Woo Hoo

The powers that be at O’Reilly have accepted my book proposal. Next comes the finalizing of the TOC to attach to the book contract and then The Start of Writing.

I still don’t want to talk about the book topic–it’s a surprise. I’ll have more on it when I’m closer to finishing. I can say that it will be the largest book I’ve written, and one of the most complex. Also, knock on wood, the most beautiful book I’ve written. (Tease! Tease!)

I have been contemplating whether I’d be able to continue the weblog while working on the book. My first inclination was to take the rest of the spring and summer off and just focus on writing. I decided, instead, on a compromise: read weblogs and write to my own on the weekend, and focus on the book during the week.

I’ll need a break from writing with a book of this size and nature, and having a regular schedule should prevent burn out. I may need to spend 10-12 hours a day during the week, but I want my weekends off. I need to be better disciplined, though. I must stop checking my aggregator in the morning, and to fight the urge to immediately respond to every interesting story that occurs elsewhere. I also need to set aside time every day to get out and walk. Visit parks. Knock this pasty white, limp, flabby, writer’s body into shape. Where once I was cherry pie–fresh, tart, and sweet–I’m now blancmange.

I still want to get the work planned for this site finished and plug-ins uploaded for you all to use if you wish. I also would like to get MissouriGreen finished. Out with the fancy layout, in with whatever I can put together reasonably quickly that won’t look too stupid.

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12 Responses to Woo Hoo

  1. Euan Semple says:

    You are SUCH a tease ….

    ;-)

  2. Virginia says:

    Congratulations. Great news.

  3. loren says:

    Congratulations.

    Oh, and good luck on following that plan.

    I’m going to a camera shop in Saturday tomorrow and look at the pack you wanted.

  4. Bud Gibson says:

    Great to hear about the book deal and thanks for the little schedule of the work you think it will take.

    One of the things I like about your blog is the substance you bring to it. Too many blogs spend too much time commenting on other blogs instead of producing original stuff. Personally, I prefer less volume to more originality. I unsubscribed from a number of blogs (e.g., Scoble, though I like him as a person) because the blog just became too much of an inflammatory gossip rag.

    I was sad to see you drop out last Fall but glad to see you reemerge for a bit as mad techie woman and now burning bird again. You’ve inspired me to get back into technology blogging around some projects I am doing this summer.

    I guess I’ll have to ween myself from the daily Shelley, but I’m counting on the weekend Shelley to still provide a treat.

  5. Congratulations, Shelley! And good idea on the walks — that’s the best thing you can do for your mind and body.

  6. Allan Moult says:

    Also, knock on wood, the most beautiful book I’ve written. (Tease! Tease!)

    Mmm? At last, your photography is going to get showcased in book form?

    Whatever the project Shelley, I wish you well. You deserve it for your ongoing energetic, creative — and provocative — input to the world of blogging.

  7. Shelley says:

    Thanks amigos.

    I’ll still be posting relatively frequently until Book Start, and then that’s it, must be good.

    Let’s just say there’s a chance some of my pics will end up in the book. And a lot more. Sorry for the teasing–it’s a thing of mine, that if I talk about a book too much before I start, I’ll jinx it. But I want to talk about it because I’m excited.

  8. Shelley says:

    Ha Loren! I knew you’d want that pack. You’ll have to write about it, tell us how it works.

  9. AKMA says:

    Huzzah! Abundant cheers! Very eager to hear more details when you can release them, Shelley — and in the meantime, more cheers!

  10. madame l. says:

    i’m hoping for a bee cover.

  11. Let’s just say there’s a chance some of my pics will end up in the book. And a lot more. Sorry for the teasing–it’s a thing of mine, that if I talk about a book too much before I start, I’ll jinx it.

    Hope the book goes well. You seem unlikely to do a Phillip Greenspun type of book where you write about SQL but have photos on every page of dogs, children and landscapes. You’re simply not self indulgent enough to write a book like that, where the photos are unrelated to the text but you put them there anyway because they are your photos and you want the world to see them. So if the book will have some of your photos, I have to assume the book has something to do with photography. So perhaps it is a book about digital photography? That would be terrific, to hear what you’ve learned from the time you’ve spent doing photography.

  12. Shelley says:

    AKMA, thanks for the good wishes. Madame L, a bee works for me.

    Lawrence, no it’s not about photography. It’s not Greenspun, either, though his mix of photos with his writing is rather his trademark. (I hadn’t see the book you mentioned to see how well it worked). Still, graphics should only be put into a book when they’re demonstrative.

    I really don’t know that much about photography.