jots and tittles

Introducing Jots and Tittles

jots and tittles

Welcome to “Jots and Tittles”, which is what I’m calling my “random bits that don’t fit anywhere else” posts. I often have something to share that’s not really worth a full post, so I came up with the idea for these “catchall” posts.

My hope is to write one of these at least once a month, but maybe even more often. We’ll see how it goes!

Jots from the author’s desk

Editing. It’s like laundry. A dirty, never-ending job, but somebody has to do it.

I’m continuing to slog through edits for The Chronotrace Sequence revision. I’m closing in on finishing Into the Vast, and my hope is to get the first two books done by the middle of next month.

Part and parcel of my editing/writing travails these days is the familiar refrain of my post concussion head pains. They just won’t seem to go away. I would be a lot further a long with my editing if I didn’t have them, but I do, so I just have to press forward with the time God gives me.

Movie news

No, I haven’t sold the rights to The Chronotrace Sequence. But I do have some exciting news about an upcoming release that I think will be a delight to most of my readers.

Some of you may have already heard about it, but it concerns one of the most beloved series of all time, and a certain winner of a silmaril in the 2016 Silmarillion Awards…That’s all I’ll say for now. But I plan on writing an entire post about it soon!

Dreams really do come true

Okay, so aside from being a finalist for the Grace Awards, and finding the awesome cover designer for my next book, The Last Motely, I had another dream come true recently.

I’ve been trying to read more books, you see. And one of the tools I’ve found helpful to keep me motivated is the Goodreads Challenge. (And if you aren’t on Goodreads, you really should be. It’s a great place to discover new books and authors)

So apparently my desire to read more books has gotten to the point where I actually had a dream about adding a book to my “to read” list on Goodreads. Yep, I’m certifiable.

I dreamt of adding Tale of Despereaux to my list. And guess what I did when I woke up? I added Tale of Despereaux to my list! Who says dreams don’t come true?!

I just hope it’s a book worth dreaming about.

Hasta la próxima

Well, that’s all I’ve got for now. Short (sort of) and sweet. I hope you enjoyed the launch of Jots and Tittles. Look for my “big” movie post in the very near future!

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Comments (12)

  1. Jenelle April 11, 2017 at 10:48 pm

    I think dreaming about Goodreads certifies you as an official “book dragon.” (We aren’t worms… but we accept being called “wyrms”… so long as the vowel is clearly distinguished) 🙂

    Tale of Despereaux is pretty cute. I enjoyed it. Definitely a children’s book, though, I probably would have enjoyed it a lot more if I’d first read it when I was 8… rather than when I was 26. LOL

    • DJ Edwardson April 12, 2017 at 7:01 am

      Book dragon. I like it!

      I guess most “mice tales” are probably written for a younger audience. But since I never really grew up, hopefully I’ll enjoy it just as much 🙂

      I hope I don’t keep having these dreams, though. I’ll never get through my TBR pile!

  2. Deborah O'Carroll April 12, 2017 at 1:57 pm

    OOH! I love this idea! 😀

    “Editing. It’s like laundry. A dirty, never-ending job, but somebody has to do it.” <– This made my day. XD

    Hoping the editing goes well!

    Hmm… wondering about this movie news… 😉

    I think I've dreamed about Goodreads myself, but that's no surprise given how addicted I am to it. XD Glad the reading challenge is helping!

    Despereaux was kind of cute and fun — I didn't love it like I hoped, but it did have some amusing aspects. Hope you enjoy! 😀

    • DJ Edwardson April 12, 2017 at 5:59 pm

      Yeah, you may already know the movie news, but it was pretty exciting for me and it will be for you if you haven’t already heard it 😉

      I am but a wee dabbler in Goodreads when it comes to your complete mastery of all the various and sundry tomes contained within. Perhaps some of your fairy dust has rubbed off on me, though. We shall see if more dreams be forthcoming!

      Okay, so both you and Jenelle are a little lukewarm on Despereaux. Hmm…I may wait on it a bit. At least it sounds like a light read that won’t take too much time. Too bad it wasn’t all you’d hoped for.

      And feel free to snag the graphic to use on your own site. This is sort of my version of your “Ishness” I suppose, but with a little less theme and continuity!

  3. Alicia Butcher Ehrhardt April 12, 2017 at 2:56 pm

    Hard to get any work done when the brain isn’t cooperating or you’re in a lot of pain – or both.

    I know of which you speak. I’m finally getting off a med which is making me a zombie – but I had to get to the screaming at the doctor (metaphorically) place before I dared call in, tell them I wasn’t going to be taking it, and asking what was the safest way to get off. I’m scared what will happen, but I haven’t been able to write or do anything productive for weeks.

    Hope your post-concussion headaches become a thing of the past very soon, or you find things which relieve them.

    • DJ Edwardson April 12, 2017 at 6:03 pm

      I hope you’re able to get off that terrible medicines. They can be worse than the sickness sometimes.

      A friend of my wife’s recently went to the Mayo clinic and they were able to get her off most of the medicines she was on, but she had to go for like a whole month. I don’t know if that would be an option for you with your insurance and family situation, but I hope you’re able to get to a place of peace and restoration with your condition.

      It is so hard to deal with chronic health issues.

      Thanks as always for taking the time to stop by and letting me know how you’re doing.

      • Alicia Butcher Ehrhardt April 12, 2017 at 6:49 pm

        Thanks. I’m weaning off the BP med with the side effects WITH the consent of the doctor’s office – I’m so afraid of being labeled a ‘difficult patient,’ when it’s their med recommendations that are difficult for me.

        But they won’t know that if I don’t tell them – and most people tolerate most of the meds they’ve prescribed; I just get the side effects.

        Mayo is the kind of high stress situation where I’d last about ten minutes! If it had a good reputation for ME/CFS, I’d figure out a way, but they recommend exactly what would crash us. Otherwise, it would be great to have places where we could go to get better.

        I hope once they figure out what’s wrong with us, they’ll find ways to do something. I’m not holding my breath – it’s been 27+ years for me, longer for others.

        I exist – and write and edit and publish – in the spaces in between. I had lost my ability to do that.

  4. Abbey April 13, 2017 at 11:31 am

    Good luck on your edits!! And I’m intrigued about your movie news.
    Congratulations on dreaming about Goodreads! They’ll be sending you your Certified Book Lover award shortly, I’m sure. 😛
    My dad read me Tale of Despereaux when I was a kid and enjoyed it. I don’t remember too much about it, but I feel like it’s one of those classic chapter books that everybody should read once in their life.

    • DJ Edwardson April 13, 2017 at 4:49 pm

      I always love hearing about Dad’s who read to their children. We need more fellas like that in this cold, unpoetic world.

      I hope your edits go well also!

      Thanks for stopping by!

  5. E. Rawls April 18, 2017 at 1:32 am

    Keep chugging along with those edits, DJ, the end of the editing train tracks is in sight!
    You’ve got me so curious about the movie news. Now I’m going to have to search everywhere to find out more! 🙂
    Haven’t dreamed of Goodreads myself, yet. Maybe I should focus real hard before I sleep…
    I really like the movie Tales of Desperaux, but haven’t read the book. The movie is really cute though.

    • DJ Edwardson April 18, 2017 at 7:28 am

      Thanks for the encouragement. I hope if you do dream of Goodreads, you will enjoy whatever book you end up reading because of it.

      I haven’t seen the Despereaux movie yet, but if I enjoy the book, I will certainly check it out.

      Thanks for stopping by!

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