Monday, July 07, 2008

My Precious

Hope everyone had a nice Holiday weekend.  I did, for my Alpha Smart came and I got a boat load of writing done.  I love it, cherish it, get tickled pink by the light weight, no wires, the two AA batteries that will keep it running for nearly a year, and more than anything I love that sense of glee when I plug it into the PC, hit send, and see all my words start magically speed-typing across the screen.  Dude.  It's the best.  I took it to the coffee shop on Friday and wrote 17 pages, came home and wrote 6 more pages.  I think over the entire weekend I amassed a little more than 50 pages.    

15 comments:

LeeAnn Flowers said...

Impressive. I spent the weekend digging out an old manuscript that I realized I was shopping as a novel that's better suited as a young adult. A change of title and rewriting it from third person to first got me going. Only got 50 some pages rewritten, but it's a good start. Now I have two books to shop.

Good luck and continue writing.

Kelly Gay said...

Ooh, very cool LeeAnn. Fifty pages is a great start!

Tia Nevitt said...

I got mine too! It came on Friday. I polished up a short story and got two file transfers worth of editing done on Starcaster. I have the rest of the novel loaded into positions 1, 2 and 3 and my short story in position 4, and I'm about to upload another short story to position 5. It's WONDERFUL. My daughter has been completely cool about it. I even prefer it over my computer, because I can type while lounging in my lazyboy.

Ok, now I need to write my review. I think I'll actually write it on the Neo, and upload it straight into Blogger.

Kelly Gay said...

I know!! It really makes life a whole lot easier when you have to be mobile. It's just as easy as taking a notebook everywhere, but it's awesome that you can just plug it in and it types it all in for you right into your Word doc. Saves so much time.

I'm so glad you like yours, too! Here's to us getting a bunch done!!

Mike Scherer said...

Kelly,

Even though I'm VERY old school when it comes to writing (yellow legal pad, xfer to laptop, etc.) I would be interested in the Neo. My one concern with the Alpha Smart has always been the small screen. Has this been a problem/issue with you?

Regards,
Mike

Kelly Gay said...

It's not a problem for me. I have it set up to do five lines of text. IMHO, the Neo is great for writing first drafts. Because of the small screen it's not ideal for editing (although others may find it's fine -- I prefer to edit once I get it into a Word document and can track my changes and make comments). The fact that the screen is small, makes me turn my internal editor off, therefore I'm getting more new material written; I don't sit down to write and end up reading and editing over what I did the day (or days) before.

Hope that helps! :)

Mike Scherer said...

Kelly,

Yup! Big help. I just may take the plunge.

Regards,
Mike

Tia Nevitt said...

Mike, I'm doing heavy revisions with my Neo. When I upload, I'm uploading it into a new file, then I plan to merge the file into a new copy of my novel. Word will mark all the revisions, and I can just accept all the revisions in the document and I'm done.

I don't think this will replace a crucial step in my revision process: the printout. I always print out my entire novel, because I usually catch more errors then. I also read it aloud.

Mike Scherer said...

Tia,
Thanks for the input -- much appreciated. I think this would be a big help with my fiction writing, but I do have a concern as to how the Neo will 'behave' when writing screenplays.

Kelly,
What's your opinion? Not a good option for writing screenplays? Any preloaded templates on the machine?

I promise I won't bother you with any more questions ;-)

Thanks,
Mike

Kelly Gay said...

No bother at all, Mike!

Since I have Final Draft on the other PC, let me type up some text in the Neo and see if it will put it into Final Draft. I'll get back to you in a little while with the results . . . as I'm curious about this myself.

Kelly Gay said...

Okay, test complete. It does put whatever text you type into Final draft -- as long as you're in an open document and the cursor is ready (blinking), however, it doesn't format the tabs correctly. That would be something you'd have to go through line by line and fix (maybe as you edit) or it could be too much work?? I guess it depends . . . On one hand, you'd probably get a rough draft written quickly on the Neo, and the time you save there would translate in time fixing the tabs. In the end, though, I'm not sure it would be a faster writing option . . . ??

Mike Scherer said...

Kelly,

Thanks.... something to ponder.

Regards,
Mike

S. E. Ward said...

Holy crap. Fifty pages? You're going to finish your rough draft in, what, a week? ;)

Ingrid said...

I want one! Note to self...birthday is one month away...send wishlist to hubby now :-)

Boczkowski said...

Kelly, Mike,
most Neo users seem to treat the device as a 'first draft machine' as opposed to a final draft device, that's what final draft is for n'est pas?

As for the tabs formating issue, I don't use Final Draft, but if it supports find and replace you could try using something like a double asterisk after you hit TAB and then find and replace all those ** with, well, whatever you like really.

My tuppence worth