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Penguins

I did an adorable piece of art this week.

Okay, maybe I’m talking myself up a little bit, but I really do love how this came out. I drew it in pen then scanned it, and colored it. It was inspired by the #kaseytheprompt challenge on Instagram. She has a huge book of prompts that she does and shows on youtube, then her fans make their own interpretation. Last week was penguin and shiny, so I drew two penguins star gazing.

I do love how all the colors blend, and the adorable penguins. I’m rather happy with this one. And of course there are posters up.

Truthfully, I wanted to do this on stream but it’s hard to do when I’m falling asleep every few minutes. Thankfully the smoke is clearing a bit, and they are taking me off the meds that might be contributing to my sleepiness while also keeping me breathing. We’ll see how next week goes.

I’ve also managed to keep writing, even if it isn’t as fast as I’d like. I have the cover art for book two done, and book three on its way. I’ll be able to do a reveal of all the covers soon. I’m also going to be contacting some people about edits really soon… I do need to have one more edit from myself to get all the numbers right before sending it to an editor, it’s just hard to edit when your mind keeps slipping. Smoke clearing though so I’ll be fine soon, I hope.

Till then I have a new piece of art and some more writing to do. This weeks prompt was unicorn and pirate 🙂

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Posted by on August 23, 2018 in On Writing, Updates

 

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My Brain is Mush

sunshortI’ve been making a lot of youtube videos this last week. It’s turning my brain to mush.

I am really enjoying all the videos, and the community around booktube. It gives me something to post to my youtube, and I love learning about new books. But I think I dove into a little fast. I keep thinking I need to write today and my brain keeps saying “but we already did the thinking for today, lets rest.”

Am I going to take a break from the videos? Heck no. I am, however, going to work a little smarter. I will be doing some batch videos (as in recording several of them all at one time) and uploading them to the youtube scheduler. I’m trying to keep it to four short (under 10 min) videos a week. That seems doable, for both me and the those of you who might watch.

I’ve also met some really fantastic book tubers like Books with B, Book Babble, and Call me Tea. Let’s not forget Richard Denney (there should be more men in the Booktube space.)

I also joined a couple goodreads communities, and have been watching videos from people within those communities to see what everyone is up to.

Let’s be honest, it’s a lot to take in.

I think Thursday will be a day for catching up on everything. Make some videos, send off some mail, and write write WRITE!

But for all the added stress I’ve given myself Booktube has given me a great gift. The gift of learning to talk to the camera without fear. I’m finally starting to feel comfortable in front of the camera and enjoying all the parts of my youtube channel. I’m even doing a little editing. (Now if I can just find a way to add an overlay to the videos.)

Tomorrow I will be putting up my “Wednesday Top 5” list on banned books that I loved. Look for that.

And have a wonderful week everyone.

 
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Posted by on September 30, 2015 in Commentary, Updates

 

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Around the Web

It’s been a while, but here are some interesting (and sometimes terrifying) articles I’ve found for you.

John Green was threatened, as was his son, because of casting in the new movie based on his book. Is this the price of fame? I know this is why certain celebrities get walled off compounds and body guards. People are such dicks.

Patrick Rothfuss did and AMA on Reddit, which was interesting.

How libraries in Germany are fighting extinction, and winning.

Loss of life in WW2 visualized. This is a beautifully poignant, and shocking.

Author Earnings report for May 2015.

The new tricks publishers are using to make their book covers stand out.

Why you should keep writing by hand!

And that is this week… or at least part of it.

 
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Posted by on June 5, 2015 in On Writing

 

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Around the Web

And I need to do another “Around the Web” post, because I have a few interesting links to share, and i don’t want to forget.

Smashwords is allowing “pre-orders” of books published through them to any platform.

KDP select is adding support for Japanese, and a couple other changes.

4 real inventions inspired by SF, a video from SciShow.

Garrett Robinson put up a fantastic formatting tutorial for print and ebooks. (there are several on his website.)

Templates for all the headers, avatars, icons and backgrounds on social media.

A great example on world building with map making.

A flow chart on how to break free of writers block.

Cliche Book Covers… Don’t do these, seriously.

Watch Neil Gaiman read his book, The Graveyard Book

Neil Gaiman discusses being disappointed by books (writing or reading them.)

The Round Table Podcast is back with an episode about “The ‘Death’ of Cyberpunk”

Joanna Penn shares her experience taking a traditionally published book back to self publishing.

 
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Posted by on July 28, 2013 in Updates

 

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