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Technology and Writers

May

30

List View Updates

By Mike Fleming (@hiveword) on May 30, 2017 6:48 am

Hiveword user Matt N. requested that extension fields be included on the various list views. This feature is now live and affects both the basic and Plus versions of Hiveword.

First of all, what do I mean by “extension fields?”

Hiveword Plus has a feature called Custom Fields and Types. A better name might be Custom Templates. To my knowledge, this level of customizability is unique to Hiveword. Anyway, with this feature you can create new classes of things to track such as spells, spaceships, etc. But, you can all extend the factory types such as scenes, characters, etc. For example, you could add “Date” and “Scene Purpose” fields to the scene detail page if you wanted.

Prior to today’s change, you wouldn’t see your two new fields on the scene list view. Now you can!

Scene list

As you can see in the screenshot, the data for Date and Scene Purpose is shown when the fields are filled in. (For scenes, the summary field has been displayed for a while. That was also Matt’s idea. 😉 )

The same treatment applies to the other built-in types. Take characters, for example:

Here, the custom field is Role and the character Hismione has an entry for it. You can see how the custom and factory fields are seamlessly displayed together.

While doing this work I revamped some things for consistency. These changes may affect you even if you are not a Hiveword Plus user. For example, the story list page now allows you to optionally display the story summary in the list. Another example is the settings list. It used to have columns for City, State, and Country. Now, there is one column but the data is displayed in a fashion consistent with the other lists. So, if you never supply data for the State field, space will not be taken up with the placeholder for it.

I hope you like these tweaks. I think the changes are nice because it concisely presents relevant information without having to drill down to details all the time. Thanks for the idea, Matt!

What do you think?

 

May

18

Top WKB Websites for 2017

By Mike Fleming (@hiveword) on May 18, 2017 9:00 pm

There are over 4,000 unique websites represented in the WKB. That’s a lot! The ones that have the most articles are something special. So, for fun, I’m running a countdown of the top 10 sites at https://hiveword.com/wkb/topSites. Check it out!

May

18

Mountain Biker Musings

By Mike Fleming (@hiveword) on 11:47 am

The next time you’re in nature:

Be quiet.
Stand up straight and close your eyes.
Listen to the wind in the leaves.
The birds.
The bugs.
And think for a moment that all of that was here before you were.
And all of it will be here when you’re gone.
But right now, you’re the variable.
The wildcard.
The ripple in the pond.
Make a difference.

May

13

Hiveword Newsletter

By Mike Fleming (@hiveword) on May 13, 2017 1:55 pm

TL;DR: The inaugural Hiveword newsletter is coming soon. You should sign up now to learn and maybe win a prize!

As an overall entity, Hiveword currently has two newsletters: one for the Writer’s Knowledge Base (WKB) and one for Knockout Novel. I’m going to phase out these two newsletters and make one all-encompassing Hiveword newsletter. This will give me much more room to explore content which will range from interviews to highlighting new features in all of the Hiveword products.

The first Hiveword newsletter will have an interview with an author who will open your mind to the educational and business aspects of short stories. It could change your life. Or at least how you approach your writing career. If that’s not enough, I’ll also be giving away Knockout Novel and a lifetime Hiveword Plus subscription to folks who are signed up when the first issue is sent.

Finally, don’t forget about the WKB link subscription feature. You can now get daily or weekly emails with the latest links that were added to the WKB. You can even customize your emails by selecting the categories of writing articles that you want to see. This feature is totally unrelated to newsletters. Learn more about WKB link emails here.

Thanks for reading and don’t forget to sign up for the Hiveword newsletter.

May

12

Search Everything!

By Mike Fleming (@hiveword) on May 12, 2017 6:51 am

You can now search everything in Hiveword Plus!

What do I mean by everything? Well, I’ll say it again: Everything. 😉

You can quickly search characters, scenes, settings, items, story summaries, plotlines, chapters, notes, journal entries, custom types/fields, and tags. In other words, everything.

There’s now a little search box at the top of every page:

Upon searching you’ll see the results page:

The search reaches across everything you have in Hiveword. So, you’ll see hits for journal entries and other things that aren’t attached to stories. You’ll also see hits across stories but the sample screenshot only shows one story.

While search seems like a simple thing these days, I am really excited to have it because I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had trouble finding something. Now, that something can’t hide. 😉

I hope you like this new feature as much as I do!

(NOTE: Search is available in Hiveword Plus which is an upgrade from basic Hiveword.)

Apr

7

Get Categorized Writing Articles in your Inbox

By Mike Fleming (@hiveword) on April 7, 2017 11:37 am

Today, I’m over at Elizabeth’s blog talking about how to get daily or weekly emails of fresh links to writing articles using categories you choose. I love getting the email every day. Give it a try and maybe you will, too!

Mar

26

New content for Knockout Novel

By Mike Fleming (@hiveword) on March 26, 2017 1:29 pm

Just a quick update for Knockout Novel customers…

James Scott Bell and I added some bonus content to Knockout Novel. Specifically, it’s a plot breakdown of “To Kill a Mockingbird” with scene summaries and annotations highlighting Jim’s various structure mileposts. It serves as a concrete example of using the various plot points from a well-known story.

To see it, log in to Hiveword and pull up the Knockout Novel module for a story. Then, under the “Quick Jump” navigation section, click the last entry called “Sample plot breakdown.”

We hope you find this new content useful!

Mar

11

Website Redesign and New Features

By Mike Fleming (@hiveword) on March 11, 2017 2:42 pm

Hiveword has a new website today.

It feels so good saying that because it’s been a LONG time coming. As a bonus, there are also some new features!

As for the old design… Well, I guess it wasn’t really a design at all. And boy was it ugly. It didn’t convey that Hiveword is actually a suite of tools for writers with a novel planner, a module of expert guidance from a writing coach, and a repository of great articles on writing captured from around the web.

But the best part about the new design is that your eyes probably won’t bleed with the new look. It is MUCH prettier in my opinion. But more importantly, it lets everyone know what Hiveword offers. And that’s a good thing because there was some confusion before about the different offerings and how they relate. (I should point out that the redesign only applies to the main website and not the Hiveword application. That will come later.)

Anyway, enough about the pretty website. How about those new features I mentioned?

First of all, the Writer’s Knowledge Base (WKB) got a facelift and has a much cleaner look than it did before. It also got some new functionality. The WKB now has a browsable directory of articles thanks to recent article categorization work. So, you can explore by topic or you can search the WKB as before (after all, it is the “Search Engine for Writers“). Soon, you’ll even be able to get new categorized articles delivered to your inbox.

Secondly, the redesign includes two other features that are already well-known to folks with a Hiveword account: a character name generator and a place name generator. Now, these generators are available without an account. Plus, they work great on mobile devices so you can use them wherever you go.

I hope you like the changes. I’d love to hear your thoughts on the design or the new features.

Dec

26

Hiveword Outage Notice

By Mike Fleming (@hiveword) on December 26, 2016 1:53 pm

UPDATE 2: If you are having trouble getting to Hiveword then this update is for you.

Hiveword is indeed available but the nature of the upgrade (a new hosting provider) means that the location of Hiveword on the internet changed. There are directories all around that world that know how to find Hiveword (or any web site). But when the location changes, the change of address has to ripple through all of these directories. Tech babble, I know, but worst case it can take up to 48 hours to update everywhere.

These directory updates are out of my control but there are some things that you can try to re-establish contact:

Option 1:

Do a hard reload of your browser tab. Go to hiveword.com. If you don’t get that beautiful honeycomb palette color scheme that you know and love then try to force your browser to do a fresh lookup for Hiveword. From the same “no Hiveword” tab do the following:

Windows: Ctrl + F5
Mac/Apple: Apple + R or command + R
Linux: F5

With any luck you’ll be back in business and should have no further issues.

Option 2:

Try going to Hiveword from another browser. This works best if you haven’t used Hiveword from this browser in a while. This is not a great solution, obviously, but it’s a decent workaround until the address changes propagate. You can try your original browser again tomorrow to see if it updated.

 

Sorry for the trouble. It’s the price of progress, I guess. I hope you notice how Hiveword is a bit snappier. Once you get in, of course. 😉

 

UPDATE: The migration is complete.

 

Hiveword is getting a performance boost! Unfortunately, it will require an outage to make it happen.

Hiveword will be down on December 27th starting around 8am Eastern Time. It will likely be down for several hours. This outage affects all of the Hiveword products: Hiveword Plus, Knockout Novel, and the Writer’s Knowledge Base.

I will give notice on Twitter when it’s going down and when it’s back. Of course, you can always just go to Hiveword.com to see if it’s available.

Thanks in advance for your patience!

Nov

29

Generating a book query with Hiveword

By Mike Fleming (@hiveword) on November 29, 2016 9:40 pm

As a developer, it’s fun to see how others use your software in unexpected ways. For example, my previous post was about how power users do cool but surprising things.
 
Jeremy Menefee is another power user who says that Hiveword produces “world-class content for a book query.”
 
I thought, “It does?” 😉
 
Turns out that Jeremy convinced me. What I thought of as a simple backup mechanism to prevent lock-in actually serves a secondary purpose.
 
Who knew?