Elle Griffin’s writing rituals

Elle Griffin:

Let it be known that I have never read another book or essay about how to write” since then—I’m too afraid of trying to adhere to someone else’s process instead of trusting my own. To write Obscurity, I wrote one chapter until I got it perfect, then I wrote another chapter until I got it perfect—by the time my manuscript was done, it was done. I only had to do some minor restructuring at the end.

I’m still figuring out what works for me. But I haven’t given up yet.

September 5, 2022 links

writing one sentence per line

Derek Sivers:

My advice to anyone who writes: Try writing one sentence per line. I’ve been doing it for twenty years, and it improved my writing more than anything else. New sentence? Hit [Enter]. New line.

Sometimes I forget this advice, and write a long and winding paragraph. I’ll read it over again, finding it doesn’t make sense. That’s when I find/replace a period with a hard return. I make sense of it. I put it back together.

September 5, 2022 links writing

July-August 2022 in Photos

September 2, 2022 photos

Trying some new Windows Apps

This morning I tried three new windows apps.

I wanted to see how I could connect my iPad to my windows PC.

  • Easy Canvas lets you plug your ipad into your pc over usb to create a second monitor with touch controls. Once you’ve connected over USB, it works over wifi (with a bit more latency). It’s CA $17 after a few days trial. We’ll see if I get there, but I see the value.

  • Input: Mouse and Keyboard is an iPad app that turns the screen into a giant trackpad for Windows. It works okay, but I’d love to see pen support to give it that wacom feel. It’s free, which is rare these days.

  • Mousemux is crazy. If you own two mice or two keyboards, it’ll allow both of them to work on one PC. Two cursors!

August 31, 2022 links windows technology

I wish this Substack feature existed in the 2000s Blog Scene

I was hesitant to subscribe to too many Substacks because I thought they always had to end up in your email inbox. I like newsletters, but I want to treat them like blogs. I do not want to treat my email as an RSS reader. Thankfully, if you use the substack app, there’s an option to just allow them to send you notifications to the app when there’s a new issue. That’s fine. So I’ve been subscribing to more Substacks, because if you hadn’t noticed, that’s where all the active blogging is happening on the internet now.

There’s one feature I really like. I just recently subscribed to Elle Griffin, and after I did, I was shown a pop-up to automatically subscribe to other blogs like it.

Obviously we had something like this in the 2000s in the blogroll. But that required the blog author making one, the reader checking it out, and then manually adding those blogs to a feed. One way that could have been integrated was automatically by an RSS Reader. But another could have been by the blog author themselves. You like my blog? Here’s a few others I think you’d also like.

Obviously social media sites do exactly this, but they suck at it.

August 30, 2022 blogs substack

Oh, just looking up carpel tunnel stretches. How are you?

August 29, 2022 thought