Post Series and Cover Designs

Hello there. Yeah, I’ve been quiet of late. I thought I’d pop up and say G’day before the Christmas break.

I’m inside on this bright sunny Melbourne morning afternoon because I just had the eye test where they chemically wrench open you irises and shine a spotlight at your retina to check for defects. Retina is all good. So to avoid that optical stabbing sensation from even moderately bright light sabres, I’m inside, curtains drawn, at the laptop putting out this post in the medium dark.

My lack of recent postings is mainly due to my focussing on two series of posts I’m putting together. Both started as one post that grew too large (perhaps a sign that I’m still struggling with my excessive verbosity), and therefore begged to be broken down into smaller ones that  would be less likely to bore the pants off people. Then there’s the need for pretty diagrams which I really dislike putting together. Photos are one thing but drawings and diagrams… not a fan. I hope to have them ready in the new year.

I’m also getting closer to requiring a cover for my up-coming book (believe it when you see it). I’ve been watching a few cover reveals and have wondered how authors get models for their book covers. I guess the options include stock photos which the cover designers get hold of (which may not be a perfect fit for the story), having a custom photo-shoot done with a professional model/actor/person off the street (which can be prohibitively expensive for an indie author), or DIY with someone they know.

I realised recently that a family friend could actually pass as my main character. Visually, that is, and may be suitable for featuring on my cover. Without revealing her ambitions here, I think it could be a win-win for both of us. She’ll should read the novel first. She might change her mind.

I’m thinking of having a go at the complete cover design myself. I know, people recommend not to do this but I’m a tight-arse. Plus I need to save up for an editor, apparently. More importantly I want to get some practice in more serious photography, including the shooting, editing and the graphic design. No, it won’t be done with a point-and-shoot and edited with MS Paint. I’m talking DSLR, careful lighting, shooting raw, editing with Gimp (=Photoshop. I’m yet to find a useful feature of that tool that can’t be achieved using Gimp). I’m pretty confident I won’t completely stuff it up. Who knows, the cover might be better than the novel! There’s two reasons to buy it!

*Crickets…*

Ahem.

Okay, With the Christmas break and being off work for four weeks (Whoo-hoo!) I hope to progress many things I’m working on, including my post series’ and my novel(s). I hope everyone has a great Christmas break, holidays, time with family and friends. Don’t work too hard. Have fun and I’ll catch you in the new year!

A Childhood Memory Rediscovered

My Memory

My memory may not be accurate…

Have you ever recalled the memory of somewhere you went as a child but can’t remember exactly where it is or even the context of the visit? All you know is that it was a special, magical place where you had all sorts of great adventures. I have a few of those. For me one memory in particular was of a little stream and a waterfall and a stone pathway with three stone bridges making a figure 8 around the stream. I remember lush green ferns all around and steep moss-covered rocky slopes reaching high up on either side. My parents took me there when I was young and I loved running around the stone paths, over the bridges, imagining being chased by magical creatures, although the details are lost in the distant memories. Continue reading

Melbourne: The Lilydale To Warburton Rail Trail

Richard Leonard:

Love this trail. Very familiar territory!

Originally posted on I Don't Have The Map:

This is the world’s most liveable city. I don’t think it’s achieved such an accolade on so many occasions because people love to stay indoors and keep their tiny white box of an apartment clean. The theory is that having already spent the best part of twelve months here, I should know when the big, unmissable events are. For example, the Great Australasian Beer Spectapular, missed last year due to the regional work requirements, will absolutely not be missed this year. White Night, on the other hand, will be as I’ll be across the ditch when this takes place early next year. What I need to focus on now, is branching out, looking into the smaller, less known, largely unheard of happenings in and around the city. Should be pretty easy, don’t you think? Just a couple of weeks ago Elena and I went out to Brunswick to watch the…

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One Week to go and the Slackness Continues

As I mentioned last at the end of August, I’m doing the 100km Around the Bay in a Day ride next Sunday to raise funds for the Smith Family and help disadvantaged children in Australia. I’ve been slack. Slack with training, slack with the fund-raising. I feel bad because I haven’t had created the opportunity to do more. I’ve actually been really busy with work and distracted by health issues of other family members, hence the lack of blog posts, too.

Anyway, to at least partially make amends for my recent lack of fund-raising efforts I post this because there is only one week to go. Please help the kiddies if you can. You can also click that helmeted head over there on the hill to the left for the fund-raising page.

Thank you!

Anagrams in Novels – Clever or Cringeworthy?

I’m really bad with picking up anagrams.

I recently realised that the name of a famous ebook reading device is an anagram of “book”. (That’s the Kobo, in case you’re worse at it than me.)

And it was only this year, 11 years after the last instalment of The Matrix Trilogy was released, when I realised that for three movies of NEO trying to work out if he is the ONE… you see? And that was only after someone pointed it out to me. Continue reading

Boook Review: Ignite by Lily Paradis

Ignite - Lily Paradis

Ignite by Lily Paradis, released on August 26 this year, is a Young Adult novel best described by the blurb:

After her father’s untimely demise in a mining accident and her mother’s abandonment, Lauren Lindsay is no stranger to loss. She’s used to living life for one person: herself. That is, until another family tragedy thrusts three children into her care and uproots her life in ways she could never imagine.

Lauren’s first instinct is to run, until she meets their striking, mysterious neighbor Dean Powell. Their immediate chemistry and his connection with her late father just might be enough to keep her in town long enough to uncover pieces of her past that she never had answers to. Dean’s shady past and her reluctance to trust him could cost her the life she’s always been searching for, but will she run back to her old life?

Or will she choose to stay and live the life her father always imagined for her?

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Help Stop the Ivory Trade

Richard Leonard:

Killing an individual is one thing. Killing off an entire species, a vital cog in a complex ecosystem… I have no words. Very sad. And all because the ecosystem we are part of takes a backseat to the economy.

Originally posted on 4am Writer:

The illegal ivory trade has decimated the elephant population. Elephants are on the brink of extinction. Please help save them. Every 15 minutes, an elephant is killed for its tusks. At that rate, elephants will be extinct in the wild in about 10 years.

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