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 Of course, I came across my endless weekly updates that I did until I got the news that the publisher had withdrawn their offer.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.

 

New Office

We have lived in our current home for over thirty years. It is a small ranch with three bedrooms upstairs and a full basement. Prior to moving here, we lived for six years at Hampshire College. We were Directors of Academic Life (DALS) – dolls.

We lived in a big house with many rooms. I was able to have my own office with wood shelves running the span of one large wall. The room had big windows with a view of campus.

Every place I had lived, as an adult, up to that point, I had office space with windows. When we moved to our current house, we needed the bedrooms upstairs for us and our two sons. Because we wanted more space, we had two rooms and a stall shower bathroom built in the basement before we moved in.

I suppose I could have made the boys share a bedroom and then I could have used the remaining room for an office, but it never occurred to me. Instead, the room in the basement without windows became a playroom and the other room, with windows, became my office.

Eventually my younger son started using the playroom as a bedroom, but I still had my office downstairs. His ten-by-ten bedroom upstairs subsequently became a family room. When my older son graduated college and left home, my husband started using his room as an office.

As you may remember, my office and many of my papers, both for my book and personal items going back many years, got ruined in the flood we had three years ago. Since then, I have had mixed feelings about my basement office. It is cold and musty and basically triggering when I go down there.

I have continued to use it but recently we redid my husband’s home office, painting, getting a new desk, file cabinet, and a new rug. This necessitated moving some furniture out of his room and moving a table into the family room. I started using it as a desk. After a while I decided I could turn the family room into a combination office dressing room. We have now begun that process. I don’t’ know why it has taken me thirty-two years to realize I deserve a room of my own upstairs, but I finally can see the street again.

 

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 26

Very short post, one day early, due to the personal plans. I got a few days work in, despite my computer not being in very good shape. I think by next week I will be done with the final, final editing and can go back to working on the pictures.

My next post will be  Saturday March 2. Have a great weekend.

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 24

My day for posting is now Monday. I cannot guarantee it will stay like that. I’m currently going through the chapters, correcting typos, adding missing footnotes, and fixing any other errors I come across.

I am still deciding about what pictures to use. I have a clearer idea of how to proceed.  They will be a mix of photos of people and some photos of ephemera from various faculty wives clubs’ activities.

I took Sunday and today off. We went to Brattleboro, Vermont, for an overnight stay as an early Valentine’s Day celebration. Yesterday, we went to the Brattleboro Museum and Art Center and saw some unusual exhibits. I really liked the  textile art by David B. Smith. There was a QR Code you could scan and hear the artist talk about his work.

David B. Smith, Quilt, 2023

After the museum, we ate dinner at T.J. Buckley’s, which is my all-time favorite restaurant. We got back to the hotel in time to see the exciting end of the Super Bowl. The trip was very relaxing. I had a great time.

 

 

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!