Monday, September 15, 2014

My Words, My Way, My Time

Over the past three week-ends I did something I haven't done for a very long time. 

I wrote a book.

It's not a very long book, and it's not a novel.  It's not even fiction.  One chapter at the beginning needs to be written yet.  I still have to add the illustrations.

Right now the hand-written (very) rough draft totals about 8,000 words, give or take a couple thousand.  I didn't really count, and my estimate might be low . . . or high.  I've transcribed about half of it into MS Word, editing and adding as I go.  That portion of it is about 6,200 words, with the one chapter still missing 90% of its needed text.  I'm guessing the final version will run to 12,000 words or so.  Roughly.

When I uploaded that 6,200 word partial into KDP last night on a draft/test run, it had exactly two typos.  And I hadn't even run the MS Word spell check, or done any proofreading.

I do not expect to get rich off this book; it's very much a niche item for which maybe there isn't any market.  Not even for one copy.

But what matters to me most right now is that there's no anger in it.

I can't tell you how tired I am of being angry.


  1. It's wonderful you are writing and it's even better to know you lost the anger. Its autumn and the time of year when the negative can fall away like leaves from a tree.

  2. Thank you, Christine!

    It's not so much that I'm no longer angry, because in fact I am. About a lot of things. And one of them is that I haven't had as much time to write as I want. Just writing this little book eased part of that frustration.

    But the book's subject matter itself has been nothing but pleasure for me, and maybe that's what I needed.

    My plan is to have the illustrations done this week-end and have it uploaded to Kindle Direct Publishing before this week-end is over. Then we'll see what happens!

  3. Love to read this when you're done - let me know when it's available. I'm so very glad you're feeling better.

    I wonder sometimes how you manage to keep it together, with all the crap that goes on. Keep writing - its good for you. The fools will still be there when you find the time and energy to deal with them again.