Saturday, November 19, 2011

It's a peaceful Saturday. I did some novel writing on the train, and the end is in sight, it really is... I'll do some more in a minute.
Most of the day I spent playing with a borrowed ipad. I haven't really liked them so far, but it seems like it's the platform of choice at the moment for interactive literature and art, so I ought to get one to keep track of things. Personally, I'd much prefer an android tablet, but all the big cutting edge apps are still for the ipad.

So far...

  • I worked out how to synch my Scrivener data over to it, so I could actually work on my novel without lugging my work computer around. That's excellent.
  • It's easy to locally save reference pictures off the web. Yay! That'll be incredibly useful, since my laptop takes too much space on my drawing desk, and is unwieldy.
  • I'm not very excited by any of the art apps I've seen so far, but then I haven't seen many because I don't want to buy them on this borrowed pad.
  • I really don't fancy drawing or painting on the thing.
  • Surprisingly the first really exciting thing I stumbled across was a typewriter app. It was wonderful to use, reminded me of my first novel writing attempts... I'll be enjoying sending people typewritten email jpgs. Heh.
  • The keyboard is awful. But then a bluetooth keyboard will work with it. Fair enough.
I'm almost convinced of the usefulness. I'll be completely convinced once I start making my own apps.
Apparently one of Tove Jansson's classic picture books is being turned into a tablet app. I'm generally against turning existing novelty books into apps (what's the point exactly) but I'm looking forward to seeing what they'll do.


Emma Collins Ba (Hons) said...


I'm sorry for being such a nag :/ but I was just wondering if you could give me some advice on writing a story. I've written one already called Dirty Dog and I sent it to walker but they thought it needed to be stronger...hmm.

Thankyou! (again sorry for being a pain)and the Witches is one of my favourites too...and my mum used to read the BFG to me when I was little!

Viviane Schwarz said...

Yep, send it, I'll have a look :)

Emma Collins Ba (Hons) said...

I've sent it in an email.

Thankyou so much! You're a star!!!