Getting Sorted

After my bout of frustration with my missing books (and mysteriously added one) on my Goodreads author page I wrote an email and asked for help. It turns out that Goodreads has a way to differentiate between authors with the same name, but when they import data from other sites, such as Ingram, that data can be overwritten. And so, mashed potatoes, my friends!

I got a quick reply, but I’m still in the process of sorting out what’s what, and making a file for myself with a list of publications and ISBN numbers so if this happens again I can hopefully get my information restored more quickly. In going over my list, I realize that I’ve been writing encyclopedia articles for something like eight years now. With the projects on my desk winding down (getting done!) that means it’s time to turn my attention to several personal book projects I have in the queue.

Corrugated Sky will be releasing its second anthology early this summer, so be on the lookout for it. It will be a collection of four short stories (actually, closer to novellas) with a Steampunk theme. I’ll post more about the anthology in the near future.

 

 

 

Just Another Brick in the Face

Somehow, someone(s) has/have pretty much trashed my author page on Goodreads and I’m pissed about it. I put a lot of work into setting up that page, and for what? So someone else can mess it up in an instant? Great. Just great.

Why the hell do I even try to do anything? I spend time setting things up, trying to make my life a little better, just to see someone else come in and screw up everything. I either have to do a ton of work all over again, or just give up. Guess what I’m leaning toward right about now? I’m tired of getting dumped on and I’m tired of getting bricks in the face; I get enough of them at work to build a library.

So, having coauthored two anthologies and entries in several encyclopedias, I’ve been slowly but surely setting up my Goodreads author profile and book page. I logged in today because I need to start doing some serious marketing. And that’s when I found that three of the books I’d set up were gone, but a book about a baby was there by some other Karen Garvin. I do not write about children or babies, nor do I pretend to do so on TV.

I couldn’t find a way to remove that book from my author page, but I could edit the listing, so I changed its title to THIS IS NOT MY BOOK and sent a help email to Goodreads. I’m still faced with the fact that three of my books are gone and I’ll probably get saddled with having to redo them.

But this begs the question: Is it worth it to go through all that work of setting up my author page again if it’s so easy for someone else to take it all away? At least I can keep my Publications list up-to-date here on Focal Plane.

 

Bacteria Wars

This has been a rough spring. Not only do I have allergies that turned into a sinus infection earlier this month, but I then I developed a lingering cough that I thought was bronchitis, so today I went to the doctor and it turns out I have strep throat. Well, the bacteria might be making me sick, which is pretty unfortunate since I just joined a gym, but they are not stopping me from writing. I am wondering if I should spray my keyboard with disinfectant. Nah. It would probably short-circuit, and then I’d have to write by hand. And I can’t read my own handwriting after the first paragraph!

Additionally, one of my cockatiels was unwell and so I took both of them to the vet. Poor little things, they both had blood drawn, and while Peachfuzz powered through it like a champ, Zim screamed his head off during the entire exam and then he bit the vet — twice. Guess who’s a favorite at the animal hospital?

Progress on the second Corrugated Sky anthology is going well. We’re revising our first drafts and hope to publish the book early this summer. I’ve completed my last encyclopedia entry on Ray Bradbury, although I have a few things to tackle for the editor to clear up some rough patches and fill in a few gaps. I’ve submitted a chapter proposal for an academic book on the First World War, and with most big projects off my desk I can turn to editing my novel for one last time.

I’ve revisited my thought process about how many words/hour editing should count for and decided that the 1,000 words per hour is really not unrealistic. I was toughing it out at 750 words an hour, but I was kind of cheating myself given the amount of work I was putting into the editing process. I’m happy to say that I am now ahead in my weekly word-count goal by more than 5,000 words, and I intend to stay there.

Stay well, stay pollen-free and bacteria-less, and I’ll see you on the next page!

I Can Has Allergies

I really, really, really need to move. Since mid-March I’ve had a stomach bug, allergies, and a sinus infection. After battling the sinus thing for three weeks and coughing so hard that I pulled a muscle, I realized that I needed more than vitamin C. So, I went up to a local walk-in clinic for antibiotics and some nasal spray. Well, that helped a lot, but I still have allergy headaches, and now I’m having eye strain headaches. I need a vacation, and I need a paradise to escape to. It sure looks pretty outside, but … achoo!

In March and early April I’ve so busy that I’ve had to let the blog “rest” for awhile. I had an encyclopedia article on howdahs to complete by the end of March, and then I had to prepare a paper for presentation on Victorian detectives, detective fiction, and journalism for the 2017 meeting of the Mid-Atlantic Conference of British Studies. And this week I just wrapped up an entry on the cultural and historical impact of Ray Bradbury for another encyclopedia. And all this stuff is in addition to my full-time job.

Yes, I do sit at the computer for a very long time every day! And this is a problem, so I’ve joined a local gym and signed up for four training sessions. My second one is today, and I’ve actually worked out twice so far this week.

I’m slowly catching up on my writing goal of 240,000 words for this year, despite a couple of very unproductive weeks. With this blog post, I’m just about 700 words behind where I want to be, but I still have two days left in my writing work week. On the fiction writing front, I’m starting the revisions to my Steampunk story for Corrugated Sky’s second anthology, to be published in late spring or early summer. Seacombe Island is next up; it’s getting a final revision and should also be published this year. I have several nonfiction projects in the queue as well, including a proposal for a chapter in a book on World War I, a book of writer’s prompts, and extending my research and writing about Victorian detectives. Oh, and there might be a cocktail book in the works, too. But that’s for after hours!