WOYWW 644 – like a lemming….


I have had a mad week. Need a root canal (What fun!) and then there were Drs. appointments and admin stuff around the house and all manner of …stuff. I also had a bit of a mad ATC trading session, and trying to get everything sorted and packaged up for the next time I am near he post office resulted in my desk looking like THIS:

Chaos. With a bit of dedication – scuppered for a bit as Facebook was down for a long time, and many of the trades were in private FB groups, where I wanted to double (and triple) check to make sure that I was sending the right cards to the right people – I managed to get everything packaged up, the envelopes constructed, the extra goodie bags compiled, and quite a stack of the extra-bits-bags pre-made for future trades!

The clear pouch is full of all I have left to trade, so I will aim to update my page at the top so it only has items available. If you want to trade, feel free to let me know here!

Now, I have hinted over the last week or so that I was waiting for a bit of news. Here it is, and I have to thank (blame? lol!) fellow desker AliWade for mentioning KDP, which is Kindle Direct Publishing. Who among us has not received, for some occasion, a blank journal, with a clever title on the front, that reflects an obsession? I think I have gotten 4 or 5 over the last year or two, all knitting related. I love them and have used them. Well, KDP is the way those get made. Google it or look for it on YouTube. Basically you make a cover (to the exact specs from Amazon) as a pdf, then make interior pages (and 120 pages seems a sort of norm) with lines or dots or grids or whatever, the upload it for sale. In theory you passively wait for the money to roll in. In reality, it’s a lot more complex than that. But fun. I now have three for sale – and long time readers will note that the Life is so Daily image is based on a planner I made back in…2015 I think, so not very hard to make.

Part of the reason I was delayed was first I made a typo in my subtitle on the bright one (and you cannot correct that yourself, only Amazon can do it) which will surprise regular readers not one little bit and then my slightly buggy and no longer supported program didn’t save a change I made to correct the spacing on the pastel version and I didn’t notice. The two line-a-day journals and for journaling (surprise, surprise) so are what they call “low-content” in that they have pages full of date blocks and journaling lines, plus a little intro page about establishing habits and journaling, etc. The Walking one has a much more complex interior, and is sort of a log book for walkers. I have a lot more to say about this whole Low/No-content KDP publishing phenomenon but I’ll save it for another day. So yeah, thanks Ali! It’s been a fun process. I may never sell a copy, but I know someone who loves what was on YOUR journal and that may end up as a gift in December…..

Lastly, If you HAD to…

Oh dear. No a fan of alcohol (diabetes and all) OR pain, but in the hopes that the LIGHT means less sugar, I guess I would have a big lunch as an actual MEAL then graze for the rest of the day. It doesn’t say “with every bit of food” so as long as I can justify eating not-a-meal I figure I can game the system well enough. How about you?

Oh and PS if you didn’t listen to Julia’s interview by her daughter that she linked previously, do. It’s entertaining and interesting. Happy WOYWW!

14 thoughts on “WOYWW 644 – like a lemming….

  1. Love how you have packaged yout ATC swaps!
    Excellent journals too…
    Happy WOYWW!
    Stay safe and keep well!
    I am hoping to visit everyone this week – unfortunately last week I just couldn’t make it…
    Susan #11
    Calling All Crafters! – My Blog!

  2. Happy Belated WOYWW. I am so glad that I introduced you to KDP. Your journals are AMAZING!! I definitely will be purchasing at least one of the walking ones, and will share on my Instagram. What a fantastic idea. My problem at the moment is trying to keep to one design theme at a time. I have done a few more guinea pig ones, and now concentrating on Christmas. I have sold a digital Christmas Notebook for a couple of years, so getting that into KDP form – and then will do a guinea pig one, plus some more detailed with colour interiors (not tried that yet). I have started on a handwriting practice/activity book for kids (was for my eldest granddaughter, but might as well try selling it !), so need to get back to that at one point. Found a lady who does gorgeous guinea pig illustrations, so we are going to work together to get a range of notebooks/colouring books out. Busy busy! Loving your ATCs. I haven’t done any trading for a while – just not enough hours in the day. Ali x #4

  3. Well, why not!. There’s an ad that comes on my phone,this woman sells books of all sorts I think.. not sure coz her ad appears in a youtube videos….as as soon as it lets you skip, I do. Love the ATCs. I f I could make better ones, I’d swap!
    happy late woyww ((Lyn)) # 25

  4. Hi Mary Anne, late this evening as we’ve been gardening all day. Great projects on the go , love them. Loving your ATCs and envelopes . Good luck with the sales too. Happy creative woyww, Angela x16x

  5. Great ATCs! Love the journals! Hope your dental work goes well with a speedy recovery.
    Carol N #19

  6. Congrats on the amazon publishing, I’ve done a few books over the years with the book group I’m in, both on amazon and a few other POD places. It’s a great option for gifts. Sorry the facebook downtime impacted you, I was glad it was down for the peace and quiet lol. Happy WOYWW! Elle #21, EOTC

  7. Love your envelopes. I the dentists work isn’t too painful. Happy WOYWW Angela #8

    • I didn’t even notice the FB downtime, but it must have been fairly maddening to none all set up and ready and then unable to clear your desk…I do hate that ‘waiting’ situation, it stifles your next move! Love the journals, what a great idea, As so often with Deskers, Ali revealed to me a whole new world of creating and selling! I’ll take the vodka thanks, the piñata idea is to me, insufferable…literally or figuratively!

  8. Took me a bit to find the comment area ! But I browsed around to previous post and Love all the ATC’s….one of my fav projects to create. I too, had dental done. 2 wks before I could eat real food. Jello,broth, ice cream(lactose issue) lost some weight, so hope I can keep it from coming back !!!!! Lost my taste for meat completely. Weather’s been great here so trying to spend time outside. Have fun with the KDP and enjoy a great week

  9. Love those notebooks, great creations – hope they sell like hot cakes!! Those ATCs are pretty fab too, you’re so good at joining in swaps, all the sewing ones I’ve seen have never floated my boat. Good luck with the dentist stuff…
    Hugs LLJ 6 xxx

  10. Hi Mary Anne, thanks for your visit. I switched off anonymous comments as Neet mentioned getting spammed. Sorry if it causes problems.
    Well done for getter BG your journals onto Amazon. It sounds a bit tortuous. Your ATCs look good too.
    I hope your root canal work isn’t too horrible. It sounds like your game. Suffer the dentist or have toothache! I can’t imagine how you could be a human piñata, or at least only once?
    Tak care and happy WOYWW
    Lynnecrafts 15

  11. Wow, when I see those books on sale in reality I will say “I know her” and puff up with pride that they are from a fellow WOYWW’er. Well done you.
    Lovely busy desk, very interesting to look at with some nice painty bits on it.
    Hugs, Neet 9 xx

  12. Definitely not the alcohol option Mary Ann as I can’t stand the stuff and am allergic to the sulphites in wine and beer anyway. The journals look great – hope they sell well for you. Stay safe and happy WOYWW. Sarah #3

  13. Well, go you!! I await news of your first million sales…. lol! Good luck, seriously. You are on a real roll with your atc trades too. Have a fab week. Helen #2

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