Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Two 4 Tuesday

 
There's a lot to love right now. Amazingly pleasant weather, gorgeous flowers, crawfish finally being in season, the fact that I can't choose a story, but am actually very, very eager to write. Lots o' good stuff going on.
 
But if I must narrow it down to two...
 
 
 
Sunday night's soap opera featuring an innocent-little-girl-turned-ninja-tactician-kick-arse-beeotch has the best of both worlds: fantastic script writing and exceptionally memorable characters. Nouveau riche pretty girl Emily Thorne (played by Emily VanCamp) arrives in the Hamptons and quickly rents the posh beach house next to one of the wealthiest families on the planet: the Graysons (Madeleine Stowe & Henry Czerny). Thing is, this isn't her first time around the Richie Rich block: she was practically raised in the very home in which she now lives. Way back in the day (gosh, I don't think I've said that since the 90's), her father was framed for an act of terrorism, sent to prison for life, and eventually murdered on the playground (or whatever they call the enclosed places outside where everyone chills and trades smokes). Emily's sole purpose? Getting revenge on the family who framed her father. Wonder of wonders--uh huh,  you guessed it--this so happens to be the Graysons.
 
This show is, as Rachael Ray loves to say, deeeee-lish. Admittedly, I got a little worried when this second year came about, because at first it wasn't (to me) living up to the standards of the unforgettable, nail-biting thrills of the previous season. But here lately? The writers are kicking butt and taking names. No, wait. That's Emily. If you haven't watched, the first season's available on Netflix. Queue it up!
 
2. PAGES
 
 
When I decided way back when to start writing during my lunch break, I dutifully brought my laptop to work with me everyday. No big deal. Heavy and a little bulky, especially when I carry a purse and lunch, but if I expected to be professional and get stuff done... You get my drift. Then, The Hubby came up with this idea to get me an iPad. I protested adamantly for at least a good half hour, testifying to the ridiculousness of the expense, since I already had a Kindle (that barely worked half the time, but still!) as well as a trusty laptop, et cetera, et cetera.
 
"Well, what if an iPad app exists that enables you to work on your manuscript?"
 
"OK. You have my attention."
 
Pages is great, folks. Easy to use. Pretty much fool proof, other than the fact that it doesn't like the fancy fonts I use to mark chapters, but it changes them to something else, and we're good to go. All you do is drop your chaps in iCloud, and boom! They show up on the app in wee little word documents. Manipulation and editing is easy, and it works great with a wireless keyboard. Not to mention it's a great deal more portable, and when you're a mom, portability is everything (Can I fit two full size bottles, five diapers, wipes, a burp cloth, toys, a thermometer, travel Tylenol, snacks, plus all my girl-stuff into this one purse? What do you mean, no??!)
 
Writers, what do you use for writing on the go? Laptop? iPad? Is there an app out there I don't know about? Has anyone seen Ironman 3 yet?
 
Peace, Love, and Junior Mints,
 

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3 comments

Andrew Leon said...

I, um, actually use a notebook, like an actual spiral notebook, and a pen. I know, how old-fashioned of me.

Bonnie Rae said...

Last year Jan got me one of the new super slim Asus laptops. It is super light and doesn't take up much space at all. I can fit it in my purse which is perfect for me.

Iron Man 3 ROCKS!!! Also, so did the Great Gatsby!!

Alyssia Kirkhart said...

@Andrew Nothing at all wrong with that. In fact, one of my dearest friends who writes fantasy does this very thing. She feels most comfortable penning ideas in her own hand.

@Bonnie VERY cool! Lightweight is definitely the way to go, when you're... you know... on the go. ;)

Psyched to hear Ironman and Gatsby were great. Can't wait to see 'em!

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