Feb 4, 2011

Friday Free for All

Free stuff first:
Looking at OPP (other people's posts) I noticed a lot of free endorsements of free software out there and I thought I would let my readers know about some of the free tools I use.
  • Cute PDF - this is a pseudo printer that you can add to your computer that prints to PDF files.  You get two files to install (Ghostscript and CutePDF) and then when you want to create a PDF file, you just print to it.  Go here to get it: http://www.cutepdf.com/Products/CutePDF/writer.asp
  • DropBox - this is using the cloud - Dropbox becomes a folder on your computer - all your computers, if you want, and when you save the file (actually when you close the file) it copies the file into the cloud and all the coumpters you use get notified the next time you log in.  It comes on the Droid, too - all for free.  Go here to get it: http://www.dropbox.com/
  • Textpad - this is notepad on steroids - you can have a virtually unlimited number of text files open, including html, javascript, txt, log files, etc. all at once and easily switchable in a single window.  You can set it up to use common Microsoft keyboard shortcuts and it has the ability to do block highlighting (as opposed to just line at a time).  Go here to get it: http://www.textpad.com/
Humor:
OK - these people actually sell things with writer's humor on them: zazzle like "I'm a writer, 10am IS first thing in the morning" and "Instant editor - just add coffee"
Reading:
I'm working my way backwards through two of Charles de Lint's books: Seven Wild Sisters and Medicine Road.  Good magical reads, even if I am reading while going up the down staircase.
Writing:
Counting both sketchwork and draft - roughly 5000 words this week - only 4600 as draft. Yes, writers do sketchwork. We try out voices and descriptions, dialog, perspectives, etc. How else do you think we come up with characters who can be seen as well as heard? We herd them all up in the corral of sketchwork we've played with and then choose the best sounding version we can find - or we make more.