Curious Rat



The Road to Publication →

My friend Brighton Walsh makes her New Adult debut this November with her book, Caged in Winter from Berkley Trade. She asked Twitter for some questions about her publishing path for a blog post, which went live yesterday. I provided several of the questions, including the last and most important one.

Side note: If you pre-order her book (or shop at all) using the Amazon link above, a portion of the sale will be donated to Coalition for the Homeless through Amazon’s Smile program.


'A Lot Depends on Who’s In the Saddle'

Lauren Bacall: 1924-2014.

See also: This beautiful letter from Bogie to Bacall (↬ Bazza Clarke on Twitter).


The State of Scrivener for iOS →

ᔥ the Literature & Latte blog:

Take the sync code, for example. Most iOS apps can take quite a simple approach to sync, using the built-in features that Apple provides for iCloud. Or they can use the Dropbox API to manage uploads and downloads. Nothing is so simple for Scrivener. One of Scrivener’s main features is that it allows you to bring in research files – photos, PDF files and so on – so that you can view them next to your text and keep everything together in a single project. In order to achieve this, Scrivener requires a file format quite different from most writing software. Scrivener, in fact, is something of a hybrid between a document-based program and a shoebox app.

Sync seems to be the biggest hurdle for Literature & Latte to overcome because of the nature of the app and its file structure. This can’t utilize a simple iCloud sync. They’re building something custom to handle .scriv files properly.

They’ve also started a simple Scrivener for iOS Developer Diary to “show at least that the iOS version has been in continual development, hitting snags along the way, even if progress has seemed glacial to the outside world.”

It’s frustrating to know how far away it is, but it looks like Scrivener for iOS will be just as groundbreaking as Editorial was when it was released.


Humphrey Bogart Gin →

The Hollywood Reporter:

U.S. billionaire John Paul DeJoria, U.K. entrepreneur Jonathan Kendrick and the Humphrey Bogart Estate are partnering to launch Bogart’s Real English Gin, The Hollywood Reporter has learned exclusively.

“We have the world’s best small-batch hand-crafted artisanal gin,” said DeJoria, who is the co-founder of Patron Tequila and Paul Mitchell hair products company. “Botanically infused and distilled in England, each bottle will feature the name and face of Humphrey Bogart, one of the biggest Hollywood icons of all time and a true gin enthusiast.”


Chroble LEGO Minifig Shelf →

I need to get a few of these for my office.