I’m entering the homestretch before publishing A Shift in Shadows in October and still have a quite a bit left to do. Because I have a 9-5 job during the week this means I only have weeknights and weekends to work on book stuff. Here are the major things I need to get done:

  1. Finish editing. Most of what I’ve been doing for the last two months has been the final round of editing. And I got 95% of it done. But I still have one and a half chapters left to do plus some minor editing throughout the book to address some consistency issues. Probably 4-6 hours of work.
  2. Write the epilogue. This is going to be super short, like a page and half short. The scene has been bouncing around in my head for the last couple weeks and will probably take me an hour to write it.
  3. Book description. I consider writing book description/blurbs to be somewhere between the 7th and 8th circles of hell. Because of this I’ve recruited someone to help me write it but if I can get a draft done it’ll make the process go smoother.
  4. Confirm I have everything I need for publication. I’m going to be using Draft2Digital and Amazon for ebook distribution. I’m pretty sure I have everything I need (or will have it by the end of the month) but I’m still paranoid I’m forgetting something.

So those are all the things I should have been working on for the past week. What have I actually been doing?

  1. Went through my entire photography collection and archived a bunch of photos. Was I running out of space? Nope. Was there any reason this had to be done last week and not literally any other time? Nope.
  2. Moved my photography website to Pixpa. Again. Any reason this had to be done last week. Nope. Nope.
  3. Completely redesigned our campground review website. Since my partner and I enjoy camping we started this review website a couple years ago. Want to know if there was any reason why I needed to completely redo the website last week? The answer to that is nope, nope, nope.
  4. Laundry. Okay, this one I actually had to do.

I think I’m in a good headspace this weekend to actually finish up the editing and start knocking a couple other things off the list. Not the book description though. That ain’t happening. Unless, “Stuff happens”, counts as a book description.