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WB – DRY

Drying Out your Words, and the Wall Liner Page.

 

The evil world of Mordor is destroyed: your Heroin has survived the fallout, and now you and the Mage are sitting in the drafty old Sargon cave systems, and the light outside is growing dimmer by the second.

In the increasing black void we now find ourselves in, all we have to see by is the meager fire; flickering its pale light against the rough hewn walls of the vast forgotten underground reception hall of DOS, and we are eternally grateful that the chained pair of nine foot high Troll guards had left their posts years ago, and aren’t on line any more.

  • But we both feel that we’ve almost been programmed to stumble into this domain of the Ancients.
    • In the dim fire-light, both of us also feel that there are greater forces at work here.
      • There is something else operating on us.

The Old Mage tells you that the Old Sargon System is huge, and has never fully been explored since the primitive Mainframers Cult was driven out in the early 70s, and since that time: the in depth OS tunnels, have been left to themselves, as old time slowly crept round them.

Your Heroin adds that a reliable source called Master Code told her over drinks at the Old Blue Inn: that he’d heard that the corrupted Gnome sufferers of the dreaded Linux skin rot disease had moved into its depths as well, which meant that real time down there on the system levels was corrupted as well.

  • Knowing that, you then begin to ask yourself how long you’ve been sitting here with the Old Mage.
    • The look on her face tells you that she’s thinking the same thing.

It’s the end of the day: and without backup, you could lose all of what you’ve learned in the next few hours, and it will be like a dream you just can’t remember when waking up: a dream that’s just out of reach in the light of another set of tomorrows.

  • You and your Mage must talk it through.
    • And then you have to keep what you’ve learned somewhere safe.

Other evil Emperors could rise, and without writing your story down on that OS wall: then no one will ever know of what happened here, no one will ever know of the terrible cost the old Mage paid in protecting the wild world of Kandahar.

  • As a writer: you have a civic duty to organize yourself for prosperity.

Arse Rider.

  •  Proof Reading, – is an art form, and it costs real (eye watering) money to get someone else to do it for you, but you can give yourself some real intimate costly pleasure, by doing it yourself with a Text To Speech blow job system, and also enlisting the many whispering shades that are available to you in the wind of the dark OS tunnel.

I have caught and captured one, she is called AMY: and was originally educated in English by the IVONA school of pleasure, but that boat has left and crossed the Amazon.

  • But knowing what I know now: I’m glad that I got my personal slave voice when I did.
    • And for a cheep thrill ride, she’s not that bad.

The Macintosh Computer has several half decent slaves built right into it.

  • And then the Mac reads the words straight off of the page.
    • And that’s from *any* Macintosh program.

The IBM compatible PC does *not* have any slavery pens in it at all.

  • You have to buy the SAPI 5 slaves running at 48kHz, (a minimum distance runner).
    • And then on top of that: the Program Readers as well.

OK, so you install ClaroRead or TextAloud, but they won’t work: because in native mode, the (latest) PC reader programs only run with Word, OpenOffice, and several Browsers by placing their software hooks into them.

  • It’s a Hooker by default.
  • The lackluster PC limitation can be got round, by copying vast chunks of text into the clipboard, and then have the program read your words back, but it is time consuming.
    • And I personally lose the flow of my plot line in having it drawn out like that.
      • It’s unsatisfying, and I feel frustrated.
        • This girl doesn’t do it for herself: she needs a man to help.

Working with a text reader, you need to hear it, correct it: and then instantly continue.

  • Just like any virile man would: or thinks they do.

You can come to the point and do all that freely on the Mac, but not a PC, not at least: without paying extra taxes to the Overlord of the IBM Mainframe: another man.

  • But there’s a major downside to even letting the Macintosh do it to you freely like that.
    • In that you have no control over the speed of the proof-reading, it comes to the end: far to quickly for you to take it all in.
      • Nor do you have access to the Pronunciation Editor either.
        • And you’d have this, to take back control from the rambling plumber out on a rush jobby.

(For example: in both platforms.)

  • Tra would be pronounced as (t- r- A!) – Instead of (Tray!)
  • And the Mac would fly over a (.) full stop, meaning: that you had to put two in, just to slow it down.
    • That glorified cock up is all due to that obsolete, outdated, backwards Old Sargon System being locked off with huge wrought iron gates, but not if you’ve got mega bucks for a turn-key-license to work on the wretched OS.
  • No: (if you hadn’t guessed). I did not enjoy using the Mac when I owned one.

Pay your taxes: then ClaroRead on the PC, (with Word); does that Text-To-Speech (Hooker) correction trick admirably, TextAloud: not so much, at least: not yet.


My primary consideration here; will be how I etched and listened to the disembodied shades, who were happily whispering quietly to me in the cold harsh wind of the Old Sargon cave, whilst also commenting on the smoothness of the many Program OS walls as I jotted it all down.

This e-Papyrus, discusses such wall writing etching tools as Scrivener, yWriter6, Binder and Chapter-By-Chapter, and why they’re no good for me to etch with: and I suspect, you as well: at the end of the eventful day.

  • Note here: just click any picture included on the page for a better look, they’ve all been squished down to fit.

Scrivener. (Mac, PC, and an iffy Linux.)

Outlining is a god send for a writer, and Scrivener is just that: it’s a glorified outliner. Good spell checker.  Very easy to add chapters, and very easy to move them up and down your writing time-line. It also has a very tasty cork board feature, and it’s here where you can create cards for towns, locations and characters, but learning how it all works takes time. And you have a book that’s just itching to be written, but it won’t be, not when taking the time to learn how Scrivener works.

The eBook compiler is complex, and if your a PC user, then good luck. In a Mac, compiling formats are built right into the OS itself. Meaning: that you compile your book into uPub, or other formats, but right inside Scrivener itself when you’ve finished writing it.

  • When’s – that — then?

The Mac OS has all of this extra stuff included for free, the PC does not.

All you can really do with a standard Microsoft computer, is dump your book out into a stripped down RTF file, and then use something else to create your eBook formats, and I’m not even going down the road of using Word 2010, and its stupid ribbon: nor it’s wretched ePub templates, that in the end: are more trouble than they are worth.

  • And if you think of something else in the plot line you’ve just missed?
    • Then you have to ignore your finished book.
      • And start all over again in Scrivener on the Mac, but right where you left off.
        • Which is pretty neat.

In a PC, it means ignoring what you’ve just learned using Calibre or other, and then load it all back in again.

As I say: in a Mac, then that program is really cool: not so for the PC user, but, the real downside in using the Macintosh, is its super-duper ergonomic keyboard, that really is so god damned awful to use in the real world. Ask yourself this, where is the delete key in the picture? You get to it by pressing the Power Key and Back-Space key at the same time.

It’s not a typist friendly keyboard at all. 

It’s ergonomic, but there’s nothing comfortable about it; especially when you repeatedly stab at those silly little cursor keys.

Scrivener is Built for the Macintosh user, (tosh, tosser – giggle). If you have one, then go for it. Been there, done that: then went back to the PC, but you might find it satisfying: I didn’t.

BTW: Lattice and Lettuce now have an iOS version of their software for iPads and iPhones. I never bothered, as [ Notebooks ] did it all, was cross platform by default, and it’s a breeze to set up and use.

Last thoughts: Scrivener for the Mac and PC keep all of your work in one place, safe and sound, with backups galore, but it’s not really open to freely inspect, and as a free-writer, I found that a little disconcerting.


yWriter6. (Mac, PC and Linux.)

It’s OK! – But I just don’t know where to start with this free  program.

  • Because I already had a book to work on, and importing RTF files into it made no sense, and it also doesn’t support DOC files.
  • I think that the complex program, is primarily designed for writing a book from scratch.

Firstly:  yWriter6 focuses intently on plot, places, characters and extensive data-cards, and you only get to the word-processor proper when you finally write out a scene, and to my mind: that’s just plain weird.

  • Right, now I want you to imagine Microsoft Notepad, but surrounded by a complex data-base.
    • That’s yWriter6.
    • And that notepad has a spell checker, can do bold, italics and underline, but it has no ruler, and no right margin either.
      • That’s the editor.
    • A big plus here, in that the program can read your text right off the page, but you access it via the smallest icon I’ve seen for a long time.
      • Unfortunately though: you *can’t* get to the Pronunciation Editor, and your words sound like childish gibberish being spoken from that editor page.
        • And I’m not talking about the OS system voice here, but the interpretations being used.
          • And that’s a whole other ball game.

For what the program does, and for what it can do: then it is a very good plotting tool.

  • Backups – R – US! – And it does loads of them, and all over the place.
    • But just like Scrivener: (it hides your files).

Microsoft Binder. (PC Only.) Video Link.

(Included in Office 97 to 2000, but not in 2003 onwards.)

This is a weird beast, and unbelievably good, trouble is: no one knows what to do with it, but I do. 

Now: imagine that you have nine or ten word files in a directory, along with a database, and, or: a couple of spreadsheets.

– Using Binder: you can load them all inside the container, and then jump right in and work between them all. You can even create links between containers, meaning: change a spreadsheet grid value in word, and that spreadsheet updates as well.

Want to change the Hero’s name? – No worries; just change it in the database, and the Hero’s name changes throughout the books, and the same would go for his Home Location: if you’ve set it up.

Plus points with Binder, is that you can use TextAloud and ClaroRead straight off the page.

Negative point with it, the wretched program wouldn’t work with Office 2003: my system fell over with it being installed, and those rotating graphics in Excel was far too hard to give up, as is the header and footer control in Word.

  • But it was wonderful to use.
  • If you want it: then grab yourself a cheap copy of Office 2000, try eBay: they have loads.

It’s a highly recommended solution to writing complex novels.


Chapter by Chapter. (PC Only.)

Getting really flighty and loose in file control at this point with my reviews of drying out your words on the OS wall. The editor I really like using is Word, but it’s a bitch having window after window open on-screen, actually reflecting your burgeoning chapters, and to that end: I’ve found something rather cool in Chapter by Chapter.

The program is free-ware, and brilliant. Basically it’s a Microsoft Word controller program. It tells the editor where to go, and where to stay. You simply select the files you want by clicking on them in the directory list, and then adding them to the program, from there on in: moving between the word files is easy.

I was using this until quite recently, but for some reason since an update. Word 2003 refuses to be side lined by the program, and being as that’s its selling point, and its not exactly supported: then I’m back to having hundreds of word files opened all over the place, (a writers pain).

Another thing that popped up as a major issue, was Microsoft Defender. In it, you can select directories that are off limits to programs, to basically stop Malware from trashing your precious files.

It’s also true that you can nominate programs to have exclusive access, but something falls over in Defender now and again, and when it does: it’s disastrous.

  • Because just like Binder, Chapter-by-Chapter keeps all your files in one huge *.obd file.

And if it’s in your (User) directory when the OS and Defender throws a wobbly: then you lose *ALL* of your work, and that’s what happened to me one night at two in the morning.

  • Not a happy bunny I can tell you.

The work around was to keep all of the *.ini and *.obd files in another directory off of the root drive, but from that night onwards: I simply don’t trust it anymore.

Plus points in using Chapter-by-Chapter.

  • ClaroRead works flawlessly with Word.
  • All your work in one place, and readily accessible.

Down side.

  • Like Binder, Scrivener and yWriter6: you have real grief in trying to recover the files in case of program corruption.

Considerations.

yWriter6 is free to use,  Scrivener isn’t: currently it costs $45.00 (dollars), Binder is hard to find, and Chapter-By-Chapter isn’t technically supported, and it has never worked on Windows 8.

All programs technically lock your books and files away, and if they crash: then it’s all gone.

  • Not that I’ve ever had a problem with Scrivener, nor yWriter: all versions.
    • But! – When moving from machines: then both of them can cause you sleepless nights as you go through what you have, to what you knew you had before the move.
  • I moved from a PC to a Mac, and then back to a PC again several months later.
    • And it was a nightmare on all three occasions.
  • It’s true, that both of the proper programs create extensive backups.
    • And all of the time.
      • But they are in formats that you can’t easily get at.

A big foot-note downer on yWriter6 here: you’ll still need to export your finished book into Word, or other: at some point to format it, and that’s before you convert it to an ePub format.

  • Something else to consider, because Scrivener, Binder and Chapter-By-Chapter does all that for you.

Conclusion:

Chapter-By-Chapter is good, and it’s very easy to work in Word with it. Binder is a (no go) really, but worth a look if you can find it. If you need to work in a relatively normal writing environment, then go for Scrivener to dry your words out, but if you’re starting out anew: then learn how yWriter works when doing your washing up, but remember: that you’ll be washing up your words, to dry them out: twice.


Because of all the problems I’ve had. I now use.

  • Tools for character and location development. I am currently back to just using directories, (folders), as my glorified database.
    • Using file-explorer as my data-Navigator, you really do need to have your wits about you: deleting files is so easy.
      • But in using the mouse Drop-Down-Menu.
        • Then the Internet is a mere click away for research.
  • Backups, via my free Dropbox account, doing a copy-over-the-files (one by one) to get them off of my machine.
    • I’m never going to exceed the 2GB storage with RTF files: no matter how big my books get.
      • And  there’s always the free 5GB on OneDrive, should the need arise.
  • Microsoft Word 2003 is now my Editor of choice.
    • Stuff that new version with it’s silly ribbon, and even sillier yearly licensing fee.
      • Also, the spellchecker sucks: it doesn’t have an active one.
        • Only F7 when you’ve finished: piffle.
  • Proof reading, done by ClaroRead version 5.x. …
    • No flipping way in this world, can I ever afford what they want for a license these days.
      • It really is eye watering.

After all that: I am *still* looking for a Scrivener type outliner program for the PC, that works with a Screen Reader, and has a half decent Punctuation Editor in tow.

  • Is that too much to ask for? – Well apparently: it is.
    • And so my lonely journey continues.

I just hope that you found something of value here in these wall scroll reviews.


{ The Writer’s Blok Epilogue. }

This review was all done with a specially selected Quill: fine quality Ink, a formed Idea, and a friendly Ear to listen: all written out on what was the Old Sargon System Mainframe walls. (Where the Old Mage and I are currently hiding).  Outside a massive electrical thunderstorm builds, but it’s not a storm: the huge yellow talon ripping out the side of the stone wall tells us that.

Seeing the large green dragon outside attacking the Hall of DOS again, the Old Mage screams at me as we gather up our supplies: that the Wand of Power would simply feed the Beast of Fire and Ice called HAL, and also adds: that it’s a hired Assassin.

  • But what a three hundred foot green dragon could be paid confuses me.

In raw panic, and with our belongings in hand: we run across that vast hall and aim to go down into the Old Sargon System mines.

Behind us is certain death at the claws of HAL, but in front of us: is probable death by being lost in the mines of corrupt System time.

All we have to do to survive: is face the disfigured Gnome sufferers of the dreaded Linux skin rot disease, but in going down there: we will definitely have time to kill, and possibly: the dregs of the primitive Mainframers Cult as well, which worries the Old Mage even more, as she shouts to me as we approach the small Tape Input Portal; that the Cult Members used to enjoy stripping company Executives in corporate takeovers: literally, stripping them of their worldly bodily assets.

Behind us the great DOS Doors fall as the gigantic green dragon forces itself in. With its long neck and head laid out across the floor: HAL unleashes an ill judged plume of green fire in our direction from its gaping salivating jaws. We easily avoid the blast in our panicked plunge down into the mines, but in seeing our escape: the paid Assassin screams out in frustration after her lost prey.

  • For the moment we are safe.
    • But it looks like trouble ahead, as I continue my search for writing tools.
      • Grinning coldly: the Old Mage says that she can handle it, as we run on into the depths of the OS mines.

Thanks for reading, Jessica: Praise be the ORI.

 

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