Ah…It’s Memorial Day weekend. Most everyone in America gets a three-day weekend and welcomes summer despite the chaos of winter and the less than stellar hints of spring. Here in the Pacific Northwest, we’re still donning winter coats pretty much every day of the week. There are grey clouds, the threat of rain, and the linger of winter in the wind in just about everything around here. Sadly, our ski boat still sits on the trailer because the weather forecast is gloomy for the next ten days. Perfect writing weather, but not really good for anything or anyone else, but me.
We may have to serve hot chocolate instead of lemonade for the kids. It must be warm somewhere! ?
I have a propensity for beaches. I love beach vacations. Maybe that’s why I went with ocean beach themes on my book covers. The ocean represents nature in the ultimate way for me and I like the sound and the chaos and the constant cycling of the waves–all of it, ever-changing. I love that!
So this post is for the pinnacle that Memorial Day represents for me: the beginning of summer. Get out the beach chairs, the umbrellas, the free-flowing cocktails, and a good book. I’m there! It’s fleeting, here in Seattle, so you have to embrace it while you can regardless of the weather.
I write about this stuff, but if feels very real today. I’ve made my first foray into the publishing world. The book “Not To Us” is up and coming to an online retail bookstore near you. It’s been quite a rush to learn the different formats so the story appears on just about every reader out there. Amazing. It’s funny, you have to let go of the typography and the set-up. It’s very free flowing. Welcome to the world of high tech where we read on just about anything. Love it!
Where did February, March, and April go? I swear I missed it all. I’ve been working at the laptop for days, months and the book is almost done. My supporters are getting restless and asking when it will be finished every other day. Their enthusiasm spurs me on most of the time. Getting “it” done is taking four times as long. Here’s what I’ve accomplished in the last week. I learned all about Adobe’s InDesign CS5 and ePub files and Mobi. My laptop has crashed about ten times always at the most crucial moment. I’ve learned to remain absolutely calm during these little shutdowns. I’m pressing the technology to the maximum. I’ve got thirty web pages open and multiple files and sometime Photoshop all up at the same time. Here’s what I can say. When the book is done, it’s going to be GREAT! I’m serious. I’ve been over the story so many times and the fonts I’ve chosen for the printed version are fabulous. It’s all coming together; I can ‘t believe it. Stay tuned. Just wait a little longer. It’s been quite the ride getting Not To Us ready for public consumption, but so worth it. The good thing is Seeing Julia will be so much easier because of everything I’ve just been through with this one.
One thing I will add…Indie writing and publishing is not for the faint of heart. It is a lot of work, however, to be able to take full credit for the creative work from writing the story itself to producing the finished novel, it’s quite a ride! Woo! Hoo!