Category Archives: Scrivener

Slowly I Turn…

So just to catch up on what I’m doing, I am currently working on the this year’s play for our Vacation Bible School program – a knights of the round table themed epic called The Secret of the Castle Omi La. I don’t think it’s going to be as big a scale as everyone expects since I have a small cast and limited budget, but I should have at least one person in armor before the show is over, drawing its inspiration as it does from both the life of Joshua and the Full Armor of God, as mentioned in the book of Ephesians. So that’s what I was working on tonight.

There’s no page count because I’m using Scrivener, a Mac-only application for writing novels that also doubles for writing screenplays, comic book scripts, TV scripts, and play scripts. It doesn’t really give you a running page count, although it is possible to get running words counts – although that doesn’t seem to be supported in an unobtrusive way when writing a play script.

No problem. Scrivener for writers is worlds ahead of the increasingly bloated current version of Word, and so far the scripting runs rings around Final Draft, which I’ve used before, but seems to be consistently buggy.

So I probably have a couple of pages on the manuscript tonight. Also worked on my continuing project of tagging and categorizing all the posts I imported – nearing the halfway mark! – and also on bringing over non-blog pages from the old web site (Precious Cargo rejoined the family tonight).

It’s all going to get there. But not much more tonight. Thunderstorms heading in, perhaps with residual tornados from the western half of the state. So pulling the plug. Now.

It Really Wants to be Written

In fact, it’s begging me now.

The UFO Novel, that is.

While I was brushing my teeth this morning, one of the three main characters started talking to me.  I had to run downstairs and transcribe what he said into Scrivener’s notes section so I wouldn’t forget what he said.

Then he sat in the backseat of the car and talked to me for most of the commute in to work.  I took my pad and pen and tried to make notes as we went.

I really didn’t expect this.  I’m rolling now on getting the new VBS play written, and that’s going to take up most of my writing time through the month of May (along with some discretionary time as I direct it in June and July for an August premiere).  By summer my two editors should have had time to read over …and that’s the end of the news, and there’s be one more draft before sending it out into the cruel, callous world.

I wasn’t really thinking about The UFO Novel at all because I figured it’s kind of a different breed of book, and if I sell and/news, I should have another thriller ready to go, and was thinking in that direction.

But perhaps other plans are in order.  We’ll see what happens.