Housekeeping

I’m trying something new in an effort to blog more consistently. Everyone loves alliterative blog prompts, right? Good. Here are the ones I’ve come up with.

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  • Media Mondays – Commentary on movies, tv shows, music, basically any kind of pop culture and entertainment media. Except stuff that uses the internet as its primary medium. I’ll save that for…
  • Web Wednesdays -Web fiction. Web nonfiction. Blogs. Vlogs. Memes. Teh Interwebs. Stuff in this category may overlap with…
  • Frivolity Fridays – Style, food, pets, personal anecdotes, just random stuff that amuses me at the moment. The main requirement is no seriousness whatsoever. That’ll go on the occasional…
  • Serious Sundays – This will probably not be a weekly thing. But when I want to write about a serious philosophical social justice issue, it’ll go here.

None of these will be hard and fast rules. Some posts I want to write won’t fit neatly into one of these four categories. Sometimes I’ll want to post about current events on the day they happen, and if current events won’t accommodate Jon Stewart’s schedule, I’m guessing they don’t care too much about mine. And of course, the whole reason I started this blog was to gain visibility as an author, so posts about my writing projects (especially Thalia’s Musings) will take precedent over everything.

Okay, then. We’ll see how this goes and how long it takes me to swap it out for a totally different system. Have a great weekend!

Scrivener, Part Deux

(Here’s Part One)

While getting Snarled Threads ready for ebook release, I made a few more notes about Scrivener specifics that I’d forgotten from the first time around (which less than a month ago, so I have a pretty sad memory). So, here it is: How To Format Your F#%&ing Ebook Without Losing Your Mind, Part II.

Naming Chapters

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Fig. 1

See the grey sidebar on the left, hereafter referred to as the binder? Notice how I’ve opened a few of the folders so you can see the documents inside them. I labeled the folders with chapter numbers for ease of navigation and labeled the documents inside with “[Numeral]. Title” for the actual Table of Contents, which Scrivener creates for you.

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

While I was compiling the ebook, under “Contents” I selected the texts from the folders but NOT the folders themselves (see the checkmarks?). This gave me a Table of Contents that listed the chapters by numeral and title, just like the titles of the documents.

Fig. 3
Fig. 3

I retained my formatting, including my chapter headers (bold, centered, 18-pt, double space above text) in the Formatting checklist. See all those boxes? Check ONLY the ones in the “Text” column. Make sure all the other boxes are unchecked. And see that dropdown menu that says “Custom”? It can say “Ebook.” Make it say “Custom” unless you want your entire text to be left justified with indented paragraphs and no paragraph spacing. I prefer full justified text with spaces between paragraphs in an ebook. Plus, as you’ll see, I had some sections that required special formatting.

Poetry

Several chapters in Snarled Threads feature poetry. Some of it is my own, and some of it is borrowed from a public domain translation of the poems of Sappho. Keeping the verse format and putting proper citation in footnotes was essential. Here’s how I did it.

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Fig. 4

The verse text is left justified while the main text is full justified. I inserted the footnotes in MS Word before I copied and pasted the text into Scrivener. Fig. 4 shows how the footnotes appear in Scrivener. Don’t worry, once you compile the draft into a MOBI or ePub file, you get little numbers and corresponding notes at the end of the book just like your original document. Just make sure you select “Text” for Formatting during the Compile stage like in Fig. 3.

Random Weird Stuff

Part of Snarled Threads is told through physician’s notes made by a doctor who blacked out her patients’ names and struck through some of her medical observations. Warning: The next image contains plot SPOILERS.

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Fig. 5

Scrivener kept the strike-throughs from Word, but I had to redo to the black highlight marker. The ePub version I previewed in Calibre (still cannot get my NOOK app to preview self-made files) shows a black highlight over black text as in the image. The MOBI version I previewed in my Kindle app shows a black highlight over brown text, which looks even cooler imo since you can actually see what’s been “censored”.

Want to see how it turned out? Watch this blog for Snarled Threads‘ release date! In the meantime, check out my first book, A Snag in the Tapestry, for Kindle or NOOK.