Scrivener, Vikings and Star Trek Pets

I’ve had Scrivener for a couple of years now. So far, I’ve yet to really use it. I’ve heard so much about how great it is for writing, but the learning curve is so huge that every time I try to use it I get frustrated and just go back to using Word.

But I have to admit, I’d really like to have all of my chapter drafts, research, character sketches, etc. in one place. So I’m going to give Scrivener another try.

My friend, Joely Sue Burkhart, suggested that I get a copy of Scrivener for Dummies, which seems very apropos as I feel like such a dummy when I try to use Scrivener.

I’m going to be starting a new series and the ability to have everything organized and in one place would be extremely helpful. Particularly if my time starts to become more valuable and I need to have a system in place to keep up with my writing.

I’ll blog about my experiences using Scrivener in future posts.

Data and Spot

This morning, while walking, I came across a sign that stated a cat was missing in the neighborhood. The cat’s name is Spot and I couldn’t help but think that the owner might be a Star Trek: Next Generation fan because Data had a cat (the same breed as the missing cat) whom he named Spot. I hope the owner finds her cat. I don’t have any pets, but I can imagine how upset she must be. I’ve contemplated getting a cat. I like cats. But I need my financial situation to get a bit more stabilized before I take on the responsibility of a pet.

Data isn’t the only Star Trek character to have a pet on board ship. Captain Archer from Star Trek: Enterprise  had a very cute beagle named Porthos. In the 2009 reboot of Star Trek, Scotty, played by Simon Pegg, tells Kirk that he used Admiral Archer’s prize beagle in a transporter experiment and, apparently, the beagle failed to reappear.

Captain Archer’s dog Porthos

What’s interesting is that in the novelization of Star Trek, the beagle does reappear at the end of the book. I guess the author of the novelization couldn’t stand the idea of that poor dog being lost forever.

I picked up a copy of Nicola Griffth’s novel Hild from the library the other day. It’s the story of Britain’s seventh century Hilda of Whitby. The book focuses on her years as a child and then as a young woman. So far I’m enjoying the book. I’ve always loved historical fiction and this one is beautifully written. For some reason, I keep thinking of History Channel’s Vikings, which wrapped up its season last night, while reading it.

Season 2 of Vikings was full of a lot of action and a LOT of backstabbing. In fact, there was so much betrayal, backstabbing and political intrigue going on, that I wondered if I was actually watching Game of Thrones instead of Vikings, which is not necessarily a good thing. Game of Thrones, due to its wider geographical scope and larger cast of characters, can handle multiple plots with similar themes. The world of Vikings however, is smaller in scope and a bit more of a closed system and, unfortunately, plots involving betrayals and duplicity can become a bit repetitive if they’re done more than once.

I really liked Season 1 of Vikings because it focused more on Ragnar’s desire to explore and learn more of the world about him, even if that desire was fueled by a lust for raiding. In Season 2, however, he seemed to spend most of his time fending off the next would-be usurper/assassin/betrayer. But since the show’s  been renewed for a third season, I’ll wait and see what’s in store for Ragnar and the others in 2015. (Less backstabbing and more raiding/exploring, I hope!)

Ragnar – History Channel’s Vikings