Monthly Archives: February 2014

Publishing Your Ebook For Nerds – Lessons Learned

Working on wrapping up my third e-book. It’s a book on how to make and manage effective backlogs, or the lists of things both teams and developers do. The first two were kind of a lark — although I was trying as hard as I could, I realized that this was something that was going to take a while to learn.

This time around my e-book is much larger, and I’m hoping to hit the mainstream, both in terms of content and quality. Most all organizations have the job of coordinating their work both globally and locally, and I’ve made the book as a lesson wrapped in a story. I figure either you’ll like the lesson or the story, maybe both.

After spending several days fighting tools, I thought it’d be good to capture what I’ve learned. If you’re a tech person who wants to write an e-book, this’ll help you get from words to e-book format.

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WLS 24 – 8 months in

Ok, ok, I was sucking my gut in. I admit it!

Ok, ok, I was sucking my gut in. I admit it!

Eight months after weight loss surgery. Not a lot new to report.

My weight loss has slowed to a crawl. About 2-3 pounds a month. I don’t get sick eating at all, and I guess I can eat what I want. A couple of times I’ve had a craving for things outside my normal diet, like popcorn, or apple butter toast. Each time I went ahead and had some — after all, if you’re craving it you’re going to eat it sooner or later — and neither time did I explode or turn into a lizard. Disaster did not await.

Of course, with the new stomach I don’t eat as much. So, when I wanted that Apple Butter toast, I made four slices. But I was barely able to eat two. And even then I felt way too full.

Popcorn was fun. I’ve had it twice. The first time I had about a cereal bowl of popped popcorn, then I felt really full. The second time I decided to make it my morning meal, so I nibbled on it throughout the entire morning. No drinks, of course, still sticking to the 30-30 rule. Just popcorn.

Wish there was more to report, but not a lot of drama here lately. Back at work, busy, just doing stuff.

So I guess that’s the good news! I think a couple more of these weight loss entries and it will be time for a wrap-up.

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