Archive for May, 2011

Blog Tour de Troops Wrap-up

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

Thank you to the Indie Book Collective for organizing this event, and to everyone who participated by leaving their comments! Your sentiments were greatly appreciated.

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Sic Transit Gloria Mundi

Saturday, May 28th, 2011

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The stop before mine on the blog tour is Stacey Kennedy (http://www.staceykennedy.com/blog/) and the next stop is Pandora Poikilos (http://peacefrompieces.blogspot.com/).  Be sure and check them out, as well as the rest of the authors participating in the blog tour over the course of this Memorial Day weekend, and spread the ability of my fellow independent/self-published authors to cheer our brave soldiers in their grim duty through donations of our ebooks.  You can also donate funds to provide the troops with Kindle e-readers.

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My family moved to the USA when I was ten. A year later, my father enlisted in the United States Army Reserve, saying that his own father had once told him that the only way to truly make a new country your home was to till its soil or to defend it against its enemies. At the time, I was too young and too surprised to say how much I respected that.

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Blog Tour de Troops

Friday, May 27th, 2011

Please join me in this Blog Tour de Troops charity event!

This Memorial Day, I’m joining over 30 authors in thanking our troops for the sacrifices they have made in our defense.

See http://indiebookcollective.wordpress.com right now for all the details and the full author roster.

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Thank you!

Sunday, May 15th, 2011

If I were to list the people who most contributed to making this effort possible, the final thanks would go to my readers. Some were relatively silent, others were more vocal in their comments, and then there was Jerry. What can I say about Jerry? The first of my online fans who wrote to me with encouragement, he was just another voice in the small group of people who responded to my initial story postings. Then he made a comment thanking me for a particular explanatory passage, saying it cleared up some of the confusion he had about the origins of vampires and Sentinels. I initially wrote back with a generic note thanking him for his comments, but then I got to thinking and sent him another email asking for more information about what elements he found confusing, and how I could make my explanations clearer.

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Illustration Evolution

Sunday, May 1st, 2011

So the third draft of the text was at the editor’s, and I was playing around with clip art in Photoshop to try and create heraldic symbols that would convey a sense of the character and importance of the various factions that were fighting it out in the book. I actually completed basic versions of about ten of the seals that became the basis for the current illustrations for Sunset. The stickler was the House Jiao-long seal. I couldn’t find a good image of a dragon in the public domain that expressed the qualities that I wanted. Eventually, I gave up in frustration and turned to my college fraternity for advice. That’s not actually as crazy as it sounds, since I was a member of a co-ed literary fraternity. The writing bug bit me even way back then. In any case I sent an email to our social listserv asking what I should do. I got back two useful replies. One suggested I use licensed microstock images (Which became overwhelmingly important later on in the process when I focused on cover art, but I didn’t really recognize their utility until later.). The other mentioned that her fiancée used cutout images in his work as a freelance illustrator, and that she had forwarded my email on to him. (more…)