My novel writing took a bit of a hit these past few months. My education website blew up–had to be completely redone. Andrew, my tech guru, did the heavy lifting but there was a ton of grunt work that fell to me.
Then, my education blog broke. I had to change the theme and then fit everything back where it belongs in the new theme. For you-all who have done this on your blog, you know what I went through. What made things worse was that a ton of links have to be changed because my education website blew up (see above). Sigh.
Now, back to the business of writing!
Here’s what I did the past month:
- worked on the logline and the summary for Laws of Nature:
A boy blinded by fire. A woman raised by wolves. An avowed enemy offers help.
Early Woman Lucy, the Canis Ump, the Tree-man Boah, and Lucy’s pairmate and child are the only tribemembers who escape capture by the violent Man-who-preys. To save the rest of her tribe will require not only skills unique to each of her unusual tribemembers but help from others she didn’t expect.
Set 1.8 million years ago in Africa, Lucy and her band of early humans struggle against the harsh reality of a world ruled by nature, where predators stalk them and a violent new species of man threatens to destroy their world. Only by changing can they prevail.
If you ever wondered how earliest man survived but couldn’t get through the academic discussions, this book is for you. Prepare to see this violent and beautiful world in a way you never imagined.
- Cover reveal!
You may have seen this over at Janet’s last month:
I am very happy with this cover. The artist captured the balance between the humanity of my ancient people and their hope.
- The first part of the month, I wordsmithed–searched-and-replaced words like began, while, is, was, were, there, has, saw, look, women, woman, man, men, would, could, had, that, -ing, but, the fact that, just, began to, started to, a bit, little, fairly, highly, kind of, mostly, rather, really, slightly, sort of, appeared to, seemed to, n’t, not, watched, saw, observed, felt, smelled, tasted, heard, knew, thought, suspected, remembered, believed, understood, imagined, doubted, supposed, realized. Why only the early weeks? Read on…
- My education resource website decided to break. First, it wasn’t a responsive website so didn’t show well on mobile devices. I’ve known that a long time, ignored it, even though over 50% of shopping is done on mobile devices. Then, it got worse. The template was so old, it isn’t supported anymore. So when it breaks, it’s not an easy fix. My tech guru (Andrew over at We Build Your Blog) has done his best to keep it running but really, we reached the limit. Well, it broke. Andrew and I worked on the change-over most of the month (he’s the brains; I’m the grunt) including weekly Skype chats and TODO lists. It is now gorgeous. Go ahead–visit! You will be wowed!
- My education blog had a similar meltdown. Changing the theme helped but now I have a ton of broken links I have to fix. These are from the changes in the education website. This will take a long time. Google offers a free tool I’m hoping will make these easy to find if not fix.
- I finally moved the last of about a dozen of my nonfiction print books to KDP POD. That became critical with the new website (so I could seamlessly offer print and digital). Selling print books is much simpler on KDP than on my website. I am able to drop my price 20%.
- I did manage to finish the wordsmithing for Laws of Nature and am now running my book through Autocrit. Here, they find repeated words and phrases, pacing issues, start-of-sentence issues, dialogue issues, grammar/spelling, and more. Here’s the menu:
…and here’s an example of a page I have to fix:
Words that are repeated in close proximity are highlighted so I can fix it. Otherwise, it’ll be boring to readers.
The book is 300+ pages so I’ll be at this a while. I want the book as clean as possible when I turn it over to my editor, Anneli Purchase.
- I am still looking at a publication date of June. A lot has to go right to make that date but I figure I’ve had my quota of drama so I should be alright!
- I might publish Laws of Nature to Amazon as a pre-order soon. Stay tuned!
- I am participating in a beta for Amazon, to make some of my books available in hardcover as well as print and digital. So far, I set one up and have had no sales of it. Are you surprised? Do you like hardcovers?
How are you doing on your latest WIP? I’d love to hear!
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Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular prehistoric fiction saga, Man vs. Nature which explores seminal events in man’s evolution one trilogy at a time. She is also the author of the Rowe-Delamagente thrillers and Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy. Her non-fiction includes over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, reviews as an Amazon Vine Voice, a columnist for NEA Today, and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. Look for her next prehistoric fiction, Laws of Nature, Summer 2021.