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Daily Musings – May 8th

Today was a good day for productivity.  Ideas and energy to do something with them came from all over.  A few were related to things I’m actively working on.  A few got backburnered.

Some ideas and “plot points” (for lack of a better phrase) came together for STRANDED and I got 1000 words out on it without too much wailing or gnashing of teeth.  An okay wordcount by most standards, but a stupendously and massively awesome wordcount on a project that’s been stalled for a while.

I submitted 5 old poems to a publisher yesterday two days ago.  That feels like progress.

First instinct is to mention where I sent stuff.  Is it bad form to do that?  Who knows–could be.  To be safe, I’ll keep it to myself.

I also did another round of edits on PIPES and its now in the hands of a preview reader before I send it out.  That also feels like progress.

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There’s a pile of papers on my desk that I should probably go through.  Story notes, random thoughts and scribblings, lists of projects, and so on.  Rooted through it a bit and found a piece of paper hearkening back to my days of heavy editing on the Norton’s Ghost novel.

It’s a collection of “problem words” and whatnot, along with some numbers.  I was going through the manuscript and using search functions to find said words and eliminate them.  I also wrote them down so that I can revisit the list whenever I edit another story and scrub them out.  For instance, in whichever round of editing this was, I went from 364 uses of the word “just” to 126.  That’s a 66% improvement (or thereabouts).

Some of the other words I worked to remove were:

  • suddenly
  • not
  • really (117 down to 21)
  • very
  • quite (30 down to 9)
  • perhaps
  • maybe (110 to 78; sometime tells me I could have done better there)
  • some of
  • seemed
  • afterwards
  • sat there
  • I feel
  • continued _____ (verb in blank)

The rest don’t have numbers written next to them.  I feel rather guilty for putting them in there in the first place, but think I vindicated myself pretty well overall by seeing to their removal.

Download Norton’s Ghost For Free

I’m pleased to announce that I can finally release the pdf of the book for free, and am doing so under a Creative Commons BY-NC-ND license.

You can get it from the Norton’s Ghost page or by using the link below:

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Initial Book Release and Activity

Norton’s Ghost is finally out in the wild.

The past weeks have seen a flurry of activity.  The book now shows up with proper data on Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com. Hopefully Powells.com will be catching up soon. Also: I apologize for F5’ing said servers.

I received a batch of local copies and mailed out the first wave (pictures below).  People are now getting the book in their hands, reading, and giving feedback on it.  This makes me happy.

Got myself (finally!) listed on GoodReads.com, got my personal books imported, and got my author profile set up.  There are a few reviews and discussions up on the site already.  This also makes me happy.

There’s also a book give-away running via GoodReads.com.  I’ve posted five copies for free, and at last count, 120 people are requesting it.  You guessed it–this makes me happy.

The next few weeks will be full of promotion and hopefully more feedback from readers.  Whether the feedback is good or bad, I’m just happy that the book is done and can be read.

Local Copies Ready To Ship

Local Copies Ready To Ship

Quality Control Department

Quality Control Department

Norton’s Ghost on GoodReads.com; Giveaway

Finally have my author page set up on GoodReads.com.  I’ve meant to get it set up for my own use for ages now (my book list is already imported), and the release of Norton’s Ghost was the perfect kick in the butt to get registered.

There’s also a chance to win one of give free copies that I’m giving away via the site.  The entry period runs until February 26th.

Don’t have a copy?  Now’s your chance to get one for free.

Norton’s Ghost: Available Now

I’m happy to report that Norton’s Ghost (ISBN 978-0-9843454-0-3) is now available.  Please see  How To Get The Book on http://www.nortonsghost.com for details.  In short:

  • email me at roncanepa@gmail.com if you want to get on the borrow list
  • I have local copies on hand for $13 or sliding scale. Contact me if you live in the Gainesville area, and we can arrange local delivery and payment to save shipping
  • the book is trickling through the distribution channels.  This happened sooner than its even supposed to, so expect availability to increase over the next 4-8 weeks.  For now: BarnesAndNoble.com (ships in 24 hours), amazon.com (ships in 1-3 weeks)

If you could gather effort, could concentrate it until it condensed into a tangible thing, this is what it might look like:

Norton's Ghost Local Copies

My local copies