Month: January 2006

Progress report

I like this little meter thingy. I’ve set mine to be red, because it makes me think of blood filling a vial. Yum! Another thousand words on Not Flesh Nor Feathers before NCIS came on. Yeah, it’s a rerun, but I haven’t seen this one. I believe this progress calls for a shot of chocolate liqueur!

Or two!

Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
6,379 / 100,000


Not Flesh Nor Feathers, book 3 of the Eden Trilogy, is officially underway. Today’s writing soundtrack consists of: The Corpse Bride score — which is quite lovely. The movie itself was a rather lazy production (for all that I found it entertaining), but with Danny Elfman on board, you know there’s going to be some good listening. I’ll start posting progress once I actually get some measurable progress to speak of.

Edit: Success! 4000 words and the first scene, duly knocked outta the park! I deserve strawberry cheesecake ice cream, oh yes I do …

the cover artist jackpot

Maybe ten years ago, I was watching a Lifetime interview with Anne Rice and her family. At one point her husband, Stan, talked about reading Interview with the Vampire for the first time – and he said that as he held the manuscript in his hands, a feeling of elation washed over him. And he thought to himself, “After this, things will never be the same.”

That’s exactly the feeling I got when I first set eyes on the cover art for Four and Twenty Blackbirds. The more I stared at it, the deeper the sensation of blissful falling went; and when I saw it designed into a proper cover for the first time, I dissolved into a thirty minute monologue that consisted entirely of grunted Beavis giggles. I felt so ridiculously lucky.

Authors don’t generally have any say whatsoever over what a book’s cover will look like, so the pins-and-needles of waiting drives me insane. What if I get stuck with something ugly? Tacky? Embarrassing? What if I am forced to hock a goofy-looking book???

I should have never worried. By the looks of things, I am going to have the Prettiest. Trilogy. EVAH!

And I don’t mind putting this out there with capital letters and exclamation points, because it ain’t bragging if I didn’t have anything to do with it. I had no say in the appearance of 4&20bb, and I’ll have just as little say in Wings to the Kingdom and Not Flesh Nor Feathers. I have influence only over the content between the covers. Therefore, it’s perfectly fair and tasteful of me to gush stupidly about how pretty the finished package is.

Here’s the final version of book #1:
(click thumbnails to enlarge images)

Cover Image - art by John Jude Palencar

And now, finally, Liz has passed along the cover art for Wings to the Kingdom. To say that I am ecstatic, and that I once again did the Beavis giggle marathon would be to understate my squee. Seriously.

Cover art for WTTK

All artwork by John Jude Palencar, who I will love forever and ever.
Now you must pardon me. I shall go squee some more now …