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Friday, July 13, 2018

Time to Read - Author Friends

Although everything for the past week has been good, all the people-heavy activities caught up with me. I holed up and didn't do anything (including blog) yesterday. Today, I spent almost all my time on continuing preparations for the Writers' Rendezvous which is a week from Saturday.

Other than that, I've been reading. Here are the books I've read in the past month. All are by authors I now know, either in real life or on line. It feels good to spend so much time in books. I used to disappear into stacks of them for days at a time. People (and sometimes even I) thought it was pretty much a way of wasting time. I've now decided it was training for becoming an author.

mystery books

Reading has become half research/ half pleasure, now that I'm an author. Sometimes I'm not happy about the constant sense of evaluating a book that I can't seem to escape now. But all of these books are good. Only one is not a Michigan author (Big Lake Fugitive). All are mysteries except Tuebor which is a memoir by a Michigan State Trooper.

Authors are Aaron Stander, Peter Marabell, Don Levin, Nick Russell, and Bob Muladore.

I'm awaiting final approval for the proof of The Bigg Boss, but it's doubtful I'll have the books by the 21st, when I wanted them. It's partly the fault of Createspace, because the approval process is taking much longer than it should. But it's partly my fault too. I didn't check the pdf the first time, and the file didn't convert properly, and 2/3 of it was missing. The second time, I forgot to embed the fonts, and there were changes I decided I couldn't live with. I'll probably take orders on the 21st and do free shipping for those that pay me on that day. Nevertheless, it's disappointing.

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Ann said...

An escape through books is always a pleasure. I imagine that being an author yourself would make you more observant to things that the average reader would overlook. Just like I am every time I go into the bakery department of another store. I'm always checking out their items and critiqueing

Sharkbytes said...

Bakeries! I'll bet you have some great stories.