“It’s Hard to Love Reading and Not Also Want to Write”

Ashley Warren’s world is about writing. As a content and research strategist, she composes blog posts, newsletters, social media posts, and white papers. As as creative writer, she lets mostly female protagonists embark to fantastic adventures in imaginary worlds. In our interview, she talks about how she got into writing, self-publishing, as well as her routines and workflows.

Please tell us something about you and what you are working on.

Ashley Warren

I’m Ashley Warren, and I’m a writer and researcher in Reno, Nevada. I live here with my husband, Andrew, who is a robotics engineer, and our cat, Sofie. Daily, I wear several hats: I’m a content, UX and research strategist; a research and writing consultant; and a creative writer. I hold a Master’s degree in Literacy Studies from the University of Nevada-Reno, which helped me hone both my research and writing skills.

My brain is regularly split between logic/analysis and untamed creativity. Right now, I have two main projects for early 2018: a speculative fiction short story anthology — working title Badlands — about how people are shaped by their environments; and a cross-genre role-play game (RPG) campaign called The Fractures. RPGs — such as Dungeons & Dragons — have really changed the way I approach storytelling, since it requires a logical approach just as much as a creative one: how can players get from point A to point B in the most interesting way possible? How can I create a unique, interesting world and atmosphere that people can delve into?

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Ulysses 12: Small Refinements for More Productivity

In last week’s announcement post you already learned about the most important new features in Ulysses’ latest version. There are a few further refinements we would like to point you to. Even if they’re about small details, they may – depending on your workflow – improve your working with Ulysses every day.

Use Shortcuts to Move Paragraphs

During the process of editing, you may realize that rearranging the order of your text is necessary. So far, you needed to cut paragraphs and paste them to their new location. With the new version, you can use the following shortcuts to move a paragraph up or down in your text:

  • ⌃⌘↑ (control-command-up arrow)
  • ⌃⌘↓ (control-command-down arrow)

Note: It does not matter where in your paragraph the cursor is placed, these shortcuts will move the entire paragraph.

Even if you don’t mind reaching for the mouse — try it out, it is much more convenient than the traditional way.

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“Learn Ulysses” – A Video Course by The Sweet Setup

The Sweet Setup is a small yet classy website dedicated to apps, but with a twist. Among a number of good quality options, the authors aim to identify the best one: the best weather app, the best e-book reader, and so on. Ulysses had been honored as “The Best Pro Writing App for Mac (and iOS)” on The Sweet Setup, and Shawn Blanc, the site owner, uses Ulysses personally for all his writing and note taking. That’s why he wanted to help others learn Ulysses as well and discover everything it’s capable of doing.

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Ulysses Now Fluent in 10 Languages

어서 오십시오. Добро́ пожа́ловать! Bem-vindo!

We have just released an update to Ulysses both on macOS and iOS adding localizations to Korean, Russian, and Brazilian Portuguese.

In the Ulysses office, our native languages are German (11), Dutch (1), Spanish (1), and Chinese (1). Our English is good enough to handle our blog, website and the more formal communication. But while our personal knowledge of Russian, Korean, and Brazilian Portuguese reaches from a smattering to non-existent, Ulysses itself now speaks these languages fluently. If you’re a native speaker from either of these countries: Welcome, enjoy writing with Ulysses!

Russian, Korean, and Brazilian Portuguese add to the existing localizations to English, Chinese, German, Spanish, French, Italian and Japanese, making Ulysses truly multilingual, while we, the mere mortals, still cram vocabulary.

As always, we would love to hear your feedback. Also, if you’re still missing your native language, please feel free to drop us a line!

Outline Your Ulysses Novel With Aeon Timeline

Aeon Timeline helps authors oversee the events in their novels by visualizing them in a timeline. With its latest release, the app even syncs with Ulysses.

In this post, we’re recommending a tool for authors who strive to write thick books with complex stories – family sagas, murder mysteries, fantasy novels… If there’s a lot going on in a story, and, additionally, the events – directly or indirectly – depend on each other, writers face the challenge to keep an overview and to avoid plot inconsistencies. Aeon Timeline can help here. The app visualizes the succession of events in a timeline and makes chronological outlining a breeze.

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Time to Say Goodbye, Daedalus

Starting September 28, 2017, Dropbox sync in the text editor Daedalus Touch will cease from working, for the ultimative changeover to Dropbox’ API v2. As a consequence, we decided to discontinue Daedalus Touch. This post explains our reasons, and what Daedalus users should do now.

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Impressions of WWDC, the Developers’ Family Get-Together

Ulysses co-founder Max Seelemann has been a developer for Apple platforms for his entire professional life – and a participant of Apple’s World Wide Developers conference for almost as long. Here he explains why WWDC is worth a developer’s while, and shares his thoughts about Apple’s announcements and this year’s Design Award winners.

Marcus, Friedrich and Max at WWDC
Marcus, Friedrich and Max at WWDC

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Great for Brainstorming: Introducing MindNode

MindNode, made by our friends IdeasOnCanvas, is a beautiful mind mapping app for Mac, iPad and iPhone. What’s more, MindNode integrates nicely with Ulysses: You can easily turn a mind map into a written outline, or – vice versa – turn your notes into a beautiful map. So, if you’re a writer looking for new ways to boost your creativity and sort your thoughts, make sure to check it out.

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Conductor and Writer Lev Parikian: “Crowdfunding Is Hard Work”

Lev Parikian
Lev Parikian
Lev Parikian earns his living as a conductor, but is also a dedicated writer. In our interview he reports what it is like to juggle between two professions, and talks about the pros and cons of crowdfunded publishing.

Please tell us something about you and what you are working on.

I divide my time between conducting and writing. The conducting keeps me busy enough, working mostly with amateur orchestras in and around the London area, but I’ve increasingly made sure I find time for writing. My most recent project is Why Do Birds Suddenly Disappear?, a tale of woeful ornithology, which will be published by Unbound in 2018.

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Get to Work Even Faster With 3D Touch Quick Actions

Are you an efficiency enthusiast, eager to streamline your workflows? And do you own an iPhone 6s or newer? If your answer to both questions is yes, you should definitely check out 3D Touch (if you haven’t already).

3D Touch is, according to iMore, “multitouch made multidimensional”: By increasing the pressure when tapping the display of your iPhone, you gain access to actions that usually require several intermediate steps. Many of Apple’s system apps support 3D Touch, and if you want to learn more about their abilities, iMore’s detailed guide is a great resource. Ulysses also supports 3D Touch, and in this post we would like to introduce you to the possibilities it offers.

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