My Writing Folders Are Full of Surprises

NOTE: Hallelujah, prayer works! I received this email, and I hadn’t received anything since I switched over, which is how I knew it wasn’t working. Make sure you add this email to your white lists:

Before I moved to Scrivener, where I keep everything in one binder (it’s effin’ fabulous for plotting and writing out of order, and flitting from one project to another), I used Microsoft Word and depended on my own folder navigation to keep it sorted. It doesn’t work. I’m always finding something I lost.

Case in point: I clearly had this idea once, based on Nora Roberts’ Chesapeake Bay trilogy, and I wrote the following blurb:

Patrick, Johnny and Jason were adopted by Lee Baldwin and his late wife, Gail, as young teenagers damaged by their abusive childhoods. Johnny is private investigator who spends most of his time looking for cheating spouses, Jason is a mechanic who is content to stay home and Patrick is resident at the hospital. As they near the end of their twenties, Lee takes on another lost soul — Michael Benson. Rumors begin to swirl about Michael’s connection to Lee but before it can be cleared up, Lee dies in a one car accident which leads Michael’s guardianship precarious. The three sons step up on a promise to their dying father. Along the way to permanent guardianship, they come across Nadine Crowell, a do-gooder social worker determined to do right by Michael, Elizabeth Webber, a single mother making a life for her kids and Robin Scorpio, a doctor with an ulterior motive where Michael is concerned — not to mention Carly Benson, Michael’s junkie mother, who threatens their guardianship.

And now I find myself mildly intrigued. As if I didn’t have enough to do. I was going to give you a screenshot of my Scrivener binder, to show you what I mean, and I couldn’t fit it in one screenshot. Lord help me.

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Anyway. The point of this post was to report that I think I finally fixed the update problem. I’ll know for sure after I post this. If this doesn’t work….I’m just throwing up my hands, taking all the emails from all the registered users and I’ll start sending personal emails. Because, life, dude.  The good news is that I don’t have to upgrade and spend more money because getting rid of that plugin cut out the problems I was having. So that’s a silver lining to this insanity.

And in good news, The Best Thing is officially storyboarded. I may adjust here and there, but it’s already slated to be 37 chapters long. I have never in my life written anything that long. Good grief.

I’ll be back later tonight with more Poisonous Dreams. Now I’m going to go wring TBT!


  • Sorry I’m late in responding – away for the weekend – didn’t get the update / test email 🙁

    According to Anonymous on May 4, 2014
  • Sent you an email, but it looks like you’re not registered for the newsletter. Make sure to check your subscription settings. It’s an extra step that I can’t do for you since I don’t know your password.

    According to Melissa on May 4, 2014
  • I got it. anything that makes life easier I am all fore

    According to leasmom on May 5, 2014
  • I’m a big fan I’d the Nora Roberts book and hope you do turn it into a story. The other is just confusing.

    According to Lisa on May 5, 2014