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Ottawa, Ontario

Just a little corner of the interwebz where I occasionally jot down a thought or two. Why do I do it? Partly to communicate in some way with you, the reader, and partly because it's some sad way of leaving a legacy of some kind I guess.


ulysses: how I work

Jonathan Tom

I’ve used my fair share of writing programs from notepad and textedit) to byword, and now, ulysses. When I first switched to ulysses, I was looking for the simplicity of byword with a more fully featured library management situation. It wasn’t a cheap option at $35 (if I remember correctly) and there was a lot of push back recently when they switched to a subscription model. While I’m not a huge fan of all of my software going this direction because I wouldn’t be able to afford all of the great applications I want to use, I understand why they did it. If your software is good enough that no one ever upgrades then it’s just not sustainable and eventually you go out of business.

My current setup in Ulysses is fairly simple; I try not to congest my organization too much. I keep everything in iCloud as I will use it on my mac, my iPad pro, and sometimes, my iPhone. I was very happy to discover that there was a version for windows (I use Win10 for work) and then I was informed that it’s a shameless ripoff and is not, in any way, related to the actual ulysses application.

My organization in ulysses is pretty straightforward compared to some and I’m always looking for interesting ways to further organize my writing so please reach out to me if you have ideas. In addition to the inbox which acts as my catch-all for notes and writing I have a “blog posts” group, a “lyrics” group, and a “quotes” group. Additionally I have a “needs attention” smart group which I’ll get back to momentarily.

The purely personal group is “lyrics” - I generally type up lyrics to songs I like to help me better remember them and understand them. The lyrics group has a subgroup for each band/group to better categorize them. The “quotes” group is where I keep snippets, or quotes, by both notable high profile people and, more importantly, friends.

My “blog posts” group has two subgroups: “future posts” and “posted posts”. Pretty self-explanatory I think; the “future posts” group contains both completed posts for posting later and posts in progress. The in progress posts are also tagged with “todo”. This tag is where my “needs attention” smart group comes into play; it contains any piece of writing tagged with “todo” so that I can easily and quickly get back to the things I need to address.