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Stop and Watch the Turtles Play?

TurtlesSome years back I stepped out on the balcony of the building where I work. It overlooks a small lake surrounded by trees and a footpath. It’s very nice scenery for an office building where you can see nature’s changes throughout the year.

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There are all kinds of animals that inhabit this nature area including snakes, water-fowl, fish, deer turtles and more. I’ve walked the foot-path many times and observed these various animals living bordering to a busy work environment. I’ve seen a blue heron sail across the lake a beaver play in the water. People visit the office park to fish the lake.

But on this particular afternoon, I watched an interesting tableau. The water is rather close to the rear of the building and the afternoon sun shines at an angle so you can observe what’s in the lake – especially from several floors up.

OakMtnAs I stood on that sunny afternoon and watched the lake, I noticed young turtles underwater in the shallows. These juveniles swam around, chasing and playing with each other. It was quite an unusual spectacle that I’d never really seen previously. Imagine, turtles playing in the water? It left me smiling after several minutes of observation.

Thinking back on that short time, I find that it’s important to stop and smell the roses – er – watch the turtles play. Smelling the roses is good but common. It’s great to see things you’ve never really noticed before. You’ll find many sights you’ve never considered and be refreshed as well.

It’s been busy for me most of this year with lots of writing activities. But one thing I need to do more of is stop and observe what’s around me. In the middle of my busy book launch schedule, I plan to take a few trips in the area and get out for a hike and look for the unusual in my surroundings. Sometimes, you just need the break and the mental rest.

Please share your thoughts and ideas in the comments section. Sign up for my Archer’s Aim Digest mailing list to receive the forthcoming edition of my newsletter with announcements about upcoming releases and events. You’ll receive my a FREE coupon for my short story e-book, The Black Bag which contains a sample chapter of The Bow of Destiny. You’ll also be the first to have news about my books, especially some free offers this summer related to the upcoming release of The Bow of Destiny, the first novel of The Bow of Hart Saga. Speaking of which, it is now available for pre-release orders on Barnes & Noble, Kobo, iBooks (via the iTunes app) & NOW Amazon – Kindle. Additionally, August’s free e-book: Trading Knives is now available on Kobo, iBooks, Smashwords, Barnes & Noble & Amazon.

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Inspection! What Scrivener’s Other Bar Does

Scrivener is a powerful writing tool. I write about it weekly with tips and usage ideas. To read more of my posts click the Scrivener tag or category at the end of the page.

On the left side there’s that lovely organizational wonder: the Binder. It provides all the flexibility to arrange your ideas and change the writing structure with ease. It’s one of the features that makes for the wonder that is Scrivener.

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But on the right side there’s nothing – unless you turn on the Inspector Bar. Just click View and glide down to reveal the Layout menu and there it is. Upon turning this tool-bar on you find a number of features that may at first beguile you as mundane functions. However, the Inspector was designed with a purpose: managing your content. You’ll notice that there are several buttons at the bottom of the Inspector as well as several arrows. Let’s take a look at the features available, some of which you may find useful based on your type of writing projects.

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Scriv Inspector Notes1. Notes: this first button includes several features that can be collapsed or left open. Synopsis shows the notecard that also appears in the corkboard and it can be closed by clicking the arrow beside the feature title. Next, there’s Meta-Data which allows you to manage the status of the particular document in which you are working and it can also be closed. These two features stay available on the first three buttons. Last is the Documents Notes where you can add all kinds of pertinent information to your work as if they were sticky notes.

Sciv Inspect DocRefs2. Click on the next button over to reveal Document References. This is where you can add Scrivener and external links either of which you may frequently use for reference. This can be especially handy for non-fiction writing where lots of research at the click of your mouse can save you a lot of time.

Scriv Inspect Keywords3. Moving over again you will find Keywords. This is where you can add all kinds of frequently used terms from your project. It’s a helpful location for keeping character and location names organized for quick reference. Writing fantasy, this is a big help for me since you can forget some details and need references in an accessible location.

Scriv Inspect CMD4. The next button over is Custom Meta-Data which allows you to tweak meta-data settings for your project to suite your tastes. This is a great place for c0-authors to designate their tasks by color for differentiation.

5. The next to last button is for Snapshots. If you haven’t used this feature previously, it Scirv Inspect Snapshotstakes a snapshot of your current work which is useful when you want to make changes but might want to revert back to the original. Click the +/- buttons to add and remove snapshots. There’s also the Rollback button available to switch back to the previous version.

Scriv Inspect CF6. Last, there the Footnotes and Comments button which is where you can add these to your non-fiction. The comments feature is similar to the same one in Word and can be useful whether you are writing fiction or non-fiction.

These are all extremely helpful tools for fiction and/or non-fiction writing. They are easily found from the Inspector to allow users to quickly manage content. Some of these functions may bear further discussion in later posts. A number of these features may or may not seem useful at first glance, however you may want to give them a try to see if they help you develop your project more efficiently. If you are c0-authoring a book this is a great way to keep things straight between the two of you.

Book Cover Green Top & Bottom Cover - CopyHave you use the Inspector bar much or at all? Please share your thoughts and ideas in the comments section. Sign up for my Archer’s Aim Digest mailing list to receive the forthcoming edition of my newsletter with announcements about upcoming releases and events (this months volume has already gone out). You’ll be the first to have news about my books, especially some free offers this summer related to the upcoming release of The Bow of Destiny, the first novel of The Bow of Hart Saga. Anyone who reserves a copy by 8/7 on Barnes & Noble, Kobo or iBooks (via the iTunes app) and emails me the screen-shot of the order will also receive a free coupon to download my e-book short story, The Black Bag containing a sample chapter of The Bow of Destiny. Additionally, August’s free e-book: Trading Knives is now available on Kobo, iBooks, Smashwords, Barnes & Noble & Amazon.

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The Week in Review – 8/21/15

BTR-BTC BadgeHere’s another review of the week for those interested in what’s appeared on the blog this week and what I’ve been reading.

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New From Archer’s Aim This Past Week:

Blog Tour Featuring Joy Nwosu Lo-Bamijoko

On Your Mark! Get Set! Start Using Scrivener!

To the Bleeding Edge and Beyond!

Fantasy Authors Unplugged: Meeting Authors from Brain to Books Blog Tour Pt. 4

Shake the Shakes, Don’t Sweat the Sweats – Preparing for an Interview

Goodreads: Books I’ve Reviewed Recently

5 Ways by Rachel WatsonReblogs From The Past Week:

5 Ways to Stimulate Your Creativity by Rachel E. Watson

Write Anything Wednesday – August 19, 2015

#RRBC’S BETHANY TURNER “PAY IT FORWARD” WEEK – Mistral Dawn

7 things you can do with Evernote and feedly [Pro]

Brain to Books Blog Tour Echo Fox

 

What I’ve Been Reading:

I’ve been reading two posts from Michael Hyatt this week: How to Create the Ultimate Online Media Kit & What Every Author Should Know About Radio and Television Interviews.

For my fellow Scrivener fans: 6 Reasons Scrivener is Better than Word.

Here’s some good information about fighting scenes from Fantasy Faction.

Need to create a fantasy language? Here’s some tips from a Daniel Adorno’s guest post on Mythic Scribes. If you are a fantasy writer take some time on this site where there are a number of very thoughtful and helpful posts.

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The Week Ahead:

Scrivener will be featured twice this coming week as I shift from a Monday to a Friday schedule to accommodate all the book release events during the month of September. There will be an RRBC Spotlight Blog Tour on Wednesday as well as more authors featured in Fantasy Authors Unplugged.

The Bow of DestinyWriting News:

I’ve uploaded a preliminary manuscript version of The Bow of Destiny to Smashwords already. This weekend I expect to upload to Amazon and put that into pre-sale status so those who have been waiting to reserve a copy there should see it soon. Follow my Amazon page to receive updates on the book and shelve it on Goodreads to be reminded when it’s available. For those who missed it, here’s the link for the interview on Beyond the Cover. Also, the Brain to Books Blog Tour appearance is coming up on 8/31. I have another interview coming up in December so check the News page for more event announcements. See below for all the links to Trading Knives. The biggest news of all on the week is that the last beta-reader was extremely positive about The Bow of Destiny. There are a few tweaks to work on but I’m really enthused about the release and the events next month.

Please share your thoughts and ideas in the comments section. Sign up for my Archer’s Aim Digest mailing list to receive the forthcoming edition of my newsletter with announcements about upcoming releases and events (this months volume has already gone out). You’ll be the first to have news about my books, especially some free offers this summer related to the upcoming release of The Bow of Destiny, the first novel of The Bow of Hart Saga. Anyone who reserves a copy by 8/7 on Barnes & Noble, Kobo or iBooks (via the iTunes app) and emails me the screen-shot of the order will also receive a free coupon to download my e-book short story, The Black Bag containing a sample chapter of The Bow of Destiny. Additionally, August’s free e-book: Trading Knives is now available on Kobo, iBooks, Smashwords, Barnes & Noble & Amazon.

Trading Knives 1 Black Bag Cover 7

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