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30 December 2009 @ 06:28 pm

It’s the little things, I tell you. cemurphy.net is redesigned with all the lower pages tucked into the new format (except IMMORTAL BELOVED, which I have some intention of making into a PDF rather than thirty individual HTML files). I’d kind of intended to Launch It At Midnight Of The New Year, but apparently decided I couldn’t be bothered to be that dramatic. Anyway, so that’s sorted and I don’t have to think about it anymore.

WORLDBREAKER has reached 28.2K. I expect I’ll hit 30K tomorrow, which is…well. If not my year-end *goal*, at least my year-end *expectation*. I had vague hopes of hitting 40K, but fffssht. Fffshht, sez I.

Meantime, my Luna editor is trying to kill me, as I received (electronic) copy edits this afternoon and a “production wants to know if you can get these back by the 6th” note with them. I said no, as I can’t stop writing WORLDBREAKER to focus entirely on CEs, so it’ll have to be an evening job. Worse, I have to figure out how the #$%$(*)& to cope with the electronicness of the edits, as I am possibly the world’s least capable person when it comes to Track & Change Edits with Word. It is so unintuitive my head spins. But, well. *shrugs* What can you do?

Okay. Dinner now, and then I suppose some sort of stab at these edits, at least for a while…

ytd wordcount: 279,800

(x-posted from the essential kit)
Current Mood: workingworking
pgwfolcpgwfolc on December 30th, 2009 06:20 pm (UTC)
New design is slick. I see you've made good use of that cover image. Color scheme is much lighter. Sidebars work well. Little surprised that the links section doesn't include Magical Words, though.

You mentioned last entry that you wanted to convert HTML files to a single .doc (which I'm pretty sure MS Word could do, although I'm not sure how cleanly it would come out), but if you want to convert to PDF, there are ways. Can't find the thing I was thinking of, but html2ps should do the trick - or at least the hard part. Then you'd need to use Ghostscript and GSview to convert ps to pdf. Either one should, I believe, be capable of combining multiple source files into a single output.

This page has a couple more possibilities, though I don't have personal experience with them.

The same web search that turned that page up also brought me to another page which suggested htmldoc. Unfortunately, the service that provides the ready-to-install version (with a free 21 day trial) is not available until after New Year's (you can still download the software; I'm just not sure if you can get a license key for the trial, which seems a pretty silly way to set things up). He also suggests itext.

Hopefully, one of those will work for you without too much pain. (I can find some spare time, if you'd like me to take a crack at it.)

Congrats on nearing 30k.
16:9 1.78:1 OAR: Ryusixteenbynine on December 30th, 2009 06:22 pm (UTC)
I offered to lend a hand as well - I think I can get things turned around for her in jig time :D
kitmizkit on December 30th, 2009 07:08 pm (UTC)
I need it as a .doc, too, or at least want it as one. sixteenbynine volunteered to help, so I'll go that route first and let you know if I need any other assistance! Thanks! :)
martianmooncrabmartianmooncrab on December 30th, 2009 08:03 pm (UTC)
if you can get these back by the 6th

depends on what 6th they talking about....
Andrea Blytheblythe025 on December 30th, 2009 10:06 pm (UTC)
I love the new design. :)
annathepiper on December 31st, 2009 03:16 am (UTC)
Very, very nice design! :)
Tamijadzia325 on December 31st, 2009 09:43 am (UTC)
I can't believe you have to track and change! SO EVIL! So much more time consuming than printing and editing. Evil, evil, evil people! You have my sympathy.
kitmizkit on December 31st, 2009 09:46 am (UTC)
Re: Word
In theory it's faster than physical copy edits which have to be mailed (at significant expense) back and forth across an ocean. But oh my god I hate track changes, and am *not* looking forward to this at all.

My only hope is that perhaps I'll at least learn to use the damned tool properly this time and it'll be less onerous next time... :p