35 Days to 35: Rachael & Jillian’s White Horse (5 more days)

Worried I was dangerously near the precipice of another major league breakdown, Rachael came riding in on her white horse that looks a lot like a bright blue Nissan.

Waiting out the ice storm that amounted to much less than forecast, she arrived after Noon today, and left about an hour ago.

With her help, we were able to knock out my page long list of issues remaining with the book. Some of the changes included replacing my beautiful font that I chosen for the chapter headings of the book, along with the font I had chosen for the body of the book.

Like Joaquin Phoenix at the Oscars, Create Space just wouldn’t recognize it, even though everything was done right.

It was a matter of either fulfilling my artistic vision or getting the book done, and at this point, I think we all know how I feel about that choice. (Getitdonegetitdonegetitdone!!)

Also, I thought I would only have to replace a few images in the book, but ended up having to replace them all. Something happened in the transfer process from pages to word, and they all looked blurry.

The benefit of being in the basement doing this tedious work was that we were able to put on a movie for company. I was finally able to watch her copy of “Jane Austen Book Club” that she loaned me….two years ago. :/ (And which I thoroughly enjoyed.)

Rachael then took care of fixing the table of contents, and adding new borders to the photos I replaced. I was able to take a much needed break while she worked, and that was priceless.

Jillian, while not on a literal white horse either, did submit the completed Citations page this afternoon, so we grant her an honorary one. We were able to incorporate it into the book before uploading again.

Finally, despite entering the correct settings for the margins, and having my work checked by Rachael (and confirmed to be correct, and not operator error) Create Space STILL said they were wrong.

To get around this, I had to upload the file a couple times to double check where photos, headings, and captions landed on the page. I kept manually moving things until I was satisfied with how Create Space was going to manipulate it once uploaded.

During this process I began watching “Bringing Up Baby.” It’s a film that never ceases to make me smile, and spending time with Cary Grant is never time wasted.

From three major errors at the beginning of the day, (Fonts unrecognized, Photo Resolution too small, Margins not correct) I was finally down to one. The margins.

However, the silver lining is that Create Space also has a “Ignore Errors and Continue” option, and once the other major problems were corrected, and I had made sure I could live with the incorrect margins, I hit that button with glee.

With fingers crossed, my next step is to upload the cover tomorrow.

I’ve looked ahead and it promises to be nice and confusing, but I’ll cross that bridge tomorrow.

Dare I say things are back on track??


Right at 35 days before my 35th birthday, Rachael and I found out that a book we wrote about our experience making our first film “No Lost Cause,” was being returned to us by the publisher after a year of waiting for it to be printed. Instead of wallowing in our collective misery, I committed to blogging every day while I searched for ways to overcome this perceived rejection and obstacle to our goal. I currently also have about three other projects brewing at the same time, and write about the progress of each of them. This is part of that series.

Read the first entry here: https://ashleyraymerbrown.com/2015/01/23/35-days-to-35-dealing-with-rejection/

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