Blog Archives

stretching in every direction

Where have I been? Geez. You ask all the hard questions.

The Kansas SCBWI conference is in TWO WEEKS, and I will be PRESENTING A WORKSHOP THEREUPON. Why no, I’m not nervous at all.

I’ve presented a bitty-workshop before, as part of a miscellaneous-Saturday offering, on choosing what age to write for. And I’ve done a Friday Night Demonstration at the conference about the benefits of revision. Sue Ford, my past RA, kind of nudged me into those baby steps. But this is my first workshop,  And I’m excited–to the point of hysteria. Oh, I could never lie to you.

My topic: USE YOUR iPHONE TO WRITE YOUR NOVEL. Pretty intriguing, huh?

You may remember this post about my solution for note-taking at the LA SCBWI conference, when I got that super-spiffy and much-appreciated scholarship, thanks to Colleen Cook, my current RA. Well, I’ve learned many things since then through trial and error, enough for a workshop. Or two or three.

I’ve got my talking points organized, and I learned Keynote so I could put together an astounding whiz-bang slide show. Still have to finish the bonus website–constructed from my iPhone of course–and open only to peeps who attend the presentation.

Yeah, I know how to do these things. I’M A MARVEL.


I’ve just learned how to stretch, and take a chance.

Writers take a chance every time they sit down to the keyboard–will the words come? Can I shape them into something publishable? Will the critics like it? Will the readers?

For me, that sense of daring has somehow spilled into real life.

Cool, huh?


look into the amazon of your soul

Imma gonna say it.

The Amazon iPhone app.

Not only can you use this app to go to your indie store, try out an item, and THEN see how cheap you can get it on Amazon, YOU CAN REPORT BACK TO AMAZON HOW CHEAP YOU CAN GET IT IN AN INDIE STORE, SO AMAZON CAN LOWER THEIR PRICES.


Amazon has made the entire smart-phone-owning public their minions.


But here’s the part that’s going to make a whole lot of you angry with me:

Many of you asked for it.

How many times have you gone to a store and checked something out, then gone home and bought it on Amazon for a much lower price?

Where do you think Amazon got the idea for this app, anyway?


Amazon just made it so you didn’t have to write the store price down on a piece of paper.

And while providing that service, they tossed in an extra step of allowing you to actually, you know, directly throw every last indie shop out of business.

Hey. I like a bargain just like the next gal. But I buy my books locally, unless I can’t find them here. (Yes, I can hanker after the odd book or two.) I buy used books when I’ve already bought a new copy of the title, or if it’s out of print.

I use Amazon for things I can’t find around here, usually at Christmas. In fact, I ordered something yesterday.

Amazon is not the devil. Don’t let it make you one.

scbwi-la-2011: taking all those notes

Another post in the GETTING READY FOR SCBWI-LA-2011 series


So in-between meeting the hell out of all of you and passing out business cards at SCBWI-LA-2011, there will be workshops/lectures/talks/salons/confabs. And I will need to take copious notes, as I have used up all my memory brain cells long, long ago in a galaxy far away.

I can’t go the old-fashioned route of pen and paper. My hand cramps. I’m too slow. My handwriting is just this side of an earthquake readout. *whine*

While I love my laptop, it weighs approximately 3,000 pounds. *double whine*

But I recently acquired a leetle gadget that I will already be carrying with me…

But gosh. The keyboard is small. If I were Freckles McYoungest, I would have the fastest thumbs in the West. But since I’m not, I will just make do with:


It’s a bluetooth mini-keyboard. You can sync it to your iPhone 4 with no need of a dongle. I got this Targus model at RadioShack for 39$$. Cheaper than buying a netbook, for sure.

I downloaded Pages from iTunes for 10$. You can make whole documents on your phone with this thing, then send it to your email in a Word document. (Or PDF, whatever.) OH THE HUMANITY.

That tiny little stand came with my iPhone case. I think I’m going to put some foam weather stripping on the end to keep my phone from sliding off.

Yeah. A Life Hack.



%d bloggers like this: