Sunday, May 6, 2012

Works in Progress

Happy Sunday! I hope everyone enjoyed the Cinco de Mayo celebration yesterday and/or the Kentucky Derby! I didn't do much celebrating as I spend the day writing. Gasp! I actually sat my behind and did some work!

I can't say that I got an overwhelming amount of writing done since my last post, but it's enough that I don't feel I wasted the last few days. I got somewhere around 2k on PARADIGM. I have been focused on getting my horror anthology out soon (in time for a festival I am attending in June), so that's been top priority this past week. While I have the collection pretty much done (since they are previously published), I did want to add one new story to the mix and so far I've gotten close to 2k down. I hope to finish it up by tomorrow.

Since I don't have any specific word counts as part of my ROW80 goal, I am keeping up with my goal to just write everyday. I only hope it's enough to get me on track will all my deadlines!

Yesterday, I worked on the cover for my anthology. I'm trying to keep my overhead low, so I decided to tackle the cover myself for this project. Let me know what you guys think! If you can't make out the tagline, it reads, "a collection of stories in the tradition of southern gothic horror." I decided it needed to be a southern gothic theme, since all my main characters are women and each story takes place in the south. I have no idea how all the shorts I've written these last couple of years end up with a southern backdrop, but it is what it is...

 


Gotta get back to writing! Hope you have a great writing week fellow ROW80'ers and y'all come back now, ya hear!



18 comments:

  1. Can we say yummy? *cough* I mean I like the cover. Congrats on getting the words in this week. You can meet your goals. Just keep pushing :)

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  2. Congratulations on hitting your writing goal and on your upcoming anthology! As for the cover, I think it looks good but I'm not sure about the background: it looks a bit "flat" to me, have you thought about having something like the top darker than the bottom? Just a suggestion, as I said, I think it looks good already :)Oh, and I'm following you on Twitter now. Have a great writing week!

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    1. Thanks! Yeah, it is a bit flat, but with no photo editor (other than the simple one that comes w/ my MAC) I am limited to only adding text! Trying to do this on my own on a VERY tight budget! (I try to save my budget for my series). I think I'm already following you!!

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  3. LOL I'm not sure if you mean the cover model or referencing the fact that she just "ate." :)

    Have a great week and thanks for the encouragement!

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  4. Yay for getting writing done! :) As for the cover, I love it! I know all about wanting to keep costs down too. I use Gimp (www.gimp.org) as a photo editor/manipulation program and I think it is available on mac (it is free) but it can take some time to learn how to use it. I am constantly having to use youtube videos to remember how to do shading even though I've done it a hundred times. Techie things take forever to sink into my brain for some reason!

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    1. I loved using paint.net, but it only runs on Windows. I do have a similar version for Mac called Pinta, but I find it harder to use. Haven't figured it out yet!

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  5. It's a catchy cover. However, the font along the top is impossible to read without enlarging the image, and even then it's hard on my ol' eyes.

    Great job on the writing! Sometimes the simple goals are the best. Wishing you all the best with the upcoming week.

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    1. Thanks! Taglines are always hard to read when it's a thumbnail/small image...but as long as the title and my name are readable, I'm good :)

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  6. Cool cover. Seems to fit your theme, too.

    Good luck on your WIP, every little bit helps! :)

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  7. You did that cover yourself?? Wow! Nice job! Good luck with the writing/publishing this week, Claudia.

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    1. Well...not really. I just added fancy script. I was able to find pretty appropriate stock art! Have a great week!!

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  8. Wow that's an awesome title and an awesome cover. Great job! Sometimes we don't finish as much writing as we want, but finishing quality writing is what is most important. Good luck and take heart. :D

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    1. Just trying to get final grades turned in and then I can really focus on writing!

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  9. Ooh, I like that cover! I can't wait to read the anthology!

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    1. Yay! And I picked up the Gnome yesterday :)

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  10. Great job on the cover, creepy and sexy all in one. Nicely done on the writing front. I think word count is less important than just being in the chair everyday and working. All the best for the coming week, Claudia :)

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    1. Thanks Gene! Well, I don't know about word counts, but I AM in my chair everyday and writing...you're right, it counts!! Have a great week!

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