Aug 15, 2011

I'm a little obsessive over gadgets

I tend to get excited and obsessive about things that come across my path. Like good authors, where I read one book and then decided to read everything thing they've written. Or websites, like Goodreads which I've already mentioned or crazy places where fans hang out (such as Pottermore and HOL {which is apparently a functional virtual Hogwarts.  You sign up for classes and have homework to do throughout the year}).  Or new story ideas, where I'm up till ungodly hours of the night writing because I'm simply in the zone.

To bad I can't be in the zone about other things. :/

But, I also get excited about things.  Like glitter pens and this really cool cell phone charm I have that's a screen cleaner too (except I played with it too much and the cleaner part ripped off).  

Today I made a discovery that will forever help me in my writing as much spell check, an online inconsistency checker

At first I was like, yes! Now I can keep my character's injuries straight and make sure times line up but it doesn't quite work that way. (Though I've heard rumors there are other programs out there that do)  It's a word inconsistency checker, keeping track of when or when not things are hyphenated or when contractions are used or whether you use periods every time you list an acronym. (Which I don't, which drives me crazy because little formatting things like that can get on my nerves and take over an hour and I forget whether I've decided to use them or not after each writing break.)

I swear, I've spent the last hour submitting all my stories and it makes me feel silly and smart at the same time because now I know!  Though I'm not excatly proud of knowing I apparently consonantly write 'untied states' instead of 'united states'.   

7 comments:

  1. I'll have to check this out, thanks.

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  2. Sarah - No problem, I posted to share the goodness.

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  3. That sounds like something I could use, too.

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  4. Like you, I also have to go out and buy an authors back catalogue, especially if it is a part of a series.

    I will have to look up the inconsistency checker!

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  5. That sounds useful! I've spent ages in the past going back through to check stuff like that!
    Like you, I have to read everything an author's written if I like their books - my current crush is Rose Tremain - have you read her?

    Linda x

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  6. Annalisa - I'm sure you'll get good use out of it.

    Rebecca - Yes! And it's so interesting to see how an author's style changes too sometimes.

    Linda - No, I haven't heard of Rose Tremain before. I'll have to look her up.

    M Pax - Glad to be of service!

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