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I was not totally idle while I was visiting friends (Sophrani and [ profile] kagetsume) and my parents for a week, because my father goes for a two-mile walk every morning and I went with him.

Still, lots of rich restaurant food and less exercise than usual, so a mediocre month for that. Also, my bike broke at the end of the month. -_-

I put together about half of an outline for The Sun Etherium while I was visiting my parents. I was not happy with what I had so far and didn't feel like it was gelling, though. So I put it aside and hauled out  Birthright again towards the end of June, and wrote perhaps 4000 words of it.

I had a good conversation with [ profile] alinsa about the problems I had with the climax of Birthright, where she gave me some enormously useful ideas. \o/ I may actually finish the draft this time! (Let's not talk about the edits. *shudder*)

The Business of Writing
I contacted two different artists about doing the cover for The Moon Etherium. Both asked for more details about it. Neither got back to me after I provided details, not even to say "No, thank you". In other news, trying to hire an artist is every bit as awful as I expected it to be. -_- Hey, [ profile] okojosan, I don't suppose you want to do a fantasy/romance book cover?

I wish I could mock up a cover image that I liked even as much as I like the cover for RA, but no luck so far. I will probably try another professional or two, then give up after they also ignore me and use one I do myself. v_v

I did a lot more editing on The Moon Etherium while I was in North Carolina and before. I need to do a final read-through and there are a few more changes I might make. I decided to let the book lie for a while before that. Maybe a month. We'll see if I make it that long.

Not a lot. A couple of pencil sketches that I liked, a few color doodles that I didn't, another cover mock-up for The Moon Etherium.

My mother addicted me to Spider Solitaire (it's more interesting than regular solitaire, I promise).

I plaed some Hold 'Em poker with my father's poker group, which was fun. ♥

I spent a week in North Carolina visiting friends & family!

My vacation was surprisingly relaxing. Usually I come back from vacations feeling like I need another vacation, but this one was mellow and I had lots of time to myself to rest and play with electronics. And edit my book. It was good.

Home has not been so good, what with everything falling apart. -_-

Goals for coming month
I decided to do Camp NaNo and set my goal at 20,000 words on Birthright. I'm at 9500 now, so that's going fine. Also, I am back to counting words, since I did that with The Moon Etherium and it worked great and even came out at estimated length.

In other news, I now consider a thousand words a day to be a modest, easily-achieved goal. Kind of "minimum effort if I want to consider myself to be trying at all". So that's a thing.

Depending on how writing Birthright goes, I may or may not get back to The Moon Etherium for my penultimate editing pass. We'll see.

Date: 2016-07-08 03:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Sorry you've had such a crap month between the dental and home and bike and jeez. :( I hope this month is way better.

What are you looking for in the book cover?

Date: 2016-07-08 08:12 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
You should totally ping [ profile] archangelbeth about her cover artist!

Date: 2016-07-08 08:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I meant the Herb Witch cover artist, yeah. :) While I appreciate you want a realistic feel, I think having it be a little "painterly" will enhance the magical feel of the setting, rather than photorealism.

I don't do humans now, but turn them into cat people and we'll talk. ;)

Date: 2016-07-09 07:25 pm (UTC)
archangelbeth: An anthropomorphic feline face, with feathered wing ears, and glasses, in shades of gray. (Glaseah Me!)
From: [personal profile] archangelbeth
A more recent version of Ms. Cloutier's style would be Crucible, possibly?

(Well, I notice a bit of a style shift... O;> )

Spider Solitaire

Date: 2016-07-09 04:29 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Ah, yes-- that endlessly intriguing time sink. Which implemetation are you playing? Oddly enough, my favorite is the one that was distributed with Windows XP. Go figure.

Date: 2016-07-09 06:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
In other news, I now consider a thousand words a day to be a modest, easily-achieved goal. Kind of "minimum effort if I want to consider myself to be trying at all". So that's a thing.

So you levelled up and got a new ability?

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