Saturday, August 13, 2011


I feel like a little kid, running around shouting "WWEEEEEEWOOOOOOOO WWWEEEEEEEWOOOOO." :) I can't believe we're half way to the end of the A Round of Words in 80 Days Round 3 (#ROW80). I am so very thankful for the program of like-minded authors, with very different goals, urging and encouraging each other through blogs, tweets, and other positive messages.

I have been away for about two weeks because my family's move to Connecticut from South Carolina just jumped up the timetable by 2 months! No worries, I'm not letting it derail me! :)

So where am I in regards to publishing my first novel, CANCELLED? Am I about half-way there? Yes. Yes, I think so. 

Whoa. That's pretty cool, isn't it? I did have a few changes to the itinerary along the way. I am still editing, but it's finally going really well. I now have two chapters I'm very proud of, and now that I know what that takes, it will be easier with the other 26. My reader website has most of the major components I wanted, and just need the outlines filled in. 

How am I still going to make it by September 22? Well, one time saver is I am formatting for an e book as I edit, stripping each chapter of all formatting before pasting it into the final document. Another is rather than give my pre-readers a month to read, I'll just give them the book when it comes out. That way they can leave a review on Amazon etc. if they so choose. 

There is still a big unknown and that is my move to Connecticut. I will lose regular Internet on September 2, and probably won't regain it until the middle of September. Yikes! I am going to need to plan around that, but I can do it. I'm hoping to make a final print of the manuscript for a last look for typos and the like. That will be very good to do, unplugged. :)

What about you? How is your mid-point in the #ROW80 process going?

"CANCELLED" arriving SEPTEMBER 2011A robotics engineer asks his business partner to marry him, but a previous one-night stand is having his baby.

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  1. Wow, half-way through? Congrats to you! Also, your technique of formatting for e-publishing is an excellent idea.

    Best of luck to you in the week to come!

  2. Doubling up things to get more accomplished, smart idea! Do any research or "net-required" activities in front of the move so that you won't have a need for it during the blackout time.

    Best of luck with the move and coming weeks. Keep up the excellent progress :)

  3. Best of luck with the editing and moving.

  4. yes I've been doing the ebook formating as I go along so when I'm ready for print I'll have duplicate file for smashwords and kindle - learnt the hard way with previous books!!! Scary to be without machine when you move but think your idea is very good - all the best for coming week