It's done and available at Smashwords, shortly at other ebook retailers. It's done because I'll go mad if I mess with it anymore. I had to choose between better formatting or navigation, so I chose navigation. No I need a nap, a drink, and mind numbing TV, in that order.
I uploaded AGF into Smashword's Meatgrinder 37 times. Each time, I'd go back to their template and slavishly study the Style Guide, tweak and resubmit. Finally, it dawned on me that it wasn't me, it was Meatgrinder shifting paragraphs and formatting, a new and different problem each time. As if this cookbook weren't hard enough...
It was time to try something new.
Enter OpenOffice. The freeware office program has an Epub creating extension called Writer2Epub that is FINALLY getting my cookbook to look good. I nearly sobbed with relief last night on seeing my book load last night in Adobe Reader as a proper ebook. As a result, I hope to release the cookbook shortly and get on with my life. Thank God.
Its been the craziest year. Fire, death, upheaval...and that was just my computers. I'm ready for the holidays.
I've finished the cookbook and am trying to make it behave as an epub file. Been busy trying to fix the cookbook formatting, doing paperwork for home school, fixing/updating computers, etc. Thankfully, I'm healthy and back in work mode, which couldn't have happened at a better time.
Updates from facebook:
At Gabby's request, we're going to home school her. Her high school is overcrowded and even the teachers admit they don't like working there. She's been coming home upset this past week, but we've seen this coming for a while. The online school is great b/c the teachers have less students per teacher, teachers work with the kids via video conference and students work with each other via teacher led chat rooms. They also have better art and computer programs, which don't exist in her high school. We've done it twice in the past with Seth, each time with excellent results.
We will be home schooling Seth as well. Despite talking to his teachers, he's bored out of his mind while his class practices counting money. He's autistic, but highly capable. While the teachers are kind, they aren't feeding his mind. He was supposed to take computer classes this year on game design, and instead they've got him doing (paid) office work and working at a flower shop (partly paid) for up to 5 hrs a day. I'm glad they're trying to help, but frustrated, too. Online classes will solve many issues and leave him time for a part time job.
Good thing I work at home. I love my job!
Despite doing IEPs, the school never explained that a "certificate of completion" doesn't equal a diploma or GED when it comes to getting jobs, and yes, we asked. Also, if you get a "certificate", you can't go back and get a GED. Home school intervention happened just in time.
Day one of homeschooling, working on Khan Academy while we await arrival of materials. Seth's learning coding. He's so excited, he keeps having to take breaks because, "My head is finally being fed knowledge!" He's convinced his high school would have never taught him coding. Also, he now has a purpose for x X x Y = Z. This is good, b/c he hasn't progressed in math since I last home schooled; his class had him counting money! Grr...
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I hired Gabby to make me a cookbook cover. She has a thing for short skirts lately and I had to remind her not to add pointy ears and wings, but I like it. Working on edits, hope to release it in a couple of weeks.
Can't believe that I've had asthma troubles for two months. I'm improving, though. The doc gave me a steroid shot, which appeared to do little but make my skin breakout, but he also prescribed a Qvar steroid inhaler, which does seem to work, but not without being frank about the possible side effects.
Pharmacist with a sympathetic look: That will be $90.
Me: Sigh. Any side effects I should know? My doctor didn't even say how long I need to take this stuff.
Her: Two weeks should bring the inflammation down. Just don't read the paperwork; it will scare you to death. Don't worry about that, though; you'll be fine.
Being a reader, I couldn't help glancing at the paperwork when I got home. The first thing I saw in bold: Notice to coroners and mortuary overseers.
Of course, it was part of the patient rights page info, but I showed it to my husband. "Hey, remember what the pharmacist said about not reading the scary paperwork?"
John: O.O !!!?
It's good to laugh.
It's even better to be working again. Talk about moral boost! I'm not up to creative writing yet, but I hope to have my cookbook done and published in the next couple of weeks so that's out of my hair. It's been a really challenging year, but I have high hopes it's going in a good direction.