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18 June 2020

Song Mood: Under Pressure by David Bowie and Queen.

A superb writing day.  I wrote 1200 words in my timed hour.  I figured out what to do with the two flashback scenes that did not seem to be organic at all and was a little jarring where they were.  One of them will be the beginning.  The one where the hero has a fight with his girlfriend and she backhands him using her special power.  The other remains a flashback.  I stole 614 words from the rough draft and it all just fits into place.  I’m now at 16,000 words.  I think I will write a fight scene over the weekend.
I worked on the formatting for the poetry book that I’m not sure I will promote once it hits the market.  That gave me an idea.  I forgot to write poems inspired by other poets during National Poetry Month.  So July poems will be poets.

The long weekend coming up.  I’ll have five days off in a row with the Independence day holiday coming up.  I may go visit my mum for the first couple of days.  I may go to Winnipeg for a day or two as I will be closer to it.  I don’t know yet.  I’ve put myself on small spending freeze for the last several months.  But on the other hand, Winnipeg would be something different.  That is if the Canadian border is open yet.  Kind of like Minneapolis, but in the middle of nowhere.

As I get closer to finishing the second draft, the one I like, I’m thinking of stuff like the cover.  Stephanie Hansen came out with the second novella in her series three weeks after the first one.  The covers are like each other.  I think it’s easier for paranormal romance covers.  Sci-Fi fantasy is a bit all over the place.
Covers in a series like this would be similar to show unity.  My stories take place in unique worlds and have different settings.  Anyway.  The covers for her books work for the market they are in.  
I’m looking at what she is doing, because I want to do something similar.  Six books in rapid succession.  And since she is an agent, she knows more about marketing than I do.  But if I watch what she is doing, I could pick up a thing or two.
I just wish I knew more about graphic arts and taking a crash course on graphic design would eat up a lot of time.
The one thing I have learned is that I need to focus on one thing and at this moment, it’s writing.  And with that, I just need to work on one section at a time and worry about the rest later.

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