2013 Writing Goal – Week 12


Another week down.  Another success.  Observe:

Week 127,617 words for the week.  Met the goal.


But that’s not all.  I also decided to work on some covers.

I think I mentioned I finished my demon vampire bunny rabbit story a few weeks ago.  Well it’s more than a story, it’s a novella – 25,500 words.  I like it, as does one of my beta readers.  I’m waiting to hear back from a couple more, but I expect I’ll be releasing it within the month.  I had all kinds of trouble figuring out a title for it, though.  Well, on Friday I had a bit of free time because it was a day off at work, so in addition to writing 2,400 words I decided to try to make a cover for it.  In the process, I discovered an awesome title: What Lurks Between.  And over the course of the day, with advice from some friends and the good folks at Kindleboards, I came up with what I think is a great cover.  I have only used comp images yet, so it’ll be covered with watermarks, but here it is, for your enjoyment:

What Lurks Between Test Cover 4

Pretty good, eh?

I maybe should have gone ahead and bought the art, but on Saturday morning, I got to thinking about The Pericles Conspiracy.  I tried a while back to figure out a cover for it, and came up with this (again, all comp images):

Pericles Conspiracy Test Cover 2

Bleah, right?

Based on that utter failure, and having no clue how to do better, I sought out a cover artist and made an appointment for us to work on the cover this week.  Well, on Saturday I was feeling a little saucy, and figured I’d give it one last try considering I’ve upped my GIMP skills a lot over the last several months.  So I set about redoing the cover, knowing I wanted a starfield, or something with space in it, for the background and Josephine, the main character and ship’s captain, somewhere in the image as well.  I tried a few different ideas.  Again with help from the Kindleboards folks, I developed a design that absolutely rocks!  Rocks, I tell you!  So I actually spent the $17 to purchase rights to the art I found and made the cover, then cancelled the appointment with the cover artist.  Because, well, look what I did:

The Pericles Conspiracy Cover

Yeah.  Now THAT is good, isn’t it?

So.  In addition to meeting my writing goal for the week, I also designed a couple awesome covers.  🙂  I just need to buy the rights to the art for What Lurks Between to finish it.  That’ll be my project for this week, after I meet my writing goal.

So I’m feeling pretty good about myself right now.  In the writing sense, anyway.  I’ve got about 84,000 words written on Pericles now – I’m closing in on the ending very quickly, and I gotta say I’ll be happy to have it done.  Not just because I love the story and want to see it out there for all to see, but also because I’m frankly getting tired of not having it finished.  It’s literally been almost two years since I wrote the first scene for this book and I just want it done.  Now.


So I need to write up a storm the next week or two, and just finish it already.

Which is what I’m going to do.

Hope all is well with all y’all out there.  Until next time!  🙂