Wednesday, August 28, 2013

My Short Story Has a Cover!

First, the exciting part: I got to see the black and white interior covers for the Primetime short story anthology today. I think mine is so wow. I think of it as part Sin City, part early 20th C Parisian absinthe poster. It will make great swag, that's for sure. And I can finally reveal it!
The artist is named Ricky Gunawan, and he's done a number of book covers and logos and such. Of course there is a big pretty color cover for the whole anthology, but this is the one that will introduce my particular little story. I should see if I can scrounge up my blurb and post it. (rummages) Oh, here it is, the ultra short version:

Jessa's earliest memories are of the destruction of her world by the ruthless Syncline Corporation, who are determined to have the rare mineral verressence- and her- at any price. The only member of the ruling family to survive the Day of Fire, Jessa roams the surface of her burnt and twisted world as the princess of ash and cinders. Protected by Harker, her personal guard, Jessa receives hope for her planet's future one day too late. 

In other news, I finished Daughter of Glass rewrites AND the bonus chapter. The whole thing clocks in at about 47k, which is pretty long for a novella. It makes me wish I had the time to go back over it and add another three or so chapters, to see if I can't whip it into full novel form. One thing I learned in grad school that actually sunk in is that there are some assignments worth stressing over, and some that are not. I think I probably have more important stories to mull over than this one- there is a point where you must let things go. And so I have sent of DoG to the powers that be, and we shall see what they have to say.

Next up: Blood Redemption, rewrites and such, even though I am really sick of the whole thing. I should like to be down one chapter by next check in. This setting goals only as far as a week or so ahead has worked out well this past week, so we shall see if I can maintain momentum. I hope everyone else's week has been productive but most of all FUN. That is, after all, the point.

7 comments:

  1. Lovely artwork! I define a novel as 40k plus, so in my opinion you're already there on Daughter of Glass. You could always call it a "short novel" if that makes you more comfortable.

    Push on with Blood Redemption -- you'll hit your stride. Have a great week!

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    1. Excitement! Got word that the publisher thinks it might be a novel too! How awesome would that be? I could tinker with adding length, or keep it as is, depending on what they decide. Yipee! As far as BR, grr! But you are correct- onward and outward.

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  2. Maybe you'll extend the novella (novel?) later. Maybe it would be fun to play with as a break from the editing that seems tiresome, right now.

    I have long-term goals, and set my weekly buffet up with items that move toward them. Options and small steps work out well for me...something I love about ROW80 is that it does seem to promote learning one's one style, and ways to adapt it along the way...

    You are right. The art is intriguing, and so is your blurb. More, more!

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    1. Hey Shan! Playing with the novel(la) would definitely be fun. Maybe I'll get to do that sooner than I thought... waiting on word from the Powers That Be. As far as the Dreaded Blood Redemtpion, I have to thank Row80 for getting me this far. It really has taught me volumes about myself as a writer, like getting back on the wagon when I fall off. As I did so recently, alas!

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  3. That artwork is amazing! I love silhouette style covers.

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