Special Agent Linus Schag, an “agent-afloat” for the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, is sent aboard the USS Encinitas, the Navy’s first attack submarine crewed by both men and women, to investigate the apparent suicide of a female sailor. But Schag knows the death was no suicide. It was murder. And his investigation soon discovers it’s only the first was several homicides aboard the submarine. With the Encinitas engaged in a life-or-death struggle with a renegade Iranian sub, Schag must discover the culprit’s identity before the killer’s murderous rampage destroys the Encinitas itself.
When I first got Microsoft Office 2010, I looked over the list of programs included, mentally gauging how useful they might be to me. I stopped at OneNote, which I’d never seen before. I learned that OneNote was a project planning program – a place to put all sorts of disparate things that sort of go together, including pictures and links from the web. I shook my head and moved on. What sort of use would that be?
Then I started writing the Pipe Woman Chronicles – a five-book series.
By the time I started working on book two, Fissured, I couldn’t remember the last name of the bad guy in book one, Seized. I also couldn’t remember what color eyes I had given my main character, whether she owned a condo or rented an apartment, and numerous other details. It had only been a few months between books, but I’m old, okay?
I realized that I needed somewhere to keep track of all the characters in each of the books. I also needed a place to keep track of the credit information for the stock photos I was using for the covers, and a rough timeline, and so on. Ideally, all of that would be in one place, like a notebook. Except electronic, so I wouldn’t have to try to read my own handwriting. And then I remembered I had OneNote. Continue reading “Juggling Books in a Series”
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