11 May 2015

Pelee swallows

The Marsh Boardwalk observation tower provides really excellent views of the nesting barn swallows.

Male barn swallow

Female barn swallow
I like how the female seems to be doing the maniraptoran second pedal claw thing.  I doubt the tension rod is feeling all that threatened, but maybe something is.

30 April 2015

A Succession of Bad Days, further progress update

So, not quite done yet  --
  1. send it out for critique by unfamiliar eyes -- DONE!
  2. get an ISBN -- DONE!
  3. get a cover -- DONE!
  4. copyedit -- Pass 2 and final; at greater than 50% for the copy-editor
  5. generate EPUB -- automated long since; even counting the manual zip step, requires < 30s
  6. make available -- unfulfilled dependencies.
Various (mostly micro-) organisms have been trying to kill the copy-editor.  It hasn't worked, but it has slowed things down substantially.  So no book in April, because there is no more April.

I continue to view this as preferable to "no more copy-editor".[1]

Book in May?  I continue hopeful.

[1]  There's presumably a kind of author who would feel that their robust prose was the real reason the copy-editor succumbed and mwah-ha-ha a bit.  I am not at all that kind of author.

03 April 2015

A Succession of Bad Days progress update

So, yes, I've entirely missed March. Whups.

So, anyway --

  1. send it out for critique by unfamiliar eyes -- DONE!
  2. get an ISBN -- DONE!
  3. get a cover -- Art Done, Design Pending
  4. copyedit -- 1st Pass Done, Final Pass Pending
  5. generate EPUB -- automated long since; even counting the manual zip step, requires < 30s
  6. make available -- unfulfilled dependencies.
That all said -- is there a consensus as to the best way to indicate "second book in a series" on the cover?  It's not a direct sequel and is a complete book.

(I'm going to suppose no one pays attention to the metadata indicators for series position and set them anyway.)

I expected this book would not require anybody to read The March North first, that's not the consensus of the folks other than me who have read it.

That suggests I really have to put "book 2" on there somehow. And four-dot hexadecimal notation for "2" at the end of the "A Novel of the Commonweal" banner is probably too subtle.

Anyone got an opinion about indicators of series position on book covers?

22 February 2015

Short-eared Owl

Short-eared Owl on a large snowy branch
The F900 does its valiant best, but there's purple fringing.  (Backlight in a world of low cloud and snow.  Of course there was purple fringing.)  100% crop; owl was close but not that close.

There were five; got excellent in-flight and perched views, from a variety of angles.

So yay!, lifer, and yay! OFO walk.

(Snow buntings.  Diverse colour morphs of Rough-legged Hawk.  Mergansers. (Mergansers?) Mockingbirds.  Goldfinches, tree sparrows, kestrels, downy woodpecker, nuthatches, bluejay, crows, rusty blackbirds, red-winged blackbirds, red-tailed hawk, cowbirds, and one cold-looking starling.  Cardinals.  Other people saw tufted titmice.  One red-bellied woodpecker with a crest made out of lambent fire.)

19 February 2015

Woot! Good review Thursday!

I think James liked The March North; woohoo!

A Succession of Bad Days has been out for an unfamiliar critical read, and now another unfamiliar critical read (the people who one gets to bounce up and down and burble at about the gubbins of the world building are invaluable, but they're also not going to tell you where you've been incomprehensible quite the same way a new reader will), and ought to be winging its way to the editing processes relatively soon-like.

Doesn't look like I'm going to make a march release date, but April's not looking unlikely.

24 January 2015

HOWTO -- downloading an EPUB from Google Play Books

So a bunch of people have had trouble getting to the "Download EPUB" functionality with Google Play Books when trying to get their archive copy of The March North.

  1. If you are logged in to Google with a Google Account other than the account that bought the book, log out.  (Google gets confused about whose books to show you.)
  2. Log in to Google with the Google Account that bought the book.
  3. Navigate to  https://play.google.com/books
  4. In the left-hand vertical stack of options, click on My Books
  5. Hover the cover icon of the book you wish to download; a column of three white dots will appear in the upper right hand corner of the cover icon
  6. Click on the three dots; a menu will appear
  7. Select Download EPUB from the menu.
And there you go.  If the publisher put the book up using Adobe DRM, you're going to have a little stub with a permalink that goes to a DRM management setup.  In the case of The March North (and expected subsequent Tallwoods Books ebooks) you're going to have an DRM-free EPUB file.

23 January 2015

Next Commonweal book -- A Succession of Bad Days

So it's about that time again.

I've got all of three written[1], people have read it, they have not informed me it is dire, dreadful, or despicable, so I can contemplate to publish Commonweal book two, aka A Succession of Bad Days. [2] Which means:

  1. send it out for critique by unfamiliar eyes
  2. get an ISBN
  3. get a cover
  4. copyedit
  5. generate EPUB
  6. make available 

Currently at "it is out for critique".

[1] I'm about forty thousand words into four.  Which bodes well for three happening on the hoped-for annual schedule.

[2] this is not a Line book; it's a go-to-sorcerer-school book.  The viewpoint finds out they're qualified to go to sorcerer school abruptly in a fashion not free from trauma, and things do not obviously improve for some time thereafter.