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Dropbox just saved me a lot of work

If you have never used Dropbox before - consider it!  I do a lot of my editing away from the house.  I use my netbook at the bookstore; I take the book to work on my portable hard drive and then back it up when I get home; I use my desktop; and I have two full-sized laptops that I use on occasion.  Except for the portable hard drive - all of my work is stored in the Cloud using Dropbox.  I just finished making the third edition changes to Chroniech on my netbook, loaded it up to Dropbox, and then went to my desktop to do some final spell-checking because the netbook's batter had died after 10 hours of use.

During the spell-check, I noted that some of my edits seemed to be missing.  I did some checking and discovered that the edits I did on the first 18 chapters were missing!  Luckily, it was easy for me to learn which chapters I had edited and which ones I had not (long story and too much detail).  Dropbox saves copies of all previous versions of anything uploaded to it.  I think I must have forgotten to sync my portable hard drive and that's what caused me to lose the edits.  The previous revision history of Dropbox saved my ass!  I used the latest and merged it with a previous edition to recreate the final product.  Took all of about 10 minutes.  Saved me about 3 days of work!

The good news is that Chroniech edition three is ready for its new cover.  Waiting on the Zaks to generate them.  Heather sent me a new cover for Off Course.  All I can say is WOW! - AWESOME!  I need to add the title and my name to the cover art and then upload it as the new cover.  Will be doing that soon.

My memory for faces has never been very good and it failed me miserably yesterday.  We were visiting my mother-in-law at the nursing home and a man pushing a chair on a cart strolled by, stopped and said something to me.  I said something in reply but had no recollection as to who he was.  He didn't even look familiar.  My wife said he was looking over at us on the way past earlier.  He said his mother was checking out and going home.  We asked a nurse for their last name.  Boy was I embarrassed when I learned he is an electrician who works at the plant.  To help offset my horrible name and face memory system, I've started a document showing the pictures and short biographies of all the people who will be attending the Launch Pad Workshop with me.  I doubt it will help much but I've got to try something.!

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Galactic Alliance update

I am now about 75% complete with my review for the third edition of Chroniech.  New book covers for the existing GA series are in the works.  I have completed the final version of the cover for 'When Ships Mutiny' (see attached image).

The list of people attending the 2012 Launch Pad Workshop has been posted.  My wife spent some time looking at all the people who will be attending.  Looks like I might be the underdog in this group.  As an idie author I feel honored to be able to attend and I am looking forward to interfacing with the distinguished group of writers, editors, directors, and others who will be attending.

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Third edition of Translight is ready to receive its new cover.  Working on Chroniech now.  New covers are in the works.  Speaking of covers, Erik Zak (son of my high school friend) has completed the cover for When Ships Mutiny.  In a single word - AWESOME!  I am very pleased.  I'm attaching it here.

I spent the last two days working my tail off outside.  I dug up two bushes and transplanted them to a new location only a few feet away.  Removed a miniature Christmas tree that didn't belong and put down new mulch.  Oh - captured a racoon and took it to the woods where it belongs.

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Speaking engagement

Yesterday I spoke to 6 classes of English and literature students at the Ashtabula High School.  The teacher said I gave both her and the kids some very interesting information about publishing and writing.  The students were quiet and mostly attentive - something that surprised the teacher.  I had a good time although trying to remember what I had told each class was pretty tough - especially after having to repeat it 6 times.  One thing I learned is that I really should be on Twitter.  I will be looking into that real soon.

In other news, my third edition for Translight! is done.  I am still waiting on my wife to finish her review of WSM and I'm still waiting on a cover for the book.  I've also asked some friends of mine about doing up covers for the third edition of the entire GA series.  I think a whole new set of covers along with a final revision will do wonders for sales.

Speaking of sales - after sliding slowly down since February sales seem to have stabilized.

Spent the day digging up bushes and moving them around while I cleaned up and replaced the mulch on one half of the front of the house.  I was working outside from about 6:30am until about 1230.  I'm sore, tired, and really don't feel like working on books or signing up for Twitter.  Right now, I think I'm just going to kick back and relax.

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Just some news

I've made the May top 100 indie author list at I Reader Review:

I've started yet another review of the entire Galactic Alliance series.  I'm about 1/2 way through book 1 and I've been making some minor changes.  I've also thinking of creating a new cover for all three books using a professional cover creator but this will depend on the price.  I'm also waiting on another person to possibly finish a cover for my latest book 'When Ships Mutiny'.

My dad (an avid SciFi reader) recently reviewed When Ships Mutiny and has given me some good comments.  My wife, Cheryl, is now doing her copy-editing.  I'm sure she will find a ton of things that need fixing.  After 27 years of working at a newspaper she has a very good 'feel' for what is needed.  All of her comments on my past books, including those I've ignored, have been spot-on.

I'm still working out the details for a new book based in the Galactic Alliance universe.  I believe it will be set in the time frame between book 2 and book 3.  I haven't had a lot of time to think about this new book since I just finished working 12 hour nights.

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