So, I started my research for an editor and a cover designer. Then I just kind of hit this wall. The sheer volume of different types of editors and pricing and the lists of different steps you need to take with each different one and just… everything. It sent me into kind of a tailspin. It was so overwhelming I just had to step away.
I have finally finished the last of the suggested edits I have for my book. Those are edits I’ve gotten from my two beta readers. I also managed to get a last complete read through completed once those were done to make sure the changes I made didn’t mess anything up in the process.
All that means is that I’m now at the point where I need to hire an editor and a cover designer. I don’t have either one picked out yet, so that means it is time to do some heavy duty research. I know what I’ll be working on next week!
The Universe, Luck, Coincidence, Random Moments of Inspiration… whatever you want to call it, it looks like I’m going to have to rewrite at least a small section of my about page. Continue reading “The Universe Made A Lier Out Of Me”
I hate labels. I always have. Labels create boxes that we then feel the need to try and fit into. The problem comes when you realize that the box for your Label #1 isn’t the same box as someone else’s Label #1. If you aren’t x, y, & z, then you don’t fit their Label #1. Then another person says that you need to be p, x & z to fit that same box, but you are b & z and purple and 5 and emotions and you associate all of that with Label #1. Labels do serve a purpose. They help us to understand other people, but more often than not, we use them to stereotype and judge rather than to understand. We use them not just to judge others, but to judge ourselves as well.
So over the moon excited! The design that MC and I put together is the one they chose to use for the club t-shirts and the finished product came in today.
I’m so thrilled with how these came out. They are every bit as cool as I imagined. It looks like they still tweaked the design a bit, probably to ensure there were no issues with the actual print process. For the most part it is exactly as we designed it.
In 2017 I read 338 new to me books and reread 22. That may seem like a lot to some, but for me, that is down in comparison to years past. As much as I love to read, I’m actually glad that number is down because that means I’m doing other things besides JUST that.
Oodles of hours, multiple trips to both the hardware store and the craft store later and my life size giant nutcrackers are done! Continue reading “Giant Life Size Nutcracker Done!”
I made huge progress today with Hubby’s help, but I’m so done for the day. Continue reading “Gaah! So Close!”
Today started out not so great but ended up way better than I’d hoped after the way it started. Continue reading “Getting Closer”
I got all of my major painting done (maybe), thank goodness! I’ve realized that I’m really not a fan of spray paint. I learned yet another new thing yesterday. It can trigger migraines. Yay. Continue reading “Little Bump”
After taking my lazy day yesterday, I’m back to working on my giant nutcracker project. Continue reading “Back To Work”
I got started on the giant nutcrackers today. I wasn’t even 10 minutes into the project when I realized that the one part I thought I’d be able to re-purpose, the smaller PVC pipe, is the wrong size. *Sigh*
I have a new project I’m getting ready to start. I’ve spent the last several days getting all the stuff I need and I’m about 90% there. I still have at least one more trip to a craft store and I’m waiting on an order delivery, then I can really dig in. The end goal is to have 2 giant nutcrackers, probably between 5 and 6 feet tall when all is said and done.
When I went to clean out the pumpkins to get them prepped for carving, I caved and decided to just carve mine as well. It is far from the cleanest one I’ve ever done, but I’m still pleased with the result. Continue reading “Changed My Mind”
I FINALLY have some movement on my project. Some still isn’t great and still frustrating as one of the people I’ve asked to help got back to me, but I didn’t get what I needed, had some questions and things are back to radio silence. Continue reading “Forward Progress”
It has been nearly a month since I asked for help on my latest creative project. The first two people I asked for help, I haven’t heard a single peep from since I asked and they agreed. Two weeks since I asked, nicely, for updates or progress from the third one that agreed to help and was told that they would be getting to it that weekend, which didn’t happen and again, silence. Continue reading “Still Nothing, Still Waiting”
MC is in science club this year. It will be his first time, but after just absolutely falling in love last year during his pre-AP biology course, he decided he would rather do that than robotics. One of the things they do is have students submit ideas for their club T-shirt. Apparently, since I was the one to do the shirts for his robotics team a few years ago when they went to worlds, he thought I should work on this as well.
Honestly, I was thrilled. MC looks up to Hubby so much. I’m still there for him and we talk, but he just has this amazing, special relationship with his dad. It isn’t often that I get to feel that with him as well. Between this shirt and other comments he made about the things they will be doing in the club this year and wishing I could be there to work on them with him, just kind of melted me.
Part of what made this so much fun is that we really worked on it together. I pulled all kinds of images and ideas from the internet, then we sat down and went through them, setting aside what we liked and discarding the rest. Once we narrowed it down, I started working on the design. When I got to a point where a choice had to be made, we talked about it, tossed around ideas and options and figured out where we wanted it to go. It was kind of awesome.
Since any of the students can submit a design, they gather submissions and then vote on them, so we won’t know if ours is going to be the one yet, but I was pleased with what we came up with.
I don’t know how long they have given everyone to get their ideas submitted or when they will make their decision. However it turns out, this was still a fun project. I am over the moon that MC wanted me to do this for him. Being 15 he is getting less and less likely to want or need his mom for things so I am going to soak up every second that he gives me.
My current creative project is sitting on hold at the moment. Not because I don’t want to work on it, but because I’m at a point where I cannot move forward without help. Help that I cannot stand to ask for, but this is something that I am unable to do on my own. Continue reading “On Hold Frustration”