Sleepy Saturday

Saturday, 28 January 2012

Well, I’m late again. But to be honest, there was absolutely nothing about my Friday that was Fun. I couldn’t think of a single thing to write about for Fun Friday. I just wanted to go to bed.
So instead, I give you Sleepy Saturday!
Not my cat, but sums up how I feel right now.

Yesterday was really a nightmare, so bad I never even made it to the office. But that is not to say I didn’t work, oh boy did I work. I clean when I’m upset and by the time I picked Hunter up from school, you could’ve licked my toilet seats. Not sure why you’d want to, but whatever.
So today, as I look at my to-do list with 4 overdue tasks from yesterday, I want to roll over and go back to bed. It’s not going to happen, of course, the monster won’t let me. I’m thinking I’ll stay in my pj’s all day anyway in protest. It’s freezing outside and for some reason the cat keeps begging me to open the window so she can come in and out as she pleases—not going to happen. In fact, we were supposed to be snowed in this weekend. No reason to get dressed, really. I even went to the store last night so I wouldn’t have to leave the house this weekend.
One overdue task is this post. At least I’m making some progress to start. And it’s 0835 on a Saturday. I’m not going to lie—I’m impressed with myself! There’s a bill to pay, but they won’t be open for another 20 minutes or so. I’ll call after I finish this.
The rest of my ‘left-overs’ from yesterday are writing tasks. I have 2 chapters of my WIP to work re-writes on. Not a huge task, but one I want to sit down in peace to do. At the moment, the monster is chattering on like there’s no tomorrow and the cat is meowing along with him. Peace is nowhere in sight. I do plan to take my clipboard down when I cook breakfast and see if I can run through them with a red pen at least.
Today’s task is a non-fiction project. A while back I ran a company which trained and certified cheerleading coaches and part of it was done through home-study courses (theory only, of course, I believe skills can only be taught in a hands-on environment). Nowadays, these courses are just sitting around my hard drive gathering virtual dust. I’m thinking of re-formatting them and publishing them to Kindle.  They may never sell, but even a few pounds is better than them sitting around doing nothing. Today I hope to start converting one to see how it works.
It’s just an idea, but I have so many questions/fears. Mostly, I want to use Scrivener to format them and upload them myself. I can design a cover, or at least I think I can. I’ve played with some cover designs for my fiction work in Photoshop and had lovely results. What I don’t know is if I can just use a file like that or if I need to do anything special to it. I also want to add pictures and I’m a little afraid of how that will turn out. I thought I might just take one of the courses and plug it into Scrivener, start playing with the pictures and stuff, and then try to upload it to Kindle. I figure there must be a way to edit it before I release it. Or after if I catch formatting problems then.
I’ve heard that using Scrivener cuts out a lot of extra formatting work. Anyone out there have any experience with this? Especially formatting in Scrivener and publishing that to Kindle?

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