What To Expect In 2013

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Hi there.  I know I haven’t blogged much the past couple of weeks.  I didn’t intend to take that time off, it just happened.  Anyway, I thought I’d let you know my blog plans for 2013.

1.  Scrivener Quick Tips

Yes, I will be doing more Scrivnier Quick Tips this year. What I’d like to know is this: are there any specific things about Scrivener you’d like to see me tackle and explain?  So far, my posts have been 90% random as I discover things and about 10% based on questions people have asked me either online or during the Scrivener Workshop I gave at the end of the year.  So with that in mind, if you have something specific on your mind, now is the time to ask.  Put something in the comments and I’ll come up with a post.

2.  Writing Journal

As I continue my path as an author, I will continue my writing journals.  It should be an interesting journey this year as I intend to push myself harder with daily word counts independent of specific projects.  By that, I mean I’m going to shoot for (probably) 3000 words of fiction a day.  That could be on one project, or a couple.  The idea is to write no matter what.  In the past, I’ve run into ‘blocks’ or have stalled on a project and then spent days figuring my way out.  I’d rather just switch to another project and let my mind work it out while I’m still putting words to digital paper.  We’ll see how that goes and whether or not it works or if I have to adjust my thinking on the whole thing.

3.  Free fiction

Consumption_webI’m going to be releasing fiction throughout the year.  Probably once a month.  This fiction will be in many formats including eBook and audio.  You’ll have a way to get it for free, but also options to pay what you want for it.  I’ve done a lot of soul searching over the past couple of months and have come to the realization that my fiction isn’t doing anyone any good just sitting on my hard drive.  It needs to be out there where people can enjoy it, or tear it apart.  And if someone wants to give me a buck or two here and there to keep the fiction flowing, that would be nice too.  People who sign up for my email list will be notified when the fiction is available, and where they can download it for free.  Release here on the site will come later.  So sign up today and whitelist thenewuniverse.com so you never miss an email.

4.  Random Thoughts

I’ve backed off on these posts just a tad.  That’s more about me being distracted by other things than anything else.  I intend to continue these in 2013.

5.  Wednesday Doodles

These posts will continue because I love to doodle and you seem to like the posts. :)

6.  Conversations with my Cat

I’d like to continue these but of all the stuff I do around here, these are the ones most tied to mood.  We’ll see how it goes.

7.  Photo Fridays

Here’s the thing, these posts are great and fun, but I haven’t done a lot of traveling or mountain exploring this year.  That’s basically due to finances.  I’ve been unemployed now almost a year and money is really, truly tight.  I can’t justify in my own head a trip up to Estes or up I70 or Pikes Peak National Forest (all favorite spots) right now.  Maybe later on things will get better and I can make some trips into the mountains for some photos.  Until then, these posts will be few and far between. :/

8.  Friday Flicks

These will continue on.

Well, I think that’s it.  Thanks to everyone who found the blog in 2012 and welcome to folks discovering it in 2013.  Tell all your friends!

No, seriously.  Tell your friends.  Go right now.  It’s okay, I’ll wait for you to get back…

~P

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4 comments for “What To Expect In 2013

  1. January 7, 2013 at 9:42 am

    As far as the Scrivener Quick Tips goes, I’d like to see some posts dedicated to setting up formatting in Compile. I’ve got most of my own things sorted, but it would probably help a lot of people get something *out* of Scriv. And besides, I wouldn’t be surprised to have a “huh, I didn’t know about that” moment.

    You ought to consider charging something for your fiction, even 99 cents. If you publish through Smashwords, you can use coupons or other methods to offer your works for free during certain periods. You have enough connections that I think it would work fairly well for you.

    • Patrick Hester
      January 7, 2013 at 10:43 am

      Hi Larry,

      On Scrivener – I have a few posts on this already.

      1 - Compile for Submission or Printing – http://www.atfmb.com/2012/07/02/scrivener-quick-tip-compile-for-submission-or-printing/

      2 - Compile for Enumerated Outline – http://www.atfmb.com/2012/03/12/scrivener-quick-tip-compile-for-enumerated-outline/

      3 - Compile for Synopsis – http://www.atfmb.com/2012/03/05/scrivener-quick-tip-compile-for-synopsis/

      So, are you asking for something more in-depth? Drilling down into the various options? Or do you want something talking about creating your own, custom Compile settings? Or the other pre-fab options like Novel, Paperback, Short Story, etc.?

      Let me know and I’ll see what I can do :)

      On Free Fiction – I plan to release for free to my email list first. I will have paid options as you suggest as well, but there will always be something for free so people have a chance to read my stuff. I feel like I’ve been talking about my writing without showing my writing, and anyone who has ever written anything knows you need to show, not tell… ;-)

      ~P

      • January 7, 2013 at 2:46 pm

        Right. I go direct to eBook from Scrivener, and occasionally make an RTF for beta readers. I have the eBook formatting mostly sorted, but would like to see some in-depth things in case I missed something.

        Looking forward to seeing some of your stories!

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