All the things!

139 fiction words, 953 total words

Okay, not all the things, but a lot of the things.

I finally made the time to publish A Brief History yesterday, as I may have mentioned in yesterday’s post. (You also may have seen the book post I did. Spoilers, huh?)

I published the Create Space version first. Then I went and published the Kindle version, except apparently I quite forgot to run some sections through Grammarly, because there were 14 spelling errors, and nine of those were valid errors. So I fixed those in all the different manuscript versions (there are three), finished publishing the Kindle version, then went back and submitted the Create Space version again, which means a 24-hour wait for that to get approved.

Oops.

Then, I went off to Smashwords and got everything all ready before I realized I needed to create another Ghost Author account. So I did that, then redid all the work I’d lost (it’s not much – Smashwords is so very easy once you’ve got the formatting down).

Finally, Nook Press (Barnes & Noble). So for a while, I was publishing ebooks over there but with Space Cats, I just did the print. But then when I was fixing links on the Space Cats post, I realized both the ebook and the print book were showing up on BN.com. Turns out it must be that my Smashwords copy is linking with the print copy I did over there. That’s really great, actually, and saves me a bit of work. BN is already a pain because I need to reformat both my interior files and my cover files because their paper is a teeny bit lighter than Create Space.

After that, I didn’t have the energy to write much, but I did hack out a few words before and in bed.

139 fiction words, 953 total words

Most of those words being the A Brief History post. And now that it’s up for sale, I need to decide whether I update every A to Z post with the book links, or whether I remove the posts altogether. I actually need opinions on that, for whoever reads this far. I’ll probably ask on FB too, so if you see that, don’t feel like you need to reply twice.

Thanks for reading! Today is editing on 003 (still has no title – tsk) so I can get that up for sale, too. It’s been too long. Bad Nicki.

Titles R Hard

171 fiction words, 487 total words

171 fiction words, 487 total words

I’m starting with words written during Insurgent last night. Now that it’s out of the way, I can ask a question that just popped into my head.

Getting the paperback ready takes longer. Why do I try to get that first when I could get the ebook up for sale and the print book could follow when I have it done? I suppose it’s to get my skills with print books down so print books are easier to do, and then everything could go up at the same time? I don’t know.

I’m talking about A Brief History right now, by the way. It’s been so long since April, I’m honestly not certain what state things are in. Maybe everything is perfect and ready and just need a quick once-over before putting up for sale? Or maybe there’s quite a bit of work yet to do. I just don’t remember.

This is why I shouldn’t wait so long after finishing before publishing. Ugh. I’m not even sure why it didn’t happen immediately. I’ve been carrying around the proof copy since it arrived, ready to do the proofing.

Oh well. I’m going to get it done now. Or at least look at it for the next three and a half hours or so. Then I’ll give the laptop back to the kids if they want it.

I’m off.

Still on vacation

30 fiction words, 255 total words

Yeah, I may be physically home but my brain isn’t yet with me. I flaked on writing yesterday, and today too, it looks like. Still, the job is to report the good and the bad, and so that’s what I’ll do.

30 fiction words, 255 total words

I got both regularly scheduled blog posts done, and that feels good.

Yesterday was mostly a day of relaxing with the family anyway. We were all at home, reconnecting with the kitties. Some grocery shopping happened yesterday, too.

Today was just plain hot. I did laundry (probably should have done it yesterday but really wanted to spend the day with family), got some bank stuff done, and sweat. And bought some photo memory boxes for me, my grandma, and daughter. I’ll be sticking pens and desk supplies in mine. This should come as no surprise. (They were on sale for $2 each.)

Well, at any rate. I’m going to go read a blog or two more before bed. Maybe word some. Tomorrow, I might work on publishing. I think I’ve gotten everything set for A Brief History, although I’ve not talked about it for a while, and it’s probably way past time to get that up for sale. That, and there’s another story that needs a title, a cover, and some editing. Time to sow the field a bit more. Can’t have a harvest without planting.

Ah, hell. I left a plant in my car. Hope it’s not dead.

And I’ve made it back!

1,516 fiction words, 1,894 total words, 8 days

We had a lovely vacation and got to catch up with lots of family. Because there were two drivers, I had some time to write. (Although I didn’t really write a lot.)

1,516 fiction words, 1,894 total words, 8 days

I did do photo blogs every day, I didn’t bother with other blogs. I did write a bit over eight days, but that number really looks better as a daily total, don’t you think?

I also got an Idea over vacation. My idea is that soon, although I’m not sure how soon, I will start handwriting a novel, basing the idea off the cover of the journal that I’m going to write it in. I would like to write the entire story inside the covers of the journal, without running out of space or leaving a lot of blank pages.

Whether I publish or not (because I would have to retype it) or whether it just sits on my shelf as one of those novelty things (the cover of the notebook I’ve chosen is quite lovely by itself) is still up in the air. I may wait until November to do this, or I may not.

Exciting ideas from vacations!