Wednesday, May 14, 2014

05/14/2014 Writing Wednesday!

Greetings everyone and welcome back! I hope the week is treating you well so far. I am slowly getting some of that sleep back, so hopefully I will be more awake than I have been. Admittedly yesterday was better than Monday, which means today should, in theory, be better than both! That's the scientific theory though, let's see what happens next.

Yesterday I got through one of the editing phases for 'Through the Broken Mirror' now if you remember correctly I said once you do that you should take a break and do something else for a little bit. So, technically I'm doing something else in that I'm going to work on getting 'Feathers of the Dead' out of that stupid notebook, but I know that I meant do something not writing related in order to give your brain a break. The reason I'm breaking my own advice is because next week I am on vacation and will have some 8 days or so to do just that, so I can take 3 days to get some work done if it means over a week of doing nothing afterward. I justified it you can't be mad!

When it comes to moving a story from a written format to a digital one, I don't know if there is a fast way to do it. At least I haven't found one, and if there is one that exists, PLEASE SHARE IT BECAUSE IT IS CRAZY. My hope is that it doesn't take forever and a year to get this done, mostly because I would like to get things finished before it takes another 2 years to release a book. If you are about to do what I'm doing, or are in the middle of it, please take to heart that you aren't crazy (well not completely, you're still taking something you hand-wrote that's potentially hundreds of pages long and deciding you want to type it now) and that it does take forever. I don't even remember when I started typing out 'Daughter of the Shackled King' but I remember it felt like it took far longer than it should have. Also don't panic because it's shorter than you were when it was written, that's going to happen too, this is all normal, it's just weird.

Part of me wishes there was a magical thing that would scan the pages for me and put everything onto a page instantly, but the only thing I can think of is how many mistakes I'd need to correct, and whether or not that would really save time in the end. I think overall it would, but time fixing things would probably make me want to kill something. Unless your handwriting is perfect anything that scans isn't going to recognize every word you wrote for what you intended (if those ATM's that scan checks have taught me anything) and yeah...I think I'd rather just type it.

I am really looking forward to 'Feathers of the Dead' though, even if it's the shorter (so far) between it and 'Daughter of the Shackled King' I got to have a lot of fun pulling from some of my favorite mythologies and playing with some more obscure references. I also got to play with my favorite ritual from Egyptian myth that the God I named my cat after, and his soon to be buddy, were both involved in, so there's that. So even if it drives me nuts, I am looking forward to it, and if you're doing the same thing you should too. You get to relive what is hopefully a really fun story for you, and get reintroduced to your world. If you don't enjoy that then maybe you need more than a few days off.

For now I will leave you with that. I will see you all when I get back from my much-needed break. If you all could do me a huge favor that would be appreciated; my Channel Manager at Smashwords is saying 'Rending the Seal' is available at all my different locations, however at least at Kobo it's not there. If you find the link elsewhere can you please send it to others or at least me so I can make sure it's available? That would be great! I just want to make sure there aren't any problems. Have a great rest of your week!

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