Morning Cuppa – 04/23/13 – World Book Night! Scapple! Demons at the dinner table!

Thanks everyone for the birthday wishes yesterday!

  • Today, or tonight, or both is World Book Night. Every April 23rd rogue readers go about sharing their favorite books FOR FREE with complete strangers. Why? To promote the simple pleasure of reading in our society.
  • Scapple is the newest project by the Literature and Latte folks (they who made the best writing app ever created, Scrivener). It’s mind mapping software, available for free to test, $14.99 to buy. Sort of like those brainstorming sheets from middle school, it allows you to quickly jot down notes and create connections between ideas.
  • Ethan Gilsdorf shares a video clip on Geek Dad of the 700 Club that was NOT filmed in 1986 but in 2013 where Pat Robertson resurrects the demonic specter of Dungeons & Dragons. I originally went on a long rant about the horrors of how growing up when people like him were considered culturally relevant sucked, ie, the 80’s. But no, instead I’ll just say, thank god, gods, universe, or complete nothingness, whatever your predilection, that most people now consider dear old Pat to be a giant wang and nothing more.

https://twitter.com/mexibear/status/326565726259388418

Morning Cuppa – 03/05/13 – Scrivener and Snowflakes! Between Two Thorns! Writer Beware!

Sorry all, forgot to hit publish on this one earlier today. I’ve got a few quickies for you and I’m off!

  • For users of Scrivener, I recently came across this template for the Snowflake method. There’s nothing too complex about it, but it does get your gears running on how to organize and create content using this method. For those not familiar with the Snowflake method, it takes the conceptual idea of fractals and applies that to story generation. You start out with a core, one sentence, and then build 5 sentences off of that. Then you take those 5 sentences and make 5 sentences from each of them, and so on. It’s a novel (hah) approach that I’m attempting to incorporate in my next book.
  • Emma Newman‘s new book Between Two Thorns is excerpted on Tor.com.
  • Chuck Wendig shares 25 Things Writers Should Beware
    • 15. BULLSHIT SOCIAL MEDIA SERVICES 

      Social media ain’t that goddamn hard, people. You know how, like, you’re a person who walks around and talks to people at the mall, or at work, or at the dinner table? And how it doesn’t behoove you to be a total fucking asshole there? Do the same thing online. There! Ta-da! I just saved you from hiring a social media guru who will take your money in order to infuse your social media presence with the rank snot-curdling odor of sour douchebaggery (“brand!” “platform!” “Klout score!”). Also: piss on anybody who wants to take your money to give you 10,000 new “followers” in the blink of an eye.