Some book-length jobs arrive in a single file. Others have a file for each chapter, plus frontmatter, backmatter, author’s bio, and maybe captions and other stuff. Multiple files can be attached to a single email, so the client zips them into a single compressed file and sends it that way.
When I receive it, I save the file in the appropriate folder and unzip it. Voilà, all the individual files are there in their own folder, waiting to be opened and worked on.
Z also stands for zed, which is in fact how the last letter of the alphabet is pronounced in lots of places. And here are, on the last day of April, at the end of the alphabet.
Wow. I did it!
A couple of days ago I panicked. In the A–Z Challenge you were supposed to get Sundays off, but Saturday was “Y Is for You” so Z was going to have to come on either Sunday or the first of May. Had I missed a day, or a letter? I grabbed my chairside calendar and counted. Three times I counted, and every time Z fell on Sunday, April 30.
The lesson for me here is that I can come up with stuff to say almost every day of the month. I don’t have time and I have nothing to say and I’m too tired and I’m not inspired today and That’s too obvious and I said that already are just excuses. Start writing and the words will come.
I knew that already, right? So do you. That’s what this blog is about. But it’s something we have to keep learning and relearning. The alphabet may come to an end, but the writing doesn’t.
8 thoughts on “Z Is for Zipped”
You did it! Hurray for you!
Hurray for you!
BRAVO! You did it. I will revisit you since it was so much time consuming to post every day that I didn’t stop by every day. Thank you for all your visits on my blog, though!
I didn’t read nearly as many of yours as I wanted to, so I’ll be back. 🙂 Several times I also thought “So-and-so would really like this” but didn’t manage to actually send a link to the person. I want to do more of that too. Congratulations yourself! 🙂 It really was a challenge.
Hey, Susanna, just saw that your A to Z Challenge is now on Discover. Good for you! Love your challenge and your writing advice. Check out! 🙂
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Oh wow! Merci for the heads-up. I probably wouldn’t have found it on my own. Your A–Z should be there too.
They might send you an email, but since I subscribe to Discover I get their updates and my eye caught your name 🙂
It’s well-deserved, really.
Congratulations on making it to the end of the 2017 Blogging from A to Z April Challenge. Saw the feature story on a Chicago Now blog which led me to the WordPress Discover blog which led me to your blog. Wow! Nice work in getting recognition!
Thanks for participating and good luck with the novel!
Tossing It Out