Day 100 – Ahead by a Century

Another awesome writing session. Still bouncing around from vignette to vignette – two major scenes coming up in the coming days that I already have forming in my head. I have a lot of material that I want to get down before I start Draft 2. In fact, the way things are going, I might just patch together more vignettes if they keep coming, maybe all the way through to the end of the book.

BTW, speaking of the end of the book, I don’t have one yet. I know lots of people say they need to have an ending in mind. Rex Pickett of Sideways/Vertical fame is one of those.

But honestly, I’m not worried yet. I’m quite content bouncing around like I have been. Mordecai Richler didn’t have an ending to Barney’s Version until after he wrote the rest of the book. He said (and I’m paraphrasing) that it wasn’t until he was finished writing that the ending became so apparent to him. Perhaps the same will happen to me. Perhaps it won’t. I’ll burn that bridge when I cross it.

Some other big changes – oh, did you notice I changed the theme? For several reasons. I liked the look of the old one, but it was awfully limiting. It doesn’t allow sidebars for one thing, so I couldn’t add things like the search bar and the email signup at right.

Speaking of which, this is now a new and easier way for people to sign up to get my Daily Reports directly to their inboxes. If you are already subscribed through Feedburner, then don’t worry, you’ll still get subscriptions. But if you have no idea what I just said or what it means, add your email in the box to the right there and you’ll get updates emailed to you automatically. The email will include a short excerpt and a link to the post so you’ll be able to read the whole thing at your leisure.

The other advantage of this theme is that I can now use a special Mobile theme in tandem with it so that you can read this blog comfortably from your BlackBerry, iPhone, or other mobile device. Yes, the blog was accessible before, but it took a lot of zooming and moving around and stuff. The new one isn’t quite as pretty, but it is a thousand times easier to read when you’re on the go. If you have a smartphone or some other kind of mobile device, go ahead and check it out. Just type in the same address – it will automatically show you the mobile version.

Lastly, I know this template isn’t the most exciting, but I can add my own banner images to it, which I’ll be doing in the coming days or weeks (depending on time and inclination).

So what do you think of the new template? Easier to read? Or are you going to miss the old theme terribly?

Leave a comment, email me, let me know.

~Graham

(Novel Writing Totals)

Hours Today: 1
Words Today: 1,582
Hours Total: 67.5
Words Total: 91,593

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5 Responses to Day 100 – Ahead by a Century

  1. Ken says:

    I like the new theme…especially with the “visual metaphor”of the long road…
    I haven’t tried the new mobile version, but am sure I will.
    Speaking of themes: Funny (ironic not haha) how Sideways and Barney’s Version both have the same character.

  2. Ken says:

    I should have proof read my post first….a negative side of the posting is that the user cannot edit his/her post.

  3. Graham says:

    Hey Ken,

    Fixed it for you. Yes, I think there are some apps out there that give you a certain amount of time to edit their comments. I’ll look into it.

    Glad you like the new look! Yes, let me know what you think of the mobile version. Pretty plain Jane, but a lot easier to read (you can still click on “See Original Version” or some such thing at the bottom of the Mobile version to compare, if you are so inclined… world of readability difference.)

    I’ll be adding some of my own photos into the banner soon enough…

    Thanks for chiming in!

    ~Graham

  4. Terry Fallis says:

    Hey Graham,

    I like the new look! I can’t believe you’re over 90,000 words. That is fantastic! I’m still really enjoying reading about your journey. All the best in the new year…

    Ter

  5. Graham says:

    Thanks Terry — I appreciate it! Yes, I have 100,000 in my sights now, which is about the length I’m shooting for as a word count of the final book (thanks for the tip!). Still have a long way to go in the first draft though. But I’m planning a special celebration after I hit that milestone all the same.

    Good luck to you too in 2011 — I have a feeling it’s going to be a big one for you…

    ~Graham

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