Odds and Ends

on May 18, 2011 in Misc

Yes I know!  For a few weeks now I’ve been showing up only sporadically at my own blog.  Then when I finally make an appearance it’s for a once-weekly posting.  Pathetic.

My apologies, along with a heaping sense of inadequacy.  Truth to tell, I’ve been crazy busy and  not with fun Layla stuff.   At least I can report that FINALLY, AT LONG LAST…

My manuscript for The Compass Master is at CreateSpace.  Even whilst I type this blog its techie elves are putting it into digital format (for both e-reading and hard copy).   I figure that maybe by next week the elves will show me the first chapter, I’ll go back and forth with them on layout style details, and then in another week or so they’ll send me the digital copy to proof.  Oh joy!  Yet another chance to read my own novel for the umpteenth time!  But at this stage proofing really is critical so I’ve got to look at every last word and punctuation mark in it.

In the meantime, I’ve started to get back into Layla-like language studies again.  Nothing formal at this point, instead I just find it relaxing NOT to be plotting and planning for my novel and instead to pick up a book on Arabic and memorize a few words or look over some grammar rules.

As you know, the world is yet again supposed to end this weekend on the deadly date of May 21.  Despite the efforts of some ministers, priests, rabbis, theologians and others who have tried talking sanity to the masses, at least several thousand followers of some nutcase preacher are convinced that on May 21 the Rapture will take place and all us sinners are going you know where.  In preparation I’m reading the very funny book, “How to Profit from the Coming Rapture – Getting Ahead When You’re Left Behind.”  Unfortunately, I don’t personally know any of the followers who have given away their savings and belongings in preparation for this weekend.  But I can at least hie myself over to 11th and Broadway here in Denver to get a look at the billboard announcing our impending demise.  Some individual actually paid a couple thousand for that very public advertisement.   Similar advertising has popped up in other cities, too.

Oh, if only we writers had such loyal followers!   The kind who’d happily shell out major cash to advertise our upcoming literary releases.   Then again, I’ve met members of some cults (I used to live in Boulder) and they creeped me out.  I’d much rather like my readers, all of whom would be way too intelligent to pay for some tacky billboard.

5 Responses to “Odds and Ends”

  1. Robert L. Read says:

    Good luck Helena!

    Also, I want to mention a crazy project and invite you to participate. I want to translate from French to English an encyclopedic work by Georges Hebert, “A Practical Guide to Physical Education”. This seminal work was published in 1917 and has never been translated. It created the “Obstacle Course” as the basis of military education, and inspired the guys who create parkour.

    Of course, I don’t actually speak French. But I do speak Spanish, Esperanto, and have studied the first 10 chapters of a Latin book, so I can get the gist of it. It is NOT literary French; it consists of sentences like “Jumping is the act of using the force of the legs to clear an obstacle in a single bound.”

    The world really needs this in English.

    By the way, the book has the advantage of having really nice photos showing athletes in the progression of exercises (such as rope-climbing and vaults) in speedos.

    I figure this could be a great way to do the “linguistic martial arts” that Layla no doubt is capable of, and help the world at the same time.

    If any of your readers want to help me, please comment here.

  2. Helena says:

    Robert — What undeserved faith you have in my linguistic abilities! After a lot of hard work I might try to simply read the Guide. But translate? On the other hand, I’m so flattered that you’re inviting me into your crazy project. Maybe my version of a translation would make it a very funny book.

  3. Hart says:

    I’ve been so lame and not been here for ages, but I REALLY wish you luck with this pub thing, and PLEASE, if you want a blog hom (or a review, though sadly I can’t afford to buy, but I’d be HAPPY to read and then post reviews about the world–I know those help) give a shout! Do you have your timing, yet? Go ahead and attend to what you need to… blog will still be here… just FYI, tomorrow i am passsing on a meme to you.. no stress… perhaps an easy blog from it… posted at 3 am…

  4. Hart says:

    That should say blog HOP or blog STOP, as hom has no meaning *shifty*

  5. Helena says:

    Hart – You sweetheart! But I’m the lame one since I haven’t even written a single entry to my own blog all week. I’ll swing by your own Confessions (…of a Watery Tart, people) as soon as I finish this. It looks like TCM will be out in late June/early July, and I hope to mail you a copy (which you ABSOLUTELY shouldn’t have to read and you’re so crazy busy as it is). When I finally do grow up, in the literary sense, I so want to be able to blog the way you do.