Monday, October 1, 2018

Hooray For Partial Credit

Hello, all!

It's the first of October, so you are in for an action-packed post. Today, I shall be reviewing how I did with the goals I set for myself last month (and based on the title of this post, I'm guessing you have some idea of how things went) and setting some new goals for the current month.

Like I said, action packed.

First up, last month's goals...

1. Publish Second Nature

This is where that whole partial credit thing comes in because I (deep breath......another deep breath........and one more for safety.......) half did this.

And now I am seriously freaking out because I admitted it. (So many issues. So little time.)

True to MJ fashion, the paperback is now available. The e-book, however, is not. This happened with the last book, too. Apparently, it's just going to be a thing with me. But yeah. The paperback has been released into the wild. Here's proof:



I'm trying to get the e-book out into the world, but I seem to be struggling with the formatting. There are a few lingering issues I haven't yet ironed out. I think I've fixed everything, but then it turns out that not only did I not fix things, I managed to break a few things more. And so on and so forth.

Sigh.

I'm working on it.

But, yeah. That happened.


2. Finish the first draft of Vinnie & Ellie

Nope. Didn't achieve this goal. I am getting closer to the end, but I didn't make enough progress to even award myself with partial credit here. My brother and I did, however, brainstorm a potential legitimate title for this project. So, that's exciting. Ish. But regardless of what it's called in the end, it will always be the Terrible, Horrible, No-Good, Bad Romance Novel to me.

3. Finish the first draft of Retail Rhapsody

Didn't quite achieve this goal, either. The poems are somewhat organized now, and I have a clearer idea of what this project should maybe look like, so I feel okay awarding myself with some partial credit here. Here's what the layout storyboard looks like for this project. It looks a little different now, but you'll get the general idea.



4. Walk, run, or bike at least three miles per day

At long last! A goal I actually completed! I don't know why I add 'run' or 'bike' to that list because I don't do either these days, but walking—yeah, I did that. In my house, with my air conditioner running, to protect me from...you know, Florida.

Some days, I even walked more than three miles.

Because that's how I roll.

On an unrelated side note, is anyone else super psyched
for next year's Veronica Mars revival on Hulu?


All right...October Goals.

1. Release Second Nature's e-book editions

Place your bets now to see how long this will take!

2. Finish the first draft of Vinnie & Ellie

Wait a minute...that sounds familiar.

3. Finish the first draft of Retail Rhapsody

So does this. Hmmm.

4. Log at least three miles per day

Ha! That one's different. No more running or biking for me! Woo Hoo!


And on that possibly very sad note, I am outta here. Those e-books won't format themselves. (I know because I've been unsuccessfully waiting for that to happen...)

Did you make any goals for October?


39 comments:

  1. Congratulations on the print book! You'll fix the eBook soon.
    That wall is impressive. And a bit scary...

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    1. You should have seen The Man's face when he first saw the wall. But yeah...I'm a little in love with it. I just may decide to keep it up even after the project's finished. :)

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  2. Congratulations on the new book! The cover is gorgeous!

    How in the world do you see the top of your storyboard - ladder? step stool? I have enough trouble seeing when stuff is right in front of me, but of course I'm old now. Sigh.

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    1. Oh yeah, I have both a small ladder and a step stool to help me reach the top couple of rows. The wall space in my office is filling up fast, so I had to get creative to find a place for the layout board. :)

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  3. Wonderful that the print book is now out. What keeps going wrong with the ebook?

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    1. Right now, my main issue is that KDP's Kindle previewer shows me one thing, but looking at the same file on my Kindle and my iPad shows me two different versions. One is right, the other two are not right (for different reasons even), and I have no idea which one to trust.

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  4. Congrats on the print book! That's awesome!
    Familiar sounding goals? Hmm no I have no idea what that's like.

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    1. At least we never have to wonder what our goals should be. Really, that kind of thing saves time. :)

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  5. Woot on the paperback release! *cheer*

    I started working on a plan for my third book with colored sticky notes on paper hanging on the wall this past week. You totally crossed my mind as I was doing it, since I remember seeing pictures of your organization!

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    1. I firmly believe one can't go wrong with sticky notes on the wall. Plus, it's pretty to look at. :)

      Happy planning!

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  6. Congrats M.J. on publishing Second Nature🍩🍺! You go girl🎉. I am so proud of you, and equally inspired by you.

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    1. Thank you, Murees! You are entirely too kind!

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  7. Congrats on getting the paperback published. That's huge. And, as for ebook formatting, there is another author who has a blog who did a whole thing on ebook formatting. Something about how to make a clean copy. I think I can dig up the blog post if you're interested.

    Are you still trying to figure out what kind of knitting needles would work for a murder? I might have some suggestions...

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    1. The blog post certainly can't hurt.

      And no, the death-by-knitting-needle storyline has been sidelined for now, but some day, I hope to find a new story in which to use it because it has just been so much fun. And I love all of my Internet writing friends who offered suggestions without (probably) contacting the authorities. :)

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  8. I don't think you should be penalized for the horrors of e-formatting. Great job!

    "Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Bad Romance" sounds like a great name itself.

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    1. I like it, too. I was thinking about keeping it as maybe a subtitle. Like, should I turn this book into a series (please, whatever deity is up there, don't let me turn this book into a series...) they could all be "Book Whatever in the Terrible Horrible No-Good Bad Romance series" or something.

      But it probably won't turn into a series.

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  9. w00t w00t! Congrats! Great progress and more to come. @mirymom1 from
    Balancing Act

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  10. Congratulations on getting the print book out. I've never done e-book formatting, so have no idea how difficult it is. Good luck!

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    1. This is my first experience with e-book formatting. Before, I could do very basic stuff that was suitable for me just wanting to put a copy of a WIP on my Kindle, but trying to do a entire book for publication is apparently out of my skill set. I'll get there. Eventually. Probably. :)

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  11. Oh, that's such amazing news about Second Nature! The paperback copy, at least. So sorry to hear the ebook version has been giving you so much trouble--ack! Fingers-crossed you can get that resolved soon.

    And whoa, your storyboard is impressive! Totally in awe of your organizational skills.

    Anyway, best of luck with all your October goals! I don't really have any, outside of wanting to catch up on everything my dying computer made me fall behind on, LOL.

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    1. Thank you!

      And, oh yeah, I can organize the heck out of any project. It's finishing them that I struggle with. :)

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  12. Did you take a look at the Reedsy post on IWSG. It has some great information about formatting eBooks. Good luck.

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    1. I may have come across it at some point, but I honestly don't remember. I'll definitely check it out again. Thank you!

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  13. But you did get a book out! Which is awesome, and huge congrats to you! The ebook will work itself in there in no time, I'm sure. Someday when I can afford a giant dry-erase, I'll get into the storyboard game. :)

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    1. Oh, I would love to have the wall space for a giant dry-erase board. That would be so cool!

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  14. Way to go MJ!! Congrats on the release. I'm sure you will get the ebook up as well.

    I like taking walks too. I'm thinking of joining a gym, at least for the winter. Winter is not good for walking, lol.

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    1. Winter's the only time I find I can tolerate walking outside in Florida. The rest of the time, however, I'm staying in. I've thought about joining a gym, but I honestly can't see myself actually going to one.

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  15. Congratulations! I need to work on logging in miles walked even if they're just in the safety of a cool house. Good luck with the formatting.

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    1. The walking-around-the-house thing has worked out for me so far. Cooler temperatures and fewer people. And lizards.

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  16. I'm impressed. Ebook always comes first for me just because I'm so picky about print and can't afford InDesign. Scribus is a good workaround, creates a great-looking book, but takes longer to use. Anyway, just saying that I think it's great that you have a paperback version out and that I wish you great success with it. (Not that you'll need my wishes. That cover alone should sell the book. Gorgeous!)

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  17. Congrats on getting the paperback out.

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  18. Great job. Fell a little short on my word count for October because I had a lot of extra work to do for my writing group. Why do I volunteer.

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  19. Right now my goal for October is to accept the fact that it is October!

    Hooray for partial credit, indeed!!!

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  20. Congrats! That's awesome you got the print book out. Good luck with the rest of your goals!

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  21. I can't wait to get a copy of Second Nature at the Cocoa Book Fair and have you sign it. Then I'll be able to read both your books back-to-back. Or should I have not told you that? Oops. lol

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  22. I think you did well because you achieved one of the bigger goals in getting Second Nature out. Congratulations! And no, I have no goals for October except to deal with the impending cold and unpleasantness that is Winter in Maine.

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