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Morning Miscellany

I'll be heading to my folks' house soonly to play babysitter for my nephews while Mom and Dad pack and stack boxes. They are getting a tad frantic over the closing time window, as we all do when facing a move. Truly, has anyone ever been "ready" to move days in advance of the truck's arrival?

By the end of next week, the whole family will be on the road to Denver. Dev is going along to help with the drive and the unpacking on the other end. He's the only one of the bunch who will be heading back.

Yesterday was productive on the fiction-writing front. Once again, a simple solution revealed itself and made the pieces that were messy all clean and connectable again.

On the non-fiction front, I spent some time finalizing the print version of Choose Well. Though all looks well, I want to see the physical corrected proof before hitting "publish." I should still hit my September 15 goal.

The arm is a little better each day, and it's no longer waking me in the middle of the night to protest my movements. It doesn't hurt as much. I'm doing my best to resist the urge toward grumpiness that comes from my inability to do all I'm used to doing. I'm trying to see it as a learning experience.

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queenoftheskies
Sep. 8th, 2013 04:23 pm (UTC)
Moving is always a mess, no matter now close or how far away you're moving, isn't it?

You are always so productive on the writing front. And your thoughts always sound so well-organized. That's something I wish I could do again...have well-organized thoughts.

Who are you using for the print version of the book?

Glad to hear your arm is better, but sorry it still has issues (to be expected, of course). I understand that grumpiness.
blairmacg
Sep. 9th, 2013 12:31 am (UTC)
Moving is always a mess, no matter now close or how far away you're moving, isn't it?

Yes, indeed it is. Today I realized my parents aren't able to handle the moving and packing as well as they did five, seven years ago. Alas, my mom seems to have aged so much more in the able-to-cope abilities. I'll be going up there Thursday and Friday to help wrap things up, bum arm or no. They simply can't handle it.

You are always so productive on the writing front. And your thoughts always sound so well-organized.

I am not always productive, my dear! I'm often not productive at all! And my thoughts only sound organized. Don't compare what I share on the outside to what might be happening on the inside. :) Remember, I went years without writing a single new thing. I was both too stressed to make sense of anything, and certain what I wrote wouldn't matter anyway. I have HUGE admiration for your tenacity, truly.

I did the print version of Choose Well through CreateSpace. It was fairly easy. CreateSpace provided templates for the interior, clear instructions on how to create a properly proportioned cover, and have good online processes for checking formatting. Even so, though, my first attempts were crap and I had to re-do interior and cover formatting. But I was able to make those changes without paying a fee. The only charge was the $25 for expanded distribution.

jazzfish
Sep. 9th, 2013 02:52 am (UTC)
Truly, has anyone ever been "ready" to move days in advance of the truck's arrival?

We were! But we cheated: on Saturday we went down to the beach for a week, and left my mother in charge of wrangling the movers on Monday.

(If this seems like a mean thing to do to my mother, think of it as revenge for the time in 1991 when I went off to summer camp for a week and came back to a house that had been completely packed up. I knew we were moving soon but no one had bothered to tell me when.)

Best of luck with it all, and I hope Denver works out for them!
blairmacg
Sep. 10th, 2013 03:59 pm (UTC)
Ha! That's one way to make the packing/moving part easier.

I hope Denver works for them, too. It's all sounding very positive, so we shall see.
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