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I’ve been using Scrivener for my latest project. I’m still in in trial period, but I’m pretty sure I’m going to buy it. It wouldn’t be useful to me if I hadn’t recently come around on outlining. “Outlining’s boring!” I used to say, “I want to get to the meat.” I didn’t want my plotting to be predictable, formulaic.

Funny thing is, I’m approaching the writing much the same way as I always have. I’m writing linearly, one scene after another. What outlining is doing, though, is helping me anticipate character problems, particularly problems of motivation. I’m liking the idea of addressing those things before the first draft is ever finished.

So anyway, I exported it for the first time in awhile. I thought I was something like 50 pages in. Turns out, I’m nearly 80. Whoops. That’s okay, though. Feels good to know it has legs.

I don’t want to say too much about it, but I can be cryptic: it’s not YA; it’s set in the future, in a place I’ve never been; it involves stuff I learned about in my philosophy classes in college.

(But Phoebe, you might say, that could be anything! To which I’ll only laugh. I’d wink, if I didn’t look totally awkward while doing so.)

In more important news, I really want someone to buy me this Lego set for Christmas:

Tiny robot! Kawaii!

There’s been a lot of complaining about this Lego line on the interwebs, but I actually think it’s pretty awesome. Not the complaining (“no creativity,” Jezebel? It’s no less complex than your average licensed lego line, and imaginative play with tiny adorable robots and dolls is still creative), but the toys themself. When I was a kid, the “girl” legos all featured women in bikinis lounging on poolsides while waited on by mustached hired help. Oh, and horses. This set features robots, tree houses, ATVs, bunnies, women as business owners, women as vets, women mowing the lawn. No horses, but there are plenty of bunnies and puppies. So it’s a little pastel–so there are lots of cute animals. I liked those things as a kid. A lot of modern boys and girls do too, I’m sure. We shouldn’t put down traditionally girly things just because we also like traditionally butch things like spaceships. That’s not feminist, either.

Santa, if you’re listening, I’d also like the Lego Friends house. Also some wind dancer ponies. And a light saber.

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  1. My kids are definitely getting some new lego sets in 2012. Awesome!

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    • Your kids are luuuucky! :)

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  2. I've thought about Scribner before, but have yet to take the plunge. You ought to give us your 'final' impressions once you've drafted an entire story using.

    The Legos rock the block, btw. :)

    Happy Holidays!

    EJ

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    • Will, do EJ! And happy holidays to you, too.

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  3. Is the picture all of your pages of text, or is that your outline? I'm still on the fence w/Scrivener as well. Did you come across any tutorials, or was this trial and error to learn the program?

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    • Nah, those are my pages. I'd post the outline, but it's too spoilery. :)

      Mostly I just googled how to do specific things, like compiling. Otherwise, I found the program pretty intuitive.

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  4. I've been drafting my not-YA in scrivener too, but I haven't had much time to work on it with the move. so, survey still out on scrivener. glad you're loving it!

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    • Yay for trying new things! If you come across any good tips, let me know.

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  5. I love Scrivener; just wish I had more time to spend with it. I still like 3×5 cards; it's just that now after the initial sorting it's easier to manipulate and edit scene cards (and associate them with the text of the scene) via Scrivener.

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    • I've tried doing notecards SO many times. But being a totally computer-dependent cyborg, it's probably a lost cause. :)

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  6. Phoebe, check this out! Sooner or later it had to happen; LEGO fans are taking Friends into their own hands! They should be hired by LEGO! http://thebrickblogger.com/2012/01/lego-friends-u

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    • OMG THAT PUNK ROCK LEGO FRIEND FIGURE! WANT!

      Ahem. Thanks for the link. ;)

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