HARD AT WORK. REALLY. MAKING PROGRESS. SLOWLY.
Cover design is fun. And hard exacting work. With pixels. And typography. And photographs.
It doesn’t look like anything until it’s done. You will see it then. Right now, it’s a pile of mostly things that haven’t worked. Yet.
If you want to see how it’s done by a pro, read JM Ney-Grimm’s posts: go to the site, and type ‘cover’ into the search box. Read everything.
For your entertainment, and because my eyes are closing and I can’t write a real post but I miss doing it, a blast from the rather recent past:
My notes dated March 18, 2015 at 2:58 PM.
I’m sitting in a doctor’s office, waiting for someone. Not for me – it is the someone’s doctor’s visit.
Me, I’m bored.
I just went through the process of finishing the most significant step of a project I was forced to undertake (civic duty and all that), and have gotten it to the point where I email the whole thing (in painful detail) to those who need the information to fix THEIR problem.
I was worried that I might be wrong – but going THROUGH the process and writing it all out showed me that not only was I RIGHT, but that the problem was way bigger than I had thought, and they had all the additional stuff WRONG, too.
So, vindicated for having undertaken the project, finally (it has been HANGING OVER my head for TWO YEARS), I feel pretty good – and I can get back to my writing.
Tools make it easier
Only all I have is the computer (no big external monitor), and the chiclet keyboard that comes with the MacBook (which I only use when FORCED to), and I can only see one page at a time or so, and that is not how I usually WORK, so I’m antsy.
I’ve done everything on the WIP that I can – and that’s saying a lot, because I’m writing/revising/editing the next-to-last scene, which is heavy. I need time, concentration, a nap first, and two hours in which I can let my brain assemble the pieces into a whole.
And I CAN’T do it here.
So I reread everything, and then put it away until I can get back to my desk.
I can’t sleep, work, go anywhere – and I will be interrupted in less than 15 minutes, so what do I do? I write this – and you guys get a post about what a writer does when totally bored?
The answer is: write.
If not on the computer, in a notebook.
I have been known to borrow paper and pens from a hospital nurses’ station and from the chaplain in a different hospital, to ask for writing materials in a hotel or a store if I didn’t bring anything.
Get the thoughts OUT of the HEAD, capture them on the PAGE, and the brain is happy and entertained.
The doctor comes out – I close the laptop. The doctor disappears again – I open it back up.
Really, this is a total core dump. And there’s nothing in the core!
Normal people play games on their smart phones. I don’t have one, and I’m not normal!