Wouldn’t It Be Awesome If I Was A Developer Who Could Program My Own Freaking Ideas??

I’ve been extremely occupied with edits for my second novel, “Nothing Ventured,” this week.  And I thought there was no creativity left in my overworked brain to pour into the old entrepreneurial arsenal.  Thoughts of Mia and Chris incessantly swarm my mind and my sole focus is to finesse their love story to the satisfaction of my editor.  In fact, I think I’ve dreamed in italicized subtitles for the past few nights.

I didn’t think I had anything left.

But then I came up with..ta-da!!!!  An idea.

In my past life, like a waaaaay long time ago, I was responsible for putting together business requirements for system development projects.  Of course there were endless Microsoft Word doc templates available for this exercise, with tables of contents so long they’d rival the length of the actual document.

I’m exaggerating. Kind of.  =)

But then software packages were developed to simplify the process and analysts could input their requirements into a program and answer a whole slew of questions that would translate into a section of the overall deliverable.  The software package would tie all the components together and take the work out of building the narrative.  Analysts input the pertinent information, the software does the rest.

Not that I’m suggesting authors write books with this type of software but think about applying this concept to the editing process.  Developmental edits are a huge pain.  If an author needs to move chunks of a manuscript around, it becomes very tedious to track all the downstream changes.  Plus, sometimes an author may want to “test” a scene out in a different location but wants to see how it might impact the overall story WITHOUT messing everything up.

A software package that could help with this process would be super useful.  Instead, authors (read: ME) end up saving multiple versions of the manuscript, trying to test out various scenarios and often forgetting which one is the gold copy.  To mitigate the risk of THAT, my titles are normally something like this…

NothingVentured v1.12.3.4 ChrisGetsDrunkMiaGoesOverboard.docx

Not confusing at all, right?

 

What’s Inside Your Closet??

How many times have you spotted someone who’s rocking a killer pair of booties or swinging around the most delectable piece of arm candy you can imagine? How about catching a glimpse of someone who just really knows how to piece together an awesome outfit? Someone whose style you’re just dying to emulate?

I came across an article in Venture Beat for a brand-new digital concept in fashion. Poshmark, in Menlo Park, CA, is launching a women’s fashion marketplace in app form where members can follow the closets of fellow fashionistas and buy coveted items at up to 70% off retail. No longer do you need to chase after these style mavens at the mall! LOL, am I the only one who actually does this and looks like a crazed stalker in the process??

Courtesy of Venture Beat

Courtesy of Venture Beat

It’s fabulous, socialization of looks and trends for fashion lovers! You can even sell your own wares!  Based on your tastes and closet browsing history, you’ll get a feed from the app that connects you to your fave designer duds and style icons. When you follow others or make purchases from their closets or other retailers, the app will craft your own unique Style Genome. And the best part is that you can have a split fashion personality – boho and preppy, glam and grunge…you’ll never be pigeon-holed into one category again!

Absolutely BRILLIANT concept. And they’ve gotten millions upon millions from angel investors like Aston Kutcher and Rachel Zoe to prove it.

 

 

I Got Sucked In…And Then Suffocated In Lena Dunham’s Horrific Ruffled Tiers

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I dozed off on the couch earlier.  It felt soooo good…until Hubby pounced on me, demanding that I give the kids a bath.  Just to let you know, I loathe bath time.  It entails a lot of splashing, yelling, screaming, and SPLASHING.  And I just don’t have patience, not when I was up at 4:30 […]

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Build Your Own Virtual Reality Porn Star!

Courtesy of Startup Daily

Okay, so this idea is a bit risqué but it’s got HUGE potential. How would you like to download an app that let’s you construct your own porn star…and when you’ve customized him or her exactly to your liking (or lusting, as the case may be), you upload your own photo and boom!  You simulate […]

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“Unlikely Venture” Giveaway! Enter To Win A $25 Amazon Gift Card!

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I feel like I’ve promoted the launch of “Unlikely Venture” for a while and even though November is still a few months away, there’s sooooo much to do!  Luckily, I’m working with a fabulous team of talented people who’ve been guiding me through the process and I’m so thankful for all their advice and guidance! […]

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Download Your Own Sleepover Pal!

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On Saturday night, I reached a milestone in my parenting career. I knew the day would come when I would run out of excuses… Lulu hosted her very first sleepover. This was a monumental event, folks. Lots of prep time and a slight bit of panic on my part since sleepovers are all about the execution […]

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Are You Risk-Averse Or Risk-Embracing??

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I’m so charged up right now!  I have the best freaking idea and I’m so excited to work on it!!! I LOVE channeling my inner creative spirit!  Sometimes it goes into overdrive.  It’s like I can’t stop it.  LOL, do you get the reference?  The Girl Next Door??  Elisha Cuthbert, former porn star, Emile Hirsch, her younger, […]

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This Jersey Girl Loves Rocky Mountain Pizza!!! Must Be The Nutmeg…

Are you ready to hear my super-cool brush with fame? So, while watching “The Internship” the other night, I was inspired to share one of my favorite clips from the movie.  Then I tweeted it.  Hashtagged it to DEATH. And then, something insane happened.  One of the actors in the movie picked up on one […]

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Nice To Have Or Need To Have? Don’t Count On Mom To Make The Final Call

Courtesy of www.venturebeat.com

I came across a great article on Silicon Moon about how to most effectively gauge market interest in your product or service.  The original article was posted to Venture Beat. Key question – Does it disrupt the numbing normalcy that we’ve grown used to in our daily lives?  Because if it doesn’t, there’s no market for […]

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Steamy Teaser Alert For Unlikely Venture!

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I love these teasers SO much!  They breathe life into my characters, even though I’ve been involved with them for quite some time! I’m super excited, can you tell??? November can’t come fast enough!!!!

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