words and counting!
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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