I’m a tinkerer and a fidgeter.
My school-teachers mentioned it regularly (I know this because me Ma recently unearthed all my and my sis’ report cards through the years, to great hilarity) and you only have to spend a few minutes in my company to figure it out for yourself.
Normally, it’s not a great thing. If I’m nervous, for example, or uncomfortable, I give myself away very easily. Sometimes people think I’m bored with them (though honestly, sometimes they’re right) and as for sitting still in church–yeah, not easy.
In the writing world, however, being a tinkerer and a fidgeter is a good thing.
For example, it means that I’ll keep working at a thing until I get it right, whether that thing is plotting, writing, formatting, advertising, etc, etc. If it’s not right, I’ll just keep fidgeting with it until I get it right.
Which came in really handy this weekend as I prepped PLAYING HEARTS for publication and for sending out to my mailing list. You may have seen my previous post about Scrivener. Turns out that I could not get it to work for me (that’s okay, cos I’ll just tinker with it until I do); but what I could do was tinker with graphics and html pages until I got the result I wanted anyway.
With a bare 2 hours to spare before my deadline, let it be said.
It’s this tinkering and fidgeting that never allows me to be satisfied with something when I know I can do better. Which means that now that I’ve seen what I can do with interior graphics in the PLAYING HEARTS ebook, I’m spurred on to greater heights with my MASQUE ebook, which is coming out soon with a fresh cover from Jenny at Seedlings Designs (eek! It’s so beautiful! Just wait ’til you see it!). I’ve been fiddling (mostly unsuccessfully, so far) with graphics, html (again!) and word pages. Because what looks absolutely gorgeous in a Word .docx will sometimes be entirely skewed in a filtered web page. And I still haven’t managed to make Scrivener work completely on my PC, due to the fact that Kindle Gen doesn’t seem to exist for Windows 10–which means I can’t create Kindle files through Scrivener just yet. Fortunately, a lovely friend has told me I can email her for help, so as soon as I get more of a grasp of what is going wrong, I’ll be gleefully emailing a host of questions to her…
What does all of this mean for you guys?
It means that some time in the near future, there will be a beautiful new version of MASQUE for you all to download. It’s the same story and the same words, but now there are beautiful! things! inside!
It also means that you only have ONE DAY LEFT to get PLAYING HEARTS for free on March 1st! Subscribe to my mailing list by 12 noon AEST March 1st and you’ll get an email with the link to download the ebook! You’ll also get the link to a promotion for over 100 books that are free on Kobo and free on Kindle Unlimited over March 5-6.