Sunday Update: Baby Steps

That seems an appropriate summation of what I’ve accomplished writing-wise this week. I only wrote on two days, getting in 700 words on the fairytale I’m writing on Tuesday, and then 600 on the second Foulweather Twins novel on Thursday. So that’s not much writing. But it comes after two weeks of exceeding my goals. I’m in pretty good shape with progress during March.

I spent a fair amount of my writing time this week working on formatting Queen Witch for print. Check out Tuesday’s post for some resources on formatting for CreateSpace. Last weekend my mother requested that I do a large print edition — and she asked at the perfect time. I researched it, and have a plan to pursue it. As far as I can see, I submit it as another edition of the book, which means changing the font size all the way through (luckily, this does not affect page numbers, because those are the pain in the ass part of formatting for print). And I need my cover artist to give me a second print cover with a larger spine. So that’s easy enough, and my grandmothers both want to read the book — large print will make it much easier on them. Have any of you provided this option for your books?

In other news, hubby has introduced me (again!) to Evernote, a free program that allows you to put all that cool stuff you hope to remember right in one place for reference. You can snap a photo and make it a note, snip content from a website, or copy or type in text. It’s easy and super flexible. I always notice him making cool use of this program, and I’ve had him save notes relating to family stuff. And yes, I knew it would be a great tool for keeping track of all sorts of things writing related…but I’d never actually implemented it. Well, taking a giant leap forward to 2013, now I have my own Evernote account, and I spent a bunch of time organizing it yesterday. Hubby is very excited. 🙂

We’re reaching the end of this round of ROW80. I hope everyone’s taking stock and making new goals with the plan to be back next time. You know I’ll be here. Have a great week!

About J.R. Pearse Nelson

J.R. Pearse Nelson is a native Oregonian, residing in the beautiful Portland area. She lives with her husband, two small daughters and the family dog. J.R. is always searching for the magic in our world. She weaves tales rooted in mythology, bringing legend to life in modern-day and fantasy settings. J.R. is the author of the Children of the Sidhe paranormal romance series, the Foulweather Twins fantasy series, and the Water Rites fantasy series. You can connect with J.R. online at her website. Visit

2 comments on “Sunday Update: Baby Steps

  1. Haven’t used Evernote… though I do use Onenote, which works in a similar way. I probably should pek at Evernote.

    As for stories… so cool you’re getting it ready so your grandmothers can read it. That’s both sweet, and a great business decision.

  2. You’ve done so well until now, I don’t see why you shouldn’t take it easy during the last couple of weeks of this round 🙂 Good luck with the formatting of Queen Witch and have a good week!

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