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Weekly writing check-in: more cover practice

More low stakes practice this week. This tutorial was on thriller covers (I think that’s fairly obvious, but just in case …).

This isn’t a real book. Callie Robb isn’t a real author (that I know of–Callie, if you’re out there and would like these covers, let me know). A Cressview Thriller isn’t a thing (again, that I know of). But it’s more fun than going with author name and fake series name.

In writing news, I worked on an exercise and a bit on the Coffee and Ghosts story. And … that’s it for this week.

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Weekly writing check-in: fun with cover practice

Not a lot of writing this week. I’m playing around with an idea for Coffee and Ghosts. Not so much a sequel, but a look at what happens near the end of the series from Malcolm’s point of view (which is about all I can say without spoilers). I wouldn’t publish this but instead, offer it up as a newsletter bonus.

I am also thinking seriously about Coffee and Dragons, or as seriously as someone can think about Coffee and Dragons. The idea is starting to grow on me. I’m not sure how I’d pull it off, but I am considering the challenge.

I did take some time to have some fun with covers. If these were real covers, I’d spend a lot more time refining the edges around the masks on the cover models, maybe reconsider my font choices, and so on.

This effort was a practice go since I don’t write contemporary romance. Low stakes, just for fun.

Knight here is very Broody McBroody. Or maybe he’s mourning his unfortunate choice in footwear.

Mr. Prince here does look worried about being the prodigal son, no? Or maybe the oven timer’s gone off, and he’s concerned the crust on his par-baked pizza is going to burn.

This guy? This guy is what’s known in Romancelandia as an alpha-hole. You can just tell. Either that, or he really doesn’t like the new engineered hardwood floors.

And that’s it for this last full week of September.

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Weekly writing check-in: more short stories, novella, and Photoshop

Oreo, volunteer editor

I am diligently trying to keep myself out of the Photoshop black hole. Fortunately (or, perhaps, unfortunately), I don’t have a title for the first book or the series it’s supposed to be in, so there’s only so much cover designing I can do.

Yeah. I need a title, especially since I’d like to publish this year.

In other news, not only did I complete the outline for the novella, but I started the draft. I finished up revising/editing two short stories that I plan to send off this week as well.

All in all, it was a good writing week.

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Weekly writing check-in: short stories, novellas, and Photoshop

Jasper and Poppy … maybe?

Checking in late today. I fell into a Photoshop black hole, and I’m just now crawling out of it.

I splurged on a couple of Photoshop actions, and let me tell you… that’s hours of fun right there. Worth every cent.

I’m still looking for the right stock photos for my covers. The models don’t need to look exactly how I see the characters in my mind, but it helps if the attitude is right.

Then you need a supply of poses, preferably on an isolated background (or one that’s fairly neutral), and, and, and … you get the idea.

In actual writing news, I finished the short story I was working on. I’m now letting it rest a bit before I revise and send it off.

I also started outlining the companion novella. The main challenge here is to keep it at novella length. I hope to start writing it soon, possibly as early as this coming week.

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Weekly writing check-in: Even more writing and dancing

Even more dancing this week. There’s one more meet on Tuesday, and then that’s it until January. Whew!

I did get some writing in, +5,000 words or so. And my story, Steadfast, in Flash Fiction Online, got the most amazing review here.

And now I need to go figure out Christmas, or at least wrap some presents before the tower of Amazon boxes in the front hall tips over and crushes someone.

Writing work:

  • Series work (structure, brainstorming, research)
  • Mark Dawson’s Ads for Authors Course
  • Writing ~5,000 words

Submissions:

  • None

Rejections:

  • None

Acceptances:

  • None

Publications:

  • None

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Weekly writing check-in: Writing and Dancing

It’s been a busy week, what with some snow, a dance meet and an invitational, some ads classes, some writing, and some extra-long commuting thanks to the snow mentioned earlier.

And hey, it’s snowing on WordPress, too!

This is what I worked up in Photoshop this week, a quick cover for two of my short stories. The rights have reverted back to me, and I can do anything I like with them. So. What I would like to do with them is send them along as a free read to my mail list.

In this bundle:

  • Knight at the Royal Arms (published this summer in Pulp Literature)
    About a modern-day damsel in distress
  • Simon the Cold (published in Frozen Fairy Tales)
    About a woman who meets the mysterious Simon and must help him save the world

(And you can sign up for my mail list by clicking the Mail List tab at the top of the page if you like.)

Writing work:

  • Series work (structure, brainstorming, research)
  • Mark Dawson’s Ads for Authors Course
  • Graphic Design/Photoshop tutorials
  • Writing ~3,000 words

Submissions:

  • None

Rejections:

  • None

Acceptances:

  • None

Publications:

  • None

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Weekly writing check-in: Thanksgiving edition

Quiet Thanksgiving week. I did do some Photoshop work, but no projects to share. Maybe next week. I need more stealth cats in my life.

I did do more writing, however. After my writing tear of a few weeks ago (and subsequent deleting of some of those words), I’m going for slow and steady. I’m pleased with this week’s progress.

And … that’s it!

Writing work:

  • Series work (structure, brainstorming, research)
  • Mark Dawson’s Ads for Authors Course
  • Graphic Design/Photoshop tutorials
  • Writing ~5,454 words

Submissions:

  • None

Rejections:

  • Simon the Cold

Acceptances:

  • None

Publications:

  • None

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