This morning I spent some time writing the first 1,000 words of a Substack post about, “Touching the singularity.” That will end up being published during week 62 of The Lindahl Letter on Friday, April 1, 2022. Writing about the intersection of technology and modernity is something that I have been working on for decades. Tomorrow morning or potentially this evening I’m planning on refining that essay to a point where the audio podcast version can be recorded. One of the consequences of moving to a podcast audio recording of my Substack posts is that it inherently creates a locking point for the content where no more tinkering can occur without breaking the synchronization between written and spoken word. Sure I can go back and clean up a few small typos. Most of the time the act of reading the essay out loud will help you catch the more common typos and errors. When it does not sound right when spoken out loud then it is probably something that needs a bit of grammarian consideration.
One of the benefits of returning to my office after the floor renovation was completed is that my routine of writing every morning and turning out pieces of inspired prose has returned. Surely you have noticed my return to publishing longer than average sentences after consuming a few shots of espresso. A lot of time this week has been spent really digging into my writing plans and thinking about what needs to be completed. All of that effort is grounded in the idea that if I only had a small amount of time left, then what efforts are the most important and should be prioritized. I’m pretty sure a decade ago it would have been writing a full and complete investigation of the intersection of technology and modernity and just how that would impact civil society. However, future me did not put that weighty tome into the 5 year writing plan this week.
Pivoting to an update on the old weblog recovery would be prudent at this point. Overall it looks like all the written content is file, but my media files are just gone. I’m not entirely sure how that ended up happening. Fixing or relinking older WordPress images after a migration is a topic people seem to write about. To get to that point, I’m going to need to figure out where a valid backup copy of the images is stored and then work on the fixing or relinking part of the equation. I’m starting to wonder if no valid backup exists. Several methods of backup have occurred over the years, but none of them have been helpful. Currently a new backup method was turned on which should prevent this situation from happening again. This really is not the first time that a migration or event has crushed out all my images from my weblog.
Everything on the publishing front seems to be moving along. My big plan to pull my backlog forward in 2022 has been working so far. I can confirm that the first few editing and revision projects were much easier than the current one. I’m working on something that falls into the nonfiction camp of efforts, but it needs a lot more editing than I expected. Publishing an eBook is a lot easier than trying to complete the proof acceptance process. Having something printed and reviewing how the ink ended up looking on charts, graphics, and overall for readability is a much harder process. Everything in the eBook just looks the way it was uploaded. The only thing I have noticed over the years is that sometimes the artwork for the cover gets downgraded in quality as it is passed around from the point of origin to all the distribution points. Generally the rest of the eBook just stays the way it was and probably always will be from the point of creation forward.
Today happens to be a rare snow day in Broomfield, Colorado. We got about 5 inches of snow overnight and things outside are still surprisingly silent as daybreak is about to happen here in a few minutes. At some point the trucks with plows will sprint through the neighborhood streets and things will get moving again. The snow is not above the bumper of my SUV, but a regular size car would have a harder time navigating the streets until the plows are able to clear paths. For the most part in a snowstorm that is a key milestone for drivers that want to get around. If the snow becomes taller than the bumper of the car, then driving will be much harder to accomplish. An entire paragraph about snow has just been written this morning. I guess that means that my writing process is ongoing and successfully covering whatever comes to mind.
Initially I had been considering doing hardcover books and not paperback editions for a few of the things I was going to release this year. Now I’m thinking maybe setting up the paperback editions of the ones that are going to physical printing would be the right thing to do at this point. It would require going through the entire process of doing a proof copy and the painful waiting for the printing and review process that causes. I’m going to wait until the end of my current review cycle and see if it is something that I’ll be able to stomach this year. I really do not like waiting for physical copies of a book to arrive. That point has probably been made abundantly clear. I’m about to stop the writing process this morning and move on to the snow shoveling part of the day. We are about to arrive at 0707 hours when daybreak is scheduled to arrive. A good bit of shoveling is about to occur.
Yesterday I spent some time finishing up my week 52 post for The Lindahl Letter. This morning I gave it another pass including some light editing and expansion. My weekend routine of writing posts on Saturday morning and editing the post the next day during my Sunday morning writing adventures has been working out well enough. This last time around I waited till the very end of the writing process and moved all of the content over to a word processing document template setup for publishing. I’m not sure if this time around I should figure out a way to just write into the template and begin with the end in mind. The problem with that strategy is that the final product won’t include all the weekly links to videos and Tweets. To get to that point the content would have to be more embedded into the post in the form of ongoing prose instead of broken out a section of links. Unfortunately, sections of links do not translate very well to a manuscript. They are more suited to a weekly newsletter format where clicking digital links is the outcomes of the process instead of an archival purpose.
Things to do this weekend:
- Finish week 52 of The Lindahl Letter for 1/21 publication
- Final review and publish on Upper Bound Chronicles eBook
- Review and publish on Dream Chaser Archives eBook
- Start edit of United Earth Chronicles
- Begin work on Older Essay’s Assembled eBook
A few different weblog posts have been abandoned throughout the last week. Earlier this week the eBook edition of, “The Lindahl Letter: On Machine Learning,” went live all over the internet. That was exciting. Two other eBooks are nearing the completion of their editing journey on my desktop.
My projects folder has roughly 30 or so previously started or completed works. Some of them have been online for over a decade. Even if some of that content had been posted online years ago it feels like editing it before eBook publication is the right way to go about it. Sure it would be easier to just copy and paste it into a template and start the publishing process.
On Saturday morning, I sat down and started drafting out the 52nd Substack post of my “The Lindahl Letter” series. This post will probably be dedicated to lessons learned and a few thoughts about writing a Substack post for a full year. At that time, I was still working on all three writing projects that were mentioned last week. Saturday was the day that my latest manuscript came back from the editor. That manuscript did end up coming back from the editor. I spent a few minutes tinkering with it and ordered a proof copy of the finished product to see what it looks like on actual pages. Sometime in the next 30 days that proof copy will arrive. Sometimes editing with a pen and paper on a printed copy is the only way for me to catch those last few typos that are hiding somewhere on the pages as future eratta.
The printed version of the book is inflight and that is exciting. The next step in the process will be to convert it into an eBook. To that end, right now I have the eBook up and ready for one last edit on the final version of my latest book, “The Lindahl Letter: On Machine Learning.” My effort ended up being 154 pages and is both edited and formatted well for the page. What is remaining is one more start to finish read today to catch any last second typos or formatting problems before committing it to permanent storage within the eBook format. That type of effort requires a ton of focus and probably a few shots of espresso along the way. Hopefully, the general flow of the finished product is solid enough that my editing will move along swiftly for a final read.
Yesterday, I did manage to share the week 50 post on both Twitter and Facebook. My strategy of social sharing the content seems to be working out well enough. I’m not going to call it a market strategy as that would imply some type of professional bar for distribution is being met and that is not the case. Put simply I’m just sharing links to the content to see if a few more people each week will start reading on an ongoing basis. I guess that is how readership grows in an organic way.
At some point, I’m going to write a post or a book called, “Careless with the page.” That title stuck with me yesterday and I ended up writing it down in Google Keep for later review. After I complete editing the previously mentioned eBook today and get it submitted, the next step in the puzzle will be interesting. I have about 10 other manuscripts that need to be edited into eBook format and launched into publication. Earlier this year I spent some time thinking about the nature of mortality and how true it is that we need to use the time we have toward productive endeavors. Within that framework it seemed to me that all those manuscripts that are essentially parked need to be edited and shared out as eBooks for posterity.
Today for the first time in a long time, I sat down and opened the hood on chapter 1 of a new as of yet untitled book. The writing process got off to a reasonable start and it could be an interesting one. That is all I’m going to share about that one at the moment, but I’m sure more details will be forthcoming as things move along. I had sat down to write a weblog post, but the content quickly got a lot deeper than something that could be finished up in a single writing session. Maybe that is how things start to get a bit more interesting. The first chapter already has footnotes so things are probably going to get truly interesting at some point. A new category of weblog post content has even been created to house musings about, “Book writing efforts.” The adding of new content categories does not happen all that often so that is a surprising turn of events for the morning.