SCVK is turning into a book

Indie Publishing Friends, Writing

This is a thing. A real thing.

Last November I thought I’d be sending off SCVK to agents for years. Then I came across Killing the Sacred Cows of Publishing and decided to go indie and go for broke.

Now, not even six months later, I’m closer than ever to making my dream come true.

Today Katie Payne just sent a finalized cover (AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH IT’S AMAZING but I’mma ask for a couple tweaks! BUT IT’S STILL AMAZING AAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!). And Colleen just sent over some interior files for me to choose from. You know, for, like, the printed book. Which is going to happen.

THIS IS HAPPENING. TO ME!  All I need now is more moolah. Oh and for my last Typo Patroller to finish reading so I can fix tracking errors. :D

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SCVK Cover teaser and other stuff

Art, Indie Publishing Friends, Writing

onekatie:
“Closeup of painting I’m chipping away at for the one and only Danielle!!
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#digitalpainting #digitalart #artist #art #illustration #bookcover #sketch
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That sound you hear is my face cracking because I’M GRINNING SO HARD

onekatie:

Closeup of painting I’m chipping away at for the one and only Danielle!!
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#digitalpainting #digitalart #artist #art #illustration #bookcover #sketch

That sound you hear is my face cracking because I’M GRINNING SO HARD


 

In other news…*squints at 41 printed pages of Armello fanfic* When did this get so long?! Probably time to re-read it soon.

I wrote some today on Horror and Frenchies and suddenly my motivation’s run out. Literally nothing sounds good to do (except maybe play DROPSY, but I don’t want to continue on without my friend over so.)

Well, playing DEAD SECRET sounds good but the last time I played it it got my heart going and I’m already kinda hyped by the SCVK cover preview. X33 I don’t know if my heart could take it.

TACOS TONIGHT!!

On Chasing Bestseller Lists

Writing

This gal’s light-years ahead of me in the writing career game, but I agree with her reasons for not chasing bestseller lists:

http://blog.marieforce.com/that-day-i-decided-to-stop-chasing-the-bestseller-lists/

I’d much rather be beavering away on the latest project for readers than stressing out over some arbitrary list that’s probably reflective of the opinions of East Coast publishing houses (Found via http://kriswrites.com/2017/03/29/business-musings-bestseller-lists-and-other-dreams/ ).

One’s mental health is important! Remember, you don’t need someone else’s stamp o’ approval to be a writer! Just write!

Baby Bites on SCVK

Writing

I’ve been struggling with doing some major edits to SCVK. They really need to be made, though, so yesterday, despite a low-motivation fog-brain sort of day, I managed to work over an hour on the Tough Stuff.

Today I spent almost two hours on Frankensteining pieces together, and (just as predicted), I like what I’ve stitched together much better than what I used to have. I’ve got piano in the morning, but after my lessons, I think I’ll try to finish up this section while I have the momentum.

And after that…there’s still more to be done! ALWAYS MORE. But I’ve posted some affirmations and I’m picturing this thing FINISHED–a small doorstop with a beautiful cover I can hold in my hand and flip through, something people are actually buying and READING!–and it’s helping a lot.

One of my most important affirmations is this: My dreams come from God, and God has the power to accomplish them.

So often I feel like my writing–which is SO FUN–isn’t Important or Spiritual enough. But this affirmation reminds me that it’s OK to chase my dreams because they were put in me for a reason.

It also assures me of something I told myself long ago: this is NOT my book, it’s Heavenly Father’s book. (It has to be because nobody in his right mind would make his debut novel the same length as Gone with the Wind.) So as long as I sit my butt down and do the work, He’ll make sure it turns out all right.

In the meantime, I must continue editing!

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What being an editor is like.

Patreon rewards?

Writing

After reading this article, I’m thinking of starting a Patreon for me writing and art (because I’d do it anyway). But I don’t really want to make things that are subscriber-EXCLUSIVE, because, as Ursula Vernon put perfectly , “owing people things scares me.”

And I don’t have much of a backstage since I post my WIPs and stuff! But if I were to do Patreon rewards, is there anything y’all’d want?

Art WIP: Heroes of Houndsmouth

Art

Worked on this during General Conference (#ldsconf) today. Time to break for the weekend so I can see the errors (Pro Tip: They’re probably all on that wonky shield uuugh.)

First: the basics.

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Blocking her dress and a fiery night sky…

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Love how Krita lets me paint in color AND see my values in real time!

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Ditched the dress and did some neon green fire from the “Aflame” card.

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Still dunno where to put the text! HA HA!