I Lost 100 Story Outlines


The biggest setback in my writing happened 3 weeks ago. I took my iPhone 5S into a Batteries Plus to get the battery replaced and the technician messed up my phone. It began going into a perpetual reboot cycle every 3 minutes. After a few days with my phone, including a trip to another location for another technician to fix it, the phone was determined to be broken by the “trained technicians.” At first, the they blamed it on not being updated to the newest version, however, after updating it, it didn’t work. They then said if I did a hard reboot, it would correct itself.

Oh shit.

I lost all my story pre-draft outlines.

Since the phone was constantly rebooting, I couldn’t download all the data. It would only get ten percent in the process or so each time.

You see, as a writer in 2016, I have a ton of ideas, but very few drafts. This is because I go through a pre-draft stage of outlining details of 3 act stories, and then constantly refining it on my phone until it reaches an insatiable stage of needing to write the first chapter, which results in very quick beginnings to stories. I almost never have writers block. Sometimes I change my mind with characters and have to figure stuff out halfway through a book, but more often than not, I follow “writing to an end.”

I had maybe a 100 outlines on my phone. Some of them were garbage, some of them were so-so, and a few were good. Luckily for me, some of the good ideas will always be in my mind. Unfortunately, all of the 2am plot ideas formed before I fell asleep in bed don’t always manifest itself again. Some of the quick lunch time notes I get while people-watching is gone forever.

And this is ok.

I’ll come up with another 100 fresh ideas soon. I can probably do it in a week. I could probably write 1000 outlines in a few months.

Outlines don’t matter. Spending the time to write full drafts do.

I’ll keep pressing forward, as should you.

We can’t dwell on the fast, only focus on the future and imagine the possibilities.

I now have a new iPhone with a bigger screen.

And my notes page on my iPhone is empty, but not for long.

Book Reviews: Jony Ive


Jony Ive: The Genius Behind Apple’s Greatest Products by Leander Kahney

There is simply too much to read, and as a result, I skim a lot of books. To understand how Apple changed the world, one must break apple into three parts. Steve Jobs was like Captain Kirk. He helmed the ship and boldy steered the Enterprise where it never went before. Tim Cook was like Spock, who was brainy and methodical and studious in making operating decisions. Jony Ive is what I would call McCoy, who is the heart and completed the Apple triad.

Jony Ive, an Englishman who studied industrial design, was as important to Apple as Tim Cook was. The look and feel of apple products can be attributed not only to him, but his fine team who operate secretively in a locked down area equivalent of a silicon valley Fort Knox. Everything from the iPod to the iPhone to the iPad and the apple watch were designed and developed under his watchful eye. The book gave me insight to how secretive companies develop products in an ever competitive world of copycats. It also was a testimony that there was more to Apple than Steve Jobs. It was always about the people behind the products.

One of the downsides to the book was the lack of quotes attributed directly to Jony Ive. The narrative would have been greatly improved with his version of the events leading up to the great Apple products that defined the digital revolution. This was the story many wanted to read, but were left empty and disappointed by quotes from people around him. If only the author would have nailed down more backing from Jony Ive, the book could have truly been great. A marketing push could have seen Jony presenting the intricately designed cover and showing to the world for the first time a story about him.

As for skimming the book, I read this one cover to cover.

Book Review: 7.5/10