Apr 28, 2011

Back up, back up, back up!

Posted by AJ Blythe at Thursday, April 28, 2011 0 comments
I've been doing an editing course run by Angela James (fantastic by the way). One of the things I've learnt during this course is about using clouds as a back up method. If you are like me you think clouds are only found in the sky, but apparently not.

At the moment I use DVD's, flash drives and windows live office to back up my work. But it was a bit ad hoc. I wouldn't do it every day. I was definitely putting too much faith in my laptop.

But now I don't have to worry. I'm using a cloud back up system. There are a few around that are free (DropBox, and the one I've chosen SugarSync). SugarSync gives 5MB free space and you select the folders you want to be backed up. Then every single time you save a file in a folder that you've added to SugarSync it backs it up *immediately*. It runs in the background all the time - so if you lase your hard-drive, you don't lose any information.

Even better, you can set up your tablet, smartphone or another computer with SugarSync which means you don't have to worry about transporting files. You can log into your SugarSync account and access them straight away - no confusing your current version or accidently saving over something.

I feel much better knowing my work is automatically being backed up the minute I save it.

Apr 25, 2011

Motivational Monday

Posted by AJ Blythe at Monday, April 25, 2011 0 comments
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:

Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.

At the going down of the sun and in the morning,

We will remember them.

Lest We Forget.

Apr 21, 2011

Happy Easter

Posted by AJ Blythe at Thursday, April 21, 2011 4 comments

Apr 18, 2011

Motivational Monday

Posted by AJ Blythe at Monday, April 18, 2011 0 comments
Never give up! Never surrender! ~ Galaxy Quest

Apr 14, 2011

Music... or Not

Posted by AJ Blythe at Thursday, April 14, 2011 0 comments
I create in silence, I analyse to noise.

This strange fact hit me this week while trying to write a major uni essay. It just wasn't working for me and I couldn't work out why. Then I thought back to my early uni days and realised I did all my study to music.

You see, in the time I have been writing romance I have learnt I work best when I listen to music before I start to write (for inspiration) but once I start to write I need quiet!

Yet to write an academic paper I listen to upbeat music while doing research, then music without lyrics (or I find myself singing) while writing the paper.

I guess it's that right brain/left brain thing again.

Research music example
 Academic writing music example
Creative writing inspiration music example

Apr 11, 2011

Motivational Monday

Posted by AJ Blythe at Monday, April 11, 2011 0 comments

You must want it enough.
Enough to take all the rejections, enough to pay the price of disappointment and discouragement while you are learning. Like any other artist you must learn your craft
-- then you can add all the genius you like.
~ Phyllis Whitney

Apr 7, 2011

No Such Thing as a New Plot

Posted by AJ Blythe at Thursday, April 07, 2011 2 comments
Take a plot and put your own unique twist on it... I've heard that time and time again.

The best example of how doing this works that I think I've come across is by comedians Axis of Awesome - not exactly where you'd think to look but their "Four Chord Song" really does demonstrate it beautifully. I'll leave it to them to explain...

Apr 4, 2011

Motivational Monday

Posted by AJ Blythe at Monday, April 04, 2011 0 comments
You may be disappointed if you fail,
but you are doomed if you don't try.

~ Beverly Sills


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