What I did with Rev last night

Timothy Miller gandalf at doctorTimothyMiller.com
Tue Jul 10 17:09:25 EDT 2007

I missed most of this thread, but I'm getting it by context, I think.

So, here's my bit.

I'm thinking about writing another book, and remembering all the  
difficulty I had with the last one. So, I'm cobbling together a stack  
that will help me write more comfortably and efficiently this time.

Each card will contain a heading or a paragraph, or maybe a sketch of  
a paragraph that I intend to write later. Chapters, headings and  
paragraphs will have sequence numbers. They will be easily re- 
sequenced and re-sorted. Chapters can be re-titled and re-sequenced,  
too. The topic sentence of each paragraph will be labeled, and each  
paragraph will have a short title. Cards will be color-coded to  
indicate the kind of items they contain.

I'll create clickable indexes for paragraph titles, topic sentence,  
headings, and so on. The stack will sort chapter titles, headings and  
topic sentences or paragraph titles into outlines.

Paragraphs will be marked with radio buttons such as "ready for prime  
time" "not bad, but needs work" "what a mess" "citation needed" and  
so on. I'll filter unimportant words to create summaries of  
paragraphs, chapters, or the whole book. Other fields on each card  
will contain useful notes to myself, not intended for inclusion in  
the final product.

Other cards will contain, label and index items not ready to be  
sequenced, such as vague ideas, or tentative sentences or paragraphs,  
as well as citations and sources and so on.

It's probably been done before, and done better, but it's mighty nice  
to be able to put it together just as it suits me, and to begin using  
it almost immediately, as I gradually improve it, and try out new  


Tim Miller

On Jul 10, 2007, at 10:23 AM, Mark Talluto wrote:

>> On Wed, 4 Jul 2007, J. Landman Gay wrote:
>>> It is so satisfying to be able to write whatever I need. Anyone else
>>> done little personal stacks with Rev lately?
> I just wrote an app that I have needed for some time.  It keeps my  
> external hard drives from going to sleep.  I may be working them  
> extra hard, but I just can't stand the spin up time it takes to get  
> them going.  Makes my whole system feel sluggish. Now all my HDs  
> are waiting for my every command.  Ooo..aaahhh...haaa...haaa!
> Mark Talluto
> -- 
> CANELA Software
> http://www.canelasoftware.com

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