Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Morning Diversion

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! 


Unknown said...

Sounds great!!! 1300 words?? You can do it!!! I have faith in you and I can't wait to continue to see your progress!


sorry about your sinus problems, most distressing, hope you manage to finish your wiriting, Good luck with it,

Anonymous said...

That's awesome! It sounds like such fun as well as, in my opinion, a great affirmation process. Enjoy holding it in your hands when it arrives and good luck with your daily word count goal!

Christine Danek said...

You go summer. You can do it. How fun to see your sort of bookcover. Can't wait to read more.

j.m. neeb said...

I actually laughed out loud at the Procrastination poster. Brilliant!

Pardon the language, but sinus problems are a bitch. I have those every late summer and it drives me nuts. On a positive note, it sounds like you've got some good things going with your writing, so hopefully that helps take your mind off it! :)

Sarah Ahiers said...

huh. i forgot all about that. and now i'm way too lazy to try and get it in under the wire

Christine Danek said...

I hope you feel better, too. I got distracted with my kiddos--sorry.

Old Kitty said...

Oh I can't wait to see pics of your book too!! How brilliant for you!! Yay!

I do hope you get better - gosh it sounds so bad you poor thing! :-( Please take care and get better!!

Good luck with your nanowrimo book and your WIP!!!

And I love that procrastination pic! LOL!!

Take care

Crystal Cook said...

I hope you feel better! :)

And eye bleeding?! Pu-lease Summer!! Nothing you write could possibly be eye bleeding!!


How cool to have a real 'book' in your hands soon :)

Matthew MacNish said...

Procrastination: why do today what you can put off until tomorrow?

Anonymous said...

Erm... if you need tech support of the uber-easy kind (like, how to make a PDF from a word document), you should drop a tech-savvy friend a line, y'know. Some of us could walk you through that process in about three minutes.

(I mention this cuz you're not the first of my bloggie friends to struggle for ages with a relatively simple tech problem. Srsly.)

And, er, yay for bound copies of eye-bleeding NaNo results! (That IS the correct response, right? I'm just following your cues here.)

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

I couldn't get it together to finish my NaNo novel's ending, so boo-hoo I'm gonna pass on the bound copy. Maybe next time. Good for you, and I love the poster!
I hate sinus problems. Mine give me headaches and bothersome eyes. I hope you feel better soon.

Talli Roland said...

Wow, you've been busy, despite the sinusitis. Hope you feel better soon - I feel your pain. It's full-on hayfever seaspon here.

Hannah said...

haha, that sounds like fun! I really hope to finish NaNa this year. For reals, yawl.

Jamie Gibbs said...

Awesome! I hope you recover enough from your sinusitis to give that keyboard a pounding and get the WIP finished :)

Congrats on getting the NaNoWriMo book finished in time. Can't wait to see the pic of the cover for it too!