Friday, November 11, 2011

Today’s adventure was the trip south to Charlotte, North Carolina and the Carolina Renaissance Festival. That meant loading everything up in the car and the first test run of  my mobile writing platform. My setup consists of my iPad 2 running Plain Text, and a bluetooth keyboard. Nice, sweet and simple. The biggest drawback is the lack of a way to mount the iPad so that it stays upright where I can easily see it during the drive. And no, I’m not the one driving. But other that that difficulty, it worked like a charm. Plain Text syncs via Dropbox to put the words I’ve written on the road back onto my laptop, and then Scrivener syncs them back into my master manuscript. The other drawback that the system has is that I can’t see how many words I’ve written until I sync the words back into Scrivener. I managed to write 1998 words while out on the road today, so when I did my sync up, I wrote a few more paragraphs to round things out at 2148 words for the day. Now my novel is 44% complete, with 22212 words written.

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Chaotic day today. Spent most of the day packing and getting ready for our trip down to the Carolina Renaissance Festival and our Viking Raid on points south. Unfortunately for me, this also meant a trip back into my work because I’d neglected to turn in my time sheet the day before. Time sheets go in on Wednesday of next week, the day we’re driving back from Atlanta. So my choice was either don’t get paid or take a run back in. Getting into work while rush hour was busy taking everyone away from work should have been easy. It wasn’t. Traffic was horrendous, and for some reason my GPS kept trying to steer me back into the one stretch of road I knew was at a complete standstill. After much driving around in circles, and a fair bit of driving off into the darkness not knowing where I was going I managed to arrive. Something like three hours of driving, for a 10 minute errand. Yuck. After a late dinner, I finally got a chance to sit down and start writing. It wasn’t a very productive day, but I did get some words down. Not quite my target 2000 words, but I did get 1771 more words written, taking my accumulated total over 20,000 words!

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