I've checked the recent posts on Cake and most of them are not really that interesting for me. So, I'd like to begin a discussion here about software used for writing. I'll start with Trelby, a free, open-source software used to write scripts. It can be found (and downloaded) at https://www.trelby.org.
I have used Trelby for a couple of days to write the beginning of a script. I had no problems to format it, and the result can be seen below. I'm curious about other people's experiences with writing software. That includes novels, articles, science articles, blog posts, and anything else that can be called "writing".
I've read in the guidelines that Cake doesn't seem to encourage "self-promotion". However, I believe this could become a bad thing. It looks to me that this would make most people post crap generated by others instead of posting original content. Sure, if I'd advertise here links where people should BUY stuff from me, then it would be the other extreme. And a bad one, too.
Therefore, I've decided to continue to post here high-quality, original content that was created by me while I'll do my best to encourage discussions not necessarily around my personal creations but on related topics of interest.
Hence, I'll still show you the draft of my script, expecting at least a smile from most of my readers. Meanwhile, I'm encouraging a discussion about the general topic of SOFTWARE USED FOR WRITING.
Marian C. Ghilea
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EXT. A LARGE OAK TREE AT SUNSET
Initially, the tree is seen with the setting Sun on the
right, then the camera comes closer and stops near a branch
where two crows are sitting, admiring the sunset. The crows
are seen from behind. The camera angle changes, and the
crows are now seen from the front, their faces illuminated
by the last rays of the Sun.
I never get tired of watching
sunsets. I suppose I'm a bit like
the Little Prince. He used to enjoy
them a lot.
He was a wise boy. Sunsets are also
among my favorite things. Too bad
we can't go around the planet, like
him, to watch several sunsets
during a single day.
Well, I heard astronauts can do
that. They rotate around the Earth
seventeen times every twenty-four
Wow! That must be impressive! So
many sunsets to watch! Perhaps we
should become astronauts, too.
The competition is fierce, and you
need to train hard four or five
years until they send you up. I
think I'll be OK with one sunset
The Sun's disk has reached the horizon and is sinking slowly
beyond the ridge of a far-away mountain. Both crows stand up
and stretch their wings. Then the First Crow yawns noisily
Well, what are your plans for
I think I'll go and explore the
park again. There's always some
delicious food in that area. What
I'm invited to the mountain again.
There is a geography meeting there.
They want me to hold a discourse
about my trip to the sea.
Nice! What time is the meeting? I'd
like to come, too.
It's at noon. Sure, if you're
interested in it, I'd be happy to
have you there.
The Sun has set. It's getting dark. The crows take flight
towards the roof of a tall building nearby, preparing to go
to sleep. The image fades away.
The Second Crow, sleeping on the tall buildings roof and
dreaming. The image changes, with the Earth seen from space
in the center. The camera turns and one can glimpse the
International Space Station far away. The camera comes
closer to the craft, touches one of its windows and gets
Two astronauts are talking:
I had a strange dream last night. A
really weird one.
Really? What was it about?
I was sitting on the branch of a
large oak, next to Vasilyi, the
Russian engineer. We were watching
the sunset. Just that we were not
people, but crows.
Haha! Really funny! Any interesting
topics you were talking about while
The scene switches abruptly back to the roof where the
Second Crow is sleeping. The Second Crow wakes up, looks
around with a puzzled expression, then its eyelids close,
and it goes back to sleep.
With The Second Crow in the center, the camera moves away,
going backward, until the building's roof fades in the mist.
The scenery continues to shrink to the point where the Earth
is seen again from space. Then, with a click, everything
FADE TO BLACK
EXT. THE ROOF WHERE THE SECOND CROW HAS SLEPT OVERNIGHT -
The Sun is rising in a symphony of colors. The Second Crow
wakes up and stretches its wings, yawning. Beyond roof's
edge, the buildings of a modern city can be seen.
The Second Crow's voice begins to narate:
My name Is Shigeo and I had been living in this city for a
long time. A new day begins now, for me, and for everybody
else living in this part of the world.
Shigeo walks a few steps next to the roof's edge, then takes
flight towards a group of trees not so far away.
The camera follows Shigeo from behind. Shigeo lands on the
top of a tree and begins visually scanning a green lawn
below, looking for food.
Image source: https://pixabay.com/en/moon-crow-sky-night-blue-glowing-61888/