Very quick report, because I’ve done very little of much consequence (although that doesn’t mean I’ve not been up to my eyeballs in stuff!) I have been having a steady recurrence of piercing headaches and this has meant that reading has been extremely slow. (I already read quite slowly). This has been burdensome regarding reading on Kindle, but more annoyingly, it’s preventing me from getting into back my WIP (Finding Luna #2 The Supes Series). As you’ll know (or not) from last check in, I have a dodgy printer, so an attempt to remedy this issue fell foul. I’m considering buying a new printer.
Other than this, I received some extremely worrying information about a loved family member (I can’t go into it here) so I’ve been completely distracted. I hope things will ease off/settle down rewardingly this issue, or at least my stress about this issues, soon.
I’ve purchased Snowflake software and the book which goes with it… Not sure I’m thrilled with either right now. Give me time. I got them because I cannot relax with Scrivener after the chapter mix up (and other oddities I’ve found along the way) so hoped this might be the answer. I’m not given it time yet, or the attention in deserves. Like I said, I’ve been distracted.
I’ve received some excellent reviews for Finding Esta lately… much to my amazement, all things considered, especially concerning my recent disaster. I have a few more to come from my VBT due on the 18th Feb, so I’m still a little knock-knee’d over those. Being reviewed is kind of like standing in the dock, awaiting judgement. I can almost smell the wood and hear the clearing of voices in the gallery! But five stars is always course for a stress-relieving happy dance.
Okay, the rest I’ll try to fit beneath my neat little subheadings.
Thought I wouldn’t get to see my hubs for yet another ‘special day’ and he turns up with a BOSE ipod doc (this seems extreme, I realise, but it is for us both really, as our older, much cheaper doc broke last week, and I listen to music all day every day, pretty much) and a gorgeous card (he always gets cute cards with teddies on them). And then he asked me out to dinner - like a date. We ate at The Ivy and it was yummy. I do love my hubs. I’m one lucky wifey.
So, What did you do for Valentine’s? Or do you hate VD? (I admit, I used to HATE it when I seemed to be eternally single).
Shah the Willing Writer
No, no and none! I will eradicate the headaches and distractions if it kills me. I will also look into getting a new printer – one which actually prints forward and doesn’t completely restart a ‘job’ if it gets stuck half-way through a 200 page MS – so help me God! I’ve thought about participating in a writing challenge, over at Misha’s My First Book. We have to:
Pick your favorite place in the world. What does it look like? What’s the mood like?
You can have 50 or so words to create an introduction. The entry itself must be no longer than 300 words.
1) Clear, concise description.
2) Evocative writing.
3) Effective use of senses.
Closing date for entries: 3 March
I haven’t done any kind of writing challenge for ages now and it really is an inspiration, as well as brilliant practice. So I may have to just make time for it. Another reason why I posted it here (other than wanting to share this cool challenge with cool Rowers!) is to remind, encourage, and annoy myself to do it!
Editing: I have continued to apply any proofs sent by the fabulous Shannon. My MS is improving a little every day.
Shah the Marketing Wizz
I made a badge for the Bards and Sage VBT for next month and linked it up on my side-bar. I’m going to wait till all the proofs are in till I send out any more review/giveaway copies (lots to give out). I’ve gone through it a few times recently and know it’s massively better now, but another set of eyes is always going to see things I cannot, even after all this time.
* Did you know you can click a button on your Amazon settings to receive update on all the books your buy. So, for instance, all the improvements I’ve been making to my MS should have filtered to anyone who bought it from Amazon to read on Kindle, IF they’ve selected this option in their settings. I came across it quite by accident.
Did you know about this? Does it actually work?
Shah the Imperfect Publisher
I received a request for more information from draft2digital about the print version of my MS for Createspace, because you can give them the details and they do it for you. I’m not quite ready yet though. The MS has to be as near to perfect as possible before it’s goes to print. Plus, when I finally get to that stage, I’ll need my cover designer to work his magic first.
Still haven’t sorted out the TAX issue – Bad Shah!
Shah the Pro Blogger
I’ve had lost of issues with my blog over the past 48 hours, 28 of which left me without a blog. Hence, this post is late. iPage kept telling me the issue was resolved when it certainly was not. Grr…. which didn’t help me keep a reign on impatience. Poor hubs got his head snapped off undeservedly on more than one occasion as did poor Bobby. Eventually, I got my blog back. I worry that I might lose it for good one day, and it causes nightmares. Should it really matter so much? Aren’t there more deserving issues to lose sleep over? Of course there are, but this is my baby. I’ve lost blood, sweat and tears (okay maybe not actual blood) over the past few years. I couldn’t lose it!
Shah the Ready Reader
I finally completed I Love You to Death and boy, it was emotional! Fancy a great (more older YA then NA, in my humble opinion) book to make you cry and cry? Get it!
I’ve been reading more of Self-Editing for Fiction Writers by Renni Browne, here and there, though I’m yet to pick up Plot and Structure: Techniques and Exercises for Crafting a Plot that Grips Readers from Start to Finish (Write Great Fiction) or the final two True Blood books: Deadlocked: A True Blood Novel (Sookie Stackhouse 12) & Dead Reckoning: A True Blood Novel (Sookie Stackhouse 11) but I am reading Chasing Amanda and Cassie Scott: ParaNormal Detective (the author of which, will interviewed me for the March VBT and will hopefully review my book once it’s fine-tuned).
Shah the Fitness Superhero (or not!)
No change here: I’m BAD! There have also been chocolates and Champagne cocktails for Valentines. Once my sis-in-law brings us our treadmill, I hope to get a little more into exercising.
My blog tour is STILL going on so excuse me AGAIN if I tag this onto the end of ANOTHER post.
Feb 4: Brianna’s Bookshelf
Feb 6: Danita Minnis
Feb 7: Pink Fluffy Hearts: Diary of a Coffee Addict
Feb 7: Veiled Secrets Reviews
Feb 8: Aspired Writer (Review) 4*
Feb 8: Coffee Beans & Love Scenes
Feb 13: Deep In The Heart Romance
Feb 13: Sweet n’ Sassi (Review) – 5*
Feb 15: Janna Shay’s Fair Play
Feb 16: Musings of a Writing Reader
Feb 17: The Avid Reader
Feb 18: Kristy Centeno (Review) Scary!
Feb 18: Salacious Reads (Review) Scary!
Feb 18: Triad Literary
Follow this VBT (virtual book tour) to enter a contest at each participating stop for a chance to win an
eBook copy of “Finding Esta.”
More entries = more chances to win!
Contest is tour-wide, open internationally and ends Feb 23.
Must be 18 years of age or older to enter.
CLICK GIVEAWAY TO ENTER.
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