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New surprise project, and Scrivener

OK, so yesterday I got an idea for a new non-fiction book in Italian – a fun thing that might have a market and is based on the classic 36 Stratagems by Sun Tzu.
A nice intersection of some stuff I’ve been doing recently and my long-standing interest for Chinese culture.

Scrivener (software)Currently I have a lot of stuff on my plate, but this is the sort of sweet and easy thing I can do in my spare time, and it’s probably going to find a lot of readers and sell nicely.
In the spirit of doing the maximum work with the minimum expenditure of energy1, I set out to outline and plan the book as a sort of ultrafast, guerrilla project.
Scrivener, the software i normally use for big projects, was pretty useful.

Here’s how I planned the thing, in case you are interested2Continue reading

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calendar2The next thing I’ll have to buy is a calendar – one of those big, square calendars with great artwork and a square box for each day of the month.

The reason is my writing is turning into a full time activity – after all, nothing else moves, writing and selling my stories is better than starving and sleeping under a bridge.

For 2015 I have four long projects slated – two are finalized and ready to go, one is in its drafting phase, and the fourth is awaiting confirmation.
And I’m keeping a certain amount of “free time” for extra activities.
Should they all come to fruition, this will mean writing full time, eight hours a day, five days a week – leaving weekends for leisure activities like… ouch, writing. Continue reading