Bright clear morning from sunrise to after lunch when the winds kicked up. Now my drapes float through the sun kissed rays that grace my library and I’m feeling oh so…snippy. And no, it’s not that. I was up all night writing, found out some bad news at 3a.m., and my neighbors kept me up for the period between the latter and 9:30a.m. No, not doing that. So I’m a bit whiny. Not a good thing to post something to the blogosphere when your cranky.
Oh k-sara. Though, my idol, Nora Ephron, scribbled, scribbled, scribbled (Note to dear reader; that’s a reference to one of her books.) and had her rants printed on actual paper. So back to snarking away. (Yes, it’s a word. Here are two more: Urban Dictionary.) I was going to write a detailed post about Evernote (with appropriate hyperlinks). In this detailed post, I would include all of the things that you can do with it (screenshots, tips, tricks and all with a jazzy title) for helping fellow writers.
However, after hearing from various informed sources the advice that it is better to hone posts down to bite sized bits as no one has time to read a manifesto (Do you?), I decided to do a little trimming. (see “Busy Blogger?”).
And who wants to read things written out like they are some dumb ninny who only knew how to hit the “Go” button on their computer and were at a loss after that? (Do you?)
Of course not. So in my rehabilitation from fainting outside of my doctors office and getting the hell away from Stethoscope Land only to be taken by a migraine-inducing truck to the Mother Ship of Stethoscopes, I wrote a concise and to the point post about how writers can find relief in their busy, stressful lives by using Evernote [EN]. I am and always have been proficient in EN since before the 1% ever heard of it. And, because I am a perfectionista (yes, i just made that up. The Bard did it, too.) I honed some more. So instead of giving a Masterclass in Evernote, I chipped it down to one detail that would help those writers who also blog (target audience, kids, target audience) that want to establish a relationship with larger websites by keeping track of their past comments, as they may be commenting on a guest post by the author on an entirely different site and they would want to establish a fellowship with the author by showing them that they have kept track of their On-In work. (That’s Lee-speak for On-Air but only on the Internet)
So. Done. Good. Then I give myself a break from writing and counting my words (We’ll come to wordcounting in a minute. And no it’s not one word but after November, I bet it will be one.) I reward myself with checking my email first and see my newsletter from WordCount. I love WordCount. Michelle Rafter is a down-to-earth goddess. I am a writer, a freelancer and I earned a hard science degree from a university that excels at journalism. (Osmosis, people, osmosis.) I’m also a geek, so her site is right up my Lego-lovin’ alley. Low and behold, there is a guest poster on the site (as the goddess is a very busy woman). And she’s posting about EN and she’s going into great detail, including such tips as, ” ‘Notes are stored in electronic folders called ‘notebooks'”. With accompanying screenshot of an said “notebook”. The writer has been using EN since 2011 and has 193 notes. I’ve been using it since the Dawn of Time and have 1523. And no, it doesn’t pay to delete your notes as you don’t get storage credit for the deletion. Since I am in hard science, I thought I’d bring in a few numbers which help prove the fact that experience wins out on tips over screen grabs. (And I bet I’ve got more insurance than she does…) I did find fault with her incorrect description of the trunk, as it is far more than the one line note she gave it. But all in all, it was a fine guest post and what I had intended to do on my post. However, I am guessing, since this is digital freelance, that she got more for doing this post than increased inbound traffic to her site. Then I saw on another related topic, something with the tagline of my header tagline. See here.)
It wasn’t by accident that the Gettysburg address was so short. The laws of prose writing are as immutable as those of flight, of mathematics, of physics.