Have collected probably the usual pile of cables and connectors, key boards and mice on my writing journey, and with the new microphone as well it was getting in a heap – so I picked up a caddy at the supermarket – been using it a couple of days before I noticed it’s name. Very apt 🙂
Using Windows 10, Dragon and iPhone 6 for transcription and dictation.
The Haynet badge/link I have been trying all year to work out how to get it on the Blog and with help – again :)- of Simon Whistler’s Rocking Self Publishing Site and his free course -with a close examination of the video on ‘sidebars’ I managed. My blog s are available on Haynet amongst their many other featured countryside blogs and this is NOT an affiliate link but it will take you to their site for a look see…:)
The ALLi badge I must admit I got carried away with -as I am an Associate Member and I can use their badge BUT I hadn’t realised it IS an affiliate link -so if you click on it and decide to join them your self I apparently get some dosh which I need to point out to you. 🙂
Next piece of housekeeping then is to find a short piece of code that says all that legal stuff without me having to to it every time I post 🙂
To see badges on side bar – scroll on down below 🙂 🙂
More Dragon training required now – I may be some time – Deanarys I am not. 🙂
On the plus side seeing transcription of dictated first drafts of Q3 and Q4 appearing as if by magic on the screen makes reading endless texts to a sleepy Dragon and fighting file transfer protocols between Microsoft and Apple devices and third party puddle jumpers seem worth it.
Actually ANYTHING that gets the books nearer publication is worth it to me …:)
I had never noticed that for someone who doesn’t travel that often, I have come to think of some of my writing adventures as train journeys – when I dropped out of Platform University earlier this year I had the sensation of standing on the platform ( no pun intended ) watching that train leave with out me and I have been bumming up and down the tracks joyriding ever since – but now here I ‘stand’ shiny shoes and new books ready to get back on board and leave this point for the next stop.
Have signed up for First 10K Readers Nick Stephenson’s course and also two of Joanna Penn’s about the business side of writing. Moths have escaped wallet.
As it turned out my schedule for this year – which included taking Hacked Off through Holly Lisle’s live class of How To Revise Your Novel 16/17 – was fairly destroyed – not least because the rest of my schedule was based on me spending all my other time typing up the first drafts of Quest 3 and Quest 4 – this of course didn’t happen due to husband being home for 3 weeks over Christmas and then 100 days which meant me typing all night and editing all day were frowned on 🙂 – he even wanted a cooked meal !!! 🙂
Anyway the up shot was that Hacked Off did get undivided attention – as did the course – but now I want to bring my learning experiences back this side of The Pond – when I first started this there were no UK based courses out there and the terms ‘Indie Author’ and ‘Indie Publishing’ didn’t really exist here – but now some of the earlier adopters of the US and Australian sites are successful and experienced enough in the fabulous Indie World Of Everywhere Else to start making the Indie Publishing UK a reality – and I intend to support them – no disrespect to my previous mentors and the many friends I have made on my International Surfing Student travels who I will still be working with but ‘The Time Has Come…’ and in this case that is to come home and be part of the scene here as it grows and to make sure that my legal base for my writing is UK sound in terms of Tax and Vat etc and given that Brexit IS coming I think this is the time to stick around. 🙂
The other ‘New Arrival’ is that having had four months to have a damn good think about what I am doing and what my plans are – without Q3 and Q4 being typed – at this point. This has been a big pondering point as I had decided that Hacked Off would be got ‘Out There’ first and then Quest – but the penny dropped this week that a book written under my own name aimed at adults, which is the first in a trilogy, will not do much – even if it is free – to help a series of books written under my pen name Alex Allington that is aimed at YA. Whoops.
So…. Finish my rewrite of Hacked Off that I am doing now – then revise that. After that – finish the first drafts of Hacked Apart and Hacked To Bits – roughly aim for end Jan 2017.
Then both writing names have a series for me to start to prepare to offer for sale – after I have found an Editor – or actually two of them as I have realised that they might need different ones! SEE – It REALLY is a learning curve – or perhaps a Learning Trajectory – that must be my creative streak having me simultaneously studiously waiting on a platform to get on a train while my alter ego catapults, tumbling over and over, through the stratosphere… 🙂
There is only one cure for that – write more books. 🙂