Fluffy (in regards to my numbers this week)

DAILY: 266 fiction words, 669 total words, 4 hours toward publishing

Today’s post title brought to you by Junior Youth.

So this week wasn’t great for words but otherwise went very well. Yesterday, for example, I wrote 266 fiction words, 669 total words, and put 4 hours toward publishing. Maybe more hours, to be honest.The cover for

The cover for A Brief History is killing me. I had an idea, and I was like, this is a great idea! I can do this! Except the tutorials are not spectacular, in that in one particular step I can’t quite understand how to translate their instructions from the older version of Photoshop to my version. So it doesn’t work.

So I tried something else. And it’s working, except it’s not quite there yet. I don’t know what I’m missing, so I’m sure I’ll poke at it here and there to get it to where it needs to bed.

And the words. I should probably mention them. I’m not thrilled, and I’m not sure how to fix them. At 4K in, I should be able to find a way. Except it also feels like I’m much further into the story, which is not what I expected when I started. Hmm.

Anyway, on to the weekly review part of today.

Statblock for Week 21

So! The week. Low on words, as mentioned, mostly because I was working on publishing, which is not reflected here. I ought to find a better way to track it. I know there are task timers I could use, which would be especially useful because I only work on the project from this one computer. Perhaps I’ll look into it and see what I can find. What I use at work is nice, but doesn’t give me as much control as I’d like. And doing it manually…I could probably do that, too.

Not a big difference from last week, though, which is good. I’d like to turn that around and have a 50% increase this week, perhaps more. Maybe get the story really moving again.

May fiction total: 4,428
April fiction total: 
15,814
March fiction total:
 12,576
February fiction total: 9,217
January fiction total: 18,615
2017 fiction total: 59,671

ARGH. That May number really bothers me. I can do better than that.

A day for rest

273 fiction words, 687 total words, 4 hours on publication

Greetings and salutations, folks! I’m having a nice, relaxing day with my son watching Hermitcraft live streams on Twitch and Beam. We started with Xisuma, where he responded to Elder Youth’s comment in the stream (cue fangirl moment here), and EY actually thought it was pretty good advice. Sometimes all you need to do is hear something from your idol to make it sink in. <3

I should talk about yesterday, though, when I had a bunch of time to get things done while doing laundry, and I did! I spent a vulgar amount of time on some cover art and on trying to self-publish Space Cats in print on NookPress. It was awesome, and not as hard as I thought. In other ways, though, it was harder. Why can the different publishing systems not have the same requirements? I don’t know. At any rate, I have another proof copy ordered.

Now, I should mention that Space Cats is up for sale (and available for purchase)! Unfortunately, the print and Kindle versions aren’t linked yet, so I was waiting for that to happen before I put up the big BUY MY BOOK HERE page, but now I think I just need to get it done. I can add links as they show up.

It’s hard to get it all done and appearing at once, you know? Kind of like cooking Thanksgiving dinner. I don’t know how my mom manages it. To get the turkey and stuffing and mashed potatoes and corn and crescent rolls all out of the kitchen and on the table at the same time? Yeah, it’s a lot like trying to publish on Smashwords and Amazon and CreateSpace and NookPress all at once. Everything has different turnaround times, and formatting, and print proofs, and yeah. It’s a mess I’ll have to get some practice with, definitely.

So yes, I should mention I wrote 273 fiction words yesterday, with 687 total words and 4 hours on publication. And that’s all I have for today! I hope everyone is having a lovely, relaxing, cool spring day. I hope the cool weather sticks around, actually. This is the perfect temperature today for me. Much loves.

Things that take more time than you expect

0 fiction words, 297 total words, .5 hours on publication

Two years ago I self-published a collection of short stories.  It took a while, but it was also my first attempt, so that makes sense. I ordered like three proof copies before I got everything right, and I learned a lot.

Last summer I helped to publish quite a few short stories, and it went very quickly. Admittedly, they were all ebook form. There’s quite a bit of difference in terms of formatting and preparation, especially when you consider my somewhat perfectionist nature. Since with ebooks there is so much customization available for the reader, it makes sense to have the version authors (or publishers) produce be fairly plain. then nothing gets too broken, you know? But with print books, what the author (publisher) wants is what the reader gets, and so there are a lot more options for me to play with.

This month, I expected to get three books published by the 15th, two in print and one ebook. I thought it would be easy to get done in two weeks.

And if I’d been only doing ebooks, it would have been. But for me, print books require print proofs, which take time to deliver. Until I get a personal track record of getting everything right with the first proof, I’ll probably still continue to order them, and then find all the things I need to fix, then fix them, etc. It’s a process, and it takes time.

So anyway, what I’m getting at is that this publishing thing takes nearly as much time as the writing thing. At least until I either get the hang of it or become more comfortable with not turning each print book into a Nickified work of art. 🙂

So about yesterday, now that my little rant is over: it was a lot of fun! I didn’t write at all. I did hang out with one of my writing friends (hai, Jamie!) eating loaded frozen yogurt, staring at books, eating food, and watching a horror science-fiction film (we saw The Circle). I did get my blogging in and I did some publication stuff in the morning (0 fiction words, 297 total words, .5 hours on publication). Basically, there was nothing wrong with the day at all!

I’m actually having another Perfectly Fine day today, so I’m going to get back to that. I need to devote some time to Rath, my new character who is having a bit of trouble. He’s suffering from Very Short Writing Sessions. (It’s a thing.)

Productive but currently useless

47 fiction words, 483 total words, 2 hours on publication

So yesterday I wrote a bit (47 fiction words, 483 total words), but what I really did was make a cover.

For a book I haven’t written yet.

Which is awesome, just frustrating.

I thought I was working on the cover for A Brief History. I looked at my stock photos to see if I had any distressed leather images (I didn’t), and found a desk with a book and a calico cat, instead. I thought, yeah, I was going to do something with that before this current idea. So I started working with the cat, making her look like a snapshot, then a ripped snapshot, and the desk with the book where I’d place the cover blurb, and it ended up awesome!

Except that’s not how I designed the interior. Very specifically, I designed the interior to go with an old, distressed book cover. And the interior wouldn’t go with the exterior I designed at all. So I have an awesome half-finished cover, but not for the book I’m trying to publish, so that’s a little irritating.

But I know what I want, and I just need to find (or create) an image or two to get it done. I can do that.

I get to hang out with a friend tonight, so my morning is rushed to get all the usual evening things done now. I may not get any fiction in (or I may stay up entirely too late after I get home doing it). That’s OK.

Have a great day, y’all!

Busy day done

38 fiction words, 273 total words, 2 hours on publication

Getting only 38 fiction words written means I spent most of what little free time I had yesterday evening (two hours) on publication – yay!

Because yesterday, amongst the activities, I got my second proof copy of Space Cats in the mail and got a chance to find that one thing that’s going to drive me nuts. I fixed it, resubmitted it, and as soon as it gets through the file review process, I’ll get it up for sale in print and ebook.

I also took a few minutes to finish up the interior of A Brief History and get the cover layout set up with all my guides. I’m particular, so I like to have the document set up with fun little blue lines that indicate where the bleed is, and then where a quarter inch in from the cut line is so I can make sure the design that needs to fit on the page fits in nicely.

It turns out that the print version of this book is going to be a slender volume. I’m kind of excited about that. So far, The 27th Letter and Space Cats were both about the same length, thus the spines were about the same height (unsure if “height” is right here, but we’re going with it). This will be a MUCH narrower spine. It should be interesting!

I got 273 total words yesterday, and since so little of it was fiction (as mentioned previously) my blog got the bulk. It’ll be that way today, too, probably. Although I really need a nice writing session to fix this chapter I’ve been butchering. When I can only write a few new words at a time, it gets really choppy. I kind of need to redo the last 1,000 words or so to make them good and smooth, then keep going from there.

Some days it feels like my writing work ethic needs work, and other days I realize I’m trying to work a full-time job and raise kids and squeeze in writing in what’s left. I’m doing well for where my priorities need to be.

So today! It better be good because I don’t have the patience for crappy.