Daily Update: BOO!
Let me start by thanking renaissanceninja for his comment yesterday. I’m still giving serious consideration for going the self-published route with Of Gnomes and Dwarves and V&A Shipping just because of the fact I’d love to be able to write anything I want in these adventures be they novels, novellas, tie in short stories. I’ve got so many ideas for those worlds that having a contract under a major publisher might limit my ability to do what I want with my characters.
Other books, like Paradise Palms, To Fall From the Sky, and Life of Lists, as far as I’m concerned are one off books and I don’t have any intention of revisiting those worlds. So I may still seek an agent and/or publisher for those novels. I just need to get my butt working harder on completing, editing, and getting those works available. I’ve got a lot of work ahead of me, I just need to get it moving in the right direction.
That being said, I wrote a little yesterday morning. Not nearly as much as I had the previous few days as I finished up Of Gnomes and Dwarves. I did a little writing in Golden West as I want to write the December Episode so I don’t have to worry about that during November. I should be able to finish that off today so I’ll have a fresh start tomorrow on V&A Shipping II.
Speaking of V&A Shipping II. I spent a good amount of time going through book 1. I pulled out all the people, places, ships, races, etc. This will give me a good base to start with for book II as I need to know all that went on before. I noticed something kind of funny. Joey has a last name. Vic and June do not. This oversight will need to be corrected when I prepare V&A Shipping for print. Can’t have characters running around with just a first name.
It was fun to revisit the book. I didn’t re-read the entire thing, I scanned and read chunks. I looked for names and watched as things scrolled by. I’m pretty sure I caught them all. I can’t wait to jump in.
Tonight, while all the Halloween festivities are going on, I plan on doing some plotting. I at least want to get a one page plot and chapter by chapter blows for the first dozen chapters. I’m not looking to try and plot the entire book. I’ll do that a little at a time as the month goes on so that I stay 5-10 chapters ahead in the plotting so I’ll be ready in case a plot hole appears that I need to write past.
Yesterday I didn’t spend getting any work done for the day job. I spent the first part of my day in a CPR/First Aid class. If you cut yourself, I can help. I’ve taken classes before and it’s interesting to see how it’s changed over the years. I still remember my first CPR course when I was in 7th or 8th grade.
After that I went to do have a physical. Both of these courses are for my work. In the event of a strike, these are requirements. The physical was for the Department of Transportation. My appointment was for 3PM. I got there at 2:30 and signed in. I was finally called at 3 to fill out some paperwork. I was called around 4 to start my physical. After 5 minutes of going from the vision station, to the hearing station, to pee in a cup, to another station, I was put in a room. Around 4:45 a doctor finally saw me and spent about 3 minutes doing the fastest physical I’ve ever had and I was back in the waiting room.
By 5:30 I was finally ready to leave and realized I didn’t have my sunglasses. My good sunglasses. They walked me through the back area and to all the stations I’d gone to. No sunglasses. I left a note at the front in case anyone sees them they can call me. I’m disappointed in myself for misplacing them. I should have left them in Sputtery Truck and not taken them inside. I’m upset that I lost them, but I’m not that upset. I’d had them for nearly 3 years and they had a couple scratches in bothersome places on the lenses. I also have 3 $10 pairs of sunglasses so it’s not an emergency to get a new pair. I’m just upset with myself because I tried to be so careful not to lose them. I may have misplaced them from time to time, but they always turned up. This time I know the location I left them, they just weren’t there. I’m sure they grew legs and walked off.
Ah well. Cest la vi.
There is much to do today, so I’d better get at it.
Posted on October 31, 2012, in Daily Update. Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.
Do your research for self-publishing. I learned it through trial and error.
If you start paying it out for print, I can provide pointers for InDesign and Photoshop. For ebook, Scrivener is the go-to app.
Okay forgive me for not going back to edit. It’s laying, not paying. You can pay someone to lay the book out, but learning it on your own is worth it.
I also did some trial and error with layouts. I did Astel on my own (except the cover which I had a friend do for me).
And I’ve Scrivener. I’ll have to play with it and see what it can do for me. I know I need to get some pro-level editing on anything before it’ll be ready for prime time. Perhaps I’ll do a kickstarter. 🙂 $1000+ could help a book see print. Hmm… So much to think about.
I’d rather see you (and every other writer who wants it) have the freedom to do whatever you want, at whatever length you want, with your characters. Just don’t forget to let us know.