Suddenly, September!

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Welp, August sure got away from me. As far as 2016 is concerned, this had been my least productive month. I set out with a goal of getting my edits on the Tales of Mysera stories done after my friends from Redwall Survivor left. I thought coming off the high of finishing Battle of the Bargaws and Holly Lilse’s How to Revise Your Novel would help. I printed out my short stories, sat down with my edit notes from my friend, and promptly hit a brick wall.

I spent over two hours just trying to figure out where I should start. Do I do a mini version of HTRYN on the short stories? Do I work through the notes from my critiquer as if they were set in stone recommendations?

Then I stumbled across this article on Writers in the Storm.

Go ahead and read it, I’ll wait here until you’re back…

Back? Good. Onward!

Anyway, it helped me pinpoint where I was mentally with my writing and I dove in, determined to get the stories done.

I got 4 of 8. That 4 were done in one morning at a coffee shop. I’ve got one that’s half done that I’m considering just tossing in our fire pit because I’m so frustrated with it. Three haven’t been touched.

I was going to try to plow through the rest of them this week, but the last week of August decided to hit me with a puking 2-year-old and me falling down a flight of four stairs. I’m okay from the fall, having suffered a twisted ankle, skinned elbow, a bruised shin, and bruised knees (and maybe damaged my pride because I went splat right at the feet of 3 other people). My 2-year-old was diagnosed with Strep Throat, so she’s on meds now that’ll hopefully help her kick this bug to the curb.

Unfortunately, this weekend is our big Church Family Camp. We were signed up to help with meals, bring cookies, plus there are many friends who this is the only time all year we will see them.

Fortunately, since the camp is held on our Church’s property, which is only about 15 minutes from our house, my husband and I can tag team with sick kids and still be able to attend some of the camp. But it’ll be the first time in our memory that either of us has missed some of camp.

Productivity in writing department.

Hah.

Nope.

Productivity in anything else… well, that’s debatable.

I’m going to limp through Family Camp this weekend, and my 6-year-old starts school on Wednesday, so I’ll spend some time getting my new schedule figured out. ToM is still going to get done. Sentinels of Mysera is in the hopper after that. Hopefully before NaNoWriMo hits.

So, good-bye August. Hello, September.

Cover Draft for Tales of Mysera

Messed around with an image program today. I had a crash course in Photoshop years ago, so I have a rough idea of how those type of programs work. I’m not artistic by any means, but I’m rather pleased with how this eventually turned out.

First Draft of the Tales of Mysera cover

Any comments on my first try? I’m open for suggestions. 🙂

Tales of Mysera Cover Image Options

While I’ve been waiting on feedback from my content editors, I’ve been browsing images on stockfresh.com for Tales of Mysera’s cover and I’ve been in contact with an artist friend of mine who’s going to help with the cover for Sentinels of Mysera.

I’ve narrowed it down to my four favorite pictures from stockfresh.com and I’ve been polling friends and family for their favorites. Click the link below to look at my choices and comment below with your favorite.

Potential cover images for Tales of Mysera.

Updates on SoM and Tales of Mysera

I sent off the 8 Tales of Mysera stories and the Sentinels of Mysera manuscript to a fellow author to do some content editing. I have a 2nd author who is looking over SoM’s first 3 chapters and if she thinks we’re a good fit, we’re going to trade off content editing. Once I get the notes back from my editors and make any necessary revisions, I’ll get to try my hand at formatting and packaging for publication.

Oh, and I get to make covers, which I’m starting on now. We’ll see how it goes, because I’m not all that artistic. 🙂 When I have some covers done, I’ll put them up here for a vote. Stay tuned!