Back in Whack

on July 8, 2011 in Misc

Went to see Dr. Chiropractor yesterday and HE FIXED MY LEG!

Yay – no hint of shingles recurrence!

At first I was worried because the old right limb seemed so out of whack and hurting around my knee and hip and front shin that something unusual was up.  But he just needed to do a few extra twists and yanks, and voilà!  The pain was gone.

And yes, once again he emphasized that I should be doing my piriformis exercises, which I really let slide when I was sick with a head cold.  No excuses here.  Just because I was a slobbering mess of phlegm doesn’t mean I couldn’t have done the sitting-or-lying-down version of those stretches.

Anyway, taking off early from work to get my leg fixed had an added advantage:  I avoided the BIBLICAL DELUGE that hit Denver right around rush hour and just plain wouldn’t stop.  We’re talking sheets of water coming down, people.  Flash flooding.  Three inches of water in one rainstorm, which may not sound like much in some parts of the country, but in Colorado we can go for months with maybe a half inch of wet stuff.  But hey, water in the West is good.  Far better that than the Wrath of God dust storm that descended on Phoenix. Did you see the film of that thing?  It looked like a Stephen Spielberg special effect as in Here Come the Aliens in War of the Worlds.

Yesterday was also good in that I uploaded once again (at an expensive fee – my bad) my CORRECTED, THIS TIME THOROUGLY PROOFED manuscript.  Plus before going off to work I had a phone conversation with someone at CS about the final changes to my cover.  I think it’s gonna look really cool, but then I’m prejudiced.

I asked the CS lady about putting the price on the back, and she said that most CS self-published novels don’t have it; then again, a lotta bookstores don’t like stocking books without a posted price on them.  Well, since I’ve paid for the extended distribution option I should go for pricing the thing.  Trouble is, my book is going to be such a fat trade paperback there’s no way I can price it as cheaply as I’d like.  And I’m certainly not fooling myself into thinking that ANYONE beyond a few relatives and friends will buy this baby (HELLO! SELF-PUBLISHED!).  At least it’ll also be available as an e-book for only a few dollars (I’m think $3.99 tops?  Maybe $2.99?).  Maybe in that cheaper format it’ll attract a few extra readers.

And by the way, in the last couple months I’ve read a few popular novels published by big presses that had one or two typos/mistakes in them.  I actually felt kinda good when I found them.  See?  Nobody’s perfect.  Not even the professionals.

4 Responses to “Back in Whack”

  1. Robert L. Read says:

    There is a chance TCM could take off. It’s good, although it has no big publishing promotion behind it.

    Let us know when it can be ordered.

    I’m thinking I really need to self-publish my children’s book about algebra.

  2. Helena says:

    Robert – I think your algebra book is definitely worth the effort to get it into print. While I feel good about self-publishing TCM, I can also admit that trying to do it right has taken a lot of work and a fair amount of money. Maybe I’ll go into some details about the process in my next entry, which should be in the next day or two. And I’d be more than happy to talk it over with you personally or by email, if you need details or a list of pros and cons. In fact I should have such a list in my entry. come to think of it.

  3. Ciara Knight says:

    Congrats on the final upload. Let us know when it’s available. :)

  4. Helena says:

    Ciara – Thanks so much for your interest!