Wednesday Writing Journal: March 11, 2020

Wow. This week has been a lesson in frustration. Now know I’m coming in late with my writing journal for this week but I’m still getting it done on the day that I said I would get it done. But there is a reason why I am so late for this week’s post. Let me elucidate.

In my last post, I explained I was having a little bit of a problem with my new book publishing software Affinity Publisher. This was supposed to be the new rave and become the contender against the big boy who reigns in this field which is Adobe InDesign. I had messed with the beta a little bit and it impressed me. So I decided to make the investment in the program seeing that I didn’t have to pay monthly as you do with Adobe.

I spent the week, once again, trying multiple times to get this program to act right. I was at a point earlier today where I was just going to throw it out the window and use another one. I didn’t want to go back to Adobe InDesign because, in the long run, it’s cost-prohibitive. I use the program to design the print versions of my books. Every book I write comes with a print version. So the faster that I write, the more I’ll be using this program. That being the case, I needed to become familiar with the program so that my process would be productive.

Well, one thing you can say for sure is that I’ve used this program so much within the last week that I finally cracked the code tonight on how to properly use it for print books. However, in the process, I have become frustrated on a level that challenges the peak of Mount Everest. It still has some bugs and I have been posting this at the software developers forum. This is just been a major pain in my behind but it’s something that needs to get done because the e-book version is already out and I need to make sure a print version is available even though I probably won’t be selling as many print versions as I will e-books. But they need to be available because print books are still in high demand.

On the bright side, The Forest was finished and uploaded to Audible and is going through the approval process as we speak. It’s actually been done for about a week and it still has been approved so not quite sure what’s going on there. Once it is, I will have free codes to give out to those who are interested in getting a free copy of the audiobook. That helps me out because it goes to my sales, and that helps you out if you’re interested because you get yourself a free audiobook.

The outpost over on Facebook for the RIU has been busy on a regular basis as I said it would. For the last couple of weeks, it has seen a lot of activity in terms of things I don’t post at RIU HQ. Let me give you a rundown of the schedule so you can go over there and check it out.

Mondays are Music Mondays where I highlight a song that I listen to from my playlists when I work. I have been posting a lot of chill step music but I also listened to a lot of classical as well. This past week, however, I uploaded an original work I created for the theme song for Blackson’s Revenge. You go and check it out here:

Blackson’s Revenge Theme (Capable)

Tuesdays are Novel Tuesdays where I highlight a book — normally a superhero book but sometimes will be something else — from my personal collection.

Wednesdays are where I post my writing journal which is what you’re reading right now.

Thursdays are Text Thursdays which I really enjoy. I highlight a vocabulary word and give the definition of that vocabulary word. I love the written word and the sad truth is that most people are clueless when it comes to English who live in the United States. I think it’s cool and the words I have been encountering for my personal thesaurus have been a real treat for me. I hope you enjoy them just as much.

Fridays are Film Fridays where I highlight a small clip from a film that ties into the genre of material I write. These are both television shows and films that inspire me to write the stories I create.

So, if you’re not hooked up to the RIU Facebook Outpost, I suggest you mosey on over there and like the page so you can see what is going down.


The plan for the next week will be to finish the last bit of the third novel which needs to be done in order to finish it officially. I’d also like to finish the next audiobook in The Dark Corner series which is The Gift. Plus, I want to outline the trilogy for my next series which will feature the Makarios Cadre. Of course, that doesn’t count all the little business things that we have to do like marketing and promos and so forth. But I’ll let you know because I believe I have a promo coming up here soon.

Well, that will do it for me ladies and germs. So, until next week, I’ll see you in the Tapestry!

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