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The State of the Masq: June 2nd, 2012

First off: I can't believe it's been a year since my fabulous south-of-the-border vacation. Next year, I have a trip planned to the Netherlands, Germany, and Switzerland. Geez, I still land-trip like I'm on a friggin' cruise.

But 2012 is 2012 and a totally different ball game, kiddies. This is the year I kick my first-born out of the house Once and For All. Which is why I've been so scarce on the intertubes lately.

Okay, confession time: I broke down and hired a professional website designer. I was just ready to pop a blood vessel trying to do it myself. The technical aspects I'm good with: programming, getting widgets to work. Just give me the manual and I go. The content, I can pull together with a little sweat equity. But the graphic design I suck at. SUCK AT. And those do-it-yourself website design platforms do require some design savvy, no matter what they say. Unless you're prepared to live with one of their templates exactly as is.

But see, here's the thing: the technical aspects and content are interdependent with the design. You have to know what you're doing with all three, or none of them proceed very quickly.

April was mostly spent getting my print book cover finished. I doubt I'll sell many of those, they're too pricey. So May was spent getting the eBook together, and now my head is swimming with mobi's and ePub's and toc.ncx.

Don't ask, it's a Writer-slash-computer-geek Thing.

How do other people do it?

Oh, right, they're not as big of control freaks as me.

Another thing I tackled in May was moving all the writing and philosophy of pop literature entries from this LJ/DW over to WordPress to set up a "professional" blog. The design of it sucks right now, it will be better when the website designer integrates it into the main site. But if you're remotely curious, the URL (for the moment) is InfiniteDoorways.com. And it doesn't mean I'm leaving LJ/DW. I need somewhere to bitca and moan off the record.

Also, somewhere in all of this, I'm banging out the first draft of my new story. Just got done chapter 17 of 22. Go me.

And somewhere else, else, in all of this, I still have a full-time job.

And somewhere else, else, else, I still have a GF and my family and a house I'm trying to spiff up in jerky jumps and halts.

And somewhere else, else, else, else there's me and the Sleep Thing that plagues me every spring. That has its bad days. Is it June yet? Oh, it is.


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Jun. 2nd, 2012 04:11 pm (UTC)
I am starting to compile a list of marketing venues, including Good Reads. Marketing is such a bore for creative souls, it's not in our personality. But it has to be done if we are to be read, if not by someone else, then by us.

The spring sleep problems aren't related to anything in particular. I breath fine, I don't worry about things, I'm just awake and bored. It might be related to days growing longer throwing off my biorhythms or something, I don't know.
Jun. 2nd, 2012 03:58 pm (UTC)
Just a note to say I haven't forgotten you. You've been busy and my budget has been a little short, so... I hope your GF and family are keeping you from going stir crazy.

I have problems sleeping in the spring, too. This year it's been too much to think about, mostly just ideas that don't seem to be able to wait till morning. I was up at 4:00 this morning and up at 3:00 a couple times earlier this week. I take naps, but I think that just keeps me in the bad cycle of waking up early.
Jun. 2nd, 2012 04:05 pm (UTC)
I just wake up to boredom. There's nothing in particular keeping me awake except some weird biochemical thing that blocks the sleeping impulse. My mind doesn't race, I don't worry about stuff, really, I just lay awake. I am wondering if I'm actually a multi-phasic sleeper that wants to wake up at 3 am and fall back asleep at 6 am. If I am, I'm out of luck.
Jun. 2nd, 2012 04:19 pm (UTC)
If I can't sleep I put on these history podcasts, like the history of Rome or In Our Time from BBC - I feel like I'm doing something but it's something I can do while lying in bed with my eyes closed. Nine times out of ten I fall asleep before the podcast finishes.
Jun. 2nd, 2012 04:40 pm (UTC)
Oh, I could never, ever fall asleep with any noises in my vicinity. I am easily bothered by light, sound, cold, anything like that.

I do have a practice where, if I wake up in the middle of the night, I "lie quietly in the dark with my eyes closed". They often say that if you have insomnia you should just get up so you don't associate lying in bed with being awake, but if I did that, I'd never get any sleep. That sort of advice wasn't meant for people with chronic insomnia.

At least if I do the lie quietly in the dark with my eyes closed, I stand a chance of falling back asleep. If I get up, I'm up for the duration.
Jun. 9th, 2012 07:32 am (UTC)
I like the general look of the site and how easy it is to navigate.

Good luck with everything.
Jun. 9th, 2012 12:29 pm (UTC)
Well, it's a wordpress template, and will go away as soon as the designer designs the actual site, but I wanted something workable for the immediate future.

Now: content, content, content.
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