The year is winding towards its end and “doomsday” is only a couple weeks away. Not Christmas (although if you are one of those frantic shoppers it may seem like the end of days), I’m referring to the Mayan Calendar and the start/end of a long cycle year. For those that follow my Designing from Bone posts, a new one is coming soon where I’ll explore the Mayan myth and give some hints on how to create your own doomsday event. I’d also be interested in gift ideas for the Mayan Apocalypse if you have any suggestions (smile).
And on to the week:
I am working towards three “simple” goals:
1) Complete and publish my first “Ben” novella by March 2013.
2) Learn Calibre, Sigil, Photoshop and whatever else I have to in order to format my own epubs and covers.
3) Move this blog over to a WP.org site – and the various accoutrements that go with it.
The first Ben novella is moving along well. I had intended to be through the reverse engineering of the first draft this week but am still working on it. Some things cannot be rushed and I’d rather have this as good as I can get it before moving ahead. However, there are deadlines. Self-imposed ones, mind you, but I take them just as seriously. The current one: Complete the Second Draft by Dec. 23. At the moment, I’m on track to make that date, but just barely.
I didn’t get time for Sigil or Photoshop this week. However, I did spend time in Calibre converting all of the free PDF’s I’ve acquired in the past 18 months into mobi files. Something on the order of a hundred. I then added them all into my Kindle’s (software, not an actual unit). I now have my entire e-library on the desktop, iPad and Android smartphone. I’m working on a post explaining the how’s and issues involved with doing this – coming soon.
Goal three, the blog. Nothing this week, at least not directly. I have been looking over some of the cool blogs out there and brainstorming ideas for how I want the new place to look, feel and act. I’ve also been studying up on metadata and taking a long overview of CSS/HTML in preparation. My budget says I’m D-I-Y, which is how I prefer it anyway (smile).
Have the holidays affected your work flow? Do you use Calibre and, if so, what do you like and dislike about it? Have you done a blog transition and have any tips, tricks or horror stories to share? I’d love to chat with you!