Arachne Enterprises

Writing by Montrée Whiles, Satine Steele, and Rabiyah Hamnach

Tag: HubPages

Top Text Editing Software for Writers by a Writer

I’ve dabbled with writing for years, since high school actually. I’m not certain why I didn’t pursue it for a career when I left high school. I think I had so many issues to deal with when I first got out on my own, I didn’t know which way was up. Then I did military service. All through that time until November 2011, when I decided to pursue writing seriously, I penned the occasional something that was more than just a note or to-do list.

Oddly enough, it was when I started reconnecting with high school friends that I started thinking about becoming an author. For some reason, when I graduated from high school, I had lost contact with all of my friends. So, when I reconnected with my old friend A.P., I learned about self publishing. It was no longer a process of putting together a book and spending $1K or more to have it printed. I think paying to have a book published is what is defined as the vanity press of the 80’s.

Now, I self publish. My collection of short stories is out on Smashwords. I recommend Smashwords, hands down, for any author thinking of publishing their work themselves. A Voice From an Inner World is undergoing a revamp, but the first edition is still available. I hope to complete a second collection of short stories, Of Black Holes and Universes, by the end of 2015. It’s not only the reconnection with A.P. that got me going. I discovered Scrivener. Scrivener is a powerful text editing software designed for writers by writer, Keith Blount. I’ve written an article about Scrivener on HubPages. The article includes an interview with Keith.

Though I’d already started on the road to becoming a writer, the discovery of Scrivener became the true catalyst to initiating that quest. I know that for any writer not using Keith’s very useful writing tool, they’re missing out. You can even get Scrivener on Amazon for Windows and for Mac. The home for Scrivener is on Literature and Latté. Don’t forget about Novel in a Day (NIAD), we meet up on Literature and Latté once a year.

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Speaking of Novels Written in a Day

NIAD is one of my most anticipated events during the year. This year’s event was no less thrilling. Finally, I’ve done what was going to happen, inevitably. I’ve written a hub about Novel In A Day. The most important part of the article (hub) is the interview with Pigfender, the man behind the mirrors, so-to-speak. The hub of NIAD activities is on Literature and Latté, the home of Scrivener.

I’ve been posting links to my articles in hub pages on my blogger page. There are four novels now in the series. Four novels that represent four years of fun that is over all too soon. Take a moment to download your copies so you can see the culmination of all the effort.

Hopefully, I’ll see you for next year’s NIAD event.

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Life Keeps Me Busy

Between work, social media and the rest that real life throws in my direction, I have been MIA from wordpress for a while. Since moving with my work place to temporary digs for about four and a half months and then moving back, I’ve had a number of things on the home front to deal with as well. BION, I’m still experiencing side affects from the surgery, minor ones, but they are there all the same.

I had a local storefront for about four months until the cafe closed down, so I’m working to set up a storefront on storenvy. Storenvy is the best online storefront platform I’ve come across since starting down that road.

I’ve started an account on Tsu, a revenue sharing site, see the post below for more information. The member short code would be ArachneaENTs.  It never hurts to have a few passive earning sources in place.

I have a nice start for hubs (articles) on Hubpages. I’m working a few more to publish this week, hopefully. I’ve revived my blogger account and am currently using it to post information on my hubs and a few other things.

Work is my biggest time thief. I need to set the dogs on him so I can bring him to justice. Changes are in the air, politically and seasonally. The holidays are here. I wish everyone enjoyment in the way they choose. I’m not much of a holiday sort even for the ones I feel obligated to enjoy, but I do at least do something significant for the latter.

Be well, everyone, and enjoy life.

Hubbin’ It Isn’t So Bad At All

My lenses* were moved over on the 8th. I’ve not started getting them up and going yet. Twelve hub**s. That’s right. I have 12 hubs up. Some were lenses I brought over manually and the others are new hubs. HubPages is great. My experience at Squidoo trained me well. This unexpected turn of events can only be to my benefit, at least it has been so far. Check out my hubs.

Hospice training took up my last weekend. Clay will take up the coming weekend. Since my surgery, I’ve turned to flab. All that fat and muscle I sported before is nowhere to be seen. So, I’m flabby now. I’ve got an appointment at the gym tomorrow for an evaluation. Just what I need, another black hole for time.

Just as I’m constantly having one thing or another crop up to devour what little free time I have, it seems I’ll never shake having to put in the 9-5 every day. But, at least the mystery of what I’ll be doing as of the 1st of October has been solved. I’ll be moving to another team in the same department. Just so you know. The department dropped the bomb last May that all but two positions would be going away. Yikes, like I really gave a ratz patootie anyway.

It’s been on the top of my list to transfer to another department for a while. I want scrubs and sneakers back in my life. I”m tired of having to cobble something together in the morning to wear to work. Dress codes suck, except when I’m going to the symphony. But, then here, people even where flip-flops to the symphony. Go figure. I want a night shift and I would prefer to be on the main campus instead of an outlying building. At least the digs will be nice when I move over.

I guess now you have the picture that my life has been a little topsy-turvy of late. The bills from the surgery have hit. Summer is almost over. The car is threatening to go on the blink at any moment. The good thing in all this chaos is that my sticking to getting the maintenance done. Afterall, it’s what my rent pays for, right. Even that eyesore of a refrigerator was replaced. I guess going to the BBB when neither the corporate or leasing offices seem to be rallying will get you everywhere.

Hope all is copacetic in your neck of the woods. Two recommendations for you before I sign off. One, HubPages, and two, StorEnvy. My blogger could use some love as well, please give it a follow.

*A lens is an article posted to Squidoo.
*A hub is an article posted to HubPages.

Have you heard the news?!

Squidoo is moving to HubPages. Though I’ll miss Squidoo and all the great people I’ve met there, I’ve not wasted any time looking ahead to the move. You’ll find me here: http://arachnea.hubpages.com.

Also, check out  my new store front: http://arachneents.storenvy.com. I’m gradually moving in over there. I’ve expanded my interests to include prayer beads and cellini jewelry. I’ve got pots to glaze this week and am working on beads and thangs for the kiln. I now have an option to do raku and saggar fire.

The day job is going away [no comment]. I hope to either move to another position with the same organization or move on to something else. There has to be something in this town which I can enjoy during the 8-10hrs of the day that are slotted for work.

Writing is on hold to a degree. But I’m still pecking at it. The attempt at working with a few folks to start a writing group fizzled. I need a group with a true focus on writing and dedication to contributing their work and commentary on the work of others. I have so little free time that it doesn’t work for me to show up to a meeting with no clearly defined focus or have one person dominate the conversation or another not motivated enough to produce work to share. That said, I’m looking at other options in that area. I believe strongly everyone can contribute in a meaningful way to a group no matter what the demographics of the members are.

 
 
 
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