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Old 08-10-2020, 06:27 PM   #111
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After much angst, I got the TOC right. I hope. I'm giving the book a final edit, but I think, except for adding the photographer's name (which I can't do until we pick a cover photo) the insides are good to go. My designer friend asked for a deadline, so I said "two weeks." The book should be ready for KDP's review on August 22. It should be ready for purchase a few days after that. I should add that there will probably still be typos in the manuscript. Sorry, readers.
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Old 08-11-2020, 10:59 AM   #112
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Hang tough, D.

I'm enjoying a side steps a day dance with a friend. We each have some project in mind and most days email something like: 8/11: Y or 8/11: N in the subject line and that's all.

It's a buddy system like this thread meshing Seinfeld keep the string alive w/ the quick updates that BJ Fogg developed for his tiny habits followers.

So, I'll do some of that here.
Project: writing draft with flair for a consultant's roster
Due: 11:59 pm 8/28
length: about 14,000 characters (it's their process) or 2,000 words, 8 pages

I will add 'flair' during the drafting process to keep me interested. Flair are things I may or may not let into the final doc. Flair are counter quotes (mocking the tone of application), literary quotes, misquotes, poems, parodies, and under or over hype of myself.

8/11: Y.
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Old 08-11-2020, 05:49 PM   #113
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I think Nanowrimo is similar to Jerry Seinfeld's "don't break the chain." You get badges for writing several days in a row. And in order to get the 50,000 words, you need to write almost every day,
Good luck with your project. I like your "flair"

Me - I'm just stepping along now. I've been staring at the computer for too long, and my brain is about to melt. I'm going outside for while.
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So my designer says that four to six weeks is more realistic as her husband is home-schooling their kids, and she's swamped handling most of the outside work. She asked me how I plan to promote the book. This is the elephant in the room. As you remember, I hate marketing and i'm not very good at it.
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Old 08-13-2020, 01:17 AM   #115
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Re Nano: yeah, there's a lot of apps and badge offering or 'gaming' ideas. What's working well for us is the accountabuddy™ day-by-day check in. Just like here.
Obit today for painting yellow traffic paint on a few curbs & steps at my condo. It's about 10 days. Washed out the brush and roller, tossed what I could. Everything drying overnight then it's really done.
I'm on condo break before shopping for a chimney sweep. After that it gets hard again as I'll track down some suspected overbilling issues.
On application: 8/12: Yes.
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Old 08-14-2020, 12:39 PM   #116
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yes, accountabuddy(TM) is important - probably more important than anything else. Congrats on tasks completed.

Me - I got everything done on that list I posted last week except the letters. My writing is moving into new directions, and that's challenging, as I'm going to have to think in different ways from what I've been doing (Bad sentence for someone who says she's a writer). My steps are - in no particular order"
Start working on new novel - that means writing instead of editing.
work up marketing plan and implement. Start with reading all the advice I have on marketing, plan what to post on Twiter, Facebook, Instagram,.
Develop a new blog.
Write those friggin' letters that I've been avoiding.
And, in between that, I'm still adding last touches to "Through Unfamiliar Waters." I just discovered, after about a year of editing, that Vivian's friend is Denise in Bar Harbor. I chose Denise because she'd been Vivian's friend in "Through Unfamiliar Waters." Two days ago, I realized that Denise was Johanna's friend, not Vivian's. And it's unlikely that Denise would have known both women. Also, Jeremy threatened Alex with Alcatraz, and, about a month ago, I realized that Alcatraz hasn't been an operating prison in over fifty years. How can I overlook such obvious things????
Hopefully, there isn't something else like that lurking undiscovered.

Happy stepping, everyone.
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Old 08-15-2020, 11:37 PM   #117
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My writing is moving into new directions, and that's challenging, as I'm going to have to think in different ways from what I've been doing (Bad sentence for someone who says she's a writer).

a/ My writing is moving into new directions, and that's challenging, as I'm going to have to think in different ways from what I've been doing.

b/ My writing is moving in new, challenging directions that make me think and in different ways about both what I write and how I write.

I'll stop there.

Steps: worked on application: Yes.
More of same tomorrow along with reviewing how to use break out rooms on Zoom and setting up my last slide.

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Revu2, good to hear you're stepping along.

Interesting twist on my words, Revue. And, yes, to different ways. I am beginning to think in new directions.
Three first goals:
Explore Amazon's site and find and carefully read about everything the offer to writers.
Keep working on Johanna's story and Brat's story.
Start establishing presence on social media.

I got my first idea about the social media goal. Boy, is this thinking in a new direction! The end product will be posts on a blog and tweets, Facebook posts, and other posts as I think of them. What to post about? Two thoughts worth blogging about are - 1. In this age, technology does a lot for us, but we are losing the ability to think because so much thinking is done for us. and
2. Scanners. When I first heard the word scanner, I was sad because I'm not a scanner. I had much more curiosity when I was in college than I do now. But the down side of being a scanner is that it's hard to finish something, see it through the hard times and the boring times. Scanners are capable of sticking to a difficult task , many of them are college grads, and you can't get through college without some nose-to=the-grindstone effort. It's just that that type of work goes against their nature. And I think of so many people who have posted on Barbara's Boards and here on psych central with great ideas, and then they never post anything again. And maybe they're off doing successful things and don't feel the need to post. But. for me, the measly steps and an accountability buddy are the way to go.

That's what I came up with. It's all still a bit hazy, but that's two meaty ideas to blog about. In between, I can post bits of my writing, I wish my short stories were shorter. And I can post interesting pictures. Maybe I'll post pictures from creative commons. Some of them are really good. And I can post a lot of Barbara's ideas.


Happy stepping

This is the point in the creative process where I see scanners disappearing from the stepping thread. - When they go from a hazy "I have a dream. Everything is perfect" place to harsh reality. And sometimes I think you need to step away and let your brain "perk" before the ideas show up. But if you're going to succeed, you need to come back and tackle the harsh reality one step at a time. And then there's the part where the world socks it to your face with various versions of calamity. "Who do you think you are." No one wants to publish your work. Someone you love dies or divorces you.

Anyway, that's what I've come up with. And I'm going to use your twist somewhere in my blog if it's okay with you.
Today, I want to make a board with post-it notes and tack all my ideas onto it. - Which, as I think of it, is a very scanner thing to do.

Oh, and I can use some of the quotes I copied from the Boards.

Where is square peg guy when I need him?
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Got to my application.
Quote & use however you want.
Interesting thoughts on Scanners and their flitting away from the hard middle parts to the shiny new beginnings of something else. I tell myself "I finish what I start." Not literally always true as I do deliberately abandon stuff, but enough of a prod to get me through the hard middle boring sections of the journey.
I like you idea of mining Barbara's site for your blogs. There were so many beautiful gems that people put up them. Like the brushing back and forth in the forums polished their motives, sharpened their thinking, and clarified their feelings. The wayback archives might be a good resource.
Next up on the yuck list: dealing with chronic leaking water just north of our condo. Could be from our lines (hope not) but it will get messy as I most likely will have to encourage the City to contact the uphill neighbors about it if that proves to be the source. Yet, once I do a decent concrete thing (find the account documents, for example) I let go of the drag and just keep at it.
College: think about what you will write about, start research, lock in the topic, do enough research to write a decent paper, write the damn paper, edit it, rewrite paper, turn in. Rest, and repeat till they say stop and hand you a piece of parchment.
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Ton of wildfires in California. I'm probably okay where I am but the governor said everyone in CA should pack and be ready to leave at a moments notice. I'll never look at lightning the same again. Yesterday, I pulled out "Temporary Address", the prequel to "Through Unfamiliar Waters." I knew it would be bad, but I didn't realize how bad it was. Since I self=published, I can go back and change it. Not an option with a professional publisher, but a pro would never have published it in the first place. Life is a constant learning experience. I think today, I'll cut back some of plants growing around my house. There are some mini=pine trees, and pines burn fast and hot even when they're green. (The minis are thirty years old and about ten feet tall, so not that mini.

We have over a hundred individual fires - some have been grouped into "complexes" which share the fire crews. The two largest complexes are over 100,000 acres each with no containment. That's huge.

I'll be stepping, but I probably won't be happy.
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