Non Weekly Update

As I was preparing to write this blog post, I searched in my almost six hundred posts to see what titles I had used. Originally, I thought I would entitle this post “Progress.” When I searched for that term, one thing that came up was from two years ago when I was doing a 28-day NaNoWriMo and trying to revise my book as well as send out queries and my book proposal. The other string I searched for was “Update.” Of course, I came across my endless weekly updates that I did until I got the news that the publisher had withdrawn their offer.

In an attempt at irony, you can see that I have entitled this post, “Non-Weekly Update.” Since the end of February, when Levellers behaved in the atrocious manner that they did, I have continued to get the book ready for publication. That comprised combining the chapters into one document, copyediting the manuscript, and fixing up the end notes.

My plan was to continue with this work as if I still had to send the manuscript to Levellers at the beginning of May. I hoped that while I was doing this work, I would gain clarity about what my next steps should be. That has not happened yet.

Of the many options available to me, I feel fairly negatively about sending it out to other traditional publishers or having it published by a hybrid press. A remaining option is doing nothing, putting all the material pertaining to the book on a dedicated external hard drive, and moving on with my life. The other remaining possibility is some kind of self-publishing.

I think I will have the manuscript in publication shape by next week. I then plan to think about what my next step should be. When I decide, I will let you know.

 

Worlds

As I mentioned last week, I spent over a week in Montreal, attending the World Figure Skating Championships. The skating was amazing; so many talented people competed.

Ilia Malinin had a unique free skating, completing six quad jumps, including a quad axle. That jump is actually 4 and 1/2 half rotations in the air. It was a phenomenal experience. I have seen Ilia perform the quad axel live both times he did it. At both Skate America in 2022 and at Worlds in March 2024, I also got to speak to him. He seems like a nice and thoughtful young man.

Although I enjoyed attending Worlds, I am on the fence about going to next year’s event which will be in Boston. Montreal, of course, was cold and it snowed. Boston’s weather in March will not be that much better. It was hard to sleep in a hotel for that many days. The food at the Bell Center was often cold and always unhealthy.

I have now attended 2 Skate Americas, 2 USFSA Nationals and 2 Worlds. That might be enough. Next year, I can devote the same week to watching skating, but view it in the comfort of my own home, sleep in my own bed, and have better food.

I am publishing this today, because – believe it or not- tomorrow, I am going to a skating show. On Sunday, my club, the Skating Club of Amherst, has its annual show. There’s a lot of skating this weekend. I am excited to attend and thrilled that I am not performing.

 

 

Starting Again

I have received some bad news which I am still processing. Levellers Press has withdrawn it’s offer of publication. They refuse to explain why and gave me no chance to fix any potential problems. My imediate response is to never have anything else to do with Collective Copies.

I am going to take some time to figure out what options are available to me going forward. If and when I figure it out, I will let you know. I do plan on resuming regular posts on topics of interest to me and I hope, you. I will start that on Saturday, March 30.

 

Weekly Update, Week 27

Once again, I apologize for the delay in posting this. Time got away from me and, before I knew it,  several days had passed. This is likely to be my last weekly update. Don’t get excited, it doesn’t mean I am completely finished with the manuscript. Rather, it means that I have realized that counting the number of hours I work every day and recording them on the NaNoWriMo site no longer works for me.

Abandoning that process  means I will not complete the original challenge I set for myself, which was to work 29,000 minutes or 483.33  hours from August to the end of April. As of last Friday, which was my last day of recording my hours worked, I had logged 421.28 hours.

I am still doing final edits and deciding about pictures. I am leaning towards not having any. It is costly to print pictures, particularly color. There is also the problem of getting permissions. Instead of putting a bunch of pictures in the book, i am thinking of having a display of them on my website.

After I finish the edits and decide about the pictures, I have to think about making the manuscript one file – either as a Word document or a PDF.

Weekly Update, Week 25

I have not been working as consistently as I did in the beginning of this process. It is partly because I am close to being done, but also because life happens. This past weekend, my family came to celebrate my birthday, which is on February 25.

We had a lovely time attending a University of Massachusetts women’s basketball game and going out to dinner. The biggest gift was all being together.

I am still doing a final edit of the chapters and am working on chapter 6 at the moment. One problem that will probably affect how much work I get done this coming week is that my computer broke. I tripped on my cord yesterday causing the top lid hinge to break. It still works, but I cannot really close it. My computer repairman is ordering the part. When the part  comes, it will be about an hour of work to complete the repair.

This is the third time I have needed a new lid. I have had some kind of repair to almost every part of this computer. Some other things have been repaired twice. I dread getting a new computer, so it is easier to keep repairing this one. Eventually some repair will be prohibitively expensive, thus necessitating purchase of a new computer.

Weekly Update, Week 23

I apologize for the lateness of this post. I had a busy weekend and today is the first day I could get to it. I have finished the bibliography which feels great. I’m now going through each chapter for a last check . I have done the first chapter and, of course, there were a few typos and some missing citations. I am sure that will be true for the remaining chapters as well. At some point, I will have to accept that it will not be perfect and say I am finished.

I am working on getting permission for the pictures I want to use in the book. Luckily some are out of copyright and I have gotten one for free. I am also going to think about the marketing of the book, beginning with pre- publication publicity.

Weekly Update, Week 22

I have been battling a cold for a week, which is why I didn’t post yesterday. Posting while I am working on the book has been a moving target. Maybe you, the reader, should not expect it on any specific day.

I am still working on the bibliography. I probably have a few more days. After it is done, I need to look at potential pictures and start trying to get permission to use them. Like the bibliography, I think this will be a daunting task.

Besides working on the book, I have been watching the United States Figure Skating Association (USFSA) national championships. That has been a lot of fun and a good antidote for how crappy I have been feeling.

Weekly Update, Week 19

Today marks my 140th day of work. That equals almost 358 hours of work.  I started this project in August, establishing a NaNoWriMo that runs from Aug 21 to April 30th. I still need to compile the bibliography. By then, my manuscript will be fairly complete.

Because I am so close, I am not sure I need to work every single day. More accurately, I am not sure that I have to post an output in NaNoWriMo every day. For the next 11 days, I am probably going to skip doing that. I will not have an update next week and will resume posting on Jan. 20th

Happy New Year!

 

 

Weekly Update, Week 18

As of yesterday, I have worked 132 days. I have chapter 7 back from the editor. The last piece of writing that still has to go to him is the conclusion. The bibliography is still looming over me and I am a little panicked about how I will actually do it.

Since it is the end of 2023, I thought I would also write a brief wrap up of the year. I have written over 40 blog posts, many of them my weekly updates about the book’s progress. There is no Tweet count because I no longer regularly post on that platform. I am still getting used to Threads. Since there are no hash tags, I don’t know how you build followers. I also post one a week on Substack notes. Once I have sent the manuscript off in May, I plan to explore building up my social media presence

I wish everyone a healthy and happy New Year!

Weekly Update, Week 16

As of yesterday, I have worked consistently for 117 days. The seventh chapter is what I have been working on. I’ve finally resolved what I wanted to do with it. It’s going to remain in its original intended location.

I have to complete the editing and footnotes. The footnotes are the most tiresome part and I dislike doing them. Once all that is done, I can send it to the editor. Since he has completed chapters 5 and 6, now it’s my turn to go through them.

My goal is to complete all the work mentioned above without getting caught up in anything else. This will help me manage my anxiety.