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Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Read It and Weep ;-)

Okay, okay, so I'm experiencing a tiny bit of frustration with the formatting of my text through It may simply be because I'm not actually texting in my text (I can't believe I just typed that phrase and my computer didn't explode ;-). I can't text in my text. I'm Pennsylvania Dutch.

What the heck does that have to do with anything, you may well wonder! We tend to have short, thick fingers. Hmm. Pretty often we have short, thick waists, too, come to think of it. So we are doubly damned in this era of high fashion models and text-messaging ;-). Besides the fact I live out (waaay out) in the countryside and must drive about 5 miles to get a cell signal. So, old-fashioned me, I'm typing my text in from my laptop ;-). For some reason the formatting doesn't stick (I've contacted tech support and I'm sure they'll educate me appropriately :-). But until they can help me out, I have huge single paragraphs that run the length of entire chapters.

Don't get me wrong--it's still readable, but it looks daunting. I can just imagine ADHD readers' heads exploding when they glimpse my first chapter (maybe that's just the certified teacher in me, though). I noticed some of the other writers actually have theirs looking like you could read it on a cell phone--I wonder if they texted (yikes--is that proper conjugation?) their text in from a cell phone.

So, I'm just waiting to see what I need to do to make my stuff more readable before I post too much more. I'm liking my story thus far, I'm liking the site (other than this little snare) and their founder. I haven't chatted with any of the other board members, but I'm sure they're decent, too :-).

Maybe tomorrow after I drop my kid off at his summer program I'll try seeing if I can access the site on my cell phone. I'm curious to see what it looks like on the cell phone screen, too.

Once I'm happier with the look of it, I'll link so you can pop right over to my story (because of course you will :-). Until then I'm afraid you're eyes will bleed if my chapters are too long. Perhaps I need to study the venue a bit more...

Anyhow--I'm having fun with writing my TextNovel--still learning the ropes!

Keep writing (and reading)!


Devil Mood said...

you are funny!
I understand, but also don't find it romantic at all to write a novel using a cell phone, I hate my phone. I'd probably use pen and paper first, then a typewriter and then put it to the computer lol

I look forward to hearing more about this, hope you can resolve your format problems.

Saoirse Redgrave said...

Hey Devil Mood :-)

Yeah, there is a certain lack of romance to the whole cell phone novel thing. Maybe if my phone didn't look like some throw-back to the 80s it'd work better to evoke the right romance-writing mood ;-). Luckily I chose to try a YA Fantasy (Anne Bonny-related, as she's a current curiosity) for my TextNovel submission.

Pen and paper? Ah, I remember those days... Unfortunately my handwriting (and general organizational skills) are such that if I could keep track of the papers I'd still need a better eyeglass prescription to figure out what I wrote. lol

Stan (the TextNovel founder) has actually been jumping right into the fray to try and make sure these things are corrected. It'd figure the loudmouth textnovelist of the TextNovel site (me, in case you dared wonder ;-) would encounter the strange glitches and potential bugs.

He's hoping to have it all resolved pretty fast. :-)

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