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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.)