Slow news day

Published September 26, 2014 by Iphis of Scyros

As it were.

I just have nothing to say.  I spent most of the day reading about the French Revolution.

Except a couple hours at my brother’s place, checking out Hyrule Warriors.  (Typical, right?  I have tons of reading to do, and just committed to getting a book out there ASAP, and I go over and waste time on a game.  But…it was really cool…)

I need to hurry up and get some of my book available; it doesn’t show up right now on LeanPub, ’cause it’s not published yet (though it would show up on my “Author Page” if I had any other books out there to direct people there) so I can’t get anyone interested in it, so what’s the point in it being listed at all yet?

Sigh.

I’m totally not sure what to charge, either.  I mean, part of me wants to say “don’t charge, since you’re admitting it’s still a WIP” and another part is saying “if you don’t charge at least a little then anyone who thinks they might be interested in the finished product would ‘buy’ it now while it’s free, without bothering to read it until it’s finished!”  And I’m not sure which one is right, y’know?

Ergh.

On top of that, I still have to finish running the spell check on the thing.  ‘Cause I turned off those hideous squiggly lines in Word, so it doesn’t point out all my typos, because if I didn’t turn off those hideous squiggly lines, then all my character names–and many place names–would have hideous squiggly lines under them, and that would get annoying fast.  But running the spell check is also annoying, because then I have to sit there saying things like “Yes, I’m sure Theseus is spelled correctly!  What’s the matter with you?!”  (Seriously, it didn’t know Theseus.  It knew Poseidon, it knew Achilles and Zeus, but it didn’t know Theseus.  What’s up with that?  Theseus is kinda a big deal hero, y’know?  And it’s not like there are alternate transliterations, either.  (After all, it didn’t know Menelaos and Patroclos, but it did know Menelaus and Patroclus.))  ‘Tis horribly annoying.  But I don’t want to put a book on the market with spelling errors.  (Oh, then there was the classic “Possible Word Choice Error” message, saying that I surely must have meant “flew” instead of “fled”…because it makes so much more sense for Thetis to fly to the sea instead of to flee there.  Right.)

Plus who knows how much fine-tuning it’s going to take once I feel ready to convert the text.  I totally shouldn’t be doing this right now, but…among other things, I kinda need the money.

Which I suppose means I really should charge at least a couple of bucks, even though it’s still a WIP.

At least that’s one answer.

But right now I need to look up the bibliography information I keep forgetting about, and then I need to get back to reading about the French Revolution.  I have two books to read by next week–and the usual assignment to complete, too!–and so I need to finish the first book today, and I’m still thirty pages short of that.  They’re small pages, though, so it shouldn’t be a big deal.  As long as I don’t spend too long messing about on-line.

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