Monday, 1 April 2013

Self Publishing experiment delayed.

I have yet to find the right kind of image for my cover. I tried making one but it looked very home-made. So instead I'm going to hire someone to do it, which means saving for a little bit first.

I've also decided that I need my own website (which I hope will be a joint venture with at least two other writers) before going forward that will include short stories, 'deleted scenes', alternative endings and notes, letter, blog posts, etc.


So it is happening...just not as soon as I had hoped it would.

Thursday, 28 February 2013

My timing's always off.

There are a few things I am not to be trusted with. The first is directions. I have gotten lost on a straight road. Relying on me fot directions is a sure fire way to get lost.

The second is timing and estimating hoe long things take. Which happened when I talked about self publishing at the end of this month. I'm not even going to guess how long it will be so lets just say it's delayed a little while.

Also I'm going for a job I really, really want so wish me luck.

Monday, 18 February 2013

The self publishing experiment.

So I'm going to do something a little bit mad.

You see, I'm very curious about self-publishing and ebooks. I read mostly ebooks. Don't get me wrong, I still love me the feel of glued dead-tree in my hands. Nothing smells as good as a room full of books. Ebooks are quick and easy and I devour them whole without having to worry about conserving them until I'll be able to get to the bookshop or library next.

I also want to test my writing. I want to take the plunge and see how people react. So I'm going to either commission an artist or buy some stock photos for a cover, get someone else to take a look at it and release a short story at the end of the month.

I have no idea how this is going to go. None. But I am going to track it and reveal how it's going here every month. I have a short story lined up. The one I have chosen has potential for a series if it goes well but it stands alone well enough. Hopefully it won't all blow up in my face.

Saturday, 19 January 2013

Playlists!

Now that I'm editing SB, I've taken to writing more short stories. Today's is a story about a lazy law officer who is inspired to solve some weird cases. It's a little wacky, very strange and very me.

As I type I'm making up a playlist for a new short story I'm writing.  I love listening to music as I write. I've done the experiments and tracking my writing to know that it makes me write faster as well. I'm going to share the music I pick for this one with you guys and I hope you let me know what you like listening to.


Sometimes I like music without any words while I'm writing. This story just calls for lyrics!

This won't be all of them in the playlist, just 5 songs to give you a taste. 


1. Chasing Cars- Snow Patrol. (I also have the mix up of this with the Police and 'every step you take'. Check that out! Why here it is!)



2. Five for fighting-100 years. This song is so sappy and sweet. Also the video. It's an old guy talking to a young guy about love and stuff and I'm just- the feeling are welling up- I CAN'T TAKE THIS AMOUNT OF MUSH!  sniff....so sweet.



This is starting to seem like a romance and it's not. At all. Hmmmmm. Let's mix it up a bit, shall we?

3. Foo Fighters- The Pretender.




4. Also Foo Fighters- Wheels




5. Joshua Radin- Brand New Day. I first heard this man on Scrubs and instantly became a fan. His voice is like strawberries dipped in melted chocolate.





That's it! That's my playlist taster for you.


Do you have playlists for writing? Pop, rock, metal or jazz? Share them! You might have the awesome tune someone else desperately needs. Help them. Let's make it a thing.

Tuesday, 8 January 2013

Lighting

is a great way to set a mood in your story. It's also something most authors forget to mention.

I was talking to someone I'm beta for the other day and it struck me.
Picture this: Your character is alone on a street. They are starving. Seriously, their stomach is about to fall out and go look for food on it's own.

 In front of you there's three restaurants.

1)One of them is small, has fairy lights around the doorway and candles on every table. The main light in the room comes from a dimmed hanging shade of clouded glass that's been shaded orange.

2) The second restaurant has much more light. The six evenly spaced spotlights bulbs are built into the ceiling.

3) The last restaurant is covered in neon signs that lead the eye to the bar, which had LED light along it that change colour with the music.


Now which does your character choose? The light in the places your character go tells us about the setting you have made and it tells us about your character. Maybe they think the first place looks most pleasant  maybe they would feel awkward about going in there alone. Maybe the second appeals because they are a little frightened and likes to be able see everyone around them. Maybe they think it looks cheap and want something more filling. Maybe the last restaurant looks a little seedy to them, maybe it's their local and a beer with something to eat sounds great.

I promise to stop saying maybe now.


MAYBE! (I lied.)


A room with a low hanging paper lantern will give a different feel than a room with a chandelier, even if everything else in the room is the same.

Another example! Picture time!



Same picture- I just messed with the lighting.


Light play a big part in my story, so maybe that why I thought about this.

Have you thought about this before?
Does anything I say make sense?
Is it a cheap trick? Or a helpful hint?
Do you think about the light where your character is?

Tuesday, 1 January 2013

Inspiration Day!

It's a new start to a new year and I don't know about some of you-but I feel burnt out. The holidays were exhausting. My mind is fried and I am emotionally drained and physically weak thanks to the flu. I have made my resolutions but I'll save that for another post. This is a re-charge post.

I did photography as part of collage and loved every bit of it. I have a powerful camera that I know how to use and sometimes I feel isn't being shown enough love.

I like to take pictures. Me and my boyfriend are quite broke so sometimes we go for 'camera days' instead of having expensive dates. These are getting rarer with time restraints on both of us. It's something me and my best friend used to do as well before she emigrated. I take the camera to family things and I took it to Rome but mostly it's just looking at me sadly.

I'm also for anything that  gets my creative juices flowing. The great thing about using my own photographs is not having to worry about copyright. So why not share some of these with you lovely people and maybe help you write an amazing story?

Be it romantic:



Happy:


Who's a happy puppy?
Courageous:

Triumphant: 

See that little green line? Have a closer look.


Tiny Caterpillar suspended while making  his cocoon. He was so high and so brave. I named him Mufasa.

Hopeful:

Mysterious:
Bittersweet:
The lettering on this grave had worn away with age.


Surreal:




Or downright creepy:



I hope these help. :)

Sunday, 2 December 2012

So I got bored...

...and played around with photoshop for a bit. Pretending that it's all edited I made a cover. It's not and I won't have a say in the cover anyway but pretending is nice.
The result is this: