Dear Blog Friends,
My right arm has been hurting for about a week, and I finally figured out why: Mouse Elbow. Yup. Too much time with gimp. So, I’m going to take a break from cover design for a while, even though (because) it is SO MUCH FUN now that I’ve figured out some of the basics. The general response is that the one with the teacup is better, but I might end up doing a cover with the figure on it as well, so there’s no doubt what genre it fits in.
Earlier this week I decided to take a gander at Amazon’s Create Space. I can’t say I liked what I saw. Their directions for converting a doc file to pdf all presume that you own a copy of Adobe Acrobat, which I do not. I searched on google for directions, and found not one but TWO different places on the createspace forum where people angrily and impatiently snipped that the didn’t feel they had to answer that question (how to convert doc to pdf) because it had been answered SO MANY TIMES and honestly if you would just do a SIMPLE SEARCH you would find it. Neither of these arrogant blowhards answered the question, by the way, and my search yielded no other results.
I tried to figure out on my own how to do this conversion sans Acrobat, failed dismally, and began to edge into the realm of supreme frustration. This is not a good place to be. In the realm of supreme frustration, perfectionism and pride butt heads with impatience and ignorance. It ain’t pretty. Eventually found a place where you can download templates which will presumably help you format your doc file to suit the right trim size, but by that point I realized that I was in the realm of supreme frustration and it was best just to back off for a while.
I’m still not 100% certain I’m going to do a print version of SEEING THINGS, but if I do, I will wait until I am patient and refreshed before going back to Create Space to see if I can make heads or tails of pdf formatting. I think typesetters really earn their money.
In order to let my arm heal from the overuse, I decided to do a long-delayed project and paint my studio. It may sound woo woo, but I believe I’m more creative (and more relaxed) when the walls of the room I work in are not all orange. Since it’s very difficult to write at my computer without a desk, I haven’t been emailing or anything, and my arm is feeling much better. Also, two walls are colors other than orange, which makes me happy.
I have two more pairings of stories I’m considering e publishing, but one of the B sides is out on submission, and the other B side story’s rights don’t revert to me until August. I have other trunk stories and reprints I could use, but I want to pair stories by theme. Also, frankly, some of my trunk stories are trunked for good reason, and some of my reprints are not ones I’m super proud of. I want to offer good stuff.
Meanwhile, I am working hard on rewriting the end of TREEMAKER. When I’m done with that, I will send it back to my beta reader and see if she has further feedback. If not, I’m ready to start revising and revising and revising and copyediting, and then cleaning it up and revising it some more. The official release date for TREEMAKER is October 1st, but like SEEING THINGS, I will probably have it done early, and up for free on Smashwords for anyone lucky enough to have been reading my blog.