I don’t think there is nothing I hate more than formatting a manuscript. If anything can go wrong, it will. My problem always comes in because I started using the format from Createspace. It has been a nightmare ever since I started using it. Well Createspace no longer exist and now I’m having to try and unscramble the mess it makes if I want to revise a book. Right now, it is extremely important that I get two books revised.
No, it wasn’t that there was anything wrong particularly in the way they were except something had to be added. I’ve got a project that meant I had to come up with a bit of a backstory for another character. That part was easy but once you do that the formatting process starts all over again. I hate doing that.
I don’t know why some of it comes so easy for me, but others simply drive me insane. I can knock out ten thousand words in a day with a clear and concise story line, all while making it fit into about eight different short stories but when it comes to the f’n numbers of the pages Word starts playing ‘hide the pea’ on me. My mistake was using a preformatted template. Never again. I can start from scratch and have no issues. Explain that one to me please.
Anyway, this is important, and I have to get it done.
I’m faced with a dilemma with this in another way. Both Journey Into Nightmare and Nightmare Express aren’t really just short stories. Nightmare Express is actually the history in a very short version, if I had tried to do a book on his, or Jude for that matter, we’re taking about as much as ten books maybe the size of ‘War and Pease.’ Hey, these guys have been around for a while.
When people read Journey Into Nightmares, they became so enthralled with John they wanted to know more about him. I came up with the idea of adding his story to the end of short story. The fact is all the stories lead into one another in one way or the other. I just didn’t know how else to list is and be as honest as I could with the people who bought the book. At this point I have no choice but to try and find another way of doing this and instead of calling them short stories, which each could stand alone they are going to be, oh look a chicken, chapters. Something bright and shiny caught my attention, oh look another chicken, yep, it happened again. My phone rang. Hey, it is bright and shinny when a call comes in. Look, I have three daughters and that can make for a lot of distractions at times. I would share with you what was so important to one daughter that she felt the need to call twice in minutes of one another, but you really wouldn’t want to know. No, nothing like that, just the title of a very distant relative.
Anyway, back to the whole counting pages crap and hoping I have hair left on my head by the time I’m finished.