Taking Emily Freeman’s lead to share a handful of things I learned this month, from the (occasionally) significant to the (mostly) shallow.
1. You can use emojis in Scrivener.
Scrivener is the program I use to do all my longform writing, including that book that’s due tomorrow. My novelist friend Ariel showed me how to use emojis to help structure my content and show my process, and it is making my writing life a little better.
(For a mind-blowing look at how a historical fiction writer nails down her structure, check out this photo of Ariel’s office.)
2. The iPhone has an Emergency SOS shortcut.
I didn’t know about the iPhone’s SOS mode until I accidentally activated called it on a recent late-night drive home. My phone called 911 and sent SOS texts to my husband and mother. Not good. But I couldn’t call or text to tell them I was okay because my phone automatically disabled itself!
The idea behind Emergency SOS is that you can discreetly summon help when you need it, without even looking at your screen. On my phone, it’s activated by pressing and holding the side button and a volume button simultaneously.
Well. I have one of these iPhone mounts for my car; I love it because it makes it easy to see maps when I’m driving in unfamiliar places. But when I didn’t properly position my phone, the mount’s claws squeezed my phone buttons … and called 911. And it appears I’m just one of many to do so.
If you have an iPhone, maybe check your own settings?
3. Reading People is now in airports!
With a totally different cover, and that is not an accident. This is a Choice Books edition, which prefers covers that are colorful and easy to read for shoppers who are quickly browsing.
Get a copy of Reading People right here, but to get a copy of Understanding You (same book, different cover) keep your eyes open the next time you’re in an airport, restaurant, or gas station.
Before I started writing books, I had no idea how much I didn’t know about publishing.
3b. Professional development groups are reading Reading People.
Apparently this has been happening since the book came out, but I didn’t realize it until my local government’s executive training program chose it for their quarterly book club selection—and then, when they subsequently discovered I was local, invited me to come chat.
This was such a fun discovery, and the book club itself was amazing—it’s been a long time since I’ve participated in a book club with such varied readers.
4. I can learn to roll my r’s.
I’ve always felt hopeless about properly pronouncing words like perro and tierra because I am incapable of rolling my r’s. At least I thought I was. But then at a parent-teacher conference for my middle schooler, my child’s teacher gave Will and me an impromptu lesson.
She gave me more detailed instruction, but everything hinges on practicing three progressively harder words: Indri, Intri, Trina.
I still can’t do it, but I’m getting better.
5. Book news!
What did you learn in March?