Thursday 25 November 2010

"Toccata and Fugue" - WINRAR!


Thus far: 50,179 words (according to the NaNo website, MSWord pegs it as a few less.)

Still not finished, though. XD I'm guesstimating... maybe 150,000 at the end? It'll probably end up like "Screaming Blue Murder", to be honest XD. (Which took me by surprise at 200,000)

And so, ON I GO...

Friday 19 November 2010

"Toccata and Fugue" (part 3!)

Plus! As of today, "Toccata and Fugue" on LiveJournal has a usericon! HURRAH XD We can has butterflies.

Wednesday 17 November 2010

"Toccata and Fugue", Chapter 11

As well as me announcing I have a new chapter up! This is also an experiment in how things come out on my journal when I use the "Share This" button on LJ.

Chapter 11

Thursday 11 November 2010

Blurb "Diary Experiment!"

All right, THIS is the reason I was getting all antsy about when the FedEx man was FINALLY going to deliver my parcel yesterday (and partly the reason I got off to a poor start with my NaNo): at the start of November, I had a 25% off code for Blurb, and I've been itching to see exactly what quality their books are, so I made a book!

No, it's nothing I'm going to mass-market. XD As it's just my "blog" (well, after a fashion) from University - so it's essentially something nobody in their right mind would be interested in.

The quality IS pretty good! It seems well-bound (I've heard stories of Blurb perfect binding not being quite SO "perfect"), the image-wrap cover is tough and well-printed, and all the inner pages are exactly as I wanted. It's also "bigger than I expected" - ok, so it's exactly the size I selected, at 8x10, I just pictured something smaller in my mind's eye.

Is there a reason for this, aside from "vanity press publishing"* my university diary?

Essentially, yes. I wanted to see what I was getting for what I paid, because I wanted to see if it'd be an option for when I (finally, ha ha yeah right) edit "Thunder Daughter" into something I wouldn't be ashamed to try and self-publish.

I just think that at £33.95 (before the 25% off) for just over 100 pages? And that's with me electing to use a fairly smallish font, Thunder Daughter would undoubtably need a bigger font-size and goodness only knows how many pages it would end up being... It'd have to be pretty special for anyone to want to buy it, and I'm not sure my art/writing is THAT good.

Oh well. I DO still plan to self-publish - sure, I'd love to be a "proper published author", I just don't think I have the time to devote to my hobby. (Or the dedication to hunt out a publisher for what is probably a VERY niche market.)

* is it still classed as "publishing" when you're only ever going to print one, for yourself?

"Toccata and Fugue"

The NaNoSaga begins? Aude Sapere #4, "Toccata and Fugue" at Livejournal. (Please, no comments on the spelling of the LJ username. All the ones with "Toccata" spelt correctly were taken XD)

Either visit the main livejournal and navigate at your leisure, or else click on the images to go to chapters one to five:

Wednesday 3 November 2010

The Suffolk Fundraising Cycle ride

I keep forgetting to post this. Not art, but something to be at least a little bit proud of, anyway! "Team Tina" have been in the hospital "Discover" magazine - we have in fact raised quite a bit more than £1,500, now. (Click the image to enlarge. I'm the turquoise-y blob "hiding" up the far end.)