I’ve been gone for a while. Time just managed to escape me but I’ve had a lot going on recently, some of it too personal to say on a public blog, but others are writing-related. I also suspected my blogging would die down once I was out of school and will probably pick back up when I’m back in school. I haven’t gotten a handle on writing a blog semi-regularly yet.
Anyways, to update you on what I’ve been doing:
I have a freshly edited draft of Shadowed. Now I can start working on the changes I realized I’d need to make while I was working through this latest draft of Shadowed. Afterwards, I’ll go through the draft looking for other things that need changed or written better.
The story has changed so much during this draft that I no longer believe Shadowed is the best title for it, not that it was perfect for the story before the massive changes to the book.. I’ve continued looking for a new title for the book though and I keep returning to a phrase I used in my book: Land of Blood and Sunlight. Now whether I call it Land of Blood and Sunlight or simply Blood and Sunlight, if I use it, I don’t know. Any opinions?
One of my friends, Cyna of Your Killing Me, has been working on making a book cover for my story. Some of you may have already seen the one my mother made. The picture is a scene from Shadowed, which remains relatively unchanged even with the major changes I recently made to it. This one was made primarily of oils. And came to life after I gave my mother multiple descriptions and searched the internet for hours for pictures that looked similar to the characters I imagined. A lot of emails and back and forth commentary later, we got the result to the right. She left the title off so that should I change the name of the book, as I’m leaning towards doing, I can simply change the title on the computer. The title and byline is my own work.
Cyna is using the computer to make the cover. The first cover she came up with was nice, very clean, and much more traditional, less artsy, but it didn’t feel right to me. I told her what I would like to see changed, sorted through several images with her and saw the rough draft of the new cover today. I like this version much better. Their were a few things I asked to have changed and we sorted through images again. I’m looking forward to seeing the final product. Once the cover is complete, I’ll probably post it here for viewing.
For those who are curious both my mother and Cyna are always willing to discuss the possibility of working on other projects. Both of them have an eye for imagery that I envy and have patience. I may be prejudiced, but I’d recommend either of them for projects.
In January 2013, I become Vice President of Communications for the Coeur du Bois chapter of Romance Writer’s of America. This will be an interesting new challenge for me as I’ve only had training in communications. I’ll also be starting another semester in school in May, which will end in October, and working as many hours as I can at my job, while working toward my writing goals. Phew. I’m exhausted just thinking about it. But I’m looking forward to it.
Lately, I’ve been consuming books like chocolate and got together with a few friends to discuss one of them. You’ll see the results of that discussion on tomorrows post. I hope you enjoy the change in presentation.