New Year, Time For Editing

Happy New Year!

So that’s a little late, but it still applies. I’ve been off doing fun stuff the past few days, but I’m digging back in today. I just printed out 267 pages of book 3 of the Non-Vampire series to edit with a pen.

So why print and edit with a pen?

Well, the answer to that one comes from experience. In the past I’ve tried both this way and jut editing directly within a word processor. Not only is it harder for someone else to help out in electronic form, it also is much, much easier to skip over typos and minor things. It’s also hard to flip back and forth to double check details. I have my wife read over things, and it is difficult for her to make notes and me to read them in electronic form. And in electronic form the changes I make along the way can change what page a change needs made on, so if I have a note that page 193 has a problem, but I make massive changes early on, that thing that was on 193 may be on 185 or 202 because I may have added or removed pages by the time I got to it.

So yeah, back to pen and paper. I’ve done the past few in electronic, but is has always been way harder than with paper.

Now the downsides: I use up a lot of paper, which is a huge waste and not environmentally friendly at all; I use a lot of toner, which isn’t cheap (my printer is almost out, and I haven’t used it that much); Paper cuts.

So, back to work. I hope everyone has a wonderful year!

Merry Christmas!

Hey everyone!

I’ll be spending time with family, having too much to eat, and generally vegging out for the next few days. Seems like we just did this last month, doesn’t it? Maybe we need to rethink the placement of these holidays, because having all these stacked together just… well, makes me fat because the meals are too good. Try as I might, I just can’t turn down a good turkey dinner, pumpkin pie and bread, noodles (gluten free, but I’ll take it), and deviled eggs. And that isn’t even considering all the goodies at my wife’s family meals. So yeah, I’ll be ten pounds heavier next week, I’m guessing. I hope everyone has a great Christmas!

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First Draft Done!

Hi everybody!

So I did actually finish up that book, like I had hoped. Even after going back to strengthen a couple of points. So… yes!

Some time next year I will have the last book in the Non-Vampire series out, I’ll have this one (my first middle grade book), and I may have a book with a trans main character out. That last one I’m still not sure about. I think so, but I need to go back through it and punch it up quite a bit. Like the story, love the character, just not sure others will find it quite as interesting. Even still, I may put it out there just for my own sake.

I’m taking a few days off to do some reading and thinking before diving back in to rewrites. I have some ideas that may or may not come through for changes on this site, too, and I might look into those. I’m probably going to wait a while, but I’ve been thinking about it some.

Anyone here use Axis 360 from their local library? If so, are you having trouble with it? I can’t get it to show any of my stuff. I can browse the library with it, but I can’t go to the details page and I can’t see my books that are checked out or on hold. The last time I contacted them they told me they no longer support older versions of Android (mine is version 6), so they couldn’t help. I had to find an older version of the app on my own, since they wouldn’t supply one. And now something has happened and that one won’t even work, and it has been working for several months.

Here is where I would slam programmers and say they don’t ever think of anyone but their own lazy selves.

And here is where I would feel really stupid, because I used to work as a programmer, and I have written an awful lot of software myself where people probably found issues that they weren’t happy about.

So yeah, not putting down the programmers. Just wondering if anyone else is having trouble.

Everyone have a good weekend!