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Index Card Program for PC

Somehow, almost all of the projects I'm working on managed to get to the last-draft stage at the same time, except for Zero Hour, which has met with so little enthusiasm that I'm not particularly keen on working on it and figure I can coast on what I've got for a few months.

I've been polishing drafts and sending to editors, but it occurred to me that I was hungry to be in the beginning stages of something again. And I thought I might as well figure out what's going to happen in PsyCop 5, since I just picked through PsyCop 4 yesterday and it was fresh in my mind.

I scribbled in a notebook for about an hour and realized what I really wanted was notecards. (I wanted Scrivener, actually, but that was on my Mac in a room I didn't want to work in.) So I went hunting for a free PC program and found one that looks really promising.

Text Block Writer at softwarebybrian.com looks like the perfect thing! As you can see, I've plunked a few notes into it and it's doing exactly what I need it to do. And it was FREE! I like free.

I haven't found any instructions on how to use it. So far I'm making notes and sorting them into columns, but it looks like there's the potential to sort and tabulate more. I look forward to playing on it.

EDIT TO ADD: You can add more columns; I'm working with six. Also, the numbers 1-10 along the left side indicate pages of columns. Right now I've got a page of characters, where I have a column for each and I list what motivates them and what tricks they have up their sleeves. I also have a page for all the psychic talents and what they'd allow the psychics to do, depending on level. And a random page of "stuff that should happen" during the story, that I'm arranging more or less sequentially. I love this program!


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May. 4th, 2008 04:30 pm (UTC)
You find the best things! And free!! Thanks so much for sharing.

Casi xx
May. 4th, 2008 05:49 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Cas! The more I use it, the more impressed I am. I've been noodling with it for a couple of hours and I'm finding more good stuff it can do. It really was specifically what I was looking for: a way of making digital index cards.
May. 4th, 2008 05:51 pm (UTC)
I've always wanted a program that was like electronic post-it notes -- this is just the thing!
May. 4th, 2008 06:07 pm (UTC)
Ooh! Ooh! There are programs that are even more post-it-like. (I forget if your eee is Linux or PC.) Here is a free post it program for Linux, but I think they make it for PC also:

Post-its function differently in my mind than index cards. I wonder why. I think this frightens me a bit.
May. 4th, 2008 06:09 pm (UTC)
Woot! it's Linux! Thanks :D
May. 5th, 2008 09:04 pm (UTC)

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