writemonkey preference (Photo credit: kengo)
So I’ve started work rewriting my manuscript now that I have decided to make the heroine disabled. I also downloaded WriteMonkey a minimal distraction writing software which you can download for free. I love it. You can change your font and background colors as well as font styles if you want. When the program opens for the first time it automatically opens into full-screen but you can put it into a window by hitting escape, useful if you find you need access to the rest of your computer but don’t want to close the program. It also has a “jump” feature which opens a window to the side that logic to search through the files on your computer which may contain elements that you want to place into the project. WriteMonkey also has a white noise feature which can be unlocked if you donate to support the project,the only thing I don’t like is that as far as I can tell there is no way to disable the Markup formatting which I find annoying because I personally don’t write with it. Markup is a system which allows for visual representation of format, such as a pair of asterisk around something which would be in bold text or underscores around something which is supposed to be in italics. I would much rather just be able to bold a word and see it right then instead of a pair of asterisks, but that’s really the only minor complaint I have about the whole thing. So I leave you with the first piece of rewritten prologue that I turned out in my first 15 min. of distraction free writing. Please feel free to comment.
The sound of her alarm clock startled her awake. By comparison the seagulls she often heard cruising past outside her windows were down right melodious. Her “second alarm” was far more pleasant. As she fumble for the snooze button she found herself nose to nose with 60 odd pounds of Golden Retriever will upon seeing her eyes open began to bark enthusiastically. “Okay, okay I’m awake I promise. Go get the chair Reid.” Quick as a flash, the dog had hopped off the bed and across the room, cheerfully retrieving a wheelchair by means of a rope attached to the bar across the back of the chair. For his trouble he received a thank you and a quick pat on the head before continuing on to fetch her a sweatshirt and a pair of jeans. An hour later they left, both sporting backpacks ready to take on the brand-new world of college. It wasn’t until much later after all of the action was said and done that she remembered the forgotten umbrella by the door and wondered how different things might have turned out if she had only remembered it.
Authors Note: Reid was my second choice of a name for my Golden Retriever. I didn’t know for sure until I saw him whether Reid or Gideon would fit better. Gideon won but fictional Reid the Golden is mine pen and ink homage to my buddy.
This Monday meme is brought to you by the nice folks over at Acting Balanced.
1. February 10th is Clean Out Your Computer Day! It’s is a day to logically review, and delete old files and programs. Will you be taking part?
I probably should but realistically I probably won’t.
2. February is also National Grapefruit Month – are you a grapefruit lover? Recipes?
I do like grapefruit but only the Ruby variety which has had orange trees grafted onto it to make it extra sweet.
3. Are you watching the Olympics? What events hold your interest or are you just ignoring the whole thing?
I don’t think the Olympic Games has caused this much controversy since it was hosted by Germany in 1936. I would like to watch it at least the figure skating and bobsledding (what can I say I’m still a sucker for the Jamaicans team) but I’m not sure where to stream it on the Internet because we don’t have cable in the house.
4. Valentine’s Day is Friday – are you planning to celebrate?
I’m not sure because we are short on cash but then again I sometimes think that particular holiday has been overly commercialized anyhow.
What’s Happened Since Last Week: The Paralympicsn in Sochi will happen two weeks after the closing ceremonies of the Winter Games. The Paralympics is the Olympics for physically disabled athletes and most of the countries who participate, including (in spite of a long list of terrible social practices) Russia and Iran televise it. The US doesn’t. Disabled athletes work just as hard as their able-bodied counterparts to achieve a spot on their respective team however the US Paralympic team will not travel to Russia in the knowledge that millions of people are cheering for them at home from their couches. In fact I’m willing to bet that the large majority of Americans have no idea that the Paralympics exists at all. This is the link to the petition I started on Change..org in the hopes of getting the Paralympics televised in the United States. When it reaches 1000 signatures I will send it to the programming directors of CBS, NBC, and any other major television network I can think of and I will continue to do so until someone listens, will you sign?
The Wednesday Hodgepodge is a weekly blog link up hosted at From This Side of the Pond. Questions are posted Tuesday night and the linkup happens on Wednesday. The more the merrier!
1 Its been said a small positive thought in the morning can change your whole day. Do you think that’s true? Do you find that an easy exercise most mornings? What’s something positive you told yourself today? If you missed that boat, what’s something positive you could tell yourself tomorrow?
I believe positive thinking can only have positive effects, what those effects are and when they show up is often a mystery. That being said there are some mornings I miss the boat entirely.
2. There will be karaoke at the next party you attend…are you in? Or will you be faking a sore throat?
I used to sing in my high school choir (not the one that went to competitions) so I’m not awful but I would rather not be singing in front of people by myself.
3. January 29th is National Puzzle Day…what’s something you’ve found puzzling recently?
Why people think it is acceptable to ask strangers very personal questions, I use a wheelchair and I’ve been asked questions ranging from what did my mom do during pregnancy that caused my disability to do I have the ability to carry children myself and everything in between in a grocery store.
4. Jigsaw, crossword, acrostic, logic, sudoku, word search…what’s your favorite kind of puzzle, and when did you last work one? My grandma and great aunt love jigsaw puzzles and in spite of the distance that has grown between us as we’ve both gotten older some of my fondest memories are working puzzles with my grandma.. It was one of the few forms of occupational or”hand” therapy that I didn’t develop a dislike for. I also like crosswords a lot but not being able to write easily puts a damper on them. I love Scrabble though.
5. Recently a writer by the name of Amy Glass ruffled feathers with a post she wrote saying she looks down on young women with husbands and kids and she’s not sorry. Among other things, she says women will be equal with men when we stop saying house work and real work are equally important. You can read the whole piece by clicking here.
What say you? Do you think men and women are equal in the 21st century? Why or why not?
Yes and no. Are women allowed to do things like vote, own property, and work outside the home if we want? Yes . Do we get equal pay and/or equal recognition as men doing the same job? Often not. Should women view their XX as handicap? I don’t think so. Different perspectives can lead to unique solutions to problems.. Do I think women who choose to have a career have a right to feel superior over those who choose to be homemakers Absolutely not . It isn’t ok for homemakers to sneer at women with careers either. It takes all kinds to make up the world.
6. What’s a product you’ve noticed in the grocery store that you’d like to try, but haven’t yet?
My boyfriend recently brought home Philly Cheese steak flavored soup for me to try since I like the sandwiches so much. Haven’t tried it yet
7. The author, Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (aka Lewis Carroll) was born this week in 1832 (January 27th). Which character from his celebrated novel, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, would you most like to meet, and why? Here’s a link to a character list if you need help on this one.
The Cheshire Cat, just to see if I could hold an entire conversation in rhyme
8. Yesterday was my moms birthday. My mother is by no means a perfect person but the older I get the more I realize that she is the perfect mom for me and the best thing I can hope for is any kids I have would saw the same of me when they are grown.