Gardeners vs. Architects

I was watching some writing lecture videos today and found these Brandon Sanderson lecture bits. I watched about 5 of them, and I like them very much.

The one below is about gardeners and architects. Basically, if you outline your story in advance like I do, you’re an architect. If you prefer to start writing without a plan, you’re a gardener.

Sanderson does a good job of describing the difference between them and the drawbacks of each approach. Personally, I plan to remain an architect, but to each his/her own.

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OMG is this all she does?

She just like redesigns her covers over and over again?

Yes.

This is the last redesign for a while. This one is for Love and the Dark. Leftie is old cover. Rightie is new cover. I might still brighten the graphics on it. They might be a smidge too dark.

another-dark-forest-cover      Love and the Dark cover

I didn’t totally despise the old cover, but the new one is more dramatic. I think this may be the first time that I did a whole cover from start to finish in Photoshop. I usually bounce back and forth between Fireworks and Photoshop.

The new design involved a lot of thinking and sketching. I knew I wanted blood, roses, and a gun. My original thought was that I would have the gun sitting in a puddle of blood with the roses above it and then petals falling from them, into the puddle. That didn’t really work out. It was probably too complex for my skill level.

Anyway, the roses are actually a photo of some roses the hubby got me for my birthday. Now they shall live FOREVER!

The print edition will be updated at some point. I thought it would be cool to put the same roses on the back  cover, only flip them so the blooms are right side up and the stems are at the bottom of the book cover, then maybe have the blood drops above blooms.

NaNoWriMo 2017. Thing Completed.

I have completed the thing! Current word count: 50,039. That was a whole bunch of words. I was behind up until yesterday. I never did manage to get ahead a day, but I finished, so I’ll take that.

I worked the fastest on my phone/bluetooth keyboard setup. It was functional enough for me to type but not functional enough that it was easy to switch over to something that distracted me. Whenever I tried to type on the laptop, I couldn’t seem to fight the urge to check on things, email and other projects, etc.

I entered my word count on the Nano website to make it all official-like. I had to paste the text of the book into a window, so that they could verify that I reached the word count. I don’t remember having to do that before. I thought it was interesting.

Once I did that, the nanowrimo site granted me this certificate graphic thing.

cert

And there was this video, which may actually be the nerdiest thing I’ve ever seen in my whole life. I say that with love.

The book is not finished yet. I plan to work on it through the weekend and hopefully finish by Monday. I probably have another 5-10,000 words left in the story.

Boom. Completion.

A New Cover and a NaNoWriMo Update

Man, I don’t know if I’m going to make my Nano deadline. I’m at 42,000 words, which is nothing to sneeze at, but I have like 3 more days to write 8,000 words. Yarg. I’m still trucking, though, and I plan to continue trucking.

I redesigned the cover on my most recent release already. What can I say? I’m indecisive. This one was for Beneath Oceans of Sky.

On the left, we have the original. Rightie is the new one.

Oceans Christmas cover  Christmas Oceans cover

I think the new one is more interesting. I don’t know how I feel about the green. I tinted it that color to make it more Christmassy. It originally looked like this.

new oceans cover for color shifting

I still might use the gold color. I don’t know. I just really need someone who makes all the right decisions to follow me around all day and tell me what to do.

You might be asking yourself why I was working on a cover redesign when I should’ve been Nano writing. I worked on the cover when it wasn’t a good/quiet enough time in my house to write.

Now, I’m going to go write some more.

NaNoWriMo Update

Day 13. I do not hate myself yet. Mood: optimistic.

The book is going pretty well, despite my various distractions. I need to move a little bit faster. Current word count is 19955. That puts me a smidge behind where I need to be, but I’m not overly worried. Here are my current stats as listed on the Nano website.

stats

 

In my Nano inbox (which I didn’t know I had until today), there was a peptalk from Dean Koontz (Everyone got it, not just me. Alas, Dean Koontz does not personally email me. Though he is welcome to do so at any time!). I hope he doesn’t mind if I steal a snippet from it.

“To get on with your career, don’t waste time responding to the naysayers. Don’t dwell on what they’ve said. Stay true to your vision. Instead of letting their negativism get you down and slow you down, adopt an ‘oh-yeah?’ attitude and double your effort; move faster into the future. The world is full of people who say it can’t be done. If everyone listened to them, we’d still live in caves—and there would be no such thing as books.”

I have to go write now. right now.

And, we’re working. We’re working.

The NaNoWriMo project continues. Current word count: 10,754.

I’ve been overly conscious of story pacing or maybe just paranoid about the pacing. I always feel like I’m either rushing or going too slow. Nothing feels quite right.

I am muddling through, though.

The distractions have been true and real. The pull of Destiny 2 is strong, but I’m doin’ okay! Somehow. Also, the husband distracts me with various house things. I think he’s secretly trying to sabotage me.

I would like to get a day or two ahead on the word count because I know, at some point, I’m going to miss a day, and that will be a bad situation.

 

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