351 (350)

by Andrew Osborne

So, whoever guessed “14 days” in the “how long ’til I miss a day in my self-inflicted blog-a-day-til-I’m-50 challenge” wins the office pool! Continue reading ‘351 (350)’

The Rub (352)

by Andrew Osborne

Okay, so here’s the last minute thing that’s delaying the print edition of my novel, which in turn is delaying the preparation of the eBook edition, et cetera:  just when everything seemed good to go, I suddenly discover the distributor doesn’t actually, y’know, distribute anywhere useful unless I upgrade to a different pricing structure that gives me an $.88 profit on a $19.99 Amazon sales price.  So, now I’m shopping around, which requires refomatting my files (since the second distributor apparently has different formatting requirements than the first distributor) and…

…Jesus, it’s almost enough to make me wish I’d taken the contract from that shady publisher I rejected a few months ago.

Almost.

 

And now…a moment of O.J. (353)

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by Andrew Osborne

So, I tuned in The People vs. O.J. Simpson last night expecting to goof on it, but it’s WAY more engrossing than I expected. Talk about a story with everything…and speaking of O.J. stories, here’s my first one: I was in L.A. at the time of the murders, and I thought about driving over to the 405 to watch the low-speed white Bronco chase/parade pass by, since I calculated I could get to the nearest overpass in time. But I was on my way to a party, so I didn’t bother (a decision I still 78% regret). Instead, I listened to unfolding events on the radio, and when I stopped at a liquor store for beer and when I arrived at the party, everyone was glued to the news — mainly because we all assumed it was going to end with the Juice offing himself, live, on TV. (Spoiler alert: he didn’t.)

Groundhog Day (354)

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by Andrew Osborne

In the years when I was a writer-for-hire, I was sometimes broke and sometimes doing pretty well…but either way, I always had plenty of time.  In the current period, I have a fairly steady income thanks to a quilt of part-time non-writing jobs (mostly teaching, transcribing, and recruiting).  I’m no longer living from gig to gig, stretching the last work-for-hire check until the next one arrives (always late and after multiple calls to my latest client).  And I’m no longer temping, enslaved to the clock in a series of corporate hell-holes.  Instead, I mostly work from home, which is nice, and my finances are actually predictable for a change, though never quite enough.  But now, every week is Groundhog Day.  Each weekday is packed with work commitments from dawn ’til dusk, and there’s always something to do on the weekends…whether it’s chores or time with loved ones…and then it’s Monday again, and back to the paying work I’m always just a little behind on.  Launching a business — a small press, a game company — is a full-time occupation, and I’m trying to do it on the installment plan, devoting two or three hours a week to the minutiae of formatting and reformatting .jpgs and .pdfs, reading legal jargon, writing a daily blog to keep myself motivated.  But, on the plus side, Punxsutawney Phil predicted an early spring…so maybe there’s hope.

Where Nothing Ever Happens (355)

by Andrew Osborne

Two new hold-ups with the publication of my novel today…one completely unexpected (which I’ll discuss later), and one inevitable.

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ISBN-tropy (356)

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by Andrew Osborne

So, here’s an approximation of the new Building Heaven cover…now, with 100% more actual title and author’s name thanks to Jana Christy (as opposed to my original idea of publishing the book with just a mysterious image on the front, which apparently would cause some sort of trouble with distribution).  And then, aggravatingly enough, there was some format trouble with the image not quite lining up properly with the size of the actual trade paperback (meaning the image at right will lose its feet when it goes to press to make everything come out right).

And after that came the perfectly boring topic of ISBN numbers, bar codes, and pricing, which I spent far too much of today studying (in much the same way I wound up learning a lot about edge coding, negative cutting and other expensive, time-consuming, and deadly dull topics during the grueling post-production phase of my last great independent project, Apocalypse Boplong after the fun of the actual creative work was done and before the equally long road of marketing began).

But still, with a little luck (and another hour or so of work in the morning), there’s a fair chance the print edition of the opus may actually be complete and ready for the printers as of tomorrow, so….progress!

FramingCon (357)

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by Andrew Osborne

So, no direct progress on any projects today…but at least I was in the general ballpark of the neighborhood of progress as I stopped by FramingCon, a hardcore gaming weekend my friend Matt runs four times a year.  In addition to movies and video games (in a Hollywood studio-quality screening room), every type of board, card, dice, role-playing, trivia, and miscellaneous amusement from billiards to Kickstarter prototypes are being played on every available surface in every corner of the multi-level house.

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