It was a rough day yesterday. It was raining, it was cold, it was windy, there were assholes on the road, three whom nearly wrecked me, and one guy who felt that driving over 75 mph in a hard rain was completely legit, and nearly took himself and a few other cars out when he almost lost control. When I am allowed to mount heavy weapons on my car, idiots like that will vanish quickly . . .
Thus it was that when I sat down to continue my conquest of my current novel formatting so that I can transform it into the epic story that folks will line up to by. The way it’s suppose to look is good: I’ve figure out the ways that compile time formatting should work, and I’ve begun employing that process. I also tried a epub creation, then converted that to mobi, but the phantom pages issue remained. Hummm . . . phantom pages. I could use that as a movie title.
One question that I received this morning was, “Why is this Scrivener so great?” What I did last night is a prime example. I have a story that I’m trying to convert to different formats, all three which are nowhere comparable to each other. And yet, I’d make one change in the Scrivener compiler, and off I went, creating a .doc, then a few seconds later creating a .epub, then trying a .mobi format a few seconds after that. Nothing else was required; information I’d used for formatting on one format was good for information on another, and where I had formatting styles particular to .epub and .mobi, that information was retained when I switched over to .doc.
I could call Scrivener “Out of One Comes Many,” but that is stretching things just a little.
Though I’ve not gotten to the very root of my phantom page problems, I’m learning a great deal about the creation of an ebook without having to do a lot of extra work. Trust me, though: I will work this out, one way or the other. Part of the issue could be that the Windows version of Scrivener is not quite as powerful as the Mac OS version of Scrivener, but it’s getting there. I’m a programmer, which means I not only understand this concept of “getting your software up to speed,” but I know work arounds. I’ve created an ebook before, and I’ll do it again using my work around.
I will not be found wanting.
It’s back into cleaning up the chapters tonight. I think I’ll throw Scrivener into Outline view and just pick chapters and go through them, so that I get a feel for how that part works. I love my Corkboard, but trying the Outline view is something I’ve wanted to do for a while, and tonight is just as good a time to play as any. Besides, with the change I’m going to try with my story, the Outline will work better than the Corkboard. At least that’s how I see it at the moment.
Editing is boring? Are you kidding?
I’m having a blast.