This is a short and sweet post, but as promised the sign-up to Scrivener Outline class is LIVE! To sign up for the class, go to The 2014 Online Workshops via the Colorado Chapter of the Romance Writers of America. Scroll down, it’s the last class offered in October and will run through the end of the month. Hope to see you there!


The Scrivener Experiment Part 3

by RS on August 14, 2014

It’s been a long time since I updated readers about my experiment with Scrivener and I thought I would give you a quick run-down of what’s happened.

First, I’ve made some money. Not enough to support myself, but enough to pay for the site and some incidentals. I didn’t have great expectations for it to make a bundle, but I hoped that I’d be hired either for private lessons or to teach via an organization. Those two items can be checked off.

On average I get about 200 visitors per day, and 350 page views. The days that Scrivener tweets and posts the tutorial, the number of visitors quintuple. As nice as that shout out is I still need to grow the site  considerably, go beyond the tutorials and start incorporating how Scrivener can be used for the actual writing process.

In the next few weeks, I’ll teaching how to create an outline in Scrivener, but I’ll also be discussing plot, structure, and as well as provide in-depth character and setting questionnaire. So it’s a tutorial where you’ll see how to use the many features, but at the same time various lessons on craft.

What spurred this? I love templates and I love learning about other writers processes, but of all the templates I discovered online, some of which are excellent, I found they were either complicated and intimidating or too simplified. So I decided that I would devise my own outline template that would be easy to understand and maximize the power of Scrivener.

However, this won’t be a series of tutorials to be posted on the Simply Scrivener site or here, but an actual class that will last 30 days. Students will get a daily email that will take them through the process of creating their outline and template for future projects. If you want to take the course, drop me a line in comments and I’ll reply with the details.

How successful will it be? I’m hoping that I get a lot of student participation so I can fine-tune it. The goal is to have this couse be the class to take before the NANOWRIMO marathon. Plus, I’m thinking it I might turn it into a book as well.

I’ll keep updating about how this all turns out while I’m designing the course and how it all turns out.


A Life of Regret and Remorse

by RS on August 6, 2014

Patricia Krenwinkle in the documentary, “Life After Manson.”

I’ve been listening to Helter Skelter while I work out (I know, odd choice). I read the book when I was in high school and last month I thought I would revisit it and listen to the audio version. Coincidentally, by the time I finish the book it will fall on the anniversary of the grisly Tate massacre.

Yesterday afternoon while I was procrastinating to complete an article, I made my way to the New York Times and read the Op-Ed piece, “My Life After Manson,” which was accompanied by a nine-minute video featuring Patricia Krenwinkle who was present at both the Tate and LaBianca residences on August 8-9, 1969.

Let me be up front here: Patricia Krenwinkle killed. She was convicted on seven counts of murder and the initial punishment was the death penalty until it was revoked, and turned to life in prison. She has been behind bars at the California Institution for Women in Corona for forty-five years.

So this leads to the Krenwinkle interview and I’m repeating here what I wrote on Facebook: I’m not in favor of the death penalty. I believe certain individuals can be rehabilitated. I’ve watched all three women (Susan Atkins and Leslie Van Houten) eloquently express great remorse and say that who they were when they were 19 and 20 are worlds apart from who they are now. I believe them. Is Patricia Krenwinkle fully rehabilitated after 45 years without Charlie in her head and manipulating her? Or am I foolish, naive, and falling for a con?

We had a lively discussion about the death penalty versus life in prison versus parole, as well as the question on sympathy and causes on Facebook, and now I’d like to bring the discussion here. What are your thoughts? Should Patricia Krenwinkle and Leslie Van Houten be granted parole in 2018? Would they be able to survive outside the prison walls? Would their own lives be in danger with someone willing to play executioner?