Wednesday, February 4, 2015
Why I Love Hurdles
You have several choices when you find a hurdle in your path: turn around and go home, bust through it, or learn how to fly over it. As I approach the finish line for my second book, some new hurdles are appearing on the last lap. Just when I was feeling comfortable with my progress, a new obstacle showed up on the race track yesterday. I bought Turbo Tax and installed it on my MacBook Pro. That's when I discovered my system software was too old to support the tax program and I needed an upgrade. Surprise! MS Word is no longer supported on OS X Yosemite. Suddenly I felt like a pole vaulter who got his pole stolen. My hurdle was laughing at me. I scratched my head and stood there staring at my conundrum. I knew going home wasn't an option. It never is. How was I going to write without a word program? Ah, conflict. There's no story without conflict. But there's no book without the proper writing tools.
I found an awesome solution. The writing pros use a program called Scrivener. It retails for $45.00. That's another hurdle for me because I'm on a super strict budget I set up to make sure my credit cards are all at zero balances by the time I launch my third book on Independence Day, five months from today. I scoured the internet for a better deal and found a coupon code for Scrivener 2. The $9.00 discount made the hurdle small enough to leap over without using a credit card. I turned around and looked at my hurdle. It appeared so much smaller from the other side. My legs feel like they're ready for even bigger challenges ahead. I have a long way to go. Good-bye MS Word. It was nice knowing you. I'm sticking with "Scriv" for the rest of the race. Bring on the hurdles. I love 'em. Have a great day.