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I got the email from CreateSpace yesterday that the proof has been shipped. Unfortunately an actual real human being from create space had to process my order because it wouldn’t work for me online. This did happen with the last one as well. I suspect it’s a Windows XP conflict. Yes, I am still mired in XP.
When I ran into the font problem I tried to go back to Ubuntu (my desktop machine is set up to dual boot) but it won’t boot at all.
Even though the computer science students in my novel are devoted Ubuntu users, at this point I myself am seriously considering switching to Trisquel, because I am not the only person I know that is having Ubuntu problems. I suspect it’s a case of the latest version being released to schedule although unready. Besides, my friend Alexandre Oliva tells me that Trisquel is supposed to be “more free” than Ubuntu.
So. I hope to dump Windows for good this weekend, hopefully my computer guy will be able to fit me in.
Meanwhile, I’m currently wandering through the CreateSpace site, in search of my CreateSpace storefront. [When you self-publish through CreateSpace you get access to a web page where people can order your book-book. I started working on it a little while ago, and I began working on it earlier, and now I've lost it... I just can't quite figure out how to get there from here....]
But being the distractable gal I am, I seem to have created a CreateSpace blog called “Laurel L. Russwurm on CreateSpace”
Naturally I had to write an inaugural post. This is, I believe, designed for CreateSpace denizens, but I’ve checked and it is not locked behind a registration wall, so you can take a peek at my Adventures In Self Publishing post without having to sign up with CreateSpace.
So, now I’m heading back to work on the Inconstant Moon serialization blog. Once that’s in hand I need to start in on formatting for the various ebook versions.
I’m running behind. This self publishing racket requires a lot of work.
I’ve been working on the Inconstant Moon blog, although I may still change the theme…. we’ll see.
they make book trailers now?
Indeed they do. In today’s world, it is becoming more common to have a book trailer to help sell books. Like a movie trailer, only for books. Nobody seems sure if they help or not. But it shouldn’t be too hard, right? Not for me, anyway, with my media arts background. I’d love to would love to make a trailer for Inconstant Moon. Ideas dancing in my head quickly slammed into a brick wall of technical difficulties. Because I can’t see any of my video in Sony Vegas, since the Windows codec has become corrupted.
This is certainly some kind of DRM/proprietary software issue. But it ought to be fixable. So I burned days trying to work out a way to either get the Windows XP codec replaced/repaired or learning new gnu/linux editing software. The former was a bust (seems Windows thinks its working, so it won’t give me the option to replace it!) and the latter will take far too much time. Since I’m transitioning from Windows to Linux, I’m not about to upgrade proprietary Windows or Sony Vega software. Too bad.
my debut novel is *almost* ready to go
Except for a few changes to the Inconstant Moon manuscript itself before I launch, including an author photo. Who knew? But apparently a photo is an essential. Oh well. And I’ve a few changes to make from some last minute notes, and am waiting on a few more notes. Still, one way or another, I should be ready to upload it to CreateSpace by next weekend.
november is NaNoWriMo month
The plan was always that I’d be ready to start NaNoWriMo.
Well, I’ve got some ideas and I’m weaving the outline. I’m toying with the idea of appropriating the very cool title of one of my Dad’s early songs. But I may not, as it sounds fairly Stieg Larson-ous. It’s a great title though, and it could work. I’ll wait until the outline is done to decide though.
Tomorrow is the NaNoWriMo Kickoff Party. Since it’s on October 31st people are dressing up, so I’m contemplating swiping bits of costume from the great costumes I’ve made for my kid over the years. I could go as Captain Jack Sparrow…wear the wig, the gold teeth… certainly not going to shave my head to be Jean Luc Picard though. Maybe I’ll just dress up as an author.
It’s really irritating outlining without even having character names yet. Well, I can work on it after the party.
In my grand plan, I would have the research done, the plot worked out, bios for the the characters, any maps sketched. But no.
Because the blogs have been restless.
President Obama is pushing hard for ACTA signatures before the election… Tuesday is it? So I’ve done some more anti-ACTA blogs. Although ACTA did not end with consensus, they are trying to spin it as though it’s been agreed. This is not only disturbing, but wrong, so I’ve spent even more time blogging about it in both my StopUBB: Did ACTA pass? and in my Oh! Canada: ACTA W5, Oh! Canada: Memo to World: Stop ACTA Now!.
Still, just now I’m trying to step back from politics at the moment. The problem is all this political foolishness with copyright law. It’s important to me on many levels, as a parent, a citizen, as well as both a consumer/creator of the cultural arts. On the one hand the technology is making it possible for creators to disseminate their works online, and on the other the “content industry” is struggling to strip us of our natural rights to share culture. So I felt the need to blog about copyright since the government is pushing ahead with their dreadful Copyright Law Bill C-32. Paying no attention to the apparently universal opposition to C-32, it’s been scheduled it for second reading, this week I think. And I had to blog about the Minister of Heritage holding yet another “public Consultation” without, it seems, doing very much about inviting the public, and since the consultation was a Federal Government Book Policy Review naturally I had a few cents to put in.
I’ve recently learned about Toronto activist Byron Sonne’s incarceration, which of course necessitated blogging. Byron is a computer security expert with concerns about government threats to citizen privacy and human rights issues for the Toronto G20 Summit. He was arrested and jailed before the G20 even began, and he has been denied bail. It may be years before the trial, and it certainly appears that Byron Sonne’s incarceration is purely punitive, which makes him a political prisoner. This is not a good thing for Canada.
And if all of that wasn’t bad enough, the CRTC seems to have renegged on the conditions they set before Bell can implement Usage Based Billing, so that’s coming down the pike in 90 days. Or maybe it won’t. If there is an appeal period, as Industry Minister Tony Clement indicated, if may be 90 days + 90 days. Having an entire blog devoted to Stopping Usage Based Billing, of course I’ve blogged about that. Okay… I can see this could easily get out of hand so I’m shutting up on that score for now. (See how easy it is!)
The political scene will have to make do without me for November.
Because NaNoWriMo takes precedence
At least until after I’ve made my daily wordcount requirement. And done what I need to do to launch Inconstant Moon.
If I’m still conscious at the end of the day, then I can blog.
If you like to write and you’re online at all, chances are that you belong to a microblogging service called Twitter. Twitter has a huge writing community, most probably because writers are often by nature physically isolated. Twitter has a whole variety of “Live Chats” allowing writers and readers to chat about things of mutual interest. Most live chats have an associated blog, and many post transcripts of the chats. The one I’m having the most fun with at the moment is called #Story Craft because it has (besides interesting participants) that little bit extra: the storycraft challenge. Something the participants can do in the week between chats.
This week’s Storycraft Challenge was particularly interesting to me because it had to do with a narrative voice I was previously unaware of, one called “Second Person”. Since a few of my beta readers started out telling me how much they disliked first person narratives, but went on to be surprised at the fact that my “first person various” narrative voice actually worked, I couldn’t resit giving the exercise a try.
So here it is, an excerpt from “Inconstant Moon” that isn’t really. First person converted to second person. I’m not quite sure if it works.
” You will leave, so let yourself out the back door into the service hall and lock the deadbolt behind you. Walking toward the back entrance. Don’t worry about the fact the store was so quiet tonight. Listen to your heels echoing eerily on the tiles as you pass the trash compactor they keep for cardboard and packing. Be thankful the garbage in this wing is just paper and dust. You know how much it reeks in the cafeteria’s back hall.
Wait, didn’t you realize that the reason the store was so quiet tonight was because of the attack? That’s why you haven’t seen a lone woman walking anywhere all day. Only you you bimbo. There it is, right in front of you: the exit door.
Thats right, it’s the door that opens out into the faculty parking lot. Push it open and take a good look, girl. The EMPTY faculty parking lot. Are you out of your fucking mind? You aren’t really going out there. By yourself. Are you?
Of course it’s empty at this time of night silly. All the faculty are home in bed or out carousing. And you can even probably guess which are which. But none of them are out there. Just the odd oil stain for company, girl. Oh yeah, and those lovely bushes on the side. Trees. Trees are not your friends here girl. Clearly they are your enemy. They’ve increased the danger a thousand times. They’ve made the lights almost useless because the heavy foliage hasn’t fallen from the trees yet.
Maybe it wasn’t a big deal when the trees were twigs, but now they are all as tall or taller than the light standards. Are you scared yet? You should be.
Oh yeah, and don’t forget the shadows. Great dark expanses you could easily hide a dozen Jason the Rippers in. Shadows, Lots of shadows. Of course you don’t need a dozen. One bastard predator is all it takes. And you’re fucked. But not in a good way.
So is that why you’re standing there like a lump? Staring at an oil slick and s bunch of litter.
What happened to the brave girl. The self assured one. The fearless writer of iron principles. You’re just a wretched little mouse after all, aren’t you girl. No guts, eh?
Legs of Jello. Don’t be a wimp.
Don’t you want to step out there? Score one for our side. No? Uh uh.
Maybe you know that if this was a movie you’d be yelling ‘Go back you idiot!’
But it isn’t a damn movie. There is no music to warn you that Jason is just through that door. Scary music, go back. Happy music, take the usual route.
Stay on the Road. Keep clear of the moors. Moors. Wait a minute you goof. This is Ontario, there are no moors. Where did that come from? Oh, right… American Werewolf in London. God, your mother was right. You watched too many horror movies when you were a kid.
Don’t you know that it doesn’t matter? It doesn’t matter if you’re oblivious. It makes no difference if you’re scared half to death. Because you know damn well that he’s out there waiting for you Or he’s not.
The only way to find out is to step through that door. “
It seems to me that it came out funnier than suspenseful. This is not how it will appear in the book (yes, I’m still messing with it… polishing it, making a reproof.) Definitely a narrative voice to keep in mind for the future though.
And now it’s time to head on over to #Storychat — maybe I’ll see you around.
I HATE it when something I like is “new and improved.”
Mostly because it generally means they’ve messed with the bits I like.
So whats with me messing around with my blog?
The problem is that when you start your first blog, you have no idea what you’re doing. Who knows what all those cool theme features are about anyway?
I’ve toyed with the idea of altering the theme for some time, but the problem is always that it will mess up the formatting of all the posts that came before.
If you’ve got a pure text blog it’s not an issue, but I’ve always had a blogazine kind of thing going and where the images appear and how it’s laid out is part of what holds it all together. What can I say, I’m a writer with visual overtones. I certainly don’t want to wreak havoc with my earlier posts. I worked hard to get them not only sounding but looking right. Besides, they tend to get as much traffic as the new posts. So I’m limited in the themes I can actually switch to.
So here it is, I’m making the switch to The Journalist v1.9 Lucian E. Marin.
But really, in the grand scheme of things, that’s a small change.
The big change is that as of today this blog gets unnamed: it’s not “in the wind” anymore.
After more than a year of blogging I have come to the realization that I picked a lousy name for my blog.
“In the wind” is bland.
Boring. Indistinct. Meaningless.
Vague even. What is it really? A name that doesn’t really say anything.
Even worse, the silly thing is still no closer to being on the front page– or even the top ten pages, probably– of any search engine search engine you’d care to name. Too many other things have prior or more powerful claim to it. No worries.
Instead, I’ll just call the thing ‘Laurel L. Russwurm’
Kind of makes sense since the whole point is that this is supposed to be my personal blog.
And after a year it certainly is. (No I didn’t throw a party on the anniversary… I’ve been too busy tilting at windmills and writing my debut novel.) So what the heck, it’s my blog, it ought to have my name on it.
Other than that, everything’s just the same. Sorry for any inconvenience.