Friday, May 6, 2016

Friday Five for May 6, 2016


1. Wait. It's May already? Time is flying by! There's three weeks left of school and then my little guy is on summer break. That means I'll be blogging light for June and July. I have some fantastic guests lined up for the next few months, though. If you're interested in doing a guest post, let me know, and I'll be happy to host you.

2. After finishing Totem #4, writing has been slow for me. I started on Totem #5, but I think the opening has fallen lame. It needs a better one, but while I know the rest of the story, I don't have the first chapter yet.

3. I spent April shopping for images from BigStock. I don't even know how many hours I spent clicking through picture after picture, looking for the perfect ones. I have everything I need to create the nine Totem covers, and tons of other spectacular pics for future books. I'd like to do some cleanup on my blog and make new banners, promos for my published books, and teasers for future ones. It will be slow coming, but be prepared for a new design coming before the fall.

4. A big happy Mother's Day to all the moms and like-moms out there! My weekend will be spent visiting the in-laws which means Rocket Science Ice Cream. Love this place because they make ice cream from scratch right in front of you and freeze it instantly with liquid nitrogen. Science has never tasted so good!

5. My final note: I received my contributor's copy of Eldritch Embraces! It looks gorgeous. My short story, "What Lay Below" is a Lovecraftian steampunk romance. Weird mix, but it worked so well. Our household Cthulhu approves!

12 comments:

  1. Hi Christine - sounds like you had some productive time .. giving you time to think creatively too .. looking forward to the new make over ... The Eldritch Embraces looks a great read - love the cover, as too Cthulhu - he's a work of art! .. cheers Hilary

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  2. You plan ahead with your images - wise move.
    Congratulations on the story in Eldritch Embraces!

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  3. Yeh on the story!

    There's an ice cream place like near us - too fun! And all that coldness is perfect for summer days in FL. :)

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  4. Congratulations on the story and Happy Mothers Day! Enjoy the ice cream.

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  5. That ice cream sounds neat! And fun stuffed Cthulhu! =)

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  6. I love looking through stock photo sites. It can be a lot of fun. Glad you found all the images for your covers, and future covers, and banners and promos and everything. That's very exciting!

    Congrats on finishing Totem #4, and best of luck with Totem #5. I'm positive you'll soon come up with a opening that you love—and when you least expect it, too. (Isn't that always how it works?)

    Enjoy your mother's day and your rocket science ice cream! Sounds cool (literally, even—I need to see if there's one of those kind of places near me.)



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  7. ohhhhhhhhh

    I couldn't count how many hours I spent looking for the right image (which I could afford) for DEAD MAYBE

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  8. I'm struggling with first chapter blues at the moment. But that ice-cream sounds good. I'm sure ice-cream would inspire me... *off to raid my freezer*

    Have a good weekend.

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  9. Shopping for stock images is the worst. I've done it a few times and I hate it.

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  10. I've had to search for stock images for my freelance clients and I get SO frustrated. Finding the right one is just a huge pain sometimes.

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  11. I'm looking forward to the day I will be shopping for images! All the best!

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  12. Try to skip by that first chapter if you can. Sometimes the best openings occur to you after you gotten pretty far in the the main story. then you can come back to it later.

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