Charlie Bucher

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Home Automation, So Far

This fall I started making some decisive home automation improvements to our house—I know there are plenty of others who are much further along this …

Saruman From 'Lord Of The Rings' Releases Christmas Single, 'Jingle Hell'

Christopher Lee, a.k.a. Saruman in "Lord Of The Rings," has officially graced the Christmas season with everything it was missing: A heavy metal cover of the popular song "Jingle Bells," titled "Jingle Hell."<p>The 91-year-old released a promo for "Heavy Metal Christmas Too." This follows "Heavy Metal …

How To Install OS X Mavericks Hackintosh On PC [Tutorial]

Want to install Mac OS X Mavericks Hackintosh on your PC? Thanks to the latest UniBeast release which adds support for Mavericks, you can now have …

Share To Flipboard Magazines From Drafts – MacStories

I’m a big fan of Flipboard’s magazine feature, which was introduced earlier this year with version 2.0 of the app. By leveraging Flipboard’s existing presentation style – capable of re-formatting web articles, videos, and photos with a beautiful print-like layout – magazines allow anyone to put …

URL Scheme – Tag Archive - MacStories

In the first update since November 2017, Apple today released version 1.7.8 of Workflow, the powerful iOS automation app they acquired last year. The latest version, which is now available on the App Store, introduces a brand new Mask Image action, adds support for Things' automation features, and …

Poking A Hole In The Sandbox: Using URLs on iOS

Just yesterday I wrote extensively about URL schemes and, specifically, x-callback-url in my review of Pythonista:<p>I believe that, going forward, Pythonista and other similar apps will show a new kind of “scripting” and task automation built around the core strenghts of iOS. As we’ve seen, …

Automating iOS: A Comprehensive Guide to URL Schemes and Drafts Actions – MacStories

I started teaching myself how to build and run URL actions with Drafts in early 2013, when I decided to attempt to satisfy Federico Viticci’s Challenge to chain more iOS apps together than he had. I spent a few days feverishly searching for information on URL schemes, learning how to build actions …

Apps

Water on Dwarf Planet Ceres May Erupt From Ice Volcanoes

Astronomers have discovered direct evidence of water on the dwarf planet Ceres in the form of vapor plumes erupting into space, possibly from …

How To Be A Writer (Super-Advanced Edition)

This here is some advice about how to be a writer; it’s geared towards fiction-writing, but it works for other kinds of writing as well.<p>This is, …

Self-Editing Advice for Writers: 6 Revision Keys & Tips

When I began my journey as a writer, I was eager – eager to write wonderful stories and even more eager to send them out into the world so that …

Writing

Nine Ways to Find Writing Ideas

You’ve finally carved out a spare moment to write. You open up a blank document, and set your fingers on the keys. But then nothing comes.<p>You check …

Why You Are Not At Your Most Creative (and how to be)

There’s a self-limiting myth that I used to believe. It’s a myth books, movies, and songs have propagated for the longest time.<p><b>The myth:</b> To be your …

Newton’s Law for Novelists

Do you remember executive balls? No, I mean Newton’s Cradle, the desktop toy that consists of five steel balls suspended in a cradle. The steels …

How to Write a Character Who is Nothing Like You

A couple of months ago I attended a reading and book signing with Terry McMillan, the best selling author of <i>Waiting to Exhale.</i> She discussed her …

Creative Writing

How a Scene List Can Change Your Novel-Writing Life

By the end of this post you will have a nagging urge to use an excel spreadsheet.Don’t make that face—I know you’re a writer and not a data analyst. …

Writer's Block? Try Getting Visual

For several weeks, I’ve been blocked on a writing projects for a client. One night, I even stayed up until one in the morning, staring at my screen, …

Why You Need To Risk Writing Something Dangerous (Excerpt from “Writer’s Doubt”)

The below post is a short excerpt from <i>Writer’s Doubt</i>. (Some of the content in the book has changed due to rewrites and editing, and this excerpt was …

How to Design Your Startup Office for a Productive Workforce

If you look at some of the latest startup offices, there seems to be a competition to who can have the coolest ping pong tables, kitchen, and big TVs displaying real time data. But are they essential to office productivity and culture?<p>We spoke to some of the hottest startups to hear their …

5 Ways To Boost Productivity With Your Tablet

Tablets are handy tools for a variety of things — watching Netflix, playing Candy Crush and browsing the Internet.<p>But when it comes to getting work …

The iPad finally gets a great productivity suite — and it’s not from Microsoft

A new, free productivity app for iPad enables you to create and edit Microsoft Word and Excel documents with a gorgeous user interface rebuilt for the iPad. It’s the app Microsoft wishes it built — but it’s actually from a small, publicly traded company called HopTo.<p>The Campbell, Calif.-based HopTo …

Automating iOS: How Pythonista Changed My Workflow – MacStories

A couple of months ago, I decided to start learning Python.<p>I say “start” because, as a hobby to fit in between my personal schedule and work for the site, learning the language is still very much a work in progress. I hope I’ll get to an acceptable level of knowledge someday. Coming from …

Chris White’s iOS Workflows – MacStories

Chris White's iOS Workflows<p>Chris White is putting together an impressive collection of JavaScript bookmarklets, URL schemes, and iOS services and actions in a GitHub repo:<p>It seems like we've recently been seeing a ton of new ideas, clever tricks and tools for making users who are willing to dive …

The 4 Key Elements of Character Development

Like all writers, my methods for building characters are a mix of mishmash and melting pot, drawn from both personal experience and academic study. …

6 Keys to Revising Your Fiction

<b>1) Make sure you’re in love.</b> I’m not a genius, my stories are not born lovely and perfect, their language strong, their plot lean and exciting. I …

Writing

How to Start Your Novel: Advice From Literary Agents

<i>This column is excerpted from Guide to Literary Agents, from Writer’s Digest Books.</i><p>No one reads more prospective novel beginnings than literary …

Creative Writing

Writing Books: Fiction, Creative Writing & Getting Published

Writer’s Market Deluxe Edition 2018 includes everything you expect in a regular edition of Writer’s Market, PLUS a one-year subscription to …

How to Write Historical Fiction: 7 Tips on Accuracy and Authenticity

There’s a funny sort of tension that occurs when writing historical fiction: Is it possible to achieve total historical accuracy while still telling …

Why Tough Love is Crucial For Writers

<i>Hope</i> is a powerful word. It’s also a dangerous one. When it comes to the aspiring writer community a premium is put on positivity, the old pat on the …

6 Writing Tips From John Steinbeck

<i>The legendary author explains why you should abandon all hope of finishing your novel.</i><p>If this is indeed the year of reading more and writing better, we've been right on course with David Ogilvy's 10 no-bullshit tips, Henry Miller's 11 commandments, and various invaluable advice from other great …

5 Ways to Write a Damn Good Sentence

Average copywriters write average sentences. You, I’m guessing, don’t want to be average.<p>You want to be great. You believe you can be <i>remarkable</i>.<p>That …