then I can push forward again.

    I don’t really like present tense, but I wasn’t very qualified to comment on it in my post since I had to step out for a few minutes right when he was talking about it. I’ve gotten more used to it as I’ve read more (it’s all the rage in YA right now), but I suspect it will pass with time, which will be a great relief to some of us. 🙂

    Anyway, I enjoyed the post! Good reading and some things I hadn’t written up much!ReplyCancel

    • LucindaMay 7, 2014 - 6:56 PM

      Thanks for adding to the this discussion, Jeanna, and for stopping by.ReplyCancel

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