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2016 Week Forty-Five: *flailing*

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If you thought I’d be relaxing this week after sending my manuscript to my editor a week ago, you have no idea how my brain works. That’s okay: neither do I.

Anyway, it turns out that what I do after finishing – or at least reaching a built-in pause in – a big project is… everything. This week I’ve had a huge ridiculous burst of productivity, of the type that I could have used a week or two ago when I was, like, face-down on my sofa trying to coax myself into at least turning the computer on. Here are some things I have done:

Discovered felting

I impulse-bought a kit in Hobbycraft and made this little dude.

a felt polar bear with a knitted scarf

Quick question: WHY DID NONE OF YOU TELL ME THERE’S A CRAFT BASED SOLELY ON REPEATEDLY STABBING THINGS?? I can channel my rage into something cute! …Wait, never mind, I think I get it.

Redesigned the cover for Venetian Masks, again

Okay, look, I had to remake it, because I needed a design that included a spine and back cover, and all I made last time was the front cover. But I will admit to getting carried away:

a water colour mask on a background of a watercolour painting of a galaxy, with gold text

the galaxy continues over the spine and back cover, where there is also a gold swirl above the blurb

I’m pleased with it, though I’m sure I’ll fuss over it some more before publication! (And replace the Lorem Ipsum blurb with actual words, of course!)

More website stuff

I told you guys a couple of weeks ago that I bought VictoriaLeybourne.com. At the same time, I also bought beautyandthebeastbook.com – basically because I get a ton of hits from people searching “opposite of popular”, since this site is oppositeofpopular.com, and I wanted to see if that would work for something I’d actually like to get search results for! The site has an “Under Construction” page covering it at the moment, while I work on it, but here’s a little preview:

screenshot showing the layout of my new website - the header says

I’ve learned a lot about WordPress and GIMP this week.

Plus, I also wrote this epic blog post about the new Beauty and the Beast trailer and this one about Wattpad futures. And, you know, went to work. It’s amazing how much the aspiring writer can get done if writing is removed from the equation.

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One thought on “2016 Week Forty-Five: *flailing*

  1. Nothing wrong with making your book cover extra fancy. Plus, sorting the website(s) so everything is all set up by the time you’re ready for your official release is a good plan. I think it’s probably the pleasure of knowing that you’ve reached the point where your book is ready for an editor that’s making you feel so energized and productive.

    Oh, and good call on making a polar bear as your felting project… I love polar bears.

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