Welcome to my writing portfolio

Hi. I am glad that you found your way to my site.

My name is Lindsay and I am a writer. I have put up some of my work for you to enjoy.  Select what you want to read and enter my imaginary world. I welcome any comments you wish to make.
All stories are my original work and are copyright and can not be copied or distributed without my express permission.

Come and see more of me at http://withoutasense.wordpress.com

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The Yellow Rain on Spain

Every year, the locals go crazy with the yellow pollen that falls from the trees over this land. It is able to seek out the most pristine areas, turning the traditional white façades into dwellings streaked with dry riverbeds of yellow. As if that is not enough, the neighbouring continent sends clouds loaded with sand from its desert to dump over our humble abode. No sooner  do we clean and sweep than another delivery arrives.  It makes me wonder if our insides are as yellow!

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Scrivener Progress and Other Writer Things

I’ve bitten the bullet (sorry for the cliché) and, after 18 days of trial, bought the Scrivener package after an evaluation that revealed keeping track of the progress of my new novel and the various short stories that I am writing seems to be easier. When I need to refresh my knowledge and memory about the characters, setting and plot, the package enables me to do so with ease, and after the initial wobbles using the software, it seems to be second nature.

So far, I have written about 15,000 words of my second novel and I am reminded of the excitement there is in developing a plot and interesting characters. The biggest challenge is what happens to me when I do research; I lose valuable hours. To give you an example, the other day I wanted to find out about the railway service and town plan for one of my settings in the 1960’s. Three hours later, I had followed the little person on Google street view all around the town, read all kinds of interesting stories about local celebrities and discovered how the rail network has changed in the past 50+ years but I had not written a word of my novel. Scrivener allows me to record my research into a folder where I can refer to it as I continue writing and that is a great feature however it is hopeless for someone with my sense of curiosity as I do get sidetracked by all of the interesting history.

Another useful tool has been Pintrest. Despite signing up for it a long time ago, I had never used it effectively until this novel. Now I have a pinboard plastered with people, cars, uniforms, food, etc from the 1960’s and I think that is going to bring my writing to life in this new novel.

One can only hope that this will be the big one.

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Inspiration

Yesterday I was at lunch with another writer, a man whom I had never met nor heard of. He is writing his third novel and sells the others as e-books on Amazon. By co-incidence, I met another writer last week who is writing his first novel.

All three of us are having a completely different experience. One pays for and uses a mentor to review his work while it is in progress. The other writes and sends to an editor. I, on the other hand, like to get my work well under way before I show it to anyone, although I am a member of an on-line support group.

Yesterday’s writer approached a few agents in the early days but found it a frustrating exercise and is managing to market and sell his work on the internet. The other is not at the stage of approaching agents; however, that is part of his plan.

All of us are over 50 years old and have the luxury of time to write. We are also inspired by our life experiences and have decent stories to tell. Self publishing allows us to put our work out there yet each of us would love to acquire the ultimate of a literary agent and a publishing deal.

There are so many of us with that goal that it could frighten an aspiring author.

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A Dragon in my Head

I have two writing projects on the go and decided that I would use my Scrivener trial to work on them at the same time. One is my novel and the second is a short story and one of the key advantages will be if I am able to switch easily between the two, pick up the train of my thoughts and produce decent writing.

Yesterday I exported two chapters of my new novel from Scrivener into a Word document. That was an incredibly easy process, just tick the button, choose the format and go. I also imported lots of photos into the research section so that I can bring authenticity to the era that I am writing about. So far, I am giving Scrivener a thumbs up.

Unfortunately today my brain has been invaded by a headache and all sensible thought seems to have vanished with its presence. Decent writing might be an unrealistic expectation.

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Research; why I love and hate it

I am writing my second novel and using Scrivener to ease the word processing side of things. As I am a collector of things, I have discovered another benefit of the package. Instead of paste, copy and print pages filling my files, I now insert the information (or even better, a link to a webpage)  in the research area of my project. HOWEVER, Scrivener does not stop me being distracted by my research.

For example, today I wanted to find out where the police station in a famous city was located during the early 1960’s and also what it looked like when a visitor walked in to the entrance. I found a wonderful website of old press photos. It is now 2 hours later and I have yet to discover the police station but have had a grand time browsing the old images and picturing life in the past. And that is the problem with research – it’s too interesting.

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Day 3 of Scrivener

I finally made it through the Tutorial and have input the information on my characters and settings using the templates, uploaded my first chapter onto the editor and created some categories for my research binder. Now, in theory, I am ready to continue writing. However, I still have to work out how to use the inspector effectively. Apparently this will show me a synopsis of what I am working on in an index card type of display.

Okay, jargon aside, let me discuss what I have discovered so far.

Hurray, I will not lose my place in my work if I am working on page 3 and want to look at page 999 (I wish) to check consistency.

I will be able to look at the story line for each character by hitting a few buttons.

My research can be held on tap so that I am able to switch views between it and my document.

At the end (in 1, 2 or however many years it takes) I will be able to convert the document into any format I wish.

Sadly, the package will not replace adjectives with strong verbs, write what I know, or create the perfect best-selling novel.

Update in a few days everyone.

By the way, one of my readers, scottishmomus at wordpress, used a different package called Yriter5 and was pleased with its performance.

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Using Scrivener Trial

I have started writing my second novel using Scrivener (on a trial run for the moment). When I began the tutorial, my eyes felt like those funny ones that spring out of a pair of glasses. I did think that the trial may quickly be put aside as I did not feel that I wanted to waste time learning a new software package whilst in the creative stages of my work.

HOWEVER, my eyes were drawn to the piles of paper and post-its and index cards that are inching their way out of my study and I decided that now is the time. I mean, I do write on a computer anyway so how hard can it be?

Anyone else out there trying something different in their writing?

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