This flower shaped confetti contains flower seeds that grow into wildflowers. It is hand made and biodegradable so it leaves no waste. Via
Munchkin, can I throw this at you when you get hitched? Or… even just when we’re outside? At any point in time?
Uhm, yes! Airplane says he loves the idea too. This is a genuinely fantastic idea :D
What is yWriter?
yWriter is a word processor which breaks your novel into chapters and scenes, helping you keep track of your work while leaving your mind free to create. It will not write your novel for you, suggest plot ideas or perform creative tasks of any kind. yWriter was designed by an author, not a salesman!
yWriter5 is free to download and use, but you’re encouraged to register your copy if you find it useful.
If you’re just embarking on your first novel a program like yWriter may seem like overkill. I mean, all you have to do is type everything into a word processor! Sure, but wait until you hit 20,000 words, with missing scenes and chapters, notes all over your desk, characters and locations and plot points you’ve just added and which need to be referenced earlier … it becomes a real struggle. Now imagine that same novel at 40,000 or 80,000 words! No wonder most first-time writers give up.
(Although yWriter was designed for novels, enterprising users have created their own translation files to customise the program to work with plays, non-fiction and even sermons.)
What’s so special about yWriter?
I [Simon Haynes, the program author] really struggled with my first novel because I wrote slabs of text into a big word processor file and I just couldn’t make sense of the whole thing at once. No real overview, no easy jumping from scene to scene, nothing.
Next I tried saving each chapter to an individual file, with descriptive filenames, but moving scenes between files was a nuisance and I still couldn’t get an overview of the whole thing (or easily search for one word amongst 32 files)
My last attempt to use Word involved saving every scene as an individual file - e.g. Chapter 01 Scene 01 - Hal Spacejock Gets a Job.doc. That was fantastic until I decided to move one scene three chapters ahead, and had to manually rename all the files. Then I decided to put it back again! I could never remember which of the 200+ files contained a note I was looking for either.
As a programmer I’m used to dealing with projects broken into source files and modules, and I never lose track of my code. I decided to apply the same working method to my novels … and yWriter was the result.
I realize Word, OpenOffice and other modern word processors have outlining features, but they don’t have snapshot backups to sequential files like yWriter does. Roll back scenes to where they were half an hour ago, or re-read a version from four months ago - yWriter stores them all, automatically.
^—all the above is c/p’ed from the main website.
I just really wanted to share this with others who might be in need of a really, super useful and FREE writing program to help them keep track of their longer works of fiction. While I love using programs like google Docs, and do still use it for my roughs, Y!writer is really helpful to the editing process in being able to easily drag and drop scenes around wherever you want them, or navigate quickly through huge backlogs of material.
It also allows you to create tags that let you know what characters are in each scenes, where important items turn up, what locations you’re at—and will even run reports to see how many instances you’re using of particular words. Best of all, you can easily export the entire project into a word doc, pdf, or (in beta, i think) ebook.
If you haven’t checked this out, it may be worth a shot.
for my writer friends! :D
writing is a wonderful art as well (:
something for you aspiring novelists~
Oh my… Kitten, this is giving me interesting thought about that cute girl from the Deaf Cat who gave us free cake and looked just like Hemo… I’m sure you understand what I mean ;)
First Id like to question the accuracy of shit, but then can I point out sometimes you can have meds that interfere with them, or it can be a cheap test, or it can just be Rachel being rubbish at doing it properly?
Most of those things would result in a negative result. The test looks for the HcG hormone that’s in urine when someone’s pregnant, so if it shows up, either they’ve recently been pregnant, or possibly could have taken medication, but the only medication I can find with it in is to help with infertility, which I’m fairly certain she probably wouldn’t have been taking. The only thing could be if she left the test for ages before looking at it, sometimes the other line can show up faintly, but the program showed her timing it pretty specifically. To be fair, though, I’m mostly just moaning for the sake of moaning lol.
I’ve had a couple of messages from some truly wonderful people and I just wanted to jump on to say that I’m not ignoring you (and I’ve already rocked out to the song a bit), but I’m just gonna hide away for a bit to kind of… defrag my brain, but I’ll be back on later tonight or tomorrow and respond and that I love you and you’ve already made me feel better about this. It’s so wonderful to know that I’ve got some strong, fantastic women there for me :)
The answer to this is to think of me, but brunette. Clearly. Then you’ll know. Maybe not the latter part, but you’ll know I know the answer ;)
I posted two very different posts recently and I thought this was referring to the second post. It made a weird kind of sense to me still though. Also, yes, that’s a good way of remembering it, or if that doesn’t work, I can still think of your boobs, and it’ll be fine ;)
It’s Valentines. Now, I actually love Valentines. I love the idea of it, and I love what it means. But I loathe how everyone reacts to it. Everyone goes
“Oh, I’m not bothering, it’s just expensive nonsense, it’s a waste of time, I can show my loved one all year I love them…”
But. I don’t understand. You have a day - a specifically arranged day - when you have the chance to really spoil the person you love, and you’re wittering on about how much it costs and what’s expected and how much you could show them every day anyway?
You could. I agree. But this is a special day! It means you get to go all out and treat them to show them that you adore the very earth they walk on. People in relationships forget this. They forget that it’s about going, “Wait, normal ever day boringness has taken over, let’s do something extra nice for each other today” - because nobody will go “that’s a bit ott!” or “jesus, why would you do that, she’s going to expect it again in future!”.
Not saying you HAVE to go all out. Quite the opposite. It might just be a day you spend giving extra hugs, a random text that you’d normally not send…
The privilidge of being in a relationship is that you get to enjoy this day for what it is, rather than staring at it from the outside and wishing you had someone to spoil. Wishing you had someone you could take to the theatre, or to a spa, or even just shopping for something they want - a new dress, beautiful jewellery…
I wish people would remember that once in a relationship; because from the outside, I see so many opportunities that are missed for these gestures, and this is a day that you know you can do whatever you want and it’s a sign of pure love.
In which Kitten is right about everything as usual. Me and my Valentine don’t tend to go crazy on the day, we’ve created a rule whereby we each take turns each year to do something special, but it means that we always do something and it’s always nice to have that opportunity. This year is my year, which is good because he hurt his neck yesterday and is pretty much unable to do anything big, so I’ll be cooking him a special dinner (steak!) and getting his favourite wine and we’ll watch a movie together, which to us sounds pretty perfect.
Hope everyone else is enjoying Valentine’s Day, even if you’re not with someone - maybe take the opportunity to treat yourself if you’re single, seeing as a lot of people tend to forget to do that for the rest of the year :)