Thursday, May 29, 2008

Fire Season

Californians live with fire and some live up close to it. Last week the Santa Cruz mountains had an early look at the summer fire season and, unfortunately, many homes were lost. This time our area escaped with nothing more than heavy smoke. So one more time we have a lot to be grateful for and are reminded to review our emergency plan and be prepared.

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Web Presence

Making a web page is yet another step in this process of publishing. First you write the book, then you sell the book, then you market the book. Each step seems very big, but it isn't until you look behind that you realize how big. Quite dizzying actually. Then you start the process all over again. Wasn't there a Greek guy in this situation?

Monday, May 12, 2008

Line Edits

Almost done with my line edits. Nobody told me writing could be boring. They just warned me it might be stressful, rewarding, depressing, exhilarating, damage my ego, boost my ego, send me over the edge, save my sanity, exhaust me, pep me up, and in general fill up every waking moment of my life. Then the line edits arrived: Approve/Disapprove the space, the comma, the word change, the paragraph change, the font. HELP!

Actually, I am only complaining to have something to do while my mind goes out for walk around the block. I'm really pleased with how my editor comments. I like her suggestions and I like seeing the results. So far I've agreed with 99% of what she's done--which is mostly about my paragraphing and punctuation with a smattering of word/phrase changes.

Now that I'm done, the job does not seem as tedious as at the beginning.