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I'm baaaack.

Over the last week or so I have:

Looked after various family members who went down with the sickies (at the same time as being one of the family members who went down with the sickies) - still not feeling 100%, but better than Senior Management who decided it was her turn to succumb yesterday.

Revised the Fur-Face ms for Echelon Press (boy that felt good to type in) - sent it off about a half hour ago.

Carried out the last rites on my laptop - it was an emotional sendoff

Replaced said laptop with cheapest one I could find - which ironically is far better than the one which it replaced, despited costing only about a third as much

Done my best to keep up with all my friends on LJ - you guys post a lot! 
Sorted out the latest issue of The New Jersey Graveline (my second as editor of the GSHW's newsletter) - I can't speak for the readers, but I'm having loads of fun so far.
Organized a Wall of Wisdom for FindAWritingGroup.com - there's some great advice on there.  I'm lucky to have so many smart friends.

Come to the conclusion that I need to learn Adobe's DreamWeaver so that I can have complete editorial control over the various websites I run - not least so that I can do the words on that Wall of Wisdom justice.  

Not kept up with my regular emails so well - which is why I'm only just telling you that the organizers of The Write Stuff conference (Allentown, PA, Friday & Saturday March 26th -27th)  posted an interview with me on Saturday (in which I answer probing questions about how I got my E-book contract)  

Generally had a hoot and a half - because the alternative would have been nowhere near as much fun.

How about you?

What have you been up to? 

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Feb. 8th, 2010 09:14 pm (UTC)
Oh, between work, snow, and real life, I've been busy.

Sorry about the sick bug hitting your household; I know what that's like. There's a reason why I sleep on the couch a bit during the cold and flu season.
Feb. 9th, 2010 02:06 am (UTC)
I don't like being ill :(

I've started feeling rough a couple of weeks ago, but I managed to fight it off until last Friday, when I spent the day in bed.

Grrrr. I hate losing, especially to sick bugs :P
Feb. 8th, 2010 09:21 pm (UTC)
In between freelance gigs, so I'm getting caught up on a book I'm beta reading and procrasinating instead of finishing my own rewrite... Oh look! Super Bowl Commercials!

Feb. 9th, 2010 02:07 am (UTC)
I hear the one with Rose from The Golden Girls was good :)
Feb. 8th, 2010 09:31 pm (UTC)
Wow, you've been pretty busy! I'm still plugging away at Wild... Same as ever...
Feb. 9th, 2010 02:14 am (UTC)
Don't forget your girl addicted to magic story :)
(no subject) - ex_naomi_ja - Feb. 9th, 2010 09:01 am (UTC) - Expand
Feb. 8th, 2010 09:52 pm (UTC)
You're a busy guy! w00t for submitting to Echelon Press! I'm sorry, i know you've mentioned this before but I can't remember, Fur Face is your YA novel right?

As for me, I've managed to get a lot of writing done in the past few days. Also heading to SF on Wednesday for Macworld Expo.
Feb. 9th, 2010 02:19 am (UTC)
I thought it was YA when I wrote it, but it's really. When I sent it to Echelon last summer, I said it was MG urban fantasy, which is a more accurate description.

Is the Macworld Expo about computers or hamburgers? ;)
Feb. 8th, 2010 10:16 pm (UTC)
Well, I know you know what's up with me since I just replied to a comment you left on my page. So we're all caught up! :)

Sorry SM is feeling poorly. But woohoo! for sending Fur-Face off to its new home!!!
Feb. 9th, 2010 02:22 am (UTC)
I was surprised how many tiny, but I think important teaks and changes I made to the ms I originally sent them.

Poor old SM hates being ill :(
Feb. 8th, 2010 10:41 pm (UTC)
You are one busy chapee! Take a break and let somebody else look after you.
Feb. 9th, 2010 02:23 am (UTC)
I'm on the mend now (I feel much better than 'She who must be obeyed' at any rate).
Feb. 8th, 2010 11:13 pm (UTC)
I hope what you all had didn't suck as much as what I just got over. I wouldn't wish that on anyone. (and really it wasn't life threatening so that's ok)

Get 100% soon!

What have I been up too... I bought books :) and got the touch up done on my new tattoo (a whole bunch of historic ponies) and I wrote and edited and queried agents. And now I'm back online messing around when I should probably be writing.

*goes to check out interview.
Feb. 8th, 2010 11:19 pm (UTC)
oh, good advice. :) Thanks.
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(no subject) - phoenixfirewolf - Feb. 9th, 2010 05:05 pm (UTC) - Expand
Feb. 9th, 2010 01:28 am (UTC)
Congratulations (again) on sending off your ms...what a feeling of accomplishment!

On the website front, I just wanted to point you toward a really terrific service called Squarespace (http://www.squarespace.com/) as an alternative to learning Dreamweaver. Nothing against learning Dreamweaver because it's a great software to know how to use, but the learning curve can be a bit steep depending on your website-building background. (I'm not sure what yours is, so forgive me if you're pretty well-versed in web building/design.)

When I decided to finally make the leap from continuing to program/design my own site (which I'd done for years) to converting to some kind of software, I settled on WordPress (the self-hosted version, not the version you sign up with them and they host) but after a hours and hours of work, said to myself, "Self? Why can't there be a site out there that allows greater customization and the ability to use a custom URL without having to research every single module's compatibility and constantly install upgrades and spend hours in the developer forum?? Surely there's a service that doesn't require me to get a degree in website administration in order to have a nice site that doesn't look like it came from a template." About a week later, I heard an ad appended to that week's podcast of "This American Life" for Squarespace. I signed up for their 14-day free trial and I was a convert within a day.

I'm happy to report that I'm now well into the midst of converting my old site over to Squarespace, and have just launched another, completely new site (my author website) using their service. Can't recommend them highly enough, especially to people who want complete control of their site but don't have the time or inclination to become a web admin. So just thought I'd toss that one out there, in case it might be a nice alternative for you.
Feb. 9th, 2010 02:28 am (UTC)
Thanks, I'll definitely look into that one :)

I'm reasonably computer savvy - I used to teach people how to use computers back in the days of DOS and Windows 3.1, but each new software has it's learning curve.
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Feb. 9th, 2010 02:30 am (UTC)
Hehe, I'm beginning to worry about you and this little world-taking-over ambition of yours :)
Feb. 9th, 2010 01:40 am (UTC)
congratulations on sending off revisions!

sorry everyone's sick. i'm sending positive thoughts and healing your way. ;)
Feb. 9th, 2010 02:30 am (UTC)
Thanks, Tracy :)
Feb. 9th, 2010 02:03 am (UTC)
Yay on revisions!
Feb. 9th, 2010 02:32 am (UTC)
Thanks :)

I'm such a newb at this publishing lark, I've even half-convinced myself that they'll be the last changes needed. How sad is that?
Feb. 9th, 2010 02:47 am (UTC)
Sorry about the everybody unwell bit. Hope everyone is well rsn. I've just had to take a week off work 'cos my right knee decided it wanted a holiday. Try walking without using your right knee. Fun fun fun.

Whether they are the last revisions rather depends on how serious they are and how seriously they take you. Let's hope real serious.

The thought of new gear always makes me remember that our phones have more computing power than we gave the guys in Apollo.

Websites. I want one, but I want to spend my time writing my fiction rather than developing programming skills I know I don't have and won't ever use again just to construct one. Interesting information found here. Thanks.

Oh well, back to Mr Wells and the Ripper.
Feb. 9th, 2010 11:21 am (UTC)
Knees can be a pain - no pun intended. I tore ligaments in both of mine playing rugby (in a totally unheroic fashion)when I was a mere slip of lad. To this day, I can tell when it's going to rain by the ache in my knees :(

I currently use http://www.GoDaddy.com for all my websites. They have some great, ready made templates, which weren't too hard to set up, but the basic deal has their advertisements across the top of the web-page (see FindAWritingGroup.com), and limits the number of pages and amount of tweaking you can do (not to mention uploads of book trailers, podcasts etc. cost extra).

Thanks for the input, Martyn :)
Feb. 9th, 2010 02:18 pm (UTC)
Glad to have you back amongst us!
Feb. 9th, 2010 04:30 pm (UTC)
Thanks. I trust you're feeling better yourself now :)
(no subject) - mnfaure - Feb. 10th, 2010 10:53 am (UTC) - Expand
Feb. 9th, 2010 02:35 pm (UTC)
Welcome back!
Feb. 9th, 2010 04:30 pm (UTC)
Thanks, and congrats again on your new book cover :)
Feb. 9th, 2010 02:55 pm (UTC)
Good for you! I managed almost nothing. So there!
Feb. 9th, 2010 04:31 pm (UTC)
Yeah, but your 'slow' weeks are faster than most of my long ones, so I don't think you need worry too much ;)
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