adventures with an iPad: Scrivener and Elements

Yesterday, I spent some time toying with getting Scrivener on my MacBook to sync with Dropbox Elements on my iPad. Some background . . . After much deliberation, I finally bought an iPad. To save money?and in a nod to realistic expectations about my usage?I bought a refurbished iPad 2 model from Apple. I’d already […]

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Launch Pad Day 3

We’ve had our first casualty at Launch Pad this week. One of the participants tripped and fell on some asphalt, breaking a crown. An emergency dental appointment was made, but what I find most telling was that she was more upset about missing classes than she was about the injury. Apparently we’ve been throwing our […]

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Launch Pad Day 2

Deborah Ross and I again headed out on a casual stroll this morning — sans Eric James Stone, who had joined us yesterday (he was in the gym today)*. We explored the cemetery near campus and managed to not get lost on the way back. (*Correction: Eric wasn’t in the gym; he was catching up […]

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of “Thor” and “Valhalla”… and next steps

We did go to see “Thor” on opening night. Even when there’s a movie I really want to see, I usually stay away during opening weekend, to avoid the crowds. But given the overlap in mythology between “Thor” and my book, “Valhalla,” I knew I had to get into a theater as soon as I […]

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stop asking for permission

Maybe it’s because I was raised female, in the South, on the periphery of what remains of “polite society.” Maybe it’s my classical education, or the unfortunate experiences of abuse in earlier years. Maybe I’m just shy and meek by nature. Maybe it’s all those things put together. Regardless of the cause, I’ve had this […]

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writers are brave

[From my Thoughtful Thursdays series on the Oregon News Incubator blog] It takes guts to be a writer. You don’t have to be an investigative reporter staring down powerful bureaucracies or an essayist baring your soul for the sake of your readers to show courage in your work. Sometimes just sitting down at the beginning […]

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write what you (don’t) know

[From my “Thoughtful Thursdays” series on the Oregon News Incubator blog] The old adage in pretty much any kind of writing is, “Write what you know.” This is great advice for identifying and developing specialty areas — like health legislation, emerging technologies or hospitality news. If you’re a former athlete, naturally you’d write about sports. […]

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