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Website up and thoughts on Scrivener

After a couple of days of tech hell, my official author website, A Truant Disposition, is back up and running. My posts there tend to be longer (this is a microblog, afterall) and there’s more about me and my books. I did manage to chill out yesterday, but between emails with techies and going through the Scrivener tutorial, it was a busy day. I haven’t finished the tutorial yet, but I like what I’ve seen of Scrivener so far. It seems to be very well thought out. It’s probably more than what most novelists need, but it will be a big help to those working on series as I am, as well as those who need to do extensive world-building, or who do a lot research for books, both fiction and non-fiction. It can handle complexity. Though I won’t need all its features for the novel I’ll be editing and revising for Camp NaNoWriMo, if I have time before Camp begins I may put the novel and notes into Scrivener anyway. It would probably be better to familiarize myself with it on a smaller project than the series. Onward!

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Tech Hell Day 2: Less Hell!

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“Keep Calm and Carry On”

My author site is now almost kinda sorta almost operational again. You can access three out of four pages (the page with my ebooks still doesn’t load). At the time I went to bed last night only half a page was loading for everything, so this is an improvement. I still can’t access the admin area. It’s now been over 24 hours since the site went down. The techies are making progress, but from the emails I’m getting, it sounds like they’re running out of ideas.

I can’t let this get me down. I can’t spend another day thinking about having to reinstall the site software and restoring it from a backup. I can’t let this distract me from the creative things I need to do. It’s my website, but it’s not the end of the world. I’ve made a big pot of tea and now I’m going to dive into the Scrivener tutorial. I won’t need it for Camp NaNoWriMo since I’m revising a standalone novel, but I need to evaluate the trial version before my winner’s code from last year’s NaNo expires. I’m hoping it will make organizing the series material easier. 🙂 With the ongoing adventures with my website, I’m also hoping that Scrivener will be easy to use and not another version of tech hell. 😉

Keeping calm, carrying on…