Wednesday, August 6, 2008
What's on my mind?
I'm going in numerous directions these days and couldn't settle on a blog article to write. So here are some random thoughts and comments.
We need more questions from you to put in our idea file for days like today when I need a bit of inspiration. If there are questions you have asked that remain unanswered, I don't have them on file, so resend and we'll work on them.
On my "to do" list, now that the Fall 2009 list is full, it is time to start writing the marketing copy to be used in catalogs, ads, etc. Ashley in graphics is needing me to finalize back cover copy on a couple books. I have a project proposal to prepare for the team. I need to contact some authors and get some covers started. I need to follow up on finalizing some contracts, including Christmas novellas. There are plans for ACFW conference to work on. It feels a bit like a slow time after ICRS events, but I can't let myself procrastinate or I'll be way behind on some of these new things.
We have a new Title Management program to help us build a book from scratch, manage schedules, aide in cross department communication, centralize important details, and so forth. We have only been using it full speed for about a week. There are growing pains, including just getting in the groove of using a new method, but it looks like it should be a very good tool.
I'm currently surveying authors for their ideas on how to have a good book signing. If you want to contribute an idea, email me personally. The results will become a future blog article.
A month ago I got a Kindle. Barbour bought it for me as the first editor to test using it for reading manuscripts and saving paper printouts (though Susan has already been doing this on her personal device). I'm liking it so far. Though going back and finding a spot to check info is not very easy, making a notation is pretty efficient. I've downloaded 3 manuscripts to it that I need to read and bought a Bible to load on it for personal use. I can even hold it in bed fairly easily. But having one devise loaded with all my reading material isn't really great for a person like me who likes to have a book in each room to pick up when I have 5 minutes of down time.
I'm enjoying audio books these days. I've listened to Mary Barton by Gaskell and Vanity Fair by Thackeray in my car this summer, and I just started Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver. Now I can really have a book in every "room."
A book I recommend to Christians who are interested in global earth issues, the Green movement, and, more importantly, in serving God more fully is Serve God, Save the Planet by J. William Sleeth. His comments on how keeping a true Sabbath is beneficial to health was a challenging thought for me. I found many other motivators in the book besides.
How does my garden grow, someone asked? Weedy, though not as bad as some years since I put down cardboard on the walkways. And I just found out that one weed - purslane - is edible and high in Omega 3s. Haven't had time to try it in a salad yet as I've been putting 2 gallons of wild blackberries into jam. I've had VBS every night this week when I need to stay home and work.
Thanks for all the prayers. My nephew is showing some signs of responding to the world around him with movements on command, breathing on his own, etc. They even used a lift to set him up in a chair for a while the other day. It will likely only be a few more days before he is moved to a rehab center that specializes in nerve damage. My mom is feeling some better now too, but with all the medications she is on, it seems to be a constant battle to keep her body in balance. My best advise to you is not to get started on meds as they'll lock you into lifetime dependency and more problems from side effects. Grrrrrr
Hope things are well with you.
Editor Du Jour Becky