It may be summer time for us in the Northern Hemisphere, but that's no reason for me to stop working -- what with three kids in college and the equivalent.
I'm working on three book projects simultaneously, each different from the other. One is brand-new book due to come out at Autodesk University -- provided we meet the writing-editing-printing-distribution schedule.
This book is different in that it is brand-new book; most of my books are updates of earlier editions. But this one is completely new, and already the tech editor is complaining: "I rapidly went into 'deer in the headlights' mode." For example, he's suggesting that I "dive right in and work through a simple 1-hour example" in Chapter 1 or 2. That's okay, because we can easily move chunks around, and getting his viewpoint is important to making it a better book.
The second project is adapting one of my ebooks to a client, a CAD training center. They've asked me to customize this ebook for their software brand, and then to add more tutorials, as well as eventually add end-of-chapter questions and review exercises. They plan to go on a road trip, doing a series of seminars teaching CAD as a drafting tool, instead of teaching CAD as a series of commands. I like that idea.
And the third project is completely new to me. A video training firm is converting one my ebooks into a series of video tutorials. They've asked me to rewrite it in narration format. The words I write are the ones the professional voice actor reads word for word -- to match the movements in the video. Fortunately, I'm not involved in the video work.
This "translation" to narration format requires a different way of thinking, but it does takes me back to my high school days. It was a corny movie, but the book "The Happiest Millionaire" had a huge impact on me back then. The book was not in novel form; it was the actual screenplay -- and in Grade 8 or 9 it fascinated me. So much so that whenever we had a major writing assignment in English, I asked (and always received) permission to write my fiction in screenplay-format.