So I took my own advice from last week and shut down all my social media/distracting websites (there’s always that one site …) and took a deep dive into Photoshop.
I worked through two tutorials. The first was to create an illustrated cover using stock illustrations.
For this cover, I reused the butterfly image I had (see Friday’s free fiction) and the background. The only new element is the illustration of the girl’s face.
I put my name on this one, even though I have no story idea whatsoever. Maybe someday I will, and then hey, look! I have a cover!
Also, I often misspell butterfly as butteryfly. Pretty sure I didn’t do that here.
Then yesterday, I worked through another tutorial. The objective of this one was to create a sweet romance cover.
It’s definitely a romance, and a sweet one at that. How do you tell? They’re smiling, and they have all their clothes on.
This probably has more of a romantic comedy vibe, but I think it meets the requirements. (It’s not like I’m being graded or anything, so …)
You’ll notice it’s also penned by Callie Robb. Callie is my imaginary author friend for whom I design book covers. She’s way more prolific than I am. I’d be jealous, except none of us here believe she has a rich inner life.
As you might imagine, it was a strange week for everyone. I did a bit of Photoshop work and got a Friday story scheduled and … that’s about it.
Here’s the thing. You might be super creative during this time. In which case, go you! You might not. In which case, go you! Do what you need to during this time, whether that’s binge-watching or binge-cleaning, along with keeping yourself and others as safe as possible.
Some random things that you might find helpful:
- Judicious social media blocking. There are many app and social media blockers. I use Freedom. Keep yourself from reneging on your promise NOT to check social media (and avoid the inevitable guilt spiral). Seriously. It works.
- Free Shakespeare plays from the Globe Theatre.
- Free stories from Audible (for littles to teens).
- Writing in a time of crisis:
Oddly enough, I’m not that tired this morning (although, ask me tomorrow how I feel …). I’ve realized I’m at the age where any time change throws me off my stride.
Spring forward? Fall back? Meh. It’s all the same to me.
I worked on a nonfiction query/article this week and did a little bit of story work. My biggest accomplishment was pulling the taxes together (I want to add “like a boss” to the end of that). Off they go to the accountant this week.
I’m also doing a bit of pre-planning for a possible Season Four of Coffee and Ghosts. We’ll see how that goes, but so far, I’m feeling optimistic.
Also? It’s going to be 60 degrees here today! In March! In Minnesota! I’m scheduling at least one walk.
It is seriously nice here for the start of March. Mind you, we could be getting a lot of snow at some point (it is March in Minnesota after all).
Still, it’s 41 degrees, we’re forgetting to wear our coats, and someone just jogged by wearing shorts.
In writing news, this week, I worked on some new short stories, started an outline for an article, and took a second look at the stories for April.
So, I missed last week due to some (low-key) adventure. My Girl Scout Troop will be graduating this spring, and between now and then, we need to spend all the cookie money they’ve earned.
In fact, we’re not even selling cookies this year. Even after this trip, we still have money to burn. (And yes, that sound you hear is my sigh of relief.)
What we did do is book a lovely house on a lake a couple of hours north. And somehow, everyone was able to attend. It did not blizzard on us. And I think/hope a good time was had by all.
We did jigsaw puzzles and snowshoed on the lake, baked cookies in the Italian kitchen and watched movies.
We also caught a gorgeous sunrise over the lake.
In writing news, I somehow (somehow!) managed to schedule all of the stories for March. I have April’s selected. Looking into May, I’m going to need to write a few new ones here pretty soon.
All in all, not a bad week.