Taking Care

Last night, I changed the order of two chapters in ANNIE DREAMING. This morning, I added perhaps 2 to 3 sentences in one paragraph in one chapter, and 4 to 5 sentences at the end of another chapter. I changed a few words in another chapter.

Now, I’ve changed the back cover description of the novel for the umpteenth time. I’ve uploaded all the files. Now I wait for the all clear signal and see if I am finally ready to publish.

I tinkered briefly with the idea of publishing METAL MAN WALKING for Kindle, then backed away from that idea again. Seems as if my book can slip into the public domain on whim and be worthless or can change price on whim and be worthless in terms of money anyway.

No, it’s not about the money. But, who gives babies away? Only mothers who don’t love them or can’t take care of them. I love my babies, and I’m taking care of them!


Once more into the ‘edit’

Thursday evening – that’s when it was still September – I break down and begin to re-read ANNIE DREAMING. Presently I am well into it at page 31 or so.

I make minor changes here and there, usually a change of word choice or phrase order in a sentence. You know, to see if a different word works better or if changing the phrase order makes for a better sentence or a better paragraph. I usually can’t tell whether the latter change enhances or harms. Likely the phrase order change is a matter of taste and has no real effect on the novel.

One chapter I start and skip. Not a good sign. Pencil in hand, I come back to that chapter now.

ANNIE DREAMING is on the surgery table.

So Much in the Mood

I’ve still got the marked-up [with pencil] proof of ANNIE DREAMING on my bedside table along with the previous 2 proof copies.

I am so much in the mood to re-read, edit, and re-write… but, I am resisting. I admit I’m afraid to put away the 3 proof copies lest my mood deserts me too quickly.

Oh, come on…

Counting the days…

Major Shift, Mighty Slow Down

ANNIE DREAMING is again a work-in-progress. While in New York City, I read through again. And once more I found many little words to change and several larger items to alter. I even cut an entire chapter!

So, I’ve postponed my publication date to early December.

Thanks for bearing with me as I re-write.


Proof in hand, reading along I find a missing word – a little word that should be in a phrase so as to make the phrase work. The phrase, as written, is: “glance each other.” The little word “at” is missing. I stick it in the phrase with my pencil, then begin to get aggressive with the instrument.

Once more, I am adding sentences here and there, making small and not so small changes.

I have delayed ANNIE DREAMING again.

The joy of being a writer!

Proof Arrives


ANNIE DREAMING was on my front stoop this evening when I arrived home from work. I was pretty sure it’d be waiting for me, but when I opened it I was still quite thrilled.

It looks great. The formatting appears to be correct, and so far in the final (I hope!) read-through, I’ve found no obvious errors or glitches.

I expect to approve it soon.

Then I will post the link to my e-Store and of course you will be able to find it on Amazon.com.

Thank you one and all for your support. I especially thank Jeff (and others) for reading METAL MAN WALKING and writing a review.


Proof of ANNIE DREAMING shipped

Yay! I ordered the proof of ANNIE DREAMING this morning aroud 5:30 a.m. I received an email saying that my proof has shipped. This means I should receive my copy tomorrow or Friday at the latest as it is printed locally –

Again, I’m very excited.

Final – ? – Proof Ordered

This morning, I ordered the final proof of ANNIE DREAMING – assuming the spacing ( uh, that’s formatting ) is correct; that no typos exist, that I don’t have a sudden epiphany – add this, take this out, change this around – it will be available this weekend on Amazon.com.

Of course, you know I’ll let you in on its release! I’m just so excited like a mother ready to give birth.

Hang on tight, everyone!