21 – 30 Days

Isolation is getting to me. I’ve been all over the place and every day I’ve felt both sadness and happiness. I’ve been trying to learn Dutch on Duolingo and I’ve plateaued halfway through the first stage šŸ˜¦

Also, I stopped editing in favour of starting a new medieval fantasy novella I thought up on the second day. Since then I have completed two chapters and a total of 9100 words. I’m mostly making it up as I go with only a few future events to aim towards. Since it’s short, I might have it done in a month šŸ™‚ Below is what I did for my story.

  1. Nothing.
  2. Nothing (thought up of a new story idea).
  3. Wrote 3039 words.
  4. Nothing.
  5. Wrote 2328 words and created the book cover.
  6. Nothing.
  7. Wrote 742 words.
  8. Nothing.
  9. Wrote around 2500 words.
  10. Nothing.

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I’ve found that I work best with no music and only ambient sound around me. It makes me focus more and afternoons/evenings are when I get most of my writing done. I used to run a Youtube vid of jazz cafe music in the background because I previously found that I could hyper-focus in a noisy cafe. So I figured that I would take it home with me. It kind of worked but not as well as no sound.

And because I was struck with a new shiny idea, I also had to have a book cover made immediately. I spent a few days looking at dragon images on iStock until I came across this one. With some simple editing on Pixlr.com I went and made me a decent cover image. The trick is to keep it simple.Ā 

 

Feet or Fins new cover, again.

I’ve been thinking about the book cover of my first book Feet or Fins for a while now. I have been humming and haring about whether I should go back to my old one. I thought that the old one looked better, so I went looking for it, but I couldn’t find it as I think it might have been on my old laptop. Anyway, I went and made up a new one and here it is.

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The Witch’s Room: From start to finish

Thewitchsroom3I completed the seventh draft of my short story The Witch’s Room and I decided that it was ready to be released into the world wide web with my name attached to it. It is currently under review on Amazon and should be up within 72 hours. At the moment I am only putting it on KDP select as a means of trying to get as many people to read it. If all goes well in a few months I’ll put it up on Smashwords šŸ™‚

This story started with the visuals of a character entering the Witch’s Room. I thought that the scene was awesome and IĀ shouldn’t/couldn’t let it go. So I had to work out what needed to happen for this scene to occur in a story. So I wrote it down on my work notepad and when I got home I began working on it.

Looking back on the dates of my word documents, I had the first draft completed just before 5pm on the 15th of February. That’s less than a month ago! Since then I have drafted every 2-5 days. It only took me a few hours every time to draft becauseĀ of how short it is (I was also working on other stories).

I think the most challenging thing about this process was picking the book cover image. I wanted to have a stone sculpture of a woman to portray the scene in the Witch’s Room. But I was very nitpicky about it. It had to be agedĀ and not tooĀ ornate. But I couldn’t seem to find one that fitĀ everything becauseĀ a lot of stone sculptures of women from the past were of the Virgin Mary or Angels and had religious themes to it. You can see that I found an image as close as possible to what I wanted. It’s not how the statute looks in the story, but it’s the closest.

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The image I found for this novella was already sitting in one of my many iStock photo boards šŸ™‚ I like the simplicity a lot (you know becauseĀ I not much of a photo editor). But I think this book might be near completion by the end of this year or early next year šŸ™‚

The cover was also easy to make. I just bought the image for a credit on iStock.com and using Pixlr.com put the text over it and made it the same yellow in the image. I then went into layer styles and picked outer glow. I made it black, chose a size that was like the other black lines and then merged all the layers down to one image. I then sized it to Smashwords book cover dimensions and voila!

 

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20 Days of blog posts: Day 12

Saturday, 11th November ’17

I gave up trying to finish writing my sci-fi book. Instead, I’m editingĀ Ā Save OneĀ for the third time. I found that the first chapter to be pretty decent and I can tell that I’m improving. I’ve been fixated on this story for the last few days, almost like an obsession. I made the book cover for it and I’m hoping to have this draft done by Tuesday. I want it out by March next year.

I also made Feet or Fins and The Backup Girl available in print copy. They should be ready in a few days šŸ™‚ I spent so much time on the creating a cover for them. For The Backup Girl I used the entire stock image on the entire front and back cover. I just couldn’t get the image right for a single page, the DPI was too small. For Feet or Fins I went and remade the book coverĀ because of the DPI. The easier part of the setup was creating the interior book. I used the 5×8 template because those two books are novellas and I was worried that they’d turn out too thin.

Save One book cover

I went and finally created the cover image for Save One. I had this particular image in the back of my head for such a long time now. I experimented with other images, but my mind kept going back to this one. I really thinkĀ that it’s a decent representation of my story.

The main character is a black teenager and given that the story is a dystopian set inĀ a military state, I didn’t really find any images that embodied that environment. So naturally, I went and found something that I thinkĀ represents the main character. And since I know almost nothing about image manipulation I kept it simple šŸ™‚

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