The revised/extended version of Jesse’s Conveyance is now available. My goal was to extend it to 100 pages. According to Amazon, it is at 117. I’m extremely happy with this version. When I completed the original version I thought it was pretty great. Revisiting it after having more writing experience made me realize just how awful (IMO) that version was. Jesse’s Conveyance is now something I can be proud of. It is the book I always wanted it to be. Instead of Night of the Killer Roos being my best book, I now think Jesse’s Conveyance is. However, I’m determined to trump both with Nudibranchs!
In other book news, I’m trying to branch out by offering my work on Barnes & Noble and Google Play. Unfortunately, their upload processes are riddled with technical errors: loading screens that don’t go away, unresponsive scripts, automatic chapter detection that splits books in odd places, digital book previews that cut off the final pages or more, an account page that only loads an error message, an uploader that can’t be logged into, etc. But I’ll just keep trying. At least B&N is aware of their errors and are working to correct them. Without a doubt, nothing beats Kindle Direct Publishing. With KDP I’ve never encountered any issues when uploading a book. It only takes a few minutes. I’ve been struggling with these other sites for a few days, pissing away my free time. *sighs* it’s a necessary frustration.
I’m determined to make something of my writing. I’m determined to rise above my current situation. I know I’m better off than a lot of folks in the world, but while counting my blessings, instead of asking for a better life, I strive to create one for myself and my boyfriend. Yes, the main reason I want writing to become my career is so I’m not tied to an area because of a job. I want the freedom a writing career allows, so I can actually begin a life shared with my boyfriend, instead of one where we only see each other every month and a half. I know it sounds cliche’, but I’m doing it for love.
Also, my current job is in a very limited field. It’s one I enjoy, for the most part, but it is not a career. It pays the bills, but that’s about it. There are no long-term, or medical, benefits. I know my future is in trouble if I only focus on the present.
The skills I learned in tech school are now outdated and difficult to apply in the real world. My instructor even told the class that while many of them may go on to have a good well-paying job, I will struggle and become a cult figure. Writing is what I have known how to do since I was a little kid. It is what I have had the most experience with. I feel it is what I’m meant to be doing. On the side i will have my various video and music projects.
Anyway, with Jesse’s Conveyance out of the way, this weekend I plan to focus on editing Nudibranchs! and beginning work on the next book projects.