Now I know why publishers and agents make all the money.  They do all the work self-publishers have to do.  Where is my staff of editors, ghost writers, layout and proofreaders when I need them?

We are learning rendering intents, color conversions, print house compatibilities along with our tedious text formatting and layout.  I wish there were two of me… I could do a much better job.  I’ve assembled 582 photos (none of which has yet been converted to 300 dpi or from RGB to CMYK).   I’ve squirreled away all sorts of separate text which somehow has to come together cohesively.  What I actually need is a librarian to catalog and file all this stuff.   Metadata has been entered, which helps, but it’s a lotta stuff to manage. I figure if I’m any good at this and can get one book completed, my over-preparation and over-abundance of material will carry me through book two and maybe even book three without breaking a sweat!

Oh, and don’t forget I’m still learning how to blog.  Check this out.

Here are my quotes for this week:

On gratitude:

“We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.”

On creating the book:

  • “When was the last time you did something for the first time?”
  • “You don’t have to have it all figured out to move forward.”

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I’m confused.  As I look at my class schedule, we are not allowed to start working on the actual book for several more weeks.  How can that be?  The sucker is supposed to be completed by May 1 to go to the printer before our “final” presentations!  There is hardly any discussion about the contents of the book.  We spend ungodly hours learning about text formatting and mundane minutia (not at all anything that floats my boat).  4 hours a week plus homework on this and counting…..

Does anyone think this is a viable project timeline?  Not me!  We’re not even at the starting block!  I wanna step forward on the meat of the book and git er done.

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One thing I know for sure is that beginning each day with an attitude of gratitude can jump start me onto a high road.  Everything seems easier. Saying why I am grateful and saying the words out loud gives me an energy boost and a megadose of health and wealth.  It makes me feel good.  And, how I feel about myself has a precessional effect on others like dropping a stone into smooth water and watching the ripples spread out.  10 or 15 gratitude minutes each morning can change a life (and others, precessionally) for the better.

 

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Welcome!  This is my first post.  If you’re a noob like me and want to hack through the blog jungle of things that work or notfollow me. Here’s a cheat sheet from my research.  We’ll see if I can follow it.  My loosey-goosey plan is to blog at least twice a week.  First blog, a problem(s)….second blog, a solution(s).  Next week, repeat.

Oh, by the way, I am writing a book designed to inspire and reboot focus, about 120 pages, which is going to print the first of May (fingers crossed).  Check out my bio here.  I’m also taking 13 units this semester (what was I thinking?) and possibly taking a business trip across the country in March (hope I don’t have to go!) plus some other stuff too scary to mention.

The idea behind this blog is to match the stress and frustrations (first blog) of my gung ho projects with excerpts from my book’s content as meaningful thought toward a solution (second blog).

So, on to the current problem…I am over-committed and under-resourced.  I’ve never written a book before.  I am just now learning the software to produce the book (as if that isn’t enough by itself!).  I have no idea how I’m going to complete all this work in the time allotted.  I’m not yet totally stressed, but know it’s coming as deadlines near.  There’s a tad bit of fear running up and down my spine. I need to prop up my faith so I can pull the rabbit out of the hat.

Wait!  First things first!  If you read my bio, you know I have some things to be very grateful for, so that will be the focus of my next blog.  I want to start out by saying how grateful I am to be healthy and working on something I love.  I’m very, very blessed to have these stresses rather than those.

 

book-cover2 Welcome to my very first blog.  It begins as I undertake the work to complete my first book (a lot of firsts, yeah?).  I know that it is a bigger job than the time given for completion.  Since I can’t change the timetable, I plan to share my ups and downs along the way while using book content as a means of coping and to help me reach my ambitious goal.  You can sign on the follow me here.