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If This Then That, My New Favorite Internet Service

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First off, a brief Operation GIT report that I stayed on my calorie budget yesterday!  I am quite proud because I was totally ready to gnaw my arm off.  My appetite has gotten TOTALLY out of hand lately, so I am presently on the long trek of shrinking my stomach again.  Which means this week will […]

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New Word Count Meter Source

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I am a big fan of progress bars.  For years I used the ones from Writertopia.  Then last week, mysteriously, their images disappeared.  No idea why.  I emailed them to ask and received no reply.  But I found a nice alternative at Critique Circle.  You can tweak font and color and assorted things.  So if […]

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Operation Unplug: Progress Report

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So I decided last week I was going to let go of my email notifier to get less dependent on that little blue envelope and stop wasting so much time with instant checking. It’s had…mixed success.  I turned off the notifier no problem.  And it HAS cut down, mostly, on how much I’m following the […]

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Coming Soon: Efficiency 101

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I am an efficient woman.  I have to be, something I mention a lot when I talk about everything on my plate, from two jobs, family, writing, exercise, cooking, friends, etc.  Life is nuts.  And really, in our modern society, it’s nuts for everybody.  I’m often asked “How do you DO IT?” by other people […]

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Twitter Tools

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My Twitter following has grown by leaps and bounds over the last year.  I’m up to nearly 3,000 followers, acquired mostly through using the methods taught by the Indie Book Collective.  They’ve got free workshops explaining how to do it, if you’re interested. Anyway, part and parcel of that is the autofollow–that is, following everybody […]

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Guest Post by R.B. Wood

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Not to sound like my old man, but I can remember (“back in the day”) when a trip to the library and a dance with Mr. Dewey and his Decimal system were the only ways to do research; not only for a book, but research on professionals in the writing business.  Agents, editors and publishers […]

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The Brainstormer

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Just a quick and dirty post to share something fun.  Need some inspiration for a new story?  Stuck on your current one and need a chance of pace?  Have no fear The Brainstormer is here.  It’s free online and even available as an iphone app for $1.99.

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Note Taking Websites

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I was trying to find some notes I’d made about a plot point I was recently discussing with Pot.  We do all our chats in GoogleTalk, so everything is nice and logged in my Gmail account, which makes them searchable with the awesome power of Google. As long as you can remember enough details of […]

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Writing Stumbles

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My brain refuses to engage today, so in lieu of some scintillating post, I’m sharing some of the interesting writing sites I found through StumbleUpon. Language Is A Virus: I particularly like the Widgets to Cure Writer’s Block Writerisms and other Sins: This is a great list of lazy writing habits we often fall into […]

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Multi-Computer File Sharing Made Easy

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I’ve mentioned before that I work 2 jobs in addition to writing and family responsibilities.  This means that I rarely have a period of time where I can just sit and write uninterrupted, so I wind up sending files back and forth to myself from home to work and back.  This wasn’t a terrible system […]