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Progress Update – My Nerves Have Died Painful Deaths

How do I start? I haven’t had this many ups and downs in just one week for a while.

The best news is, my book has just been uploaded to CreateSpace, and I’m waiting for it to be approved so that I can order the proof copy! (yay!) You have no idea how relieved (and terrified) I am that I’ve reached this point. Allow me to fill you in.

I’ve spent the entire week on theΒ final pro edit, and on the formatting. Formatting your file to be released as a paperback in OpenOffice is the devil, and has cost me all of my nerves. If you’ve never done it – don’t. You’d think inserting page numbers on most pages, not all pages, would be an easy thing to do in a freaking writing program, but it causes all of the problems and has slaughtered my patience.


I got so close to buying MS Word several times this week, and I don’t think I’ve done it the right way, but it worked and it’s done, so quite frankly I don’t care if I did it correctly or not.

And guess what? The PDF (which I’ve checked around five times to make sure it’s still correct and hasn’t changed itself for no reason while I made tea) has been uploaded, but for no reason whatsoever the .doc has changed the page numbers again!


But I don’t care and I will move on, because I don’t need the .doc any more. Not right now, anyway. Maker be willing my patience regenerates in the meantime.

Move on with me? Hold me? Bounce with me? My book is with CreateSpace now! OpenOffice will not ruin this moment for me!

Next week, I’ll format my file for eBook format – which I know a lot of you have hated and loathed and cursed, but to me it sounds like a walk in the park right now. I’ll basically remove everything that’s caused all of the issues with my paperback file – now if that doesn’t sound wonderful, I don’t know what does!

I’ll probably take a morning off next week, but other than that I’m looking forward to a week of research and – dare I say it? – writing!


No writing got done this week, so if no one mentions NaNo…

Hm? Mention what? No, I didn’t say anything.

Since the release date is approaching rather quickly now, I’ll be in touch with everyone who’s hosting me on their blog for it next week πŸ™‚

There are also some exciting changes coming to CookieBreak! Next week Tuesday, Faye Kirwin from Writerology joins us for the first ever guest post. Besides that, I’ll also be doing monthly interviews so watch out for news on that! πŸ˜‰ If you’re a writer and would like to be interviewed and talk about your journey and experience, get in touch!

Do any of you remember me asking about Instagram a while ago, and deciding that I wouldn’t sign up? Well…


I’m on Instagram now! πŸ˜€ If you want behind the scenes pictures, images of my cat, and general bookish things, you can follow me here πŸ™‚

That’s it for this week. No excerpt, sorry. How about two excerpts next week? Would that make up for it?


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  1. Good to see you’re getting closer to publishing. I hope it’s a success for you!

    • I just worry that somehow, OpenOffice will screw me over and I’ll miss my deadline. It should, in theory, be impossible now but I don’t trust that devil of a program.
      Thank you! πŸ™‚

      • I’m glad it’s not just me that struggled with it. The inbuilt office suit in Linux is better, but I’ve been forced into MS Word and even that isn’t perfect!
        So I know where you’re at Sarina! πŸ™‚

      • That makes me feel a little better ^^ All the tutorials and walkthroughs I already had were for Word, and they don’t always translate well into OpenOffice. I did get there in the end, until it changed the page numbers back again for no reason. I didn’t do anything besides saving it and closing it, it just did on its own -.- Anyway, I’m not going to try to understand it. I’m pretty sure there’s a sentient little devil inside the program somewhere, laughing its evil little head off.
        Treat yourself to something sweet and tea, it sounds like you’ve earned it, too πŸ™‚

  2. I’m so happy for you!! And thank for the warning about Open Office. I’ve kinda dropped the CampNaNo ball, since I realized part of the way through it that I needed to create a solid outline before continuing. I’m sorry I mentioned this, but I wanted you to know that if you set out to do CN, but you chose to give the time to something higher on your priority list, you’re to be commended for that. That’s just good sense. CN is meant to serve the writer, not the other way around.
    And your cover is stunning. I just had to say that again.
    Oh, and I look forward to the blog tour. If you’re still interested in having a post of yours published to my blog, let me know what day works for you, and how you’d rather send it. Do you use Google Docs?
    Anyway, have a great Friday. And you’ve totally earned that tea. And some chocolate. πŸ˜‰

    • I was tempted to have popcorn for breakfast but had chocolate instead ^^ And tea, of course πŸ™‚
      I did feel bad about being so behind on CampNaNo, but I think it’s actually worked out in my favour (if we ignore my word count) I’ve had so many ideas for Immortals (temp. title) and am really looking forward to getting back to it πŸ™‚
      Thank you <3 I don't blame you, I look at it every chance I get, too πŸ˜‰
      That'd be lovely! I'll be in touch on twitter later πŸ™‚ I used to use google docs, but we can discuss all that later πŸ™‚
      A great Friday to you as well, and a wonderful weekend!

  3. Strive on. Do not let the ‘machines’ (Skynet reference) get in the way of art. Drink more tea (with chocolate biscuits)

  4. Not long now yay! Hope everything goes well and a lot smoother πŸ™‚

    • Not long at all! The proof copy should arrive this week, and all being well all I’ll have to do is approve it – but just in case *knocks on wood*

  5. Sorry to hear it’s been such a challenge to get some things done but you are amazing for persevering! Congrats on drawing ever near to publication. Don’t worry about [redacted], you’ve accomplished a lot and you should be proud of each achievement!
    Soon you’ll be published <3
    Hope the rest goes smoothly πŸ™‚

    • Thank you!! Calling this a learning curve would be an unbderstatement, that’s for sure! I’ll do the eBook formatting this week, which should go more smoothly. But we’ll see ;P

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