Day 264: The Cloud

Day 264: The Cloud

I was just marveling at how freaking cool “the cloud” is these days.

Believe it or not, I’ve actually been working with various “clouds” for a long time. Very early on, my work with Frisky Records involved working with online documents. Our whole promo system used Dropbox all the way back in 2008/2009, whereby which we could share new music amongst the various peoples.

The cloud really has reached a new level of usefulness, though. I can literally write my novel and my pilot script between my iPad, which is what I’m writing on right now, and my computer without missing a single beat. Pages, which is what I’m using for my novel, automatically saves documents to my iCloud account (an Apple thing). Then, I can open that file from Pages on my computer – the iCloud folder appears as an option when opening files. Final Draft doesn’t automatically sync so iCloud, BUT, it does have a built-in feature with Dropbox. It automatically syncs with the file stored there, and then I can just simply open that file on my iMac and blam-o, same thing. I keep that file in the dropbox folder, and it auto-syncs from my desktop. It’s a really freaking cool system, and I love it.

I also love typing on my iPad. I really do. I’ve easily gotten used to the smaller keyboard, and that surprisingly hasn’t given me issues when transferring to use my iMac keyboard on the occasions that I’m writing from the office instead. The iPad is nice just because there are no distractions. I don’t have a bunch of other windows vying for attention, it’s just me and whatever it is that I’m writing.

Got 7 pages written today, and I think the goal for tomorrow is about the same. Maybe 10 pages? We’ll see. They’re all coming pretty quickly, the pages, and when I’m on a roll, I can crank them out pretty easily. It’s a nice steady pace. I don’t ever stop feeling completely exhausted, and yet, here we are almost three weeks in and I’m going to be right around the 63 pages that were my goal. That’s 1/5th of the way finished with the whole entire thing! And I never even broke a sweat.

That’s the beauty of “do less more often”…

I also worked out in between innings of the baseball game tonight. It’s a bit of cheating, but nothing too bad. I did all the workouts to failure, so it definitely counts. It was a nice way to end the day.

Today definitely didn’t start out well. I woke up feeling exhausted. Legitimately exhausted. So, I laid back down after eating and walking the Coops, and I ended up sleeping for another three hours. THREE HOURS!!! That’s how tired I was, I guess. Those three hours in the morning-to-early-afternoon time were going to be my jump-start on the catch-up editing work that I want to get done this weekend. So, obviously, that didn’t happen.

Then the Ho and I travelled down to the OC to (finally) get the engagement ring appraised so we can take an insurance policy out on it, and decide on what kind of band I wanted to get for myself. I, surprisingly, decided that I liked the look of the traditional, shiny, kind of rounded plain wedding band. It wasn’t what I was expecting, to be honest. I thought that I would like something more with a brushed look, but I didn’t. They looked like washers to me that you use with nuts and bolts.

So, we did that, and then driving back, all the sudden it was 6:30 in the evening, and I literally hadn’t done anything in terms of writing/editing/working out. But, I knuckled down, and you now know the rest. It ended up being a pretty nice day. I definitely needed the rest, I guess.

Speaking of, it’s almost 1am, which means it’s time for bed. More shenanigans tomorrow! See you then.