I live!

Yeah, things have been pretty crazy—I had jury duty, and not only was I seated but it turned out to be a three-week trial. After that was done (and I did the research I wasn’t allowed to do as a juror—holy shit, did people lie to us! I mean, we didn’t believe them, so still I think we ruled the right way, but it’s kind of ridiculous what people are allowed to say under oath, and I definitely think the way medical science is presented in court could use some reform), I had to take care of everything else that had fallen by the wayside. At this point I’m mostly just shopping for winter, though, which is something I can obviously do in my spare time. I was going to write today, but I got four hours of sleep last night, so that’s just not going to happen. I should be able to get up and at it tomorrow—honestly, I don’t have that much left to do on Trials, I’m really at the climactic ending now, so I’m hopeful I can get this first draft done sooner rather than later.

Progress report

I've been away, but I'm back and wrote 1,180 words! Whoot! And some exciting words they were!

You know, I've mentioned that I'm a tough sell with romance books, but I've been really enjoying the ones by Amy Raby (be aware that they are fairly erotic). I think it's because she does a really good job of fitting the romances into some pretty complex fantasy/adventure plots. Often when I've tried adventure romances, it feels like there's this We Must Save the Universe! story going on, and then it gets interrupted by, Will Our Heroine be Able To Find Love? which winds up making the romance feel extremely trivial. (You're never going to find romance if you're all blown to kingdom come!) But with these stories the geopolitics going on actually affect the main characters in personal ways, so resolving the one helps resolve the other and makes it all very gratifying. I like 'em!

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1,550 words! Whoo!

I actually didn't get much sleep last night (it's high allergy season right now), but the cool thing about nearing the end is that I don't have to worry so much about keeping all the background stuff straight.

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I managed to get some work done today on Trials--mainly going over stuff already written and getting my notes in order (and by that, I mean throwing away 99% of them, because I'm far enough along that I know what I'm going to include and what I'm not going to include). The next few days will probably be a bit busy, but hopefully I can get some work done--I did better today than I thought I would!

X-ray vision!

The family busyness is still happening and will continue to require some attention, but I also took some time to put together those Amazon Kindle "X Rays." I'd never bothered before, but honestly, I have trouble remembering who everyone in the Trang series is, and then The Weirld is supposed to be accessible to younger readers, who of course need a little help knowing who Gracie Allen is. So I went through and did that. It's a little tedious but also kind of funny--I have to be careful to explain who someone is without giving away spoilers!

Whoo!

All right! The Weirld still isn't EXACTLY perfect on Smashwords, but 1. it meets standards to be distributed to other retailers, and 2. it looks good enough that I'm not going to worry about it. I went back and used a different source file, and that did the trick.

Oh my God, Smashwords

OK, Smashwords is officially driving me crazy. It was the easier one to use back when I was doing the Trang books, but it does NOT play well with illustrations, boy howdy. I'm realizing that I'm going to have to upload one version to be converted into everything, and then upload a special .epub version so that the .epub isn't completely fucked. Uuuuuugggghh......

ETA: OK, at this point The Weirld is on Smashwords itself, and seems fairly decent (like, it's readable, although not necessarily beautiful) in all formats. However, I don't know if I'll be able to set it up so that it can be offered at other retailers through Smashwords. Do I care? Should I just upload it directly? At the moment, I think this is one of those problems I'm going to kick down the road, because I'd rather focus on Trials.

Progress report

The Weirld is out of KDP Select today, so I got it ready to go to Smashwords. That's a process that hasn't changed much, but is still a bit fiddly. Once again file conversions led to problems with italics--I fixed those, but then when I went to look at my Kindle version to make sure the problems weren't there, I realized that the Table of Contents has vanished. Ugh.

ETA: Ooh! I published it on Smashwords, took one look, and immediately unpublished it--the pictures are not working. OK, I think I'm going to put off working on that until tomorrow....

Progress report

A very progress-y day, if I do say so myself: I edited the first two chapters, and then I went back to the end and realized that I really hadn't envisioned what the next chapter was going to be like. I am actually pretty near the end of the book, so I outlined the next chapter ramping us into the exciting! conclusion! And then I went through and drew out (it's complicated) exactly how that exciting! conclusion! was going to go. It's nice because I'm realizing that I can tie a lot of what happens at the end of the book into some of the things that happened at the beginning....

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I didn't sleep well last night, so I was trying to finish up the re-reading/editing, but I have to quit with two more chapters to go. Interestingly enough, these early chapters (yes, I'm still going through it backwards; no, I don't know if this is the best way to do it) seem to need more work.