The book cover for Elementals: Discovery is being designed! I’m so excited, and I hope that I am not annoying my designer too much. *bites nails*
I spent a lot of time thinking about this cover, and several hours at bookstores and online, browsing YA books for inspiration and to see what I liked and didn’t like. I like clean, simple, and bright. A lot of books in the YA sections are very dark, and I realize that the stories themselves are dark, but it was like a line of black at one store. I don’t like faces on covers, because that puts an idea in my head about what the characters look like before I’ve read the story. I want to discover that for myself.
Once the cover is finished, I’ll post it here for everyone to see! Yay!
It’s Friday! Have some randomness for the weekend!
1) My hubby is a techie kind of guy, and so we have a magic mouse and a trackpad for our computer. I have not yet used the trackpad. Hubby seems disappointed. ????
2) Winter and its frigidness and snow can leave now, please. I said please. No seriously. Be gone with you!
3) I spent the day formatting my manuscript. I think I’d rather do laundry, and I hate laundry with a passion.
4) New episodes of Downton Abbey and Sherlock on Sunday, yaaaay!!!
5) I’m really hungry. Sometimes I wished I lived in town so I could still have food delivered to my door. But then I realize that would A) get very expensive very fast, and B) mean I would need to live closer to people, and I don’t want to. I like the country.
Such a simple question, but the answer can be very complex. Writing isn’t just recording a story. It’s character creation, setting, plot development, and conflict resolution. Not to mention research, lots and lots of research. The characters become more like friends, and even a simple trip to the grocery store can turn into a question of whether or not Character A would buy fresh, frozen, or canned vegetables. Sounds a little crazy, right?
Even when I’m not putting pen to paper, or actually typing at the computer, I’m still writing. Ideas are constantly going through my head. I can hear dialogue in the voices of my characters. I can see them interacting with others and handling the situations I put them in. I have a difficult time sleeping because I can’t get my brain to stop.
Writing is a very personal process. It takes a lot of time, and ultimately, most writers are writing for themselves. Putting your work out there for others to read is a huge risk. Not everyone will like it, and you worry that you’ll be told it’s just not any good. Or worse, you’ll be told it’s great because someone doesn’t want to hurt your feelings. While it’s nice to receive positive feedback from readers, and even better to be paid for it, the truth is, I would write no matter what. That’s how important the stories are to me.
(On a slightly related note, can we talk about the writing on Sherlock? The first episode of Series 3 left me breathless. Wow. If you’re not watching this amazing show, I highly recommend you try and catch up! You won’t be disappointed!)
Ah, my first blog post! Yay! So what should I write about? Hmm.
How about this seemingly neverending winter that we’re having?! I don’t know about all of you, but I’m ready for summer. Sunshine. Warmth. Not snow.
I suppose one good thing about winter is that it’s the perfect time to curl up with my notebook, pen, a cup of hot chocolate, and just write. I do a lot of writing longhand, and while it’s not as fast as typing, I sometimes find it’s better. I really think about the words that I’m putting on the page, and it gives me more time to map out the scene. I have a box of notebooks tucked away in a closet that are filled with short stories, story ideas, character descriptions and setting information. I would seriously cry buckets if that box ever got thrown away. (Note to husband: Do No Touch!)
So today, while the snow is falling and the wind is howling outside, I’m going to try and catch a few minutes alone with my notebook and pen. Maybe when my daughter goes down for a nap.