Sunday, January 11, 2015

Sunday Update - Week 2

It's January 11th.  Yes, I have a flair for stating the obvious.  Except January 11th is never just another day for me.  It's the 21st anniversary of my car accident.  You'd think after 21 years, I'd stop memorializing this day.  But hey, I haven't managed it yet, so why stop now? 

Have you seen that commercial where they're toting this crumpled car through various stages of post accident, and in each instance the people looking at the horribly mangled metal turn to each other and say 'They survived'.  Well...

I survived.

Anyway, that's 21 years ago today.  Let's talk about last week, shall we?

The week started out with me receiving my final round of edits from Ms. Editor Extraordinaire.  Followed the next day by receiving the sample cover designs.  It's really getting close now. I still have a very unfirm date of mid-March for release, but if I can go earlier, I will.

I took the edits and set them aside for a few days.  Then when I was in a better, less tired, frame of mind I started working on those.  I'm 11 chapters in on that as of last night.  I expect to get at least the next five chapters done today.  Which, if I estimate right and keep up the momentum, should make this part done by Wednesday at the latest.  Then I'll see who's still interested in doing a read-through for me to catch any little things M.E.2 and I missed.

I took the cover samples, sat down with my husband, debated the finer points of each, and narrowed the field of 9 down to 3 we could go with - after some tweaking.  I sent that letter off to the artist on Wednesday. 

Needless to say, I had to set aside the line edits I was working on for Wrongful Termination.  

This past week saw me at 5 books into my goal of 100 books read in 2015.  Three of those I read last week - a mystery and two romances.  Thank goodness it doesn't reflect the number of books I started but did not finish - one of which was formatted so poorly I actually didn't start reading the book because reading the pre-book stuff gave me a headache.  The only good thing about that is that it encourages me to find a formatter rather than format my own books myself.  (A decision I will have to make soon.)

Well, that's about all I'm good for this past week.  How are things in your world?  


  1. Yikes! Scary!

    Sounds like you're making great progress. Good for you!!

    1. Sorry, JB. It's not scary to me anymore, so I don't think about it.

      I am. For once, I don't really feel behind. Thanks!

  2. Yeah. Every time you post that newspaper pic, I see the same commercial in my head. Thank goodness you did! The world would be a more miserable place without you in it! *raises hand* Shoot the final to me when you're ready. :)

    1. I actually hate that commercial, Silver - because 'they survived' doesn't mention how injured they had to have been, and I don't care how safe a car is, when it looks that bad, someone got hurt. LOL, thanks! I'm not sure everyone in the world would agree, but screw them. And yes, I'll definitely shoot that sucker over.

  3. That photo gives me the shivers. I'm glad you survived!

    Hmm. Ebook formatting. Most of my sales are in paperback, so I probably don't format for ebooks well. Since I don't eRead, I don't even know what to do differently.

    If you need an extra pair of eyes, I'm a pretty good typo-catcher. :-)

    1. Sorry, Deb. It's just a reminder to me what I have accomplished. Thanks!

      There's a book called The Zen of eBook Formatting that's pretty helpful, but if you're not handy with HTML, there are loads of places that can make sure your formatting is good. I'm just weighing my laziness against my miser-like tightwadness.

      Thanks, Deb. I probably have plenty of eyes, but I'll let you know. =o)

  4. I've read ONE book toward my goal this year. At this rate, I'll be sorely behind in my reading.

    Last week was a week of promotion, so I'm hoping now I can get back into finishing MY edits and then starting again on my WIP. I'm hoping. Did I say I'm hoping? :)

    Happy anniversary on the day your survived. :)

    1. Don't worry, Stacy. Some weeks are easier than others for reading. You'll catch up. And if not, being busy writing is a good thing.

      Good luck with finishing your edits and starting up again on the WIP! You can do it!

      Thanks! I figure every year is golden because I probably shouldn't have survived that - but I'm too stubborn to go that easy. ;o)