Author Inspiration and This Week’s Writing Links

As promised, I’m back to the regular post this week. And here’s my quote for you, via Neil Gaiman.

Good Writing Day

Ah, Neil Gaiman. He knows his stuff.

I had good days and bad this week. All told, though, I can’t complain. I’ve recently downloaded Dragon, the dictation software, and if I can figure out all the glitchy issues I’m dealing with, I think it’s going to pay off. Big time.

As for the “nothing else matters” part, I’m not totally onboard. I think God, country, family, and friends matter more. But looking at the sentiment from a purely professional standpoint, I agree. Bad days are from Hell, but good days are a blessing.

Hoping you had a week filled with many good days, and wishing you even better days next week.

And now, this week’s links:

Posts by me, about my work, or at sites I contribute to:

Posts by others in the industry:

45 thoughts on “Author Inspiration and This Week’s Writing Links

  1. Great quote, and so true! I’m going to echo what Jessica said: Let us know how things go with Dragon. After the last post on SE about Dragon, I’m seriously considering it, but there’s always that hesitation. And then I’m worried I’ll have to get a new computer just to run it (then again, that might be a great excuse hee-hee).

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    • So long as I keep my RAM down, it’s going well. I just discovered an issue (of my own making). I have a character named Cap. “Cap” is a command in Dragon, though (to capitalize a letter). So instead of getting:

      “I have to ask Cap a question.”

      I’m getting:

      “I have to ask A question.”

      The solution is to switch to Spelling Mode. It only takes a couple of seconds longer. The biggest problem is remembering to do that. I am getting faster, though.

      The biggest problem occurs when I try to edit and write at the same time, something I HAVE to do (it’s part of my process) but most writers (Dragon or not) say not to do. The software, combined with my limited knowledge of the commands, starts to do odd things then.

      But so far, I do recommend the app.

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  2. Love the quote, but I’m a such a Gaiman fan, almost anything he says resonates with me. Love the links this week, too, and I’m also stuck for a title on my current WIP, something that’s never happened to me before. Will be checking that one and the rest out as soon as I can. Thanks, Staci! Have a great weekend! 🙂 ❤

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  3. Great quote, though now I’m getting older the ‘nothing else matters’ doesn’t hold true- if you know what I mean 🙂 lol
    Hope you have a productive week, Staci. I’m getting seriously tempted to try Dragon!

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  4. I use Dragon for long scripts and it’s so helpful. It took a little while to recognize my voice properly, but that was expected. My voice is very low. Best of luck with it! Happy writing. 🙂
    Thanks so much for the awesome share, too. Happy Friday! 🙂

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  5. Nice to have you back! Hopefully, I can get back to blogging on a regular basis soon, too, LOL!

    The book title link was especially helpful to me this go round, as I’m currently entertaining title options for book 3 of Hode’s Hill. Thank ye! 🙂

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    • New stories are exciting, but you had me at “new baby”. I’m thrilled for you. Hope you had a great time, a wonderful holiday, and get caught up quickly.

      Best wishes with the new releases. If you’d like to do a guest post here as part of your promo, I’m happy to host you.

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      • The new baby is another grandson. My daughter and her family live on the Isle of Thanet, which like lots of Isles in the British Isles is not an island, though it was once! On line a couple of years ago I discovered Thanet Writers; anyone living in the area, or with a connection, could join and submit stories, articles and poems. They publish these daily on their website and recently with some more funding from Arts Council England were able to publish a paperback, which by strange coincidence emerged from the printers at much the same time as the human baby entered the world.

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  6. Hey… I’m guessing you haven’t realised it’s me…

    Maria, superwifeandmummy… But that’s a huge secret so delete that previous sentence!!!

    Hope you’re well, Staci xxx

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    • Well, I haven’t used it in the shower, so I can’t testify to that. I have a Mac, and the software seems to be better for PC platforms. Having said that, when it works, it’s pretty convenient. I still have to figure out the fastest, easiest way to do things like spelling corrections and formatting, but it’s already making me faster. The problem for me is that sometimes it quits, then I can’t get it to restart. I’m fairly certain it’s a RAM issue. But even with all the glitches I’m experiencing, I’d still recommend it to writers. Hope that helps.

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  7. Neil Gaiman seems to write and talk in quotes … a great one from him and when the writing flows everything seems perfect for that moment. I’m having a few quibbles and snync problems with scrivener so off to read that article! Happy Weekend, Staci! 😀🌺

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