Monday, I met with my local critique group. I went early to teach one of my friends how to format a story properly for submitting. The sticking point was, I use MSWord 2003 [which they will pry from my cold, dead hands before I will convert to another word processing program -- I once said that of WordPerfect -- if it was still made I'd still be on WP] and my friend has MSWord 2007. I have to say, using it was not a selling point for the program. Not at all. I am a fairly good software user, however, and did figure out where all the needed commands were hiding … finally.
Jeez, Microsoft. It’s like 2003 and 2007 are barely related. One of my computers came with a sample of MSWord 2010, I think it was. Yeah, not a selling point for that one either. I hated it. Is there a stronger word than hate? I don’t think those who make MSWord ever actually use it for anything practical.
Well, enough ranting on the lack of progress on word processing programs …
I gave my local group chapter two of Boomtown Craze and chapter one of The Augmentation of Hetty Locklear. Both were received well, with the usual helpful nudges that help me improve my stories. I use the feedback when taking the draft I give them to polished draft. The polished draft goes to my very talented editor.
Speaking of which, The Renaissance of Hetty Locklear came back from the editor last Friday. I took the week off from it. I will begin putting it into publishable form next week. The official release date will be Monday, November 12th. I’ll be putting all that useful feedback you all gave me on the blurb to use very soon, too.
Did some critique for a cyber crit partner this week, too. Great fantasy. Hope she ends up published so I can see the entire thing in print.
Last Saturday, I pulled a muscle in my back. Like, ouch. It made star gazing excruciatingly painful on Saturday. I kept those smelly patches on my back all Sunday and took lots of Advil. Then I hung out on the couch and watched all of Downton Abbey season two. :D It was so awesome. Now it’s over, except for the Christmas special which is on there, too.
Anyway, it was nice to take the weekend off and recharge my creative batteries. I’ve been dragging my feet some on the new projects. Like I spent two whole days creating a glossary on the computer for the Backworlds. I couldn’t remember whether I had named the planet Pardeep orbits or the other moons with it, which is what prompted creating the glossary. I should have done it while writing the first two books, but I guess I felt I was too busy writing them to be bothered. And since I wrote them at the same time, I guess I figured I didn’t need the memory prompts at that time. Yes, I’m rolling my eyes at my idiot self.
Any of you create glossaries for your stories? Mine include characters & their descriptions & relations, planets/solar systems, unique terms. For Backworlds there’s also a list of races of humans I’ve mentioned and spaceships. Because I’m sure all of you will call me on it if I contradict myself at some point.
Blue Moon this week. Full moon means poor viewing this weekend at the observatory. I can’t believe we move into our last month of the season. That went so fast. September? Seriously?
Don’t forget about the What’s Your Chocolate? bloghop on Monday, September 10th. Dip your keyboard in chocolate HERE
Monday is a holiday in the US, so I’ll not be posting again until next Wednesday. Have a great weekend everybody!