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Art Harder Motherfucker

I’ve been marginal in designing my own covers. I’m good enough to do some basic stuff, but smart enough to know when I can’t hack it. I’ve been helping Linn Fergus with some cover concepts and reference covers. Since I don’t have the proper rights to some of the photographs and art I’ve used, Linn’s going to commission an artist to do the covers based off of my reference covers. Joel Cotejar might be involved, so we’ll see. I wanted to share with you all some of the reference covers I’ve done for Linn:
Ascension-Birthright Ascension-RazorsPass Ascension-FallAndRise


Lost-Chronicles Undead_Enemies-B Kita
Here are some more randoms I’ve been working on:
space-adventure-2 space-adventure-1 space-adventure-3

(Not) NaNoWriMo Day six

2135 words today. As I was writing the last page or so, I really started having fun. It sucks that the fun started as I was concluding for the day, and not at the very beginning. I added my draft progress to each day, basically so Rosie could read it, but you can read too if you want. I’m sure that after this first draft is done, I’ll need to tear this thing apart, and decide what to do with it.
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(Not) NaNoWriMo Day five

When I started out writing for (Not) NaNoWriMo, I intended on finally writing the sequel to Body Rentals. Since I’m a pantser, the story is unfolding in a way that just might not be Body Rentals-esque. Today’s 2,000 words gets me over the 10k mark, and a nifty badge over at
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(Not) NaNoWriMo Day four

Today I had to push through to 2040 words. I’m not really sure where this story is going…
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(Not) NaNoWriMo, Day Three

2130 words today, took way too long (4 hours.) The apathy is already setting in…
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(Not) NaNoWriMo Day Two.

Today was a solid day of writing. I managed to do 2,400 words today.
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(Not) NaNoWriMo Day One

So I’m not doing NaNoWriMo just like I haven’t the last couple of Novembers I’ve been a professional writer. I did write 1,662 words today. Good luck to all you NaNoWriMoers!
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Nifty NaNoWriMo progress PSD with instructions.

I have a bunch of writer friends. (Duh, right?) We were talking about progress bars, and I said I could make my own progress bar in Photoshop, and they were welcome to it. Click here for the PSD, and keep reading for instructions.

So I made it in Photoshop CS6, but I’m pretty sure these instructions will work all the way back to CS5, and what ever the latest creative cloud version is. I’m too lazy to fetch my G5 machine to check it out in CS3, but since changing the hue and doing an anchored transform are all you need to do, it should work in CS3 as well. The default color is pink, since I made it that way for a specific author. (Hi, Akje Majdanek!) I’ll give you the OS X keyboard shortcuts.
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Setting is Crucial to Your Story

Why ALL Fiction is Science Fiction

Check out this post by D. Paul Angel.

D. Paul Angel

Why ALL Fiction is Science Fiction*

|| Imagine if you will a recording studio. There’s a control room with tables and banks of countless knobs, switches, and slides, used to control almost every sound produced in the sound booth. Here, soundproofed from external noise the musicians, actors, or foleys ply their audiotastic trade. Writing, at its truest core, is best imagined through this construct.

The sound booth is the world we create with our words. Every story starts with one, though the inside is more akin to the holodecks of Star Trek’s later series than to a conventional sound room. The walls, floor, and ceiling are all blank including the door to the Fourth Wall. Where you, as the writer sits. Before you though is the most complicated control board ever devised. Just think about all the variables that go into this now blank world!

Every aspect of the world…

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