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Hi all! In a few weeks we’ll be launching our Pacemaker VIP newsletter! It’ll be a one-stop-shop for all things Pacemaker- exclusive discounts, new features, betas and launches, and blog posts, along with helpful resources from Community members like you! ¬†Becoming a Pacemaker VIP is easy, simply subscribe below!

Perks of being a Pacemaker VIP:

  • Exclusive discounts on existing services and special promotional pricing for new feature launches!
  • Early access to limited seats on beta tests for new tools (along with the ability to directly influence the functionality through discussion groups and feature voting)
  • A platform to share your content with other Pacemaker users. We’ve got the users, you’ve got the content, and we don’t mind being the middle man! We’re always excited to share helpful resources with our users, and Pacemaker VIPs can submit their content for our community feature spots in each issue! (As our list grows, there may even be some ad space, and we’ll keep a few heavily discounted slots exclusively for Pacemaker VIPs)

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Through the Looking Glass- We Are Outsiders

My sister and I have been working on Pacemaker for over 4 years now. What started as a very basic¬†way to manage¬†a Masters thesis word count has become so much more! ¬†Over the years, diverse groups of people¬†have discovered the tool and, through their feedback and support, Pacemaker has metamorphosed into what it is today!¬†We’re seeing authors, translators, students, professors, hobbyists, to name a few, using the Pacemaker tool to track everything from their software coding, Duolingo lessons and school assignments, to NaNoWriMo novels, comic strips and even prayers!

However, as much as we fashioned¬†Pacemaker from our own academic experiences, we recognize that we are outsiders to¬†the literary professional world. We couldn’t tell you how to publish a book or how to edit a magazine article. Learning a new language? We’re no experts! We couldn’t even tell you¬†the best way to get from point A to point B in your process. What we can do though, is show you a couple googol ways to get there!

Sometimes it feels very much like peering through the looking glass, and stepping into a fantastical world of creativity that we would never have access to on our own. Lucky for us, the natives in this world have been exceptionally friendly, and have guided us through the creative terrain to help us create a tool which is both proactive and reactive! And we see tangible possibilities for other developments on the horizon- fitness tracking, money tracking etc. We are so grateful that: Pacemaker is being molded by YOUR experience and desires. Click To Tweet

That doesn’t mean we come to the looking glass empty-handed though! Outside perspectives can be healthy, and help shine some light on certain¬†things to which familiarity may have blinded insiders. So don’t worry, we’ll never journey with you empty-handed. We’ll strive to bring the following to the looking glass with us every time:

  • Fresh Eyes – connections with other issues, fields and domains. Together, we have backgrounds in international law, software development, public administration, communications, international relations¬†and more.
  • Willingness to listen – we know we aren’t experts in your craft. We listen carefully and then ask “What if?” and “Why not?”. We don’t know what’s a stupid question yet ūüôā so we’ll ask it anyway.
  • Willingness to spend hours understanding everything you may take for granted in your industry – sprints, timers, publicizing your book, the importance of NaNoWriMo and camp NaNoWriMo, the translation industry, the life of a freelance literary professional etc. These are all new and fascinating to us, and we’re eager to learn more!
  • Critique! – This may make some folks uncomfortable but we hate waste, and when we see it, we’ll call it out nicely ūüôā but we will listen to learn when we are way off.

Thank you for being our looking glass guides over these years! We hope that at the end of each foray, you can say you’ve helped us help you!

Remember, User suggestions drive Pacemaker updates! So, if you see something you'd like added, say something! Click To Tweet If it’s feasible to do so, we’ll implement it right away, other suggestions take more time, and others need a bit more refining before we can commit. But we take every suggestion seriously! E-mail us, get in touch on Twitter, Facebook or Tumblr (we try as much as possible to be where you are on the internet), or contact us directly using any of the options on our Contact bar at the bottom of each Pacemaker page.

 

Pacemaker goes to the Gym!

We’ve added a few fitness variables to the Pacemaker tool, did you notice?

Now you can track not only the words/pages you write,  but you can track the distance you run or the amount of time you train!

So maybe you want to run 10k a day for 1 month– no weekends because…10K a day!:

10k a day

Or perhaps you want to do¬†the equivalent of 3 FULL DAYS– that’s 72 hours- of exercise per month:

Or maybe you’re like us and want to try to cover 400 miles in 3 months? Check out our [over-ambitious] pacemakerplan¬†here:

 

Yea… we’re not gonna make it ¬†ūüôÉ but YOU can with your very own fitness pacemakerplan!

We’ve added just a few variables to begin with but we are more than open to adding more depending on interest. So, what do you think? Adapt Pacemaker to include fitness goals… do we dare?

Call for Spreadsheets!

Hello all,

Our Work Planning Tool is in its final stages of development before we open the beta!

We¬†are elated that so many of you have signed up to participate in the Work Planning Beta and have provided feedback on what we should build into the tool, and how it should work. Many of you have also sent along copies of spreadsheets you’ve built or modified, as examples of how you used to plan your writing and track your writing progress before finding tools like Pacemaker.

Studying your spreadsheets has been invaluable in understanding what functions are important to you when it comes to planning and tracking your writing over a period of time.

call-for-spreadsheetsSo in these last few weeks before we open the beta, if you haven’t already, we’d love if you could send us an example page of a spreadsheet you use, or have used, to plan your writing or track your progress.

Whether simple or complicated, they give us real insight into your needs as writers, and  this greatly helps us translate that information into a tool which gives you peace of mind and a greater sense of control over your projects and time!

 

Help us help you by sending¬†those spreadsheets to us at pacemaker.project@gmail.com. We can’t wait to see them!