Monthly Archives: October 2008

Got it!

After giving my USB flashdrive a good (and accidental) soaking in liquid children’s vitamins, I was quite surprised it still functioned three months later.

It gave it’s last gasp today, so I went to Staples to purchase a new one. I use it to not only store current works as a backup, but I transfer files all the time between my home and work computer. I couldn’t wait long to get a new one.

As I strapped Thomas into his carseat, our next door neighbor stopped by to hand me a package UPS accidentally delivered to her house.

It was my proof.

I didn’t open it until I got home, and even then I waited a bit.

I’m actually impressed. It turned out exactly as I envisioned. If I could resubmit it without it costing me anything more, I would make one slight adjustment to the last page. The cover I thought turned out fabulous.

I refuse to read through it, because if I find any grammatical or spelling errors, I would be forced to resubmit, and pay the fees.

I’ll retain my blissful ignorance at this point, and pray my readers will pass any errors by.

That’s it. One mouse click and it’s ready to go on sale.

Tomorrow will begin my contest, but I won’t give any details until then.

How’s that for a way to keep you coming back here?

Oh, and my new flashdrive works great.

Ready . . . Set . . .

Tomorrow begins my fourth excursion into National Novel Writing Month ( From midnight November 1 to midnight November 30 I must type at least 50,000 words of a novel.

I will be exploring an idea that’s been percolating in my noggin for at least four years.  It’s based on the same universe I created for my first novel, but further into the future.

My previous idea focused on the human race, but this time I will start with a different space-faring species. The main character is a young female who’s considered by her people as a subspecies. She’s smaller (read: weaker) than the rest of her species. However, she has certain gifts and talents that make her invaluable. The rest of her people don’t see it that way, though. She’s a tool to be used, nothing more.

Will she and others of her kind earn the respect they deserve? How will they earn it?

I look forward to finding out.

This also means I won’t be writing many entries in any of my blogs. I not only have to concentrate on nanowrimo, but on starting and managing my book contest.

I can hardly wait for my proof to arrive in the mail. To see my words in print — even self-published — is pretty darned exciting.

Happy Halloween!!


Home Stretch

In a few days I will recieve the proof to my book. If it meets my expectations, then all I have to do is login to booksurge’s website and hit [Approve].
Oh, yeah.
If I need to make any modifications, I can upload the new files, and start over with the initial printing process. There are applicable fees, so I hope what I sent them will be what I envisioned.
My pens also came in yesterday. They turned out good and will make good prizes for the contest. I say easily within the next few weeks when my book is approved, and my other orders come in (bookmarks and magnets), I’ll be ready to start selling.
Oh, yeah.


I’m no programmer. There are times when I’m simply so befuddled by a problem, the best course of action is to start over.

So I did with this blog. The reason it looks so much different is instead of WordPress, I’m using Movable Type as my platform. So far no difficulties.

Unfortunately, I lost my previous entries (although I did save them in a pdf which you can read here). If you subscribed through RSS, you’ll need to subscribe again. My apologies for the inconvenience there.  

I have more publishing news to share, but I won’t add that until tomorrow. I’m beat.

Hope you’re having a great Wednesday, and I’ll see you in the morrow.