Next, After, Later

Blog No. 279

largeThe Thinking Machine is in the proof stage (as stressful as they come) and with any luck, I should have some physical copies by the end of the week. There always seems to be something in the proof that looks weird, has to be quadruple checked, or is just a screw-up. The looks weird stuff is mostly out of my hands. I can read all the printer’s documentation and review my own constructed pages, but no matter how much it seems like things should come out fine in the printed copies, there is doubt. I’ve sent an email, but got a stock response that tells me to look at the documentation. I’ve reviewed my own files and everything should be okay, but. As soon as I give my okay, I am responsible for how the book looks, errors or not (my fault or not). You can see my dilemma. I suppose working with a smaller, more local printer would solve that issue, but I’ve tried that route, and there is a whole mess of other issues that come out of that. Plus, you don’t get any distribution that way. Continue reading “Next, After, Later”

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An Update Worth Sharing

Blog No. 278

29314532_10155322356185983_4700733863138164736_nI find myself in the rare position where I have more than one thing to talk about and I didn’t have to scramble to find a topic this week. As it turns out, if I tantalize people with the idea of images of me looking like a dork, they all want to see them. Last week, I didn’t have those images, but now I do. If you are just reading the teaser, you have to click on the whole article to see the pictures. I buried them further down. That’s called strategy. The image you see up here is actually from the Chapter’s signing I did with Christian over the weekend. Turns out that when the sun is shining at it’s St. Patrick’s Day, the mall isn’t very busy. Continue reading “An Update Worth Sharing”

Fifth Year Anniversary Recap Thing!

Blog No. 268

hqdefaultThat’s it. Five full years of weekly blog posts with hardly a hiccup. There was that one week where it went up on a Saturday instead of the Thursday (and I will forever live with the blemish) but other than that, I’ve done a weekly post since January 2012. I didn’t know what to expect when I started this thing, and to be honest, some weeks are a real drag, but getting to look back on it now, I’m pretty proud of the accomplishment. Even if it’s one very few people would ever set out to do (and my numbers are really nothing to write home about. Speaking about numbers, I failed to top 2016’s record breaking stats, but I came pretty close this year. Plus, I didn’t have a book out in 2017 until the end, and even that has been tough to get out to people (due to continued printing issues). I’m guessing that had some part to play. But I was still close enough to make the prospects for 2018 positive. Continue reading “Fifth Year Anniversary Recap Thing!”

A Thought for the New Year

Blog No. 265

adventurousancientanhingaShould I make my blog a newsletter? I mean in addition to the blog itself? It may need some additional formatting (and maybe some severe trimming) but I can’t imagine it’s all that much work. I’ve been doing sort of a newsletter with Arvin to accompany the Flags and High Fives episodes, but even that is a little-bitty thing that pretends to be a behind-the-scenes breakdown, but it really me sputtering out sentences meant to be quippy and to seem informative. The first one was a real thing that I made and Arvin made better, then I just used it as a template to get out the next one in as short a time-frame as possible. Maybe I’m already in over my head (which I definitely am) and I shouldn’t bother, but newsletters seem to be the in thing and if I can hop on the bandwagon without adding another ball to keep in the air. (Did you know I can actually juggle badly?).  I think I’m going to try. Continue reading “A Thought for the New Year”

Deadlines!

Blog No. 264

maxresdefaultEvery day I put another obligation behind me and try to get ahead with my writing. At the beginning of the year, I was knocking out a pretty respectable word count each month, but everything else loomed its head and put a stop to that. Somehow I seem to forget every time that writing is fun (and work, but also fun) and editing is a tedious mess that seems to put all progress in its place. Layout work is on the fence. I don’t mind doing it, but not at the expense of writing. Also, if you are doing it for yourself or someone else, it’s a lot easier. For yourself, if you like something, you go with it. For someone else, you do whatever they want. For multiple people, it can get a bit messy. And when your work schedule conflicts with theirs, a simple message can be the most frustrating thing in the world. Continue reading “Deadlines!”

It’s the Yearly Lull Spectacular!

Blog No. 252

Every year, sometime in the second half, I find myself struggling to find topics for this blog. It’s around this time that I start to think about (or threaten to) stop the weekly posts and change formats. I don’t think I’m quite at that point yet, but I’ve been scrambling for the last few weeks and this week I find myself up against the wall. I’ve done it before, but I do lots of things over again so why should this be different? this post is going to be about not having anything to talk about this week. Let’s pretend this is Rick and Morty or something and cgamwcethis is my seasonal clip show. That way it’ll be fun and something to look forward to and not a tedious drag that no one wants. Continue reading “It’s the Yearly Lull Spectacular!”

Hit the Ground Running

Blog No. 236

Image result for Clone HighIt’s no secret that I’ve overextended myself this year. I’ve talked about it constantly. It’s the thing I’ve found myself butting up against the most lately, so it’s on my mind. Granted, I do find the time to spend on YouTube videos and a weekly Dungeons & Dragons session, but even those sessions have been taking the hit lately. Over the last fer years, I’ve developed Tuesdays into the day that I give this blog a first pass. If work is busy, I may not get anything else done. If not, I can usually get some editing done, or work on odd projects or plan for events. When other folks are free, I’ve even been known go go do some evening writing. It’s a light day, but at least one thing always gets done. Continue reading “Hit the Ground Running”