First on the plate today is tackling another newsletter email (#16).  It’s interesting to think about the time it takes for this.  I think when I start it’ll be about 30 minutes.  It’s write the newsletter, read it over, run Grammarly, post it on the site, and reread it for typos. 

Takes an hour.

After that, I’m lazy for a bit, then I tackle a refresh for Sky Hair.  It ends up taking 90 minutes because, in my head, I remember that I don’t like the cover I came up with for a refresh that I didn’t get to.  I spend a lot of time looking for an image, build it, then look at the original one and wonder why I remembered it wrong.  Sigh. Blurb had been redone already, updated that a bit, then redid all the keywords.

On and off all after, work on the story.  Now I’m focused on adding more characterization, along with more setting.  It’s like Law and Order.  The detectives interview a witness.  Three people standing around talking would be plenty boring.  So the interviewee is unloading produce from a truck, slamming down the boxes.  I’ve been reading J.D. Robb and she does a similar method.  The characters drive a lot.  They talk about food, relationships, the case—and they get the smells of the glide cart vendors at the side of the road, the angry horns of the traffic, etc.  This is the reason to study best sellers.  You’ll see this in a master of writing.  You won’t see it in someone who’s written one or two books.

The refresh (with the cover I remembered wrong):

Woman against backdrop of planet in Sky Hair

Sky Hair

Her confidence shattered by death, Pitarra escapes to an artist’s retreat on the planet Demory II.  She hopes to rekindle her creativity and paint again.

But her fellow artists jeer at Pitarra’s failures.

Facing the possibility her creativity may never return, she makes a daily trek to her secret spot.  Hoping for a miracle.

And getting something that changes her life forever.

A heartwarming science fiction story about loss and hope.

And here’s the link for it.