Everlasting Gobstopper Notes

By Kathrese McKee | ROW80


Gobstoppers by Quimby via Flickr, Creative Commons License

A few months ago, I made a new best friend–an elephant by the name of Evernote. He’s like the Everlasting Gobstopper in Willie Wonka, the candy that’s supposed to last a long, long time (if not forever.) My friend, Evernote, makes my notes last a long, long time. More importantly, he helps me remember all the little details that often get lost. As long as I remember to click on his icon when I find something worth keeping online, Evernote will remember the article, selection, page, or URL. I can collect my notes in notebooks and assign tags. When I do a similar search online at a later date, Evernote reminds me I have related materials in my notes.

Maybe you’ve already met Evernote. If you haven’t, get acquainted. If you’re richer than I am, you may want to befriend Evernote Jumbo Premium. I’m not getting paid or in any way reimbursed for talking about this application. But, when I find a valuable tool, I want to pass on the news. I also use Google Drive and Dropbox. But, as long as I have an Internet connection, I have access to all of my Evernote materials, even on my mobile phone–without having to use storage space on either my computer or my phone.

What are your favorite research tools? Please leave your questions or comments below.

ROW80 Progress

A couple of weeks have gone by, and now it’s time to review my goals based on a realistic pace for summertime. Here are my updated goals and my progress. I’m on a Monday to Sunday work week, and since today is Wednesday, that means evaluating my progress at the halfway point of my week.

  • Goal 1 – Complete 4,000+ words/week for Twin Kingdoms (2,200 so far)*
  • Goal 2 – Complete one post for Christ’s Reflections (Half of a draft.)
  • Goal 3 – Complete one post for momsread.com (Research is complete.)
  • Goal 4 – Complete two posts for kathresemckee.com (One down.)
  • Goal 5 – 4 tweets/day (Check.)
  • Goal 6 – 2 comments/day on other blogs (Check.)
  • Goal 7 – Read one non-fiction book/week (I’m 41% through Engagement From Scratch by Danny Iny and a host of contributors.)

*Word count as of today is 58,236. Yesterday, I rearranged the scenes in the last three chapters. This week, I’ve written several new scenes. I feel my word count creeping up (kinda’ like blood pressure), but I think I need to write it out now and put it on a diet later. My critique partner is back in town–YAY!–so, I’m certain she’ll make me aware of the “fluff” that’s crept in while she was away. Stupid fluff.

Dear Reader,

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Kathrese McKee

About the Author

Texas author, Kathrese McKee, writes epic adventures for young adults and anyone else who enjoys pirates and princesses combined with life’s difficult questions. She is committed to exciting stories, appropriate content, and quality craftsmanship.

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