I am sorry to report that the edits Mr J returned to me were excellent and useful. This unfortunately means I have more work to do on this story. So that’s what I’ll be doing for the next few days. I hope to get back to new words by the end of the week. Fingers crossed on that.
Last week was taken up with my husband’s computer dying unexpectedly. We had to rally around to get a replacement ASAP. We’re still dealing with finances and paperwork from the surgery he had recently as well. He’s my best editor and beta reader, and I haven’t sent the story to him yet. But now the computer is all in place, so this week we’ll do a round on the editing.
I’ve already got a general outline of the follow-up story, so that’s up next once this is published. Then I have to get back to the novel. In the meantime, we have tomatoes! Four kinds of tomatoes, along with two kinds of peppers and bunches of eggplants. I’m carrying in baskets of fruit once or twice a week. Last night Mr. J baked pans of tomatoes in his own way that makes them all caramelized and sweet. Very yummy.
Here’s how the cover looks so far. I spent two days scrubbing pixels around the archer. In the end getting a demon to crawl out the port defeated me, so the port had to go too.
I still need to work on the background a bit but generally I’m happy with this cover. It’s a good representation of the storyline. The woman seems strong and active. You can’t imagine how many “archer” pictures are women in a bikini holding a bow in a languid posture. /eyeroll
With a bit of work I might have this story published within a week or two. If you’d like to receive a publication notice, please sign up for the Clary Books announcement list. Link is in the column at the right.
Some day I will make enough from my work that I can afford to hire a real designer for my covers. Until then, I’m strictly do-it-myself. So I’m starting to think about a cover for the story I’m editing now.
“Vanessa is a warrior, an archer who serves in the Ranks killing demons that constantly assault the people of her land. Her mother is head of the Mages, and has never accepted that ‘Nessa wouldn’t follow their path. When a deadly Rift forms inside the Mage stronghold at Courantin, they have to learn to work together to save the city they both love.”
Here’s the base photo I’m going to work with.
This is a stock photo from Canstock Photo. I’ll make several changes for the final cover, including changes to the color and background, adding a demon coming through the window, and changing the arrows to match the adamantium ones my hero uses. I may change the hair color. But the flavor of this photo generally matches my story, and so this is where I begin.
More next week.
Feeling pretty unhappy with the world, and mourning with all around good guy John Cole who lost his marvelous cat, Tunch, unexpectedly this weekend. In Tunch’s honor, everyone is encouraged to donate to MARC, an animal rescue resource.
And it was just a year ago when we lost our cat Jamey, so it’s too much resonance all around.
Editing the story still, and still uncertain how to end the novel. I hope I break my brain impasse soon.
We had a nice time with family, though the long hours of travel were stressful. Very happy to be home. It would be nice to have this outside my house every day:
But I couldn’t live with the humidity.
This week I am doing another full re-read of the manuscript so far, so don’t look for much in the way of new words. I hope to be back to writing next week, and then on to the end!
Nothing is happening this week, writing-wise, because my time is taken up with travel and family plans. So, back next week to pick it up again.
In the meantime, I recommend this blog post by Jim Hines, What is rape culture? It’s a good discussion of the subject, important now and in the future.
See you then.