Tinderbox principles for writers

Programming note: I will revisit this post from time to time to add new principles as they emerge in practice. Tinderbox is more than just a piece of software–it’s a way of thinking. Adjusting your thinking is a critical aspect (and benefit) of using Tinderbox. In particular, given a target audience of writers, there’s several things to keep in mind. Don’t throw anything away. Storing things, particularly texty things,...

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To NT or not NT, that is the question

I’ve been recently identified on the autism spectrum. This is not terribly unusual. Tongue-in-cheek estimates peg half of Silicon Valley programmers as on-the-spectrum–in particular citing Asperger Syndrome, which is widely thought to be an autism spectrum “disorder”. Pop culture is laden with characters that display ‘aspie’ symptoms, to various levels of authenticity. What’s more unusual is being...

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Tinderbox v Scrivener

When talking writing software, there’s no way to avoid talking about Scrivener. In fact, I’ll say up front: you need Scrivener. That said, the overall topic for this discussion is Tinderbox. What’s worth discussing is similarities and differences between Scrivener (and its companion app, Scapple) and Tinderbox, and when to use one or the other. You probably already know what Scrivener looks like, but here’s a snapshot...

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Adventures with fitness trackers

I have a theory that the advent of the Apple Watch has made serious waves in the “wearables” market. In particular, it’s forced the hand of other companies to get something–anything–out as quickly as possible. Now, the Apple Watch looks like a fine piece of hardware, but I’ve never been the kind of person to pay $400 for a watch, and that’s not changing just because a company has lengthened the runway...

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Tinderbox v Evernote

In nearly any recent discussion about writing tools, Evernote will inevitably come up. So it’s worth discussing the plusses and minuses of Evernote, and why you still might want to use Tinderbox, particularly in the context of novelish worldbuilding. This posting is a work-in-progress. Please share your thoughts and experiences with Evernote and Tinderbox in the comment section, and I will update the information as we go. Evernote is...

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Read Deception Fault for free

For a limited time, the story Deception Fault is free in the Amazon Kindle store. Go check it out. The Comp-Sci-Fi series celebrates the ideas and personalities of the of the computer age. These short stories can be read in any order. You can always find them by searching “comp sci fi” on Amazon. Besides this limited offer, you can pick up Ritchie Boss: Private Investigator Manager (a sequel to Deception Fault) for free, and The...

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Micah Joel

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