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Friday, September 28, 2012


AHHH, YES, four days in the God's creation will definitely give you new ideas and clear the cobwebs.

Hiking down the trail from the North Rim toward the river 6000 feet below does two things for you. First is it kills your knees and thigh muscles. The second is a lot of time to think.

Hiking or just plain being parked somewhere in God's creation for a couple of days does wonders for my mental health. It seems to get all my boxes realigned with all the proper ideas in their correct box. Also, it let's me be creative mentally. The killer on this walk in Creation was that my digital recorder was broken and I didn't get a new one before I left. So, I had to stop and write things down, which was a plus. It gave me a break to breathe and a time to see the scenery and smell the flowers, many were in bloom due to recent rains.

Bottom line is that I now have many ideas for the projects in progress and a stack of new ideas for new projects.

This therapy was so good I got over 2500 words written the day after I got back.  IF (terrible word) I could do that everyday, I would have a 100,000 word novel written in 40 days. 40 days sounds good to me.

Now I will get writing. How about you ?

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

The Grander Adventure

In August while on a vacation I took a chance and stopped in at the BackCountry office at the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. On a whim I asked the ranger, "Got any permits for the four day hike north rim to south rim between now and October 15 when you close the north rim?"  His reply was, "You have got to be kidding me. Ain't no way. But, I will check."

Short story long, he checked, there was a trip for two on September 22-25 available, did I want it.

My reply was, "Well, I don't know. That will keep me out of church that Sunday and my dog might need me that weekend."  NO WAY, CAN'T HAPPEN. I screamed, "Yousa."

Consequently, I will be heading downhill from the North Kiabab trailhead on the north rim this Saturday morning around 6 AM.  Please pray for me and my hiking companion.

My wife is not worried, she says that I am biodegradeable, but please someone bring my equipment so she can sell it and recoup a part of the investment.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Writing is tough, no wimps allowed

I have been at this blogging thing for quite a spell, tho not as long as many. I have yet to get on a schedule or a topic.  Really, how hard can it be to sit down two or three times a week and just rattle on.  Therein lies the problem.  I can't just rattle on and two or three times a week is an impossibility with my schedule and enet availability.  I have tried posting with my Droid and the app is crazy.  One moment your writing is there and the next it isn't.  It only seems to work on the wide view and even then it doesn't follow too well.  The keyboard is slow to respond and the spell checker works one minute and not the next.

Anybody know of an App for Blogger that works??????

Monday, September 3, 2012

No thanks,Scrivener

Take this for what its worth.

I will be deleting Scrivener from my computer.  It is to anal for me to handle.  After attempting to use it for well over a week now, I am still lost.

The program is basically multiple files being drafted for a specific project.  It allows you to keep track of characters, places, and scenes in small chunks.  Supposedly you can jump back and forth with greatest of ease.

I get lost in the transitions.

The same thing can be done with three Word files open at the same time and stored in the same project folder.  I have a 17" screen which makes this very comfortable.

Scrivener also has too small a working screen for my tired old eyes.

Last word -- I can see where a more organized individual might be able to use this program to some advantage.  For me, it just doesn't work.

However, with whatever, get writing.