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M.T. Bass Web Site

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Finally broke down and created a specific author’s web site for myself at www.mtbass.net:

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July 31, 2014 at 5:03 pm

Are We There Yet?

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July 28, 2014 at 2:38 pm

Scrivener

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I learned about the software called Scrivener through Joanna Penn (www.jfpenn.com & www.TheCreativePenn.com).  Many, many thanks.

It is like a complete author’s studio, bringing together many functions and activities in one user interface.  It’s only been about a month, but it has made the process of writing so much easier and much more productive.

So far my favorite features are:

  1. Everything from the manuscript to research  & notes in one place, appropriately called a Project “Binder,” including text, images, pdfs
  2. Corkboard with Index cards to help visualize and organize plotting, characters & locations
  3. Ability to save web pages as pdf files directly into the Research part of the project binder simply by pasting the URL
  4. Project Target window to track and display both total manuscript word count & session word count in real time
  5. Ability to output manuscript directly to epub file format to read on my iPad

Before I started, I did the 2-hour tutorial and it was invaluable to getting started.  Importing my existing projects was pretty straightforward and easy.

It is  definitely one of those “how did I get along without it” products.

 

 

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July 24, 2014 at 4:40 pm

Anchors Away

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July 21, 2014 at 2:55 pm

E-Readers I Have Known

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In the past six years or so, I’ve migrated through four devices: Sony PRS-600, Nook Color, Nook HD and now an iPad mini with Retina display (my late entrance into the ecosystem of Apple products is a whole other story). On the iPad I have the Nook, Kindle, Kobo (for my Sony library), Scribd and, of course, iBooks aps.

Although I’m a something of a technology slut, I still do love the fruits of Johannes Gutenberg. Nothing can replace the experience of holding a real book in your hands, flipping its pages, reading a handwritten note in the margin, finding an airline boarding pass stub (which I habitually used for bookmarkers) from a long forgotten journey, or browsing the spines of a bookshop’s wares, like a calming walk through the woods — which, I guess, is an apt simile, since books are made of tree pulp.

But the sad truth of the matter is that technology has a way of forcing us forward. Jihadist audiophiles love their vinyl, but it’s hard to listen to a Clapton 33 1/3 LP record album blasting at excessive sound pressure levels in the car while speeding down the highway weaving through traffic with the windows rolled down. So too with books.

I have to confess that from the very start, e-Readers have allowed me to read more and more often than I had fallen into the habit of doing. All too often my wish list books remained on the shelves at home, waiting in vain to be read. Technology allows me to carry my entire library with me in a back-breaking 12 ounce package and, like in my college days, I’m usually hip deep in three or four books simultaneously. Right now, I’m reading The Lonesome Dove Series, Driftless, Warren G. Harding, a how-to book on e-publisher marketing and the manuscript of a novel I’m working on —

Seriously, I’d have to do a weight-and-balance calculation before I took off in a Cessna Skyhawk with that much tome tonnage in my briefcase.

Like Dirk Rangley. a character from my novel, In the Black: 1965 – 1969, asks: “After all, which would you rather do, pal, screw Bridget Bardot’s brains out or read reviews of her movies?”

Books are great, but reading is the real joy.

 

Originally posted on my goodreads.com blog here.

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July 17, 2014 at 1:46 pm

Day Z’s

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July 14, 2014 at 2:51 pm

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