Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Quick note about leaving Facebook

I got out of Facebook a couple of months ago. I went without a farewell post, because I knew that would entail a discussion that would be impossible to resolve, what with me being gone. Many would have a great laugh at my expense, one last dig from some, and some inveigling me to or assuring me that I would return before long. So I thought, no, I’m deleting not deactivating. And the requisite time has passed so that I can’t go back on again as if nothing had happened.

However, I’m still around and open to email, WhatsApp etc. (I wanted to quit WhatsApp as well because it’s linked to Facebook and I don’t like Facebook or Instagram, but I have family connections through WhatsApp, so that’s that.) I prefer the world of blogs and email, and there’s nothing you would really want to do – as opposed to what commercial operators want you to do – that can’t be done as well and more simply with email and blogs.

I gave up Facebook because I was putting a lot into it, had done for many years, but getting next to nothing out of it, other than a constant battle to repel unwanted adverts, invitations and ever more tiresome distractions. I hope to use my time for something more constructive in future.

One could go on and on, but I promised a quick note, so there you have it.

Update: I rejoined in March 2020 to make up for social isolation due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Longhand chaos begone!

Now that I'm a full time writer, I regret the years I spent writing everything longhand in notebooks, while doing the day job, which was computer programming. The first thing I've had to do while trying to get myself organised is to transcribe everything into computer format, where I can work with it, to "clear the decks" as they say. My mind tends towards chaos, as you would know if you saw how many different writing projects are jumbled and intertwined in the pages of my notebooks. One thing that can help to overcome one's natural chaotic nature, is to make use of technology to the full, and let it deal with that part of the problem. I bought myself a copy of Scrivener desktop app a long time ago, for this very purpose, and I'm now using it for everything, and it's great. Instead of having separate files in folders on the computer and having to open and close them, with Scrivener I can jump in and out of things just by one click in the list of scenes, works-in-progress, etc etc. It has other useful features as well, but it's keeping everything together, yet separate in a list, that is so helpful. I don't have to riffle through pages looking for bits of text, nor do I have to keep opening and closing documents directly from the computer, nor searching up and down through long computer files. I'd show you some screenshots only I don't want to give away my work-in-progress, as that's a sure way to kill it stone dead.