Week 3 Already – How the ROW time flies by!

Three weeks down and time for another ROW80 update. I’m pretty pleased with my progress so far, I’ve managed to keep up with all my goals (as diverse as they are) and still feel like I’m mostly on top of things.

By the way, I’m now on Goodreads (I don’t know why it took me so long). Anyway, I would love to be friends with you all, so make sure you look me up and befriend me.

Also, in case you didn’t know I now have a Facebook Author Page. If you haven’t already, I would love for you to ‘like’ it. Here’s the link. Cheers!

 

GOALS FOR ROW80 ROUND 3

1. Read 10 books and watch 10 movies to keep me on track to hit 50 for the year. Watched – Nothing (Actually not entirely true, I watched National Treasure last night and Alvin and the Chipmunks today with the kids but I’ve seen them before so they don’t count) Total thus far =  2/10. Read – Read my Dead by Emerald Barnes (I’m three books for three weeks and almost finished another, I don’t think I’m going to have any problems with these goals) Total thus far = 3/10.

2. Keep exercising as often as possible (preferably 2-3 times a week). Only once this week, but I also went to the Dentist for the first time in 12 years, so I think it was a pretty good week for health and fitness so I’m going to give myself a break.

3. Write 5000 words a week on either of my two current projects. 4368 words on Project 1 + 0 words on Project 2 = 4368 words total. Missed the total again, but wrote more words on Project 1 this week than I have in previous weeks and managed to get the word count for that novel up over 30,000 words, so all in all pretty happy.

4. Complete one additional ‘Spring Cleaning’ project per week. Cleaned all the windows in the front room – they look gorgeous and sparkly, now I just have to get the motivation to clean all the other windows in the house!

5. Try and find some time in among all that to do some edits on Soul Hunter and send it out for another round of beta reading in prep for serious editing. Da Da Da DAAAAA! Yes, I finally started the latest round of edits. I’m 10% done (the advantage of editing on my Kindle is it’s easy to know exactly how far through the document I am). I’m going to aim for another 10% this week, fingers crossed.

 

How are you going? Do you have goals as diverse as mine? Are you able to keep up with them all or are they swamping you? As always I love hearing from you.

Jody Moller

Tis a ROW80 Update

Hi Boys and Girls. Had a good week? I’ll give you a heads up, mine’s been great! Details on my individual goals are below.

 

GOALS FOR ROW80 ROUND 3

1. Read 10 books and watch 10 movies to keep me on track to hit 50 for the year. Watched – Aliens in the Attic (Embarrassingly enough Hubby and I watched this without either of our children present and even more embarassingly I actually thought it was quite funny) Total thus far =  2/10. Read – City of Bones by Cassandra Clare (enjoyed it, but it wasn’t as good as I was expecting) Total thus far = 2/10.

2. Keep exercising as often as possible (preferably 2-3 times a week). Twice again this week… Yay me! (Have done too many lunges though and now my quads are killing me).

3. Write 5000 words a week on either of my two current projects. 2933 words on Project 1 + 2093 words on Project 2 = 5026 words total. Big cheer because I hit my weekly total for the first time!

4. Complete one additional ‘Spring Cleaning’ project per week. Cleaned out and tidied up the kids art and craft cupboard and Daughter’s bookshelves.

5. Try and find some time in among all that to do some edits on Soul Hunter and send it out for another round of beta reading in prep for serious editing. [Cough] Umm… No.

 

So excluding my edits on Soul Hunter (and let’s face it, my goal does state TRY and find some time :)) I hit all my goals this week.  Oh yeah, and I think I might have finally come up with title’s for at least two of the novels in my Ankhari trilogy!

What about you? Good week? Bad week? Are you having to change your goals to fit in with your hectic lifestyle? As always I love to hear from you.

Jody Moller

ROW80 – Week One: The brief version

One week in, well as the round strictly speaking started last Monday I guess we are only 6 days in… but whose counting? My goals/hits/misses for the week are listed below.

GOALS FOR ROW80 ROUND 3

1. Read 10 books and watch 10 movies to keep me on track to hit 50 for the year. Watched – Snow White and the Huntsman (was actually much better than I was expecting). Read – Circle of Flight by John Marsden (the final book of the Ellie Chronicles). So two big ticks for me here.

2. Keep exercising as often as possible (preferably 2-3 times a week). I exercised twice this week so not too bad.

3. Write 5000 words a week on either of my two current projects. 1555 words on Project 1 + 2459 words on Project 2 = 4014 words total. Not the 5000 I was hoping for but for a 6 day week not a  bad effort. I might push myself to try for 6000 for next week… maybe.

4. Complete one additional ‘Spring Cleaning’ project per week. Helped hubby put in the joists for our new deck and grouted the new tiles in the pool – not strictly speaking spring cleaning but took me two days of hard work so I am putting them in here.

5. Try and find some time in among all that to do some edits on Soul Hunter and send it out for another round of beta reading in prep for serious editing. I didn’t even look at Soul Hunter, though I did get feedback back from one of the round one beta readers. I had a good week with everything else so I’m going to give myself a break on this one 🙂

Reading Circle of Flight by John Marsden this week I came across this passage. I loved it, so I thought I would share it with all of you.

‘And suddenly they came out of the woodwork. I don’t actually know what that expression means. What come out of the woodwork? Cockroaches maybe. Mice? Are these rhetorical questions, like I just learned about on one of my rare visits to school? Was that a rhetorical question? Is it a paradox when you ask rhetorically if a rhetorical question is rhetorical question? I think I’d better stop this before I get a headache.’

John Marsden, Circle of Flight p242

 If you’ve never read a John Marsden book I would highly recommend the whole Tomorrow Series and the follow up trilogy The Ellie Chronicles. He is a master of the written word and after 10 books still managed to come up with an ending that was, mostly, satisfying.

How are your ROW80 goals going? Have you started like a bullet out of a gun or are you more of a work-up-to-it kind of person? Have you read any of John Marsden’s books? As always I love hearing from you.

Jody Moller

Feel like devouring some short stories?

Ether Books is running their Sci Fi and Fantasy contest at the moment and guess what? Yes, thats right. I have an entry. My short story, The Soul Hunter, is entered in the contest. All the entries are currently available as free downloads using the Ether Books app on iPad and iPhone.

Here is the poster I made up to advertise my story. So if you feel like reading some great works of fiction make sure you download the app (it’s free) and download some stories before the competition closes on Sunday. And make sure you don’t forget to download my story, The Soul Hunter, while you’re at it (don’t forget it’s FREE) every download counts as a vote in the contest, so get downloading.

 

While I’m here I suppose I better give a final update on my ROW80 efforts given that the current round ends tomorrow. I’ll give it to you short and sweet – I failed. Completely and utterly FAILED. But I’m not going to dwell on it. I am nowhere near as far through my new novel as I would like to be but I’m further than I was at the start of the round so at least I accomplished something!

I hope you all did well with your efforts for the round and I hope to see you again in the next round. I will be back, and maybe with a bit of luck I might actually be able to get my butt into gear and get my first draft written 🙂

Did you do well? Did you fail like me? Do you have the Ether Books app? If you downloaded my story make sure you stop back and let me know if you liked it. As always, I love hearing from you.

Jody Moller

Happy National Flash Fiction Day

Pull out your trumpets people it’s time to celebrate.

Today is the inaugural National Flash Fiction day in the UK, and a large number of us not residing on that side of the planet have decided to join in giving the event an international flair.

I am very pleased to announce that three of my stories have been selected to be showcased in various publications celebrating this event.

The first of these stories is ‘Tick Tock’ which can be found on the FlashFloodJournal (it’s live now – and there is a constant stream of fiction over there all day – go check it out!).

The second story is ‘A Ghost Story’ which is included in the Twisted Tales Anthology which should be available for download later today. Also these stories will be made available later on via the Ether and also on Smashwords.

The final story ‘Faithlessness’ was included in a pamphlet which is being handed out around Brisbane and across Manchester as part of the celebrations for National Flash Fiction Day. (A big shout out to Chris White for putting this together).

Obviously I am very proud that my work is finally getting out there in the big wide world! Please head over to the #NFFD hash tag on twitter and share the love.

Are you participating in any National Flash Fiction Day celebrations? Did you go and check out any of the published stories? What did you think? As always I love hearing from you.

Jody Moller

How to make your Kindle work for you

For Christmas last year Santa brought me one of the best presents ever. A Kindle Touch! I love my Kindle. Like really, really love it. Don’t get me wrong I love books. I love the smell of books and the feeling of a well-read paperback in my hands. But I love the compact nature of the Kindle and I love that I can carry all my favourite books around with me wherever I go.

And there is something else I love about my Kindle. It saves me money and time and effort – although not in the way you might think.

I’m a writer. And as a writer I spend alot of time not only writing my books but also editing them (far more time that I would like to admit). Once upon a time I would complete the first draft of my novel and head to the printer to print all 400 pages which wasted ink and paper and time and obviously money. But not anymore.

Now all I need to do is convert my word file into a Kindle file, transfer the file onto my Kindle and voila there it is, ready for reading/editing/supplying to my beta-readers, whatever. And it doesn’t need to be a novel, you can convert anything you like and read it on your Kindle: Short stories; Essays; your PhD Thesis; Anything.

Okay, so your not particularly computer savvy and all that sounds too difficult? Believe me it’s not. Here is a step-by-step run down of how to convert a Word file into a Kindle formatted document. (Note that this provides only a very basic format for the Kindle, you cannot jump between chapters or view imbedded images – this is purely for reading your book without wasting paper or sitting at a computer screen).

Step 1: Downloading Mobipocket eBook Creator

In a few steps time you are going to need an eBook creator program. I recommend Mobipocket. The program can be found on this website. Downloading it is as simple as clicking DOWNLOAD and following the instructions. Oh yeah, and it’s free!

Step 2: Saving your Word file

In order to remove alot of the extraneous data and tags from your Word document you need to save as a HTML format (you don’t need to know why so let’s just go ahead and show you how to do it!). Click on FILE then SAVE AS. Type in an appropriate name for your file and (here is the important part) change the SAVE AS TYPE to WEBPAGE, FILTERED. Then click save.

Step 3: Creating a Kindle formatted fileMobipocket Import

Open Mobipocket Creator. Under IMPORT FROM EXISTING FILE click on HTML DOCUMENT. Browse to find the HTML file you saved in the previous step and click IMPORT. Once the file is open click on the BUILD icon at the top of the screen. Leave the settings and click BUILD. There will be warnings (most likely to inform you your book doesn’t have a cover specified – but you don’t need one) Ignore the warnings and click OK. This will open the folder that contains your newly converted file. (If for some reason this doesn’t open the file will be under My Documents/My Publications/The title of your HTML file.) Note that you should now have a folder containing 3 files. A HTML file, an OPF file and an SQL file.

Step 4: Transfering the file to your Kindle

Plug your Kindle into your computer (via USB). Copy the SQL FILE you created in step 3 above and paste the file into your DOCUMENTS folder on your Kindle. Eject your Kindle from your computer.

Congratulations. You now have your own book on your Kindle.

Do you have a Kindle? Do you love it as much as I love mine? Was this information useful to you? As always I love hearing from you.

Jody Moller