Three Views Within Scrivener

There are three main views within Scrivener that relate to planning and story organization:

manuscript viewOne view is the Manuscript View. In the Binder it represents the overall book/part/chapter/scene organization your work follows. By creating a parent/child structure the binder really gives you a nice high level outline view of your work. More on the structure you create at a later date.

CORKBOARDVIEWThe second view is the Corkboard View, which lends a bit more planning ability by allowing you to take each scene, chapter, etc. and add a description to the title you already have.You can title the card, give it a quick description. The  cards look like 3X5 notecards tacked onto a corkboard, but in reality you can add as much or as little information as you need.

outliner viewThe third view is the Outliner View. It combines the best of the manuscript and the corkboard view to create a tree like structure (like the Binder) that contains the information from the note cards in it.

If you click into any of these views you can add new scenes with the Green + and new folders (chapters, parts, etc) with the new Folder button at the bottom of the binder. You can also reorganize using drag and drop and edit any of the visible text without switching views.

If you haven’t yet seen some basic information for Scrivener on the Windows platform, it is here.

As always, I highly recommend Scrivener for Dummies, it has tons of information you can use. There is a formal forum through Literature & Latte you can check out. And don’t miss the Scrivener for Dummies Cheat Sheet :-)


Easy Mexican Stew



1/2 bag of frozen chicken tenderloins
block of cream cheese
can of corn, drained
can of black beans, drained and rinsed
can of Ro-tel (mild with green chilies)
white rice and/or tortilla chips


In a crockpot, place the frozen chicken, then lay the cream cheese on top. Pour the corn, beans, and ro-tel over the top. Cook on low for 6 to 8 hours, do not mix (you don’t want to break the cream cheese apart). When done, shred the chicken, mix, then turn on warm or serve over white rice or with tortilla chips.

[Note, previously I posted a Mexican Stew recipe that is VERY similar to this, but the prior recipe adds the cream cheese at the end. This recipe is much more simple!]


Do You Doubt?

are you sure
This past Sunday, Stephen Davey spoke about 1John 5:13-14. These concluding remarks within the book of 1John were written so that we’d know we have been saved. It was written for believers. Kind of like a hug from God 🙂

Pastor Davey stated that doubt:

  1. has more to do with feelings than with doctrine
  2. suffering can be a reason for doubting
  3. unconfessed sin ~ strips away confidence
  4. undisciplined spiritual life
  5. cultural influences
  6. false teachers
  7. enemy propaganda

I am going to expand only on the first thought. Doubt has more to do with feelings than with doctrine. Pastor stated that the closer we live to the Word, the closer we’ll feel to God, the more confidence we’ll have in our eternal destiny.

WOW. That makes such sense! The more time we spend with God (reading the Bible, praying, living out His commands, etc.), the more confidence we will have in the things God has told us.

Pastor Davey also said that we aren’t entirely certain what will happen in the next 24 hours, yet we have certainty where we’ll be a billion years from now. Rest in that certainty. Live in that certainty.


Swiffer ~ So Many Uses

I use Swiffer sheets constantly. Here are a few examples

  1. In the laundry room there is tons of dust. I use a Swiffer sheet every few days and run it over the top of the washer and dryer, otherwise, a film of dust begins. I stick the used Swiffer sheet in the cabinet above my dryer and toss when it gets dirty.
  2. Swiffer sheets are great for cleaning ceiling fan blades because dust clings to them.
  3. Dust accumulates in our master closet for some reason, so I use a Swiffer sheet a few times a year. I just wipe the shelving down, using a ladder for high spots.
  4. Once a month, I use a Swiffer cloth on the moldings in our powder room, laundry room, and master bathroom ~ the most dusty spots in our home. By spending ten minutes every month on this minor project, our moldings always look bright and sparkly!

On another note, I have a Swiffer Sweeper, as opposed to a Swiffer Wet Jet. I attach a damp paper towel to my Swiffer Sweeper to damp mop my screened in porch. It works great! Optionally, you can purchase the Swiffer wet cloths for damp mopping, but I don’t need anti-bacterial cleaning on my screened in porch so my version is cheaper!


Basic Scrivener Information for the Windows Platform

Scrivener has so many tools you can use to organize your writing life! Here are just a few that tripped me up when I first began using Scrivener:

  1. On the right hand side is the “inspector window”. It is only visible if you click on the encircled “i” in the upper right corner of the screen. This window contains “identifying information”. We’ll talk about what the sections in the inspector window mean in a later post.
  2. Concentration mode: Black square at top makes your background go away, escape makes it come back
  3. Make the “corkboardview appear. You can toggle between viewing the selected document, viewing the corkboard (works best when CHAPTERS is selected), or the outliner view (see my post on how to do this).paint scrivener basics

As always, I highly recommend Scrivener for Dummies, it has tons of information you can use. There is a formal forum through Literature & Latte you can check out. And don’t miss the Scrivener for Dummies Cheat Sheet 🙂


Keeping a Glass Shower Door Looking New

At our old home, our glass shower door ended up with some type of film on it. So when we prepared our home to sell, we had to replace it 🙁



In our new home, we don’t want to run into that problem, so I investigated what we could do to make this glass door look like new, hopefully forever!

  • Twice a month, I spray a dawn and water solution on the glass and then rinse well
  • Every time we use the shower, we squeegee the glass, and then towel dry the door with a microfiber towel (the dollar store sells them in packs of 6)
shower door open


A final tip: after every shower, push the door half way into the shower and allow to air dry ~ that’ll dry the tilework quicker and lead to less mold/mildew problems in the caulk and grout.


Pork Fried Rice


TJ Veggie Rice

Trader Joe’s Vegetable Fried Rice

When we make pork tenderloin on the grill, we always end up with leftover pork. So I make pork fried rice with it. You’ll need:


  • leftover pork, cut into bite sized pieces
  • Trader Joes vegetable fried rice in the freezer section
  • two eggs lightly whipped
  • soy sauce




Heat up a skillet, put some vegetable oil in it. Brown the pork pieces.

Add the frozen fried rice, mix until lightly brown.

Create a hole in the center of the skillet, put in the whipped eggs and let them cook, trying to contain them since they are the only uncooked item in the pan.

Mix all together and add some soy sauce to taste ~ YUM!


Where to Start a Scene?

ocean bay viewSometimes, I have no idea where to start a scene. Don’t let that stop you from writing the scene! Don’t forget the seat-in-the-chair rule 🙂

I usually put a comment at the beginning of the scene, giving myself ideas about where to start. Then I plunge into the scene ~ just write. By the time I have the scene written, I can usually go back to the top and find the appropriate place to start, not too early, not too late.

After that, I add the description necessary to ground the scene for the reader. Enjoy!


Re-Upholster Swivel Chair

old pink swivel chair withnotesNow that chair would be perfect for a young girl, but we wanted a more sophisticated look. On a budget! So I found a fabric I loved. The thicker fabric you use, the tougher it will be to re-upholster, but the more durable it will be in the long term. I took a chance on a fairly thin fabric, because the colors were a perfect match for this new study nook I created.

fabric for chair back smaller


The first thing I did was remove the seat back from the chair with a drill. Then I removed the base of the seat from the frame. I used the seat base as a pattern to cut out the new fabric as seen below.


Now, place the ironed fabric on the seat back, making sure to line up the pattern properly. Flip the seat back over and use a staple gun to secure the fabric. Cut excess fabric if necessary. You may also need a piece of black or white felt to tack on the back for esthetics.

finished swivel chair

Next, use the base of the seat as a pattern to cut out the new fabric. Place ironed fabric on the base of the seat, making sure to line up the pattern properly. Flip the base of the seat over and use a staple gun to secure the fabric. Cut excess fabric if necessary. You may also need a piece of black or white felt to tack on the bottom for esthetics.

desk and board and lamp


Finally, reassemble the pieces ~ you are done!

I blogged about recovering the bulletin board here.

As I mentioned, I made a study nook. Here is the whole nook. Isn’t it pretty?


Layer Emotion into Scenes



Emotions are the key to connecting the reader with your story.


Ask yourself why the character feels this way. Then expand all description you already have.

To go deeper, ask yourself how does your character FEEL about what just happened?

Now go back and remove all words that convey emotion by telling (like sad, happy, hurt, fear, etc.). Replace the telling emotion word with a show of how the character is feeling. With those simple words gone, you story will be stronger!