Saturday, 17 December 2016

Ingress: How to Move A Mission Medal

A while back, I was doing a few single missions, when I noticed that my medals didn’t line up. Basically, where one mission mosaic had two badges on the line below it, the mission mosaic below it, had only one. This meant that when I completed a line of six, the bottom mosaics on my scanner wouldn’t line up to display their images correctly.

I knew the only way to move a medal was to re-do the mission, but, damn. How many of these suckers was I going to have to repeat? Well, it turned out to be five. Five!

So, I thought it might be interesting to screen-shot the process as I went along. This is what it looks like to move your mission medals around in order to realign.

I needed my scanner to go from looking

like looking like this:

See the difference?

In the first screen shot, there are two pieces of the sky-whale mosaic at the start of the line below the rest, but only one piece of the green F1 mosaic on the line below the rest. In the second screen shot (taken after I corrected the error), there is only one piece of the sky-whale mosaic at the line under the rest, but there is also only one piece of the green F1 mosaic.

I had to choose five missions to re-do, in order to make the correction, so I moved these:

And this is what it looked after I moved the first two:

At the bottom:

And at the top:

And after moving 3, it looked like this
      at the bottom                                                     and                                        at the top.


While after four, it looked like this:

at the bottom                                               and                                    at the top


 and after five - FINALLY! - it looked like this: 

at the bottom                                         and                                     at the top


Which, I have to admit, was a lot of work, just so I could do one more mission  (note the ducky)

and have the top row look like this.... .................and...............the bottom row look like this...

So, if you find you've messed up and your mission medals aren't sitting pretty, I hope this helps. Just remember that the layer below the mission you do again won't change, because you are adding it to the layer at the top so the gap is filled by it pushing the medals that were before it, into its place... or something like that.

And, now, it's time to move.

Friday, 16 December 2016

Writing Life: Resources for the Beginner Indie

When I decided I wanted to write again, I took six months of research before deciding not to pursue a traditional publisher, or an agent. It wasn’t six months of wondering, though. It was six months of research. I read every blog I could find from as many different people in the publishing and writing industry as I could. I read traditionally published authors, hybrid authors, purely independent authors. I read agents’s blogs, publishers’ blogs, and industry commentators’ blogs. I went through articles on writing, on being published, on scams, on methods, on conventions.

And when I sat down and tallied up the pros and cons, I decided to go independent.

There’s a lot of information out there, so I’m going to narrow it down to four:

  • Kathryn Rusch blog - 40 year veteran with some good advice and insight into the publishing industry;
  • IP attorney whose blog collects information about the publishing industry from a variety of sources - good springboard for further research and resources; and

In addition to references, you will need to be aware of the different platforms you can publish from. Here are four to get you started:

And for covers you can use any program, but this one is free:

Hope that helps – and GOOD LUCK

Sunday, 11 December 2016

Progress Report: Week Ending December 10, 2016

It was a busy week, this week, as I started to establish a new writing routine. The results are already starting to show, and I’m pleased with the way things are progressing. I need to tweak the editing program, a little bit, but this is, so far, an acceptable rate of progress. I am currently in catch up mode trying to get things to a state where I’m formatting and uploading twelve months ahead, so the workload is heavier than it would normally be—but that’s the price of just starting to work out how things should look. So far, I have writing completed for releases through to the first week of October next year, and have five more items to complete before I’m running to schedule on the writing front. On the publishing front, I have to knuckle down and get the editing, formatting and uploading done for things that are due this month, and then get to work on the rest. Like I said, this is the starting out phase, where you know where you need to be, and have to put extra work in to get there. I’d like to have this done by the end of the month, but, if I’m realistic, it probably won’t be up to speed before the end of January, which is good, because university starts back then, and the routing will need to change to allow for that. I’ll just have to see how it goes.


  • New words produced: 25,660
  • Old words revised: 12,233
  • Outlines and Notes: 1,972
  • Works completed: 3 (1 x novel; 2 x short stories)
  • Works revised: 4 (2 x short stories, 1 x chapter book, 1 x young adult novel)
  • Covers created: 0
  • Works published: 1 (large print and mass market print-on-demand versions for 1 x novella)
  • Works submitted: 0
  • Competitions Entered: 0
  • Bloggery: 1,178
  • University Prep and Assignments: 0

Stepping Up Challenge Update

This has taken a back-seat the writing and publishing side of things, but will be kicked back up, once they are settled.

Ingress Updates

  • No new challenges for me, although the birthday celebrations went well, and we were all awarded a new medal… which I will put up in another post.

PokemonGo Updates

  • Nothing new to report.

Publishing Tasks

  • Created 2 blog posts for this blog;
  • Updated my submissions records page to ensure I blocked out markets that didn’t want re-prints, and added the listings for all my new titles. I’ll begin making re-print submissions soon.
  • Finalised the editing and formatting for the large print and mass market versions of the Australian steampunk novella, Rendezvous at the Raptor’s Rest.
  • Almost finalised the editing and formatting for the large print and mass market versions of dark fantasy novella, Seppelitus.



















When his flying ship, the Red Horizon, was shot down, Tescher told no-one he had a woman on board. Three years later, he returns to the ship wreck and finds Marianna not only survived the crash, but left him a message. She found what she was looking for aboard his ship, and she’ll wait for him at the Raptor’s Rest, but once a year—tonight. Tight flying will get him there in time, but it will take more for him to navigate clear of the criminal shores on which Marianna has landed.

















Being a bodyguard isn’t easy, not even when you’re the seventh son in a long line of seventh sons, not even when the magic comes when you call—and especially not when the man you are protecting is a treacherous, lecherous spoilt son of wealth and privilege, who betrays you for a pretty girl. Transported to the far north, Seppelitus must extricate himself from a deal between gargoyles, ogres and a demon lord, and then work out what he’s going to do about the dragon.



New Arrivals

The following pieces arrived last week and are awaiting completion:
  • NonFiction12A—Indonesian Text 1: an Indonesian text; could become more than one book, depending on lesson plans, activity sheets and so forth.
  • UF4C—Aggie and Tams 3: in the outback, Aggie and Tams visit Winton.
  • CrimeNovel8—Untitled: a crime in Winton.