Tuesday, August 23, 2011

The hard drive finally gave up.

I've had problems with my Western Digital WD10TPVT ever since I installed Lion on my Macbook Pro. I've had to restore it three times and yesterday's kernel-panic sent me over the edge. I went out to get a replacement 1 TB drive and the only "local" company who had one in stock was Amazon.com. Instead of paying a huge price for next day delivery I went to "best buy" and they had nothing in a retail package larger than 500 GB. Instead, I purchased a Toshiba Canvio for $75 total and hacked it open with a Dremel tool. It was the hard drive equalivalent of a grab bag. I drew well and got a Toshiba MK7559GSXP inside. I was amazed at how many helpful sales people have no idea what is inside the little plastic boxes they sell. It's not the fastest drive, but was way cheaper than any other option and it was available. I needed to get back up and running as soon as possible, and I am. I was able to retrieve my Scrivener project file from yesterday, so I didn't lose any work, but lost about 14 hours while everything restored. I'd still like to know why the failures happened, but I'm trying to ignore my curiosity.

So, the next novel is underway. As an author, I have no idea how we lived without Google and of course this.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Starweaver's Retreat

My first novel, Starweaver's Retreat, is in the hands of my editor.  So, I made French Toast to celebrate.  Barring any significant re-writes, I will be releasing the ebook version on Amazon in about 4 weeks.  The physical copy will be available through CreateSpace and their distribution partners a couple weeks thereafter.    Now I need to get started on the second book.  I'm setting a deadline on that manuscript at the end of September.  That gives me forty-three days to finish the second book at around 1100 words a day.  Gulp.

In other news, I had to rebuild my Mac again.  It seems a little more stable this time, but I still don't trust it.  I did a clean install and treated it like it was a new machine.  I'm still concerned because I need to get backups back online.  I'm going to have to dump my project files on Dropbox just to make sure there aren't any catastrophic failures.  I was tempted to run out and but a Macbook Air this morning, but Erica helped talk me out of it by using my own criticisms of it against me.  There will most likely be 15" Macbook Pro / Air hybrid model coming soon and I'm going to hold out for that.  I'm still going to have to rebuild this thing one more time to get it how I want, and I think I'm going to ditch Bootcamp when I rebuild.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Solitary Confinement

     I'm not doing that well with being a solitary writer.  I'm starting to think that the real reason writers need agents is because they need to give someone a percentage so that they will stay in contact and keep them connected with the world.  Plus, I was really used to working on teams.  I miss it.
     So - I spent this morning doing layout on the cover.  I was going to contract it out, but I was inspired by the positive feedback I've gotten so far from what I thought was going to be a temporary cover.  It seems more "pro" now after I've given it some attention.
     The book is off in the hands of a couple of alpha-readers, and I've made a few small edits.  I just don't know what to do with myself right now.  I can't decide if I should continue writing this week or concentrate on editing.  I almost feel like I should be doing something else entirely.  I'm in uncharted territory, really.
     I should establish some amazing post-novel ritual so that I want to do this again.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Triumph!

Despite internet failure and near hard-drive collapse, I am thrilled to announce that I've completed the first draft of my first young adult sci-fi novel,  Starweaver's Retreat.  It is the first novel in the Starweaver Cycle which I expect right now to be a trilogy. I've got some revising and editing to do, but my best guess is that Starweaver's Retreat will be available on Amazon and CreateSpace in early September.  Thanks to everyone who has offered me support.  I really couldn't have done it without you.

I'll be putting copies in my Alpha readers hands today!  (You know who you are!)

I'm feeling thrilled and bewildered right now.