I spent most of yesterday getting some work done. Actually, I got a lot of work done. At least by the end of the day, I felt like I had been working.
Of course my work never involves any kind of physical labor if there is any way at all to avoid it. And since I’ve had almost 60 years to perfect the art of shirking real work, I’m pretty darn good at it! 🙂
After starting the morning with the usual round of checking and reading e-mail, reading my favorite RV blogs, and checking my stats on Amazon to see if I’d sold anything overnight, I spent a couple of hours sorting through photos on my hard drive and deleting a bunch of them. When I’m putting the Gypsy Journal together I convert the color photos into gray scale (black and white) and save a copy in what is known as TIFF format to use on the interior pages of the paper. But I don’t need those photos for anything else, since I keep the original color photos also, and they begin to add up. So ever so often I go through and delete them.
About the time I was finishing up with that, Greg came over to visit for a while and adjusted a couple of settings on my new laptop computer to make publishing the blog easier. The new computer has Windows 7 and all I will use it for is the blog, since WordPress does not have a version I can use on my iMac. The version of WordPress on the new computer is newer than the one I have on my old Dell desktop and there were just enough differences that I couldn’t figure them out. Since Greg uses the newer version, he was able to show me what I needed to know.
After Greg left I started formatting a new travel book, Overlooked Arizona, which is 37 stories about places to see in the Grand Canyon State that have appeared in the Gypsy Journal over the years. I worked on that the rest of the day, knocking off about 5 o’clock so we could have dinner at a place in Batesville that somebody had told Greg and Jan about, called Acapulco Mexican Restaurant. It’s hard to find good Mexican food in the Midwest, but this place is a winner. Miss Terry said it was even better than El Maguey in Elkhart. We timed our arrival just right, because we were shown right to a table when we arrived, but by the time we finished our meal there were people lined up waiting.
Back home I picked up where I left off on the new book, and by the time I had knocked off about 11:30 PM all I had left to do was insert hyperlinks into the table of contents to make it searchable as an e-book. Once I get that done and design a cover, I’ll upload it to Amazon’s Kindle bookstore.
Speaking of e-books and tables of contents; while we were in Celina for our rally, John Huggins from Living The RV Dream and Chris Guld from Geeks on Tour showed me how to insert a searchable table of contents into Overlooked Florida, which I published a few weeks ago. For some reason it wouldn’t work on Amazon, and after going back and forth with their tech support for a while, they acknowledged that it was probably on their end. They did get it resolved, because yesterday I got an e-mail saying that it had gone live with the table of contents added. If you already bought a copy of the book, you should be getting something from Amazon in a week or two to tell you how to download a free revised copy.
It looks like today will be another exploring adventure for us. We plan to drive to Dayton and check out the Air Force Museum if the weather cooperates. But as I write this, about midnight, the rain is really pouring down. So we will wait and see what the morning brings.
Thought For The Day – The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary. – Vince Lombardi