A Tiny Rose For You!

This morning I photographed this lone little rose in my garden. I can’t imagine how she survives, because it’s almost 40ºC in the shade! But she struggles on, and grows, alone in her singular beauty…


Some days I feel like that! Small, alone, tired, and struggling against the natural elements…

As you know I’m formatting my ebook to be published as a paperback with CreateSpace, and the process is driving me close to a nervous breakdown!

That said, I’m feeling more positive this afternoon, for several reasons.

Firstly, the formatting process is looking better, I’ve managed to get the page numbers, and headers right with mirror format (or whatever it’s called), and I’ve found a lovely scene break symbol, instead of ***, but it’s not the right dpi!

There are so many new words, and acronyms, and Microsoft Word, and Adobe PDF are so stubborn, that sometimes I want to cry, or maybe shout…

If I sound incoherent, it’s because I’m feeling confused… But let me go back to my optimism.

Secondly, I’m feeling fortunate because I have so many virtual Friends who ‘are really there’.

I’d like to thank you all for voting, and commenting on my book cover. I’ll let you know what I finally decide. Thank you also for your encouraging comments and support. Nobody else (in my ‘real’ life) understands what I’m going through…

Thirdly, I’ve had a ‘mirror interview’ published today in Iona’s fabulous blog readfulthings, please check out her blog, if you don’t already know it.

Fourthly, I have another 5***** review on Amazon. I met Amanda quite by chance, through Goodreads, and she kindly offered to read and review my book. I’m grateful and fortunate that readers are enjoying my novel.

So really, what am I complaining about? A few little letters and symbols? some silly computer progammes?

Come on! Pull yourself together, Luccia, you’re a *!




Published by LucciaGray

Writer, blogger, teacher, reader and lover of words wherever they are. Author of The Eyre Hall Trilogy, the breathtaking sequel to Jane Eyre. Luccia lives in sunny Spain, but her heart's in Victorian London.

11 thoughts on “A Tiny Rose For You!

  1. Congrats on your review! I’m so impressed that you attempted to format your own book. For me, filling out all the sign up forms and uploading the docs were stressful enough. Since it was my first book and everything was so daunting, I hired someone to format for me and it wasn’t expensive. I imagine formatting is much like everything else, once you’ve done it, it’s much easier the next time. Good luck!


  2. As someone just about to launch himself into the world of ebook and POD formatting I read this with a certain frisson. Tell me it will be alright, Luccia?!


    1. I’m more than half way there! Looks as if it’s possible… My personal deadline to get it sorted out is Friday, and I may even make it! Will you keep you posted:-)


  3. Luccia,
    I do see the resemblance in the struggle, but the rose, and any other pales and is shamed by who and what you are in every way.
    Much Love and Respect


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