Formatting isn’t hard – but it sure is time-consuming and monotonous. I was going to use Scrivener to do it, but I haven’t played with it yet other than the tutorial when I first downloaded it last fall, so I wanted to have my copy of Scrivener for Dummies on hand, but I can’t find it. Fortunately their “how to” book is great.
I know I had it in January for the “show and tell” meeting of the local writers’ group. The other book I took to the meeting is on the shelf where it belongs, but not that one. The next logical place for it to be would be near my computer, so I dove into the piles of papers and notebooks and miscellaneous items too bizarre to mention and came up empty.
(On a brighter note I can now see roughly half of the stand next to my computer, and the floor beside it is a little more user-friendly. And I found a scene I’d written for one of the Academy of the Accord books. (I was beginning to think that I’d dreamed writing it.) I also located a bunch of cross stitch charts (that need to be entered into the inventory file) and I tamed a couple piles of scrap paper that I keep for my printer.)
So, anyhow, what’s next? Getting Song and Sword out for Nook, for one thing. And available as a hard copy.
And more writing, of course! (And a continued search for Scrivener for Dummies.)
The plan (Ha!) is to finish rough (very rough!) first drafts of all of the books in the Academy of the Accord series by the end of the year. (Except for the mess in the middle — that might take longer to sort out.)
After the first of the year I want to return to The Other Mages trilogy that came out of my first ever NaNoWriMo. Book One is almost done — I just have to figure out how to get them out of the mess I left them in. Book Two… I think I’m about halfway through it, but I’m not too sure about it. It’s over 50,000 words and still seems to be in search of a plot, so I need to sit down and make an outline for it. And I need to do the same with Book Three, since it needs a complete rewrite. The goal is to get them published by the end of next year. Of course, that means that they are going to need real titles, and I hate naming things. (I’m thinking that books two and three might be Camp NaNoWriMo projects next year.)
Then… something completely new for November 2014 NaNoWriMo.
And in 2015 the focus will be on The Academy of the Accord series. Getting that patched up and edited and turned into a cohesive whole will be a massive undertaking, but it’s a project that I’m looking forward to completing.
But for now I’m still caught in a feeling of unreality regarding Song and Sword. I can’t believe that it’s over. Done. Not something I have to work on anymore. And that I’ll never write those characters again. (Unless I do a couple side stories or a sequel.)
I think I feel… a little sad.
Excited and thrilled, but sad.
I wonder if this is how mothers feel when their children go off to kindergarten, or college, or… wherever.