Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Of Nook Press, ROW 80 Round 3, and other things...

Today, Barnes and Noble's PubIt! service shut down and was replaced by Nook Press.

Honestly not a lot has changed other than the website but they did add a cool new feature that piqued my interest...

You can write and publish your novel using the Nook Press website!

I use Google Docs to write most of the time. I do, however, have Scrivener at home, which I use to manage it all, and Sigil, which is what I will use to put it all together when it's time to format my novel into an epub file. However, other than those two programs I am completely devoted to Google Docs

But I may not need Google Docs or Sigil much longer thanks to Barnes and Noble! With Nook Press's Manuscript Editor, authors can now write, edit, share their novel with others, add a cover and a table of contents, format and publish the book when they're ready. It's a one stop shop for self publishing ebooks!

I've only played around with it so far, but it's really simple and easy to use... and I'm in love. So very in love. I am very tempted to move The Dancer over to it and try writing it, editing it, and publishing it through there just to see what it's like.

Have you checked it out yet? What are your thoughts on it?

Round 3 of ROW 80 started up last week. Between celebrating my birthday, the holiday, going out of town, and continuing our constant battle against fleas, there simply was not enough time to post my goals for this round or do any writing at all. As always I plan to continue working on my projects. I also plan to write at least 1000 words a day on my original projects (yup, I'm bringing back the word goal again) and I plan to update my two fanfics once a month (which will make those readers very happy).

And, this part is not writing related, but I plan to get my Etsy shop stocked and open by the end of the month. The Northern California Renaissance Faire isn't too far away, plus there's a Faire in Vegas in October, and a friend who runs a Belly Dance studio and I were talking about the possibility of her selling some of my items on consignment. We've even discussed going in together on a booth at the next big event. Anywho, I'll be sure to share the link here as soon as it's up!

Now it's time for what you've all really been waiting for - WIPpet Wednesday!

WIPpet Wednesday (or Wednesday WIPpet... either works!) is where you share a piece of a project you are working on that some how correlates to the date. So, since today is July 10th 2013, you could share 10 words from chapter 7, or you could add all the numbers together and share 40 lines ( 7+10+20+13=40 ) or you could just add some of the numbers together and share 17 lines from chapter 13 ( 7+10=17... and chapter 13 because it's 2013). There are a lot of ways you can work the math.

Since today is July 10th, I'm going to go with the first option and share 10 lines from Chapter 7 of The Undying ones. This picks up where the last bit I shared from The Undying Ones (which you can find here) left off:

Mortified at being caught intruding on his private sanctum, Mattie dropped to her knees and bowed until her forehead almost touched the ground, “Your Highness! I’m sorry, I was following someone …”
He stopped in front of her, the tips of his boots bumping against her fingers. She pulled her hands away from him. 
“This girl in the cape?” He asked.
She grimaced behind her mask. Here she had gone and told him the one thing she had not wanted him or the guards to find about. But there was still hope; he didn’t know who the red headed girl was or where she had come from. “Yes. I’m sorry, sir. I was following her and I didn’t realize where I was.”
“Mm. I see.” The King’s voice was growing softer, gentler, but Mattie knew that that did not mean she was out of danger yet.

You can find more ROW 80 updates over here, and you can see more WIPpet Wednesday updates over here!

18 comments:

  1. o.O I'm intrigued. I can't say anything other than I want to know what happens next...like right now I want to know what happens next.

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    1. Thank you... Unfortunately you may have to wait for the book to be finished and released though. I don't want to give away too much on my blog before I have a chance to publish it, y'know :)

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  2. Ooo not a great situation to be in. I hope the King goes easy on her!

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    1. Thank you! And I hope he goes easy on her too :)

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  3. I love the little detail where his boots bump her fingertips and she pulls her hands back. It tells so much.

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    1. Thank you - I enjoy that little bit too :)

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  4. Oh ho! Will this be a surprisingly understanding king, or the kind of king it's best not to live under? Nice tease! =0)

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  5. Love the building suspense . . . She's headed for trouble, that's for sure. How fun to meet a new blogger on ROW80 and WIPpets as well as someone who writes fantasy. May you reach every goal!

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  6. You've got a lot going on here, Christina. Restarting your fanfiction pieces, getting yourself back in to the ROW80 (YAY!!!), prepping for an Esty shop... sounds like a delightfully full plate. And lot of Chaos :-D

    I'm really enjoying reading about Mattie and her experiences in the castle. I really hope the King isn't too mean to her.

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    1. Yes, it is a lot isn't it? Hopefully I'm not setting myself up for failure... but I'm getting better at juggling things and multi-tasking :)

      The fanfics have never really gone away. They've always been sitting there on the back burner, and occasionally I stir them around a bit when I need a break from my other projects. However, having a regular updating schedule will make my readers oh so happy (I have one who complains on a regular basis about how I never update as often as she would like...)

      Thank you - I'm glad to hear that others enjoy Mattie's adventures as much as I do :)

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  7. Ooh, I would definitely like to see more of these two interacting (and not just because I clicked on your link to your Pinterest account and saw that you have Sebastian Stan as the king :P)! The tension in this is awesome and now I'm all left hanging!

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    1. Thank you! Sebastian Stan's portrayal of the Mad Hatter/Jefferson in Once Upon a Time was a major inspiration for this version of the King. Previously the King resembled a character a friend played at Halloween Haunt - but then I saw Jefferson and went... oooh! That's it! And the rest is history ;)

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  8. I tried to comment several hours ago, but it didn't like me, so here's my third attempt:

    Nice! i like it. =0)

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    1. Oh no - the first comment did actually come through! So it's all good :D

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  9. Good luck on your goals! As for your WIPpet... I have that feeling of when a parent whispers and gets real quiet instead of yelling. (I really freak my kids out when I do that.) Definitely brought the "Uh, oh." to my brain.

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  10. Great details in this extract such as the boots touching her fingertips. I sense that despite the king's voice getting softer and gentler he might not let her off that easily?

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