Thursday, April 21, 2011

Most Words Count

The following was first posted on on 12/7/10:

I flipped the cover of my Red n’ Black spiral notebook closed.  It was 2:14 a.m.  I had just written the final words of my novel.

Stunned, I looked around the empty room.  Whom could I tell?  The dogs were asleep in their crates.  Pat was out of town.  My friends in Asia would be awake, but I doubted if any of them would care.

Maybe I’d wait until it was typed before I said anything.  Then I’d know word count.  Then I could casually drop it into conversation:  “You know, I just finished my 47,000-word piece….”

The next day I spent hours keying and, yes, editing my handwritten and often indecipherable text into Word.  I really wanted to know the final word count – 46,607 – almost as much as I wanted to finish the process.  “Back when I wrote my first novel…” has a nice ring to it.

By the following day I wandered around not knowing what to do.  I had promised not to edit my manuscript for at least a month, preferably two.  Maybe I could print a clean copy.  But all my printers had run out of ink printing the draft copies I had been producing daily for the past couple of months.

I dithered.  I dilly-dallied.  I practiced piddling.  I picked up several of the books I’d set aside to read after I finished writing.  Every line I read reminded me of the utterly pedestrian prose I’d just written.  All 46,607 words of it.

(What an odd scorecard anyway.  Does a painter count brushstrokes?  Did Monet ever say, “Look at that top right corner.  It took me 364 strokes to get that color and texture.”?  Did Mozart count notes?  OK, OK.  I do tend to run away with myself when I’m searching.)

After fiddling with my mp3 player I did laundry.  I ate frozen pears.  I surfed the pages for something I couldn’t live without.  I ordered the Waterman pen I promised myself as a reward for finishing the novel.

Then I picked up my Black n’ Red notebook and my Pilot V-Ball pen.  I’m already up to 352 words.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

E-Books Coming

Since it was too cold and rainy to spend much time outside at the nursery, I sat at the computer and reformatted files to fit the requirements of Amazon for the Kindle e-reader, Barnes and Noble for the Nook e-reader, and for every other e-reader imaginable.

I anticipate it will take about two weeks before all versions are available.

Then Come And Get 'Em!

Friday, April 15, 2011

Once more into the breach

I sent in the corrections and ordered another proof of Away to Me.  I hope the turnaround is quick.  I'm getting seriously eager to have it released for publication.

Monday, April 11, 2011

It Arrived!

The proof of Away to Me arrived today.  I hadn't anticipated how emotional it would be to hold it in my hands.  Of course, the first thing I saw was a formatting error, but that didn't diminish the pride and joy.

Wow!  I'm still in shock and awe.