Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Outlining Online

I've been working on the outline for my first juvenile mystery, and I decided to give the web-based tool Trello a try. It's not actually designed as an outlining tool; it's a project management system. But I saw a tweet from someone who mentioned using it for outlining novels, and I thought I'd give it a try.

I wouldn't say it's the perfect solution. It's a virtual card-based system and at times the visible portion of the cards seems a bit small for my purposes, but then that's one of the problems with using a system that's not actually made for what you're doing. With a little care in phrasing the first line of any card, I can work around that problem, and Trello has other advantages.

I use a column of cards for the plot points, one to keep track of the things I need to research (yes, research is important in juvenile fiction, too), one to keep track of characters, one to keep my plots and subplots in order, one to keep track of the locations in my fictional town, and another for notes. The last column is labelled "done" which is where I keep research I've finished, plot points I've written prose for, and notes that have made it into the story.

It's a lot to keep track of, and Trello manages to keep it all on one screen on my computer. Maybe when I've done one entire book using it, I might decided I need something specifically designed for the task. But so far, it's working out just fine.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Back At the Mic

2016 wasn't a great year for me. I had health problems, my wife had health problems, and even our cat had health problems. And my father died. So it was very hard amid all of this to juggle too many creative projects. I published a book, and made substantial progress on several songs and stories. I even managed to put a few videos on YouTube, though I've struggled with my voice for a good part of the year.

But I had to let some things slide, and one of them was my gig on Fiverr, offering simple voiceover services.

Well, it's back. With a new video, including samples. So if you, or anyone you know, needs a professional voiceover performance at a very reasonable price, send them my way. My gig is here.

Thank you.