Blank Journal Template for Scrivener 3

Attached is a template for Scrivener version 3 that I created to to make setting up new writing journals easier. It includes features for fiction writers.

After seven years of using Scrivener to record my random musings in a project I call my Daily Writing Journal I’m finally getting around to closing this project out and creating separate journals for each year. To simplify this I’ve created a template for my journals which I’m sharing here.

Here’s what’s in it:

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Markdown Test

Markdown Test

This is a test of using Markdown to create a blog post. This was originally written in Scrivener, using a blog post template that defaults the font to Courier and uses Markdown codes for indicating Headings, Lists, Links, and Bold/Italic formatting. Let’s see how it looks on the website.

Note: The original editing was done in Scrivener. On the website I used the WP Githuber MD plugin to convert from the Markdown format to HTML for display.

You can use this area for plain text writing, or you can use multimarkdown.

This is how to write an H2 subheading in multimarkdown

If you want to write a list using multimarkdown, just do this:

  • List item
  • List item
  • List item

You can create a lower-level H3 subheading like this

You can use multimarkdown to create ordered lists too. Just number each item as shown below. When your content is converted to HTML it will automatically created an ordered list which will be styled by your blog theme’s stylesheet.

  1. List item.
  2. List item.
  3. List item.

If you’d like to create a link using multimarkdown, just do this: anchor text

That will create a link to using the text “anchor text.”

Some other things you can do using multimarkdown are making text bold or using italics. You can even create a blockquote like this:

Your blockquote text would go here.

Close out your article by clicking the Compile button above, or go to File>Compile. Click the downward-pointing arrow to expand your compile options.

Check only the blog post you want to compile. From the upper drop-down, choose Format as: Original. From the lower drop-down menu, choose Compile for: MultiMarkdown to Web Page.

Click the Compile button to create the HTML version of your blog post. You can then copy and paste this HTML into your blog platform’s HTML or plain text editor.

Rising from the ashes, again.

It’s been a couple years. Much life has happened in that time, to me and probably to you. It’s time for me to resume an active presence on the Web.

I have been doing a lot of writing of late — over 250,000 words this year alone. I confess they aren’t all good words, but some of them are. In fact some of them are ready to share with my fans, or at least the people who drop by my website. I intend to resume posting my fiction on this website. The best of it will be protected by a “paywall” via Patreon. I hate to do this to you, but I have to eat, too. Plus I intend to offer some unique opportunities to people who have pledged to support me, at least a little.

This post is mostly an effort to get my feet wet at using Patreon. Hey! We all have to start somewhere!

As Bartles & Jaymes used to say, “We thank you for your support.”

Printer Woes

I have this little 140 page document I want to print, so I finally decided to set up my “print server”, a Dell PC running Windows Vista with a HP C4180 all-in-one and a Dell laser printer connected. I spent the morning vacuuming the grills and trying to find cables to connect everything. I’m using my TV as the monitor (I can almost read it without my glasses!) and everything is stuffed into my “entertainment center”.

I couldn’t find a VGA and a USB cable, so I bought replacements. $35. Oh, and while I have lots of paper I want to print this on postcards, so I had to buy more of those. $56. Combine these with some other stuff I got for this project and I’m already $132 in the hole.

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Playing with Font Awesome

[Update 20170616 – I’m sorry to say that the Font Awesome plugin used in this post doesn’t work as of WordPress 4.8. Too bad, it was fun!]

Font Awesome is a set of icon fonts, developed to be compatible with Bootstrap, one of the most popular front-end frameworks and open source projects in the world.

For this exercise I’m using the Font Awesome Icons plugin, which lets me insert icons into a post via shortcodes and a pull-down added to the editor. Since I don’t know any of the names used by the icons, that seemed to be the simplest way to go. [That didn’t seem to work, so I’m trying to use the font directly, via icon <i> tags.]

Let’s try some:

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The dangers of editing a published post

Yesterday, after a week of working, polishing, and dithering, I published my first “how-to” post. Yay me.

I was really happy to find a plugin called SyntaxHighlighter Evolved to make my code stand out from the supporting text. It allows me to copy my source code into the post editor and preserve things like spacing while also highlighting different language elements.

But …

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Hello World Redux

Hello world! Welcome to the relaunch (yet again) of my website. It’s been here since, oh, I don’t know, 2004? No, 2003. Eleven years. Makes me feel old.

Anyway, this time around I am implementing it as a WordPress site — using WordPress as the blogging and content management system. At least, that’s what’s supposed to happen.

Unfortunately, I like to tweak things. Make changes. Break things, and then try to fix them. But I only like fixing things that I’ve broken. I’m not wild about fixing other people’s mistakes. So I’m warning any visitors in advance that this site will be changing its appearance at unpredictable times. If you’re nice you’ll give me feedback about what you like and don’t like. If you’re really nice you’ll also let me know when you find the site broken, so that I can go about fixing it (or start ranting about whatever evil outside influence broke it on me!)


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