Sunday, October 13, 2019

Re-read is done

I've finished my re-read of Ruined Worlds, which means I've finished all the re-reads I needed to do in preparation for writing the second draft of book 4.  I fixed a few usage errors in the manuscript and made a couple of editorial changes.  Nothing major.  The file was remarkably clean, and I'm pleased with my ability to proofread my own work.  I've uploaded the corrected file to the various retailers, so it'll be live according to their timetables.

Now it's time to start the major surgery.  The second draft is where I add scenes, delete scenes, and shuffle scenes around.  My goal is to finish it by Thanksgiving.

Friday, October 11, 2019

Progress report

I'm nearly done with the re-read of Ruined Worlds.  I expect to start the second draft of book 4 this weekend.

I've got some soreness in my right pectoral muscle, and I don't know why.  All I did today was mow the leaves.  Nothing strenuous.  :/

I did a three-promotion "promo stack" back in early September.  The hoped-for tail didn't materialize.  I won't be doing any more promo stacks unless they're in conjunction with a Bookbub.

I still can't figure out what I want to do about audio.  There are several different options, but all have significant downsides.

There's been almost no rain for the past two months.  Temps are cooler now--daily highs are around eighty--but still, we could use a little rain.

I'm close to the age my great-grandfather was when he registered for the World War I draft.  He wasn't drafted, and that's no surprise.  After the age of forty, the body starts to fall apart.  I couldn't imagine joining the military today in my current physical condition.

I'm eager to finish book 4, but the busiest time of the year is approaching, so who knows how much progress I'll make.  If I can finish the second draft before Thanksgiving, then I'll call that a win.

ZZ Top is doing a 50-year anniversary tour.  Fifty years together as a band!  That's forever in rock years.  Congratulations to that little old band from Texas.

That's all for now.  Take care, folks.

Saturday, October 5, 2019

First cool day

Today was the first day of the fall that actually felt like fall.  The high temps have been in the nineties for all of September and October.  Today's high in the low eighties felt almost chilly.  Just goes to show how the body adapts, I guess.

As of yesterday, there was at least one hummingbird still around.  I expect her to move on soon.  It's rare to have one stick around after October 15.  The males have been long gone; I haven't seen a male since early August.  Only the females have stuck around this long.  Kind of weird, but whatever.  Have fun in Mexico, my little feathered friends, and I'll see you again in the spring.

They say you can predict the severity of the coming winter by observing the plants and animals.  Trees produce more acorns in anticipation of colder winters, etc.  That sort of thing.  I don't know how much stock to put in that, but it's an interesting theory.

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Broker wars

I logged into my TD Ameritrade account today and was surprised to see a banner announcement at the top of the page.  It said that $0.00 commissions were now a reality. 

I was skeptical. 

I clicked on the "more details" link, expecting to find a catch in the fine print.  I found no catch, though, other than the usual added fees for broker-assisted trades and option contracts.  It looks like it is what it appears to be: free online trades for stocks and ETFs.

I was curious as to what spurred this radical change, so I did some quick googling.  It turns out Charles Schwab made an identical change earlier this week.  TD Ameritrade simply matched their policy.

Here's an article about it:

Basically, the two brokers--three, actually, now that E*Trade joined in, too--seem to be playing a game of high-stakes chicken.  I suppose one of them will flinch when it can't afford to keep the lights on any longer.

I don't know how this will end, but I'll enjoy the free trades in the meantime.  I'm mostly an investor, not a trader, so I only average a handful of trades every year, but this change still amounts to a few extra bucks in my pocket.  Thanks, TD Ameritrade.  :)

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Corrected book 2

I've finished my re-read of Mind Games and have now uploaded the corrected file to the various retailers.  There weren't any typos, and there were only a few usage errors, so the file was already pretty clean.  Anyway, it's better now.

Next task: re-read book 3 and take notes.  Once that's done, I should have all the notes I need to begin the second draft of book 4, which I'm frankly kind of anxious to get to.

In related news, the online validator I've been using to validate epubs is no longer working.  I've found another site, though, so hopefully it will prove to be just as good.

Saturday, September 28, 2019

Progress report

I'm about halfway through my re-read of Mind Games.  I'm taking notes along the way, as I mentioned before, but I'm also correcting whatever goofs I find in the manuscript.  It's pretty clean, but it's not perfect.  I think I've found three usage errors so far, as well as one minor inconsistency.  Once my re-read of this book is done, I'll upload the corrected version to the retailers.

I'm anxious to start the next draft of book 4.  I also need to allocate some time to cover design.  The covers for 4 and 5 are done, but I still need to do the last two, and these things take me a long time, so I have to start early.

Friday, September 27, 2019

I want to live in this video

This looks like the coziest place on Earth.  I'm not sure if I want to try putting it on as background noise or not, though, while I'm trying to do authorly stuff.  I'm afraid it might put me to sleep.

Meh, what the heck... I'll give it a shot and see what happens.