Did I mention my personal PC died a few weeks back? Did I mention I do my writing exclusively in the cloud? Google Docs & DropBox are my friends. Whew. My older docs were backed up on an external drive but I hadn’t moved my most recent photos so I was thrilled the IT folks at work were able to rescue everything. One other thing I’m missing are all those important things I bookmarked on my web browser. My last backup of those in Firefox was almost a year old. Always a good thing to export & save your bookmarks. Then you can import them on your new computer. Or, set up syncing with cloud services – I didn’t realize Firefox offered that until I started writing this post. (I really should read those “what’s new” posts when the browser gets updated!) And Safari bookmarks can be synced using Dropbox. I’m new to the MAC world but still hanging out on Firefox for the moment. What’s your favorite browser?
AROUND THE BLOGOSPHERE
On to some highlights from my reading list for the last week:
Tales of the Fiction House – a new blog that you MUST follow. Raji Singh is going to take you on the most wonderful adventures. Trust me. I’ve had the honor & pleasure of being in a critique group with Raji for 3 years. His novel will be released soon, and his blog will be a great companion to the novel.
What’s the Purpose of Your Scene
K.M. Weiland offers some great advice on developing conflict and strengthening context.
Sarah Woodbury talks about inspiration for her historical fiction and gets interviewed by Melissa Smith about her writing. I love time travel fic, and Sarah’s book Daughter of Time, which sent her main character back to medieval Wales, was a great read.
Five Mistakes Killing Self-Published Authors
Ouch. Words of advice from Kristen Lamb.
How to Write Sex Scenes
I am a huge fan of Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series. She writes historical fiction romance (and sex) the way I aspire to write it. Watch for my novella Battle Scars next year (unless it turns out to be a novel and takes me longer to write). 🙂
Adios for now. Have a great weekend.