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How I’m Doing on Laws of Nature 7

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 ones who escape the violent Man-who-preys. To save her tribe will require not only skills unique to each 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.

Here’s what I did the past month:

  • I spent the entire month editing. I got through less than ten pages a day so I’m still working on it. It’s been like slogging through quicksand (which my characters do) but it is coming out nicely.
  • I have been working on my education website a couple of hours a day. A lot of the links died when I changed my book website. I couldn’t find a tool to locate these automatically so I’ve been going through eleven years of posts one by one. It does force me to clean lots of stuff up along with the links.
  • I’m working on a more visual way to run my blog hop that will put a bigger spotlight on those who offer to help me. Canva has some great ideas. Here are templates (the words are not mine). I need to make sure links work well on them before selecting. Which do you like best:

  • I pushed the publication date for Laws of Nature back a month, to July. Even so, a lot has to go right to make that date!
  • I might publish Laws of Nature to Amazon as a pre-order soon. Stay tuned!
  • I mentioned last month that 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?
You can find all of my books through my Amazon page. I’m on KU so if you are, they’re free!

How are you doing on your latest WIP? I’d love to hear!

More on How I’m Doing

How I’m Doing on Laws of Nature– 6

How I’m Doing on Laws of Nature–4

How I’m Doing on Laws of Nature—3

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.

75 thoughts on “How I’m Doing on Laws of Nature 7

  1. You don’t cease to amaze me with your productiveness, dedication, and organization, Jacqui. You have been busy. How exciting that Laws of Nature is almost finished – that’s a lot of editing! And dealing with all those links. I know that’s not your favorite use of time. But you are making progress. Out of those templates, I like the blue one the best. Very clean and clear. I’d never buy a hardcover book. Based on what an author friend told me, “large print” is becoming more and more popular.

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  2. Jacqui, you are so persistent. 11 years of posts for your education website, hand by hand. What courage!
    Editing takes so much focus and patience. I spent the weekend on the punctuation of my manuscript. As I did so, I listened to Focus Music on YouTube. Even then, I kept having to take breaks. It’s so very demanding.
    I admire you for all your projects and your latest Laws of Nature sounds intriguing.

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    • I was pretty inspired. So many tech teachers are thrown into the job not because they know tech but because their old PE job disappeared. Odd but that happens more than I’d ever believed. I wanted to make that transition a little easier.

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  4. Thank you for sharing a part of your world!.. I expect it is difficult to deal with hardcover or even paperback in today’s world.. alas, due to a number reasons, I use technology in the form of a Kindle.. but no matter whether hardcover, paperback or digital, it is the words of the author I am interested in… 🙂

    Until we meet again..
    May the road rise to meet you
    May the wind be always at your back
    May the sun shine warm upon your face
    The rains fall soft upon your fields
    May green be the grass you walk on
    May blue be the skies above you
    May pure be the joys that surround you
    May true be the hearts that love you.
    (Irish Saying)

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  5. When you say hardcover do you mean soft cover as opposed to digital? ie a flexible cover? But I think you mean a proper hard cover…
    Congrats on getting so much done Jacqui – hope you find time to rest and relax! I’m sure you do 🙂

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    • Yes, the hard cover. Amazon is testing those. If you click this link:

      You’ll see my book is offered in three formats. Because it didn’t sell any in the hardcover format, I didn’t format the rest for this option.


  6. Wow. You are zipping. Let me know what I can do to help.
    I haven’t sold any hard covers either, but I find it fun just having a hard cover out there.
    Bummer on the dead links. I probably would have had a coronary.
    Hope your day is filled with energy and creativity.

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  7. The blog hop list – I like the 3rd one the best.

    It’s disappointing that the hardcover version isn’t selling but I’m not surprised. The cost just doesn’t stand up to the practicality of the paperback.

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  8. Jacqui, what a terrific and varied work projects! You must be excited about the publication of your latest book and blimey, well done on rescuing eleven years of posts. It’s great you’re part of the Amazon trial for hardcovers and I only recently heard they are venturing into this area. Personally, I love hardback books BUT generally only receive them as presents for special occasions.

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  9. Hi Jacqui – I so admire you … congratulations on making it all work and it will come together of that I’m sure. I don’t like hardcovers … but I do like paper books to read … not so heavy. All I can say is carry-on going for it! Cheers HIlary

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  10. You are so busy, Jacqui, making strides in all your projects. What perseverance you have to go back through all those blog posts and check the links. I think you have more than a little of your ancestor Lucy in you.
    I wish you success with your publication and sales.

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  11. So much respect for all you have going on, Jacqui. Going back over eleven years of blog posts—you are a glutton for punishment. It would be easy to get distracted. “Hey, I don’t remember writing this. This is good! I should really do a follow-up article.” (Haha—I’m the little voice inside your head.) Happy trails!

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  12. Hmmm, the grey one with the timeline down the left (second from right). And I feel your pain at having to go through all those blogs! Something nightmares are made of.

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  13. You are very busy… I can’t believe that you already have a new book almost ready for publication. I’m doing more work on my mini-farm and the house in which I brought in October that’s cutting into my writing time.

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    • WordPress does have a lot more flexibility than Weebly but also a lot of requirements. I’ve used them so long, I can’t imagine switching. Thanks for weighing in on the templates. I like that one’s liveliness.

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        • Agreed, Diana! I find that blogging and prose fiction exercise entirely different intellectual muscles, and require different (if related) skills. They both scratch different itches and demand different approaches. I have found that the better I get at one type of writing, the better I get at the other.

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          • Yes! I write tighter prose for blogging (not including comments which are full of typos, terrible grammar, emojis, and exclamation points! 😀 ). I definitely notice the difference. Blogging has improved my prose in that respect. For one editing pass on the last trilogy, I copied the chapters into WP drafts, one at a time, and edited them as if they were blog posts. It was enlightening!

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  15. I think I prefer the third template. It looks easy to read. I stopped buying hardbacks years ago. My husband got tired of having to move them every time we changed houses. Once again you have been very productive.

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  16. Hi, Jacqui. Thank you for the update! None of the online link checkers work for your site? I run my site through one once a month, and it catches the dead links. For the blog hop template, I like the one on the far left because it has thumbnail photos, although the overall look seems a little dated.

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    • No. I even had my guru search and he found nothing. The Google one worked somewhat but fell far short of the complete list.

      Which one do you use? I’d even pay for one!

      I liked the far left but hadn’t thought about the overall appearance. Now that you mention it, it doesn’t look dated. Hmm…


  17. I’m so sorry to hear your website change made a link headache for you. I wonder what happened. Does changing your theme (if that’s what you did) mean that links don’t transfer over? To answer your question, I like the second image the best. The graphics are easier to take in at one glance.

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    • The theme change kept the links. Those were wrong because I also had to change my book website. Almost all of those links changed so anywhere I linked to blew up. Sigh.

      The theme issue was formatting mostly. Stuff came out weird sizes or lost their featured image. The only way to find those was look at each post. Weird stuff.


  18. Yikes, going through eleven years of posts one by one? You’re so disciplined to set your timeline years in advance. I saw your hardcover book, Watching the Sunrise. Amazon beta has only several seizes for now. I made suggestions for more sizes.

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      • I see many blogs quote the song lyrics in part or in whole. I wonder if they checked the copyright. I just googled and found out the music and songs pre-1925 are in the public domain.
        How do you know certain images need permissions to use?

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      • Wow, you had your dance studio and taught dancing. How impressive. I would love to see you dance. I’m not a dancer, just did aerobics. After making comments on Pam’s blog, I went over to my sister’s Facebook and shared her videos to my Facebook page. I couldn’t figure out how to download. I googled it but after I clicked the videos, there was no download button. I would like to download all of her dancing and Tai Chi videos.


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