Sorry folks, I’m not sure what’s happened – I had an author request today’s guest blog spot and thought the arrangements were in place but she never sent in her post. If she does get it to me I’ll put it right up, but in the meantime, you’re stuck with me, I’m afraid.

In a way the timing is good because as my mailing list subscribers found out yesterday, I got some huge news from Samhain:

Personal Protection will be released in print on March 1, 2010.

Believe me, I was happy dancing yesterday afternoon when my galleys and the release date arrived in my in-box yesterday.

For those of you who aren’t writers, a galley is the final look an author gets of her novel, her final chance to make any changes/corrections before it’s sent to the printers. They’re really pretty because the pages are set up how they’ll look in the book. *happy sigh*

I now have to go through each page, word for word, and make sure everything is correct. And I mean everything. From the title, the ISBN and credits, the dedication right through to the end. Any change I need to make has to be copied to another form in its incorrect format and then the correction typed beneath. It’s a laborious process, but it’s also very exciting.

I printed it off last night — all 252 pages (not including the title pages, dedication, and follow up pages at the end.) I’ve heard other authors recommend that you read your galleys backward – that way your brain won’t “see what’s supposed to be there” instead of what’s really on the page. (Have you seen that article where your brain can decipher a word as long as the first and last letters in the word are in the correct place?)

So while I’m reading to make sure every word is correct, here’s a little test for you to do. It’s called “The eyeballing game” Do you get bothered by pictures that aren’t quite straight on the wall? But your significant other can’t see it? Or vice versa? Here’s a chance to check out how well you can see if something’s just a little bit off. You have to go through the exercise three times to get your final score. It’s rather interesting – I got better as repeated the exercises, a couple I even got spot on or almost spot on. (Midpoint, bisecting angles, and right angles) And some I was miserable at. (Parallelogram, convergence and triangle center.)

Tomorrow I’ll give away a copy of Vivian Arend’s Tidal Wave to the brave commenter who leaves their score and what part they did their best or worst on.

Good news and a game
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18 thoughts on “Good news and a game

  • August 5, 2009 at 3:43 am

    Hi Leah,
    Congrats on the print release! The game was lots of fun, that damn parallelgram got me every single time. It was always my worst score.

    Here it is: 6.44 read it and weap…NOT! like I said parallelgram got me EVERY.SINGLE.TIME.

    Sorry the guest author didn't show up πŸ™

  • August 5, 2009 at 4:00 am

    You in print?? Too good to be true! We'll have to get your promo around that up at Win a Book.

    Congrats, babe. You're well on your way.

  • August 5, 2009 at 4:19 am

    Good morning,
    Congrats on the release.
    That game was fun.Have you ever tried doing the ones where you have to focus on a picture for a few seconds then your vision changes and you can see the actual picture within it(I forget the names of those)
    The convergence is the one that got me.

    My Overall score: 11.25
    Crud,I guess its an average score πŸ™‚
    Booklover you did great.

  • August 5, 2009 at 4:29 am

    I forgot to mention the easiest was the circle.

    I did about the same the 2nd time: 11.05 πŸ™‚

  • August 5, 2009 at 6:18 am

    My scores were all over the place! πŸ™‚

    I don't even know if the higher the score is good or bad…how terrible is that?? My overall score was 21.94. Finding the Midpoint I got 2.2 (which I think was my best) and for the Convergence I got 55.3! not so good.

    Congratulations on the release!
    Amy M

  • August 5, 2009 at 6:20 am

    Amy, the lower the score the better (there is a list of the top scores below the game on the right IIRC) 21 is a tad high, LOL. Made me feel much better about my 5.3s But you're right, there are certain ones that I tended to score higher on than others. Wonder why that is …

  • August 5, 2009 at 6:24 am

    Woot! Go Leah!! πŸ˜€

    As for the game….yeah…I am anal. lol


    Worst: Triangle Center, because I wasn't reading the instructions right lol, and the Convergence.
    Best is the Bisect Angle.

    So I did it again, reading a bit better….


    Yeah, did I say anal already? LOL

    Oh, and I already have read Tidal Wave. OMG awesome!

  • August 5, 2009 at 7:14 am

    How fun, Leah! Final score was 6.64, partly because I joggled a circle center and blew it entirely the first time πŸ™‚ Hee–might have to do this again just for yuks πŸ˜‰

    Have fun with the galleys–how exciting! (I've done that process with user's manuals, but not with *real* books–I'm sure the process is basically the same, going over it with a fine-toothed comb, red pen in hand!)

  • August 5, 2009 at 8:00 am

    My score was 12.20. I thought I'd do better since I'm totally Type-A.
    What got me everytime was the Triangle center portion.

    Conrats on the print release!!

  • August 5, 2009 at 11:18 am

    Not very good at all. Convergence and parallelogram got me every time.

  • August 5, 2009 at 1:32 pm

    Leah! Congrats on the print release! Sooo exciting!

    The game {sigh}. It's hard for me to say how good I am **she tries to misdirect** because I am an awful clicker! Half the time I clicked to move the dang thing and it took that as my answer. I swear I am technologically challenged! Needless to say my score was, um, er, poor!!! πŸ˜‰ So, pay no attention to the man behind the curtain, please!

    Oh, I already have Tidal Wave (yum!), so please don't enter me unless Viv is willing to swap for some of that hot cowboy action she's got coming on the horizon!


  • August 5, 2009 at 1:56 pm

    Leah- So apparently my score is HORRIBLE! I am laughing so hard right now…well, if you can't laugh and make fun of yourself…what fun is it in life? The worst part is my husband was not surprised that my score was so bad, but that I thought that maybe I did well. πŸ™‚

    Amy M

  • August 5, 2009 at 1:59 pm

    LOL Amy, I didn't mean to make you feel bad. However, if you ever want a picture hung now you now have an official excuse to tell your husband that he'd better hang it. πŸ˜‰ (Mine are always crooked anyways thanks to doors being closed hard, etc.)

  • August 5, 2009 at 2:03 pm

    Did not make me feel bad at all!! I am so not good at that stuff! I hear you about the pictures…he hangs all of that. I don't even suggest where to put them, I just pick them out. The rest is up to him πŸ™‚

  • August 5, 2009 at 3:53 pm

    I thought I'd do better, since I do a lot of design work and graphics, but I got 4.35. It was fun, though

  • August 5, 2009 at 4:01 pm

    Nancy, I think that's the best score so far.

  • August 6, 2009 at 5:12 am

    Yikes! I was 16.82,….purhaps I should have warn my glasses!!!

  • August 6, 2009 at 7:42 pm

    i had 13.56 and I did better on the circle and the convergents ones but sucked on the right angle and the triangle. Didn't help that I had the stupid laptop mouse pad thingy and it kept going haywire.

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