Outlining Madness

Today I'm drinking a lovey lychee black tea from Franklin Tea, a local tea shop here in Nashville.  It has a subtly sweet, comforting flavor that almost reminds me of chocolate.  I've chosen it because I need some comfort right now.

I'm glad my snuggle buddies are here too.  They always know how to cheer me up. 

I'm glad my snuggle buddies are here too.  They always know how to cheer me up. 

Background music: Mediaeval Baebes on shuffle.  I often listen to them while writing.

So what's got me so down?   I spilled water on my laptop tonight.  I know I'm being stupid...for lots of reasons.  It's just stuff, and I have backup plans for backup plans built upon safeguards, so logistically it's not that big a deal.  Like I said, I'm being stupid.  Really stupid.  I just hate the idea that I've potentially messed something up so bad.  Laptops are not cheap.  I don't want to be a burden, financial or otherwise, on anyone, and I hate the idea that I might have ruined an expensive piece of equipment.  I've taken action.  I've done all I can.  Now I just have to wait and see if I killed it.  *Sigh* I hate waiting.

As far as writing, I've been busy lately, which makes me happy.  Fun fact: I never used to write outlines.  For anything.  Ever.   When I wrote papers in college, I usually waited until the night before, sometimes had half an idea of what I was going to write about, and would then start pounding away on my keyboard with some Mountain Dew to keep me company.  Possibly not the best strategy, but I got really good grades on my papers, so I guess that speaks well of...something.

I've learned that outlines are really helpful, though!  Who'da thunk?   I currently have outlines written up for three separate books.  *Gasp!* I know.  I'm shocked too.  I've never actually written a book with an outline before, so knowing where I'm going and what I'm doing beforehand is kind of blowing my mind.  Granted, they're not very outliney outlines, more like a passably organized collection of notes.  I have plot skeletons assembled, though, plus characters, their parts, landscapes and scene descriptions, the whole nine!  Craziness.  As much of a planner as I am, you think I'd have been doing this for a long time.  Nope.  Now I just have to write the books, which is the most fun part!

The Goodreads giveaway for an autographed, pre-release copy of Out of the Shadows is still open, so go ahead and enter if you haven't yet.  I'll wait...

Here's the link to enter:  https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/202679-out-of-the-shadows


*Elevator music* Ba dum ba dum dum do do da... 

All done?  Fantastic!

in other news, I've been playing with doodling apps.  I've said it before, I'll say it again: I am not an artist.  Even still, I really enjoy drawing.  I tried playing with Paper 53 for a minute, but I couldn't get the hang of it quickly enough.  I also almost gave Bamboo Paper a proper try, but I'd already gotten used to SketchBook Express, so I couldn't be bothered.  SBX is the most similar to the (ancient) version of Photoshop I use, so I've already settled on that.  Look!  I did a picture of Hermione Granger from the Harry Potter series! 


I got the idea for the brown background while doodling on a napkin today.  I also really like the variety and quality of the different brushes in SBX.  What apps or programs do you proper artists use? 

Thanks for reading!