Some good advice

Absolutely adore these videos.

It was two weeks ago, I think, when I first came across The Cozy Creative channel and Lidiya Foxglove’s videos. She has a lot of wisdom about being a writer for the long-term, and she shares it with a quirky and fun attitude that makes her videos really easy viewing.

I’ve watched more than a handful so I’m not basing my opinion on any one video, but I definitely recommend you give them a watch if you’re interested in writing journeys and good advice to get you through a long haul as an author. :)

Moving on from Chrome

Several years ago, I bailed on Firefox when it started running a bit slow on my computers (actually my much older laptop), and switched to Chrome. I liked Chrome’s clean interface, so I stuck with it. But lately I’ve not been so happy with Chrome, and today I decided to make the switch back to Firefox (yes, I was procrastinating).

I’m glad I did. Firefox is running faster than Chrome, and I like how the fonts look. There’ve always been some annoyances I’ve lived with in Chrome, too, like the fact that video always auto plays for me, and I wasn’t a fan of the bookmark manager. I like organized bookmarks. It was totally possible to organize them in Chrome, but it wasn’t super simple. Also, history: in Firefox, it’s very easy to search for history items and mass delete (which I need to do a lot of when I’m trying to avoid writer distractions and don’t want forums and blogs cluttering up my most visited lists), but in Chrome? I had to select little check boxes and delete them that way—talk about a pain in ASS.

But you know what’s really sold me on the switch?

I really like blue. :D

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Firefox has a blue bar at the top, while Chrome is an unrelenting gray.

I realize that seems kind of like a silly reason to be happy about the switch, but I’m just going to say it again, I really like blue. :) The blue bar at the top of the browser is much more pleasing to my eyes than the Chrome gray. I know I could use themes, but why add bloat? Nope, no themes for me.

So there you have it. I’ve abandoned Chrome for Firefox and I’m quite pleased I’ve done it. :)

Now, no more excuses! I need to write!

Reading a Book: Writing in Overdrive

UPDATE: This was an excellent book. Very inspiring!

I’m reading a book! No, not another fiction book (and yes, I’m getting a bit behind in my “read 60 more books this year” challenge) but a book that I’m hoping will get my creative brain kicked back into gear. I’m going on nearly two weeks of no writing here and it’s driving me batty. I have no idea why I’m still having trouble.

Writing on multiple stories has been such a great help to my daily word counts, but it hasn’t been much help at all to keep me writing consistently.

Anyway, Writing in Overdrive: Write Faster, Write Freely, Write Brilliantly by Jim Denney isn’t directly related to my issues, but it’s something to excite me regardless, because it’s about writing faster … and I think you know the idea of writing faster excites me.

I bought the book before I’d even finished the sample—the opening was that good—or my need is that desperate. I’ll know when I’m done.

Oh, and I started a new rule today. No going to bed before I get 1,000 words written. I’m going to have to get started on that soon since I don’t have any words done today.

Even though I have 4 books going.

That I love.

That I keep getting ideas for.

Ugh. I definitely have a problem. I wish I knew how to solve it.

Anyway, Writing in Overdrive is waiting, so I’m outta here…

Writing Excuses Podcast

The Writing Excuses podcast is one of my absolute favorite podcasts. I enjoy it most I think because it’s about 15 minutes long, and the hosts do a great job keeping it short and snappy.

I have time to listen regularly and I recommend you give it a listen if you haven’t. :D

It’s hosted by Brandon Sanderson, Dan Wells, Mary Robinette Kowal, and Howard Tayler, all great writers who have a lot of experience to share.