Today on As the Writer Turns

I’m aware that I’m neglecting the blog again. As usual, I have many things going on. But I do have time to post a couple of quick updates.

I finished another story for my short fiction series that’s coming out this year. Every time, I tell someone about it, I feel like they might think I’m slacking off because I’m not working on a full length novel.

This series is actually a huge project for me. The first year will consist of 12 short stories and 5 novelettes. I’ve finished rough drafts for all but 2 short stories and the novelette I’m currently working on. So yeah, huge project. Even if it ends up being one big pile of garbage, I’ll still be proud that I finished it.

On the audiobook front, guess what…yet more technical difficulties! This week’s technical difficulty is brought to you by this extremely hazardous laptop charger.

This is from a hand-me-down HP laptop from the boy that I’ve been using because the sound on Dell Windows 10 computers is garbage. If you want to do narration, DO NOT purchase a Dell Windows 10 computer.

Anyway, back to the cord. I noticed electrical tape on it before, but I didn’t think too much about it.

The other day, I turned the computer on, and it proceeded to take a year and a half to update. I got bored and decided to check out the cord situation. We see how that went.

Bad words were muttered.

Inquiries were made.

A new cord was ordered.

It should be here tomorrow.

My son claims that the cord just “pulled apart.” I have my doubts.

This is why we can’t have nice things.

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New Cover

Hey-o! I have a brand-spanking new cover! This is the first cover that created almost entirely in Krita. I recently switched over from Fireworks and Photoshop because the versions I had weren’t compatible with my replacement computer.

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The font is called Prida 01, and I’m completely in love with it. I did have a bit of a time getting the gradient text together because I couldn’t find a tutorial. It took me several evenings to figure out. I’m actually thinking of putting together a short blog post about it in case someone else needs it.

Beneath Oceans of Sky is a middle-grade fantasy and is available on Amazon.

 

 

Cover Art Behind the Scenes

Greetings, cats and kittens! I am pleased to say that I have returned to my writing duties. It has been a bit of a slow-go so far, but I’m getting there. I am still spending far too much time on the Playstation, which I think might be linked to my energy level. Basically, the less energy I have, the more hours I log on the Playstation instead of working or recording or whatever it is that I should be doing.

But today, we have cover art.

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This was an interesting cover to work on. The forest background was a creative commons image I grabbed from one site or another. I took the photo of the ax and the flowers by my little, old self.

The ax is the one from my garage. In the book, the main character actually uses a hatchet, which has a different shape, a shorter handle and such, but I didn’t think anyone would really notice or care. Plus, I cut the handle off at the top, which makes it less obvious.

Some of the flowers were from Hobby Lobby and the leafy bits might’ve been from Michaels. Here’s what they looked like before I taped them to the ax handle. The berries were actually white before I painted over them in photoshop.

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Here’s the before shot of the ax. The blood is also photoshop…probably.

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And of course, the brat was there to “help”.

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The rest was photoshop history. A little digital paint, a little text gradient and the thing was done-zo!

If you’d like to see the cover and the snazzy antler graphic on the title page, the paperback version of Wild Spirits of the Hollow is now available on Amazon at this link.

Catch y’all later!