I seem to be going through one of my sinusitis spells, where the entire right side of my body, head to shoulders, shuts down. I've always wondered why my sinus issues seem to affect me this way, but that's how it is and how it continues to be.
In the haze of pain and puffiness, I remembered that the deadline to claim a free proof copy of my '09 NaNoWriMo book is June 30! Way to procrastinate, huh?
Anyway, I set about CreateSpace to get my copy going.
Turned out to take me a lot longer than I'd expected. My main issue was figuring out how to convert my .doc file to a .pdf, but I finally just used an online converter. Thankfully nothing bad happened.
Then I got to design my pretty pretty book cover! It was uber-fun, let me tell you. Seeing your name and your book title in print (sorta), just like it'll look on the book...amazing! I didn't have anything special made, so I just tweaked one of their templates into something that matched my theme.
Everything's out for review with the CreateSpace folks right now, but I should be getting the green flag tomorrow!* Scooting in just under the clock, as always...
But it was great fun. I didn't touch a single modifier in the book, either. It's in all its original glory, all 70k+ words! My eyes will no doubt bleed when I read it, but hey--I didn't want to pass up the opportunity, you know? And if I ever decide to edit it into something decent, having a bound copy will be handy.
So with all this forward momentum, I'm really going to try and finish up my WIP soon, as in the next 2.5 weeks. That means I only have to write about 1300 words a day--not bad at all! And then I can look at that book in all its eye-bleeding glory! Yay!
I just read the First Novels Club post this morning, and they're giving away a book that sounds amazing! A Blue So Dark is about a teenage girl dealing with her mother's growing schizophrenia. Some of the themes sound promising to echo my own novel, so I'm really excited to hear about it. Check it out!
*I'll definitely be sharing pictures when I get my proof copy. I loved looking at others' on the NaNo forums!