Archive for January, 2013


Done.  Complete.  Through!

With the latest novella-to-novel expansion.  I am totally done.

Except, of course, not really.  From here, I go through it at least three times, fixing, tweaking, making sure the character’s name doesn’t change halfway through, that sort of thing, and always keeping an eye out that something doesn’t need a major rewrite.  Hopefully, not too many ideas will occur to me while I am doing all this.  This is the point where, were I a money-making professional author, I would hire a copy editor to take a lap through it.

Then, when really done, I download it and play with it in Word, formatting it for publication, going through various alignment issues.  Then upload the whole thing to Amazon, including the cover art I prepared some months ago.  Hopefully, I have the self-control not to push the “publish” button immediately, but instead review the whole thing on Amazon’s previewer.  Then publish.


I don’t really know what to do next.  My major choice, however, is between A) take the time to learn to publish this dingus on Kobo and Smashwords and the iStore or B) work on taking my previously unpublished novel, Vanguard, and publishing that on Amazon.

Vanguard would go very quickly, I think, as I went through it dozens of times when I first wrote it.  I wouldn’t change anything, just format it for publication.  On the other hand, I might want to publish it on CreateSpace instead, allowing for printed versions, and letting them format it for Kindle and other e-publishers.  I would have to review all that again – been a year.

Then again, I don’t want to limit myself to Kindle and the other e-readers are taking off.  Maybe I need to learn more about all that now.

So much to do with my so-far non-lucrative hobby.


Categories: Writing

The Next Contestant

January 10, 2013 1 comment

Now that the bill to repeal presidential term limits has failed (honestly, nobody thought it would pass), the Democrats now have to start building up their next presidential candidate.  Obviously, it won’t be Biden – unless he inherits the office and I’m not even sure about it then.  Pretty sure I know who they are thinking of.

The other night on TV appeared a public interest spot.  It had a bunch of Hollywood types – I remember one was Pacino – saying nice things about helping victims from Hurricane Sandy.  They were short statements, got shorter, until each one of them got to intone “Rebuild!”  Then, the screen went dark, some text appeared on the screen, and an announcer dramatically intoned something like “Help Governor Cuomo help the victims of Sandy.”


Also, this week, Cuomo came out strongly in favor of restructuring LIPA.  For those who don’t live on Long Island, this is the Long Island Power Authority, the local electric utility.  It used to be LILCO, when they called such things “lighting companies,” but they fell afoul of a nuclear reactor, went belly-up, and were restructured then into LIPA.

Thing is, Cuomo has stated, loudly, that he wants to privatize it!  This is somewhat of a surprise, because the New York, leftist-liberal base that elected him are probably scandalized by the idea.  However, they are going to support him regardless and it is just the sort of move a politician might make if he were preparing for a national campaign and wanted to attract less-leftist Democrats in the primaries and independents in the national election.

So, I would be very surprised if he didn’t make a stab at it.  Of course, you should remember, this is the man who, while running HUD, came up with the rules that forced banks to make mortgages to people who could not afford them.

Yes, he caused the housing crisis and the following downturn.  No, not all by himself – it was a team effort, by both teams – but he had a major piece go out under his name.