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Bloomington, IN, USA
Age: (really? Well, okay…) 31
Recent Projects: Brains for the Zombie Soul, a parody of Chicken Soup for the Soul, written for NaNoWriMo 2011. Won NaNo, but I’m not quite done with the book.
I’ve got two Yarny stories:
One day, I opened up Yarny, went to my most recent chapter, and found all but the first 5 words missing. I panicked. Until I found the Previous Versions button. Somehow, I had deleted most of my chapter when I shut my computer down, but going back to the previous version, I got it back in all its wordy glory.
My writing computer, a netbook that I take with me everywhere, is slowly dying. Several times during November, I got the BSOD. At a write-in, my computer shut down on me, and I remarked, “Aw man, not again!” When someone asked me what happened, I said, “I just got the blue screen of death.” Everyone gasped and started to panic on my behalf, at which point I explained why I was so calm. “It’s not that big of a deal. I use Yarny, so all my work’s been saved, and I can get it back even if this computer never starts back up again.”
Those two incidents turned me into a huge Yarny fan. If you had stickers, I would happily put one on my laptop. I can’t wait for Offline access. I would have converted a few people to Yarny in November (by the way, I’m Bloomington’s ML), but many were hesitant that they couldn’t use it without an internet connection.
Born in Westlake, Ohio. Brian received a BS in economics and a BA in public policy from the University of North Carolina, where he competed as a springboard diver. His experience ranges from an assistant to the NC Attorney General to CEO of corporations in various industries. His writing voice developed through a climb up the corporate ladder followed by diving off the top into the wilderness of entrepreneurial ventures. Since those early years, he has owned businesses in advertising, manufacturing, and finance, taken a company public and sat on the board of national and international associations, all the while writing the Perpetualseries. His inspiration comes from his own adventures in life and business, having experienced firsthand that reality is stranger than fiction. Brian competes as a master's swimmer. He and his family live near Charlotte, North Carolina.
West Valley City, Utah
Recent projects: I'm currently working on two things back and forth so if I get stuck on one I just pop to the other. One is called "The World Ends at Midnight" a virus wipes out the whole world apocalyptic story "The last man on Earth sits alone in the room....there is a knock on the door" kind of set up. Its less about pegging someone for the crime of killing off 90% of the population and more of overcoming the odds and trying to hope for a future that might not exist.
The other is untitled but its a little less serious and about time travelers that sarcastically try and escape the grasp of several evil organisations and in doing so become venerated as gods on some planets...which doesn't bode well since they're all kind of jerks.
What parts of Yarny you find most helpful: I love the ability to organize! Its helpful to have the two sides. One to organise facts about people, places, and things!! Especially since you can have the main body on the other side and type up the main story and suddenly BAM you decide that the main character has a sister..pop over to the other side, pull up the character...add she has a sister in her history then pop back to writing your story. This way I can keep track of the changes I make and continually keep fact checking. Also a great helpful hint it to have a "Research" area in the Things tab and then put all your research on Time periods, weapons, and what not...this way you don't have to open Google/Wiki every time you need to fact check! Its so useful and handy and keeps me focused on the screen! I swear by Yarny!
Anything else you'd like to add: I love you guys! I tell all my aspiring writer friends to check you out! They all have loved it so far! I'd marry whoever came up with this idea!!! if I weren't already in love with an amazing guy!
Phoenix, Arizona, USA
I recently participated, and completed my first NaNoWriMo novel, thanks in great part to Yarny! Since discovered the cloud-based program, I’ve also been using it as a drafting table for my longer blog posts, as well as freelance copywriting and editing projects. Yarny has several wonderful features that I haven’t seen elsewhere – distraction-free writing helps me to stay “in the zone” and focus on the task at hand, the auto-save feature frees my mind of worry and allows me to plow through an idea without stopping, and the snippets are great for organizing different chapters, ideas, or blog posts. Yarny is a wonderful program and makes the writing process far more efficient, and gives the writer the peace of mind that their work is safe in the cloud.
Mayodan, NC, USA
My two most recent projects in Yarny are:
SpellCaster, the story of a girl who still has hope in a world so corrupt with evil that it's falling apart at the seams.
Daughter of Death, the story of someone who is going on a quest for the gods, fighting a sphinx, jumping off a cliff into a river of death, running into a burning room to save someone and going to the underworld to rescue the spirit of her dead mother from a monster she can't even see. (Did we mention Roman Gods? It all takes place in a world where Christianity just started to surface in the year 2011. So the Roman Gods have been the dominant religious force for most of the world for most of history.)
Neither of these projects are complete, and both are worked on consistently.
Why I love Yarny and other things:
I have been writing stories for as long as I can remember. When I first learned how to write, I filled pad after pad of that paper with the dotted lines with stories, whose legibility and comprehend-ability come into question.
In the first grade I came up with a story idea that I milked into a series until fifth grade, when I lost the stories I had written.
I had never felt more disappointed in all of my life.
Then things changed. In sixth grade, I wrote less and read more. In seventh grade, I moved. I didn't write anything for most of that year. In eighth grade, I read a lot and wrote very little. In ninth grade, I wrote nothing that I didn't have to.
In tenth grade, things changed again. I wrote more, I don't know why I started writing again, but I picked up something I had worked on in seventh grade and said, "Why did I stop writing this?" I continued work on that story for half of my tenth grade year. Then halfway through the year, the story changed, but my passion did not. That story evolved into the one that has kept me writing since then: Daughter Of Death. Today that story has over 29000 words and is climbing rapidly thanks to Yarny.
Yarny has made it easier than ever for me to keep track of all of the stories that are in my head and write on them consistently without ever having to worry about losing the file.
The interface is simple and took less than a minute to learn.
This year, my eleventh grade year, at my high school we were given these "wonderful" devices to use called chromebooks. Chromebooks are internet based, they only do internet and internet things. With them there is no Microsoft Word, or equivalent, except Google docs (which in my own opinion, based off my own experience, is just plain awful.)
I tried many things with mine to supplement the lack of word. I tried Google Docs, close but found to be very unreliable, it crashes often and just doesn't work half the time. I tried skydrive, it was great but just didn't quite fit what I wanted, too many fun options to play with.
Then I found it. Yarny. Yarny is perfect, especially for someone like me who can no longer imagine a day without writing something. With Yarny I just sit with my chromebook and type. I can type away and never have to worry about bothersome distractions like the font I am typing in or if what I m doing saves. Yarny saves automatically which is great because I often forget to save.
I don't have to worry about my stories at the end of the school year, when I have to return the chromebook, because with Yarny my work is available on all my devices. My chromebook and my netbook and any future computer I get. It's wonderful. The only downside to Yarny is that it can't be used offline, like my chromebook.
Yarny has helped me in my Journalism class when Google docs stopped working, which is quite often. I love this program. Yarny helped me win NaNoWriMo 2012, CampNaNoWriMo Aug. 2012 and April 2013 and I know it will help me win in June too.
Yarny saved my writing in more ways than one. Without Yarny and its sleek interface that is easy on my eyes, I wouldn't be near as willing to type my stories as I am. That's wonderful because I tend to lose paper.
I love Yarny, and no I'm not paid to say that. I'd love it if there was Yarny merchandise that I could wear or stick to my computer. A shirt that says "powered by Yarny" would be wonderful.
Los Angeles, CA USA
I started using Yarny on the recommendation of a friend. I’ve been writing a graphic novel series, but I don’t have my laptop handy while at work or during my commute, making it difficult to make edits or write notes when inspiration hits. As any writer will tell you, that can happen at any time. My usual method was to make notes in my cell phone. With Yarny, I am able to write notes even while at work. Or if I do have to make a note on my phone, I will add it to Yarny for easy access later. Though I would really love to see a Yarny app for my phone. Hint. Hint.
My favorite part about Yarny is that I can sort my notes based on volume, character, places, or things making accessing and organizing my thoughts super easy. When you’re writing something as complex as a multi-volume fantasy series….you really need that organization.
Many years ago, I started writing filk, a.k.a. nerdy song parodies. Recently, I've been inspired to get back into it. One of the songs I did is "Rolled This Way," and parody of Lady Gaga's "Born This Way," about playing how you want to in Dungeon's & Dragons. I thought it would be fun to record the song and release it when I hit 5000 twitter followers as a thank you.
I would think of lyrics at home, at work, or while commuting, which is why I turned to Yarny to store them. With Yarny, I was able to access and edit my lyrics at any time. Even in the recording booth, I could pull them upon a tablet and be able to read them while singing.
Now I've decided to take it to the next level and make a music video! I have a huge cast and crew, but now we're seeking funding to make it happen. Anyone can help by donating to the IndieGogo Campaign and spreading the word.
I love the way Yarny allows me to collect and organize the data in snippets and notes into my varios projects, and make them all accessible. This is where Yarny has really shined, by allowing me to collect and organize all the notes I've gathered in a year of wondering what the next story was. That's why I'm all ready to hit the ground running for this year's NaNoWriMo.
Using Yarny also works as an archival tool - I can always quickly refer back to what really was said in Chapter 23 of the first novel, and ensure I get the continuity right.
I've even created a sort of "junk drawer" with snippets of ideas that don't seem to naturally fit this series, but perhaps are just waiting for the right story to come back for them.
The ability to work anywhere means that I'm not tied to my desk, and I need not fear the loss or inadvertent washing of that USB flash drive (trust me folks - been there, done it, and it isn't a pretty moment). Write anywhere, and for the most part, know it's all safe and sound (nobody's perfect).
My name is John Hutton. I am a 27 year old South African currently living in Japan with my pretty South African wife. We teach English and I write in my spare time. I have been writing since I was in 13. Back then I used a bright red pen and a tatty ring-bound notebook. I used to write poetry and had a frustrated little heart. I like to think that my writing has matured since then and I now use my poetry to woo my wife and fuel the passion of romance. It seems to be working.
Thanks to Yarny I have been able to complete a lot of writing and stay organised at the same time. I finished a Nanowrimo, 50 000 word novel , in Yarny. I completed a SF writing course using Yarny. I shared my work using Yarny and my classmates loved it. I think some may even have started using it as well. In the past my notebooks and papers would get scattered to all corners of my home and office, now I keep them all neatly versioned in the cloud.
I am also currently writing a Story-Blog using Yarny and posting it here:http://daysagodiary.wordpress.com. It's a Journal about a young man who escapes into a house just as the undead begin to walk the streets in his town. He is forced to live alone at first and fortify his house in an effort to defend himself against the coming dark. I am in love with this story and have been for months, but I have finally started typing it and find Yarny's versioning function incredibly useful. I do my best to edit and rewrite my work before I post it. Unfortunately much of it is still riddled with grammar issues and the like.
Japan has awesome internet connect ivity and I can use Yarny on my iPod Touch, but I just hope I can keep using it when I go back to South Africa. My farm is out in the sticks and my folks have not managed to get a decent connection.
Yarny was so easy, simple and stylish that I had to go Premium. I'm serious, no one has paid me to write this. I love Yarny and the Premium was worth it for me. I am also keen to see new features coming up sometime. Yeah, so that's me. I shamelessly adore Yarny because it links up perfectly with my biggest passion in life: writing. That's what I'm about and that's what Yarny is about.
Warm regards John
Ps: Yarny has awesome customer service and they have emailed me back about all my queries and always make me feel like a valued customer, even when I was on the free version.
Most recent projects: I just recently finished the first draft of my first book EVER, a YA Fantasy that I've been working on the past ten months. In it, a young acolyte from a secluded monastery dreams of life outside her average existence--and that dream is granted when she's violently killed and brought back to life to save the world. I'm excited to start editing!
I also just recently started a new project, in preparation for Nanowrimo next month. (No writing yet--that would be cheating!) In this NA Paranormal story, main character Thea returns home to the west coast on the coattails of a college scandal. But what she finds there, including a long-gone sister, a mysterious stranger, and the truth about her absent parents, is going to blow that problem out of the water. Literally.
Yarny is a great tool. I love that it automatically saves everything, because I'm the kind of person who can get so absorbed in my writing that I forget to do it myself. In the past that's led to a LOT of tears, but Yarny's got me covered. That's not even counting the convenient way it lets me organize things! When it comes to keeping my notes in line, I can get KIND of neurotic. Not to mention the fact that you can save your WHOLE PROJECT onto your computer or USB, in case you're the paranoid type. Just export that puppy, and voila! Multiple copies of your brain-child, for any emergency.
But I'll let you in on a secret--probably my FAVORITE thing on Yarny? The fun typewriter noise you can turn on when you subscribe! (I'm so easily amused.)
I discovered Yarny when it started up, via Nanowrimo, and I'm so glad that I did. It's a cheap tool (I mean, how much cheaper can you get than FREE?) that does exactly what I need it to do. Being a writer, or trying to be one, is hard work. Yarny takes some of that work out, so I have more time to do what I need to do... Which is get those words down on the screen!
Thank you, Yarny, for being my partner in crime. <3 I'll mention you in my famous-writer speech!