Week Four (Day One)

Writing first: the edits of Crop are in. I’m just waiting for the preorder of Harvest to go up before uploading the final copy.

Got a novella of Mr. Wrightworth. Wish he couldn’t push my buttons the way he does. Ah well. I’ll be writing up the outline tomorrow, maybe.

Two weeks to the launch of Seed.

Think that’s it…

The everything else: besides Mr. Wrightworth catching me off guard at work, yesterday was a good day. I didn’t end up stressing out or anything.

Hairdresser I work with found a grey hair and then plucked it from my head. That kind of hurt.

I did sleep good Friday to last night, but I’ve been exhausted all day. Can’t tell if it’s because I’m fighting off a cold, or stress, or a combination of that and early mornings.

I spaced on my driving lesson tonight, so I didn’t make my lunches last night. I spent an hour finishing up Harvest instead. So now between school and driving I have to make lunches as well as after lesson.

Another lesson tomorrow night and then the driving test tomorrow morning.

I also have to email the other instructor. Shoot. I thought I did!

I updated The Others as well today. Uh. I suppose I just really want to play my game and watch some tv at this point but I can’t because I chose sleep and finishing a project yesterday. It would have worked out very well if not for the driving lesson.

Can’t believe I forgot about that.

Need to pull some address information and extra identification for Wednesday just in case.

I’m definitely overwhelmed. Five more days and I have two off. A bath and a bottle of wine is definitely in my future.

If I could drive myself, I would be home by now.

Boo.

I think I’m so tired even my emotions are asleep. Is that even a thing? Dunno. But I need sleep.

Rough Publishing Schedule 2018

It’s that time of the year again.
Yup, I’m sitting here wrapped in a shawl and cursing my landlord’s strange choice of providing radiator heat but removing only my ability to control the temperature but also refusing to turn up the heat until I lodge four complaints and talk someone else in the building into doing the same. They have control over their heat from inside their apartments, however.

It’s also the time of the year that I need to consider what I’ll be doing in 2018. The writing side of things has been kind of settled until next November. My 12-in-12 is going well so far, and I’ve already chosen my books for the next two months, but more on that later.

So… what are we looking at for publishing?

Fragments is planned for the first couple of months of 2018. I’m going to start another edit in January and buckle down for the cover of it. Seed, Crop, and Harvest are going to be published during a six month period, so I need it all done and ready to go. No, that’s not true. I need the first two books edited and written. The rest will follow.

I’m going to re-re-name the second trilogy of Coffee and Blood to The Reaping. It was originally that, but during some formatting I had a brain melt and it turned into The Harvest. I like The Reaping better.

For The Reaping, I’m actually considering publishing them in April, June, and August, like I did with Wraith’s Rebellion. I might adjust them just slightly, to May, July, and September. That’s just a hope and a prayer.

The second trilogy of Contracted will be out either the end of the year, or early 2019 and Contract Claimed would follow a few months after that.

Then, of course, are His Wings and His Halo, which I’m calling obligation pieces. I’m obligated to complete the trilogy. These will be published as soon as they are written and edited, so it could be published in March and April.

So… I’m panning on publishing between six and nine books in 2018.

Here’s the weird catch/kicker?

Come April, I’m moving two provinces over and, near as I can tell, I will be working part-time until I can find a full-time job at another company. Somehow I don’t feel like the place I’m going to will have a full-time position open up. Besides in big city areas like the one I’m currently in, once someone gets full-time it’s like tenure. They stay there for years and years.

Anyhow, that’s a catch/kicker because… I will be part-time at my day job. And until I have my license, I will likely be gently applying to jobs because I don’t want to make my relatives drive me all over.

Unless that one company gets back to me… I’m sure they’d understand for that wage.

And when one is not making finding a full-time job their… well, full-time job, then they have a lot of time on their hands. For me this could end up being an issue where I’m manically all over the place, doing all the things.

The last time I went part-time, I took two weeks off… sort of. Actually, they didn’t schedule me for two weeks  and I sat home playing video games until I basically lost my mind and took on six or so projects. Cleaning, scavenging, setting up furniture. Now I’ve got things to focus on, projects and writing and the like.

I’d really like, like really, really like, to use that time to complete some projects and get other things sorted out. Yeah, that totally made sense.

January and February, I’m writing His Wings and His Halo. March I suppose I should do Contract Delivered to wrap that all up and start edits for late 2018 publishing. April I’m hoping to have Seed published, which means … oh, but Crop and Harvest have to be done before April because that’s when I stop commuting and I can’t change that method of writing mid-trilogy. They are my cheat books and off schedule.

I guess that means April is open. There’s The Visitors, or Prototype. Whatever I can get written in April and possibly May could also be published in 2018 given a conservative projection of finding a full-time job.

Which, I suppose, means April and May are those up in the air stories. Dear readers, what would you like completed? I’ve been promising a lot of projects and after Contract Delivered is completed, I’d like to get back to m/f for a while. Browse the worlds, look through the little snippets tossed out here and there, and let me know what you’d like to see.

The goal is then to take the books written in April and May and publish them in 2018. Which will, hopefully, raise my published books from 6-9 up to 8-11. I could double my books in the next year, that’d be awesome.

Then in 2019 I’ll have 6-9 books already written and ready to edit and be published.

The Trouble with Growing Pains

If you click here and are on a computer, you’ll see a bar with a little rounded arrow that slides the project to the left and into the menu. When I was first exploring this theme, that’s what it said it’d do with the blog posts.

I freaking loved it, so I selected the theme and now I can’t flipping find it again and I feel like this is all stubbed nonsense. The theme is about showing off portfolios. I think. 

I can’t remember.  But that’s what I want this to do. 

Roll the posts back into the side bar and out again if people would like to view them. I’d like the side bar to have links separated into like menus.

It just occurred to me how I might accomplish that second point, I will give it a shot. Worst that could happen is I start rage drinking, right?

The guides and how tos for both the theme and most things wordpress are half a decade old. They tell you to go through your control panel to change your theme. Or tell you to go through customization but then reference an option choice that isn’t there. Leaving me sitting at my computer feeling like a flipping idiot.

I used to do html coding. It was awkward and clunky and looked like a fourteen year old had done it. In my defense, though, I was fourteen at the time. I’m not stupid, I know how layouts and some coding works and I do know how to use Google to research what I need to be able to do other things. 

But freaking wordpress is a dead end? 

The problem may be that I don’t know what to call what I want to do. That happens all the time. I’m not entrenched in the world, I don’t know the jargon, it happens. 

But when your sample overlaid on my blog has the wheeling in and out of the blog posts, I expect the live version to do the same! 

Even researching the theme by name and asking for help, I got ads for the theme instead. I got places to purchase the theme, none of which appear to be the theme I’m looking for despite altering my terms to include wordpress. 

So, apparently, overnight my blog had no blog posts. Or pages. Or anything. Not because I set it and just walked away, I had been playing with it. But I thought at least the recent posts had taken to the sidebar.

I just want to shout at my screen, but as the floor/ceiling of my apartment is thin, I don’t want to wake anyone up. 

And the above? Is a portfolio. I thought if I added it, I’d be able to link it to the front page. Why allow me to host portfolios if you aren’t going to let me link them directly to the front page? Why would I go through a secondary page to link to a specialized page in the..

 Ugh.

Don’t worry, I’m not just going to keep screaming at my screen. I’m going to look into a new theme. Several of them did boast about the portfolios being shown off on the home page and I’m hoping they aren’t jerking me around, or are stripped away to nothing by wordpress’s  “customization” option. Remember years ago when customization on a blog meant actual customization? When did wordpress become LiveJournal?