09 October 2013 | By: Victoria Escobar

Indie Life: Things to Come

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Hosted by the Indelibles, Indie Life is a monthly feature on the second Wednesday of the month.  This is a chance for indie authors to post about indie life, find each other, offer support, encouragement, news, helpful hints, and anything else that makes life as an indie author a little easier.

Wow.  Summer is over.  At least it is in Upstate NY.  The cold weather is just moving in. It feels like I haven’t really accomplished much all summer even the last month feels kind of inactive.

I’m writing of course.  Not as often as I should be or as fast but I have a reason for that.  There’s a hard, cyst like object growing in the joint of my right wrist that hinders my middle and ring fingers.  I’m in the process of locating a doctor and getting that checked out.  I’m worried about wrist surgery and how that’s going to affect my writing.  Though to be fair, if it doesn’t get taken off I’m worried I’m going to lose use of all my fingers if it continues to grow.  Rock and a hard place. *sigh*

I’ve gotten Just About Healing back from the awesome editor and I’ve completed the final edits of that.  This weekend I hope to start the formatting of said book.

I’ve found some really useful Youtube videos for book formatting in InDesign.  I’ve had InDesign for years and have yet to even open the program.  I’m excited to get my hands on it and I think I might look up some library books and see about getting a few directly related to InDesign.  I use Photoshop and Illustrator all the time and to a lesser extent Audition and After Effects. I do have Dreamweaver which I’ve been told can do what I want it to, but I’d rather start with InDesign.

Of Sparta is on the way to the editor.  I’m so happy to finally get that off my desk.  I only got one of the betas back after two follow up emails so I’m making do.  Hopefully, the lovely Anna, will catch anything I’ve missed in my clean up.

Next month is NaNoWriMo!  Who’s participating?  I’m jumping in as usual.  ^_^  I’m excited for that and hoping that will kick start me back into writing at pace.  Though we’ll see how my hand acts.  I’m debating between an Urban Fantasy (I’ve outlined twice now, and trashed both.), or a Chick Lit that I’ve only just developed with an idea to write it sometime after I finalize the two books currently in final stages. What do you think?  Urban Fantasy or Chick Lit?

I have already started a Contemporary Fiction but since its +8000 words it’s not valid to use for NaNoWriMo.  Not to mention I’ve been sitting on its outline for a couple of months and had only started it to keep myself occupied while I waiting on the editing to come back.  I’m not entirely sure if it’s serious or not

How can you tell if you’re serious about what you’re writing?  The reason I ask is because in general I put the same amount of enthusiasm into everything I write.  So while it’s been moving slowly I’ve still got writing hours scheduled and I’m still completely immersed in the world I’m writing as I’m writing it.  But I’m not sure if it’ll amount to anything though I am aware we are our own worst enemies. 

Where is everyone else at this month?  I hope more productive than I. ^_^ 

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Nissa Annakindt said...

I'm not doing NaNo this year. I think a slower writing pace works better for me, perhaps even editing as I go along, more like I do with my poetry. I work better with writing that comes in small chunks, it seems, and for now I'm trying to work within that rather than change myself.

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