The Trap in Dreaming

Achieving dreams, pursuing dreams, realizing dreams. These sound so much nicer than achieving goals, pursuing goals, realizing goals. The former sound beautiful, exciting and empowering. The latter sound like we're sitting in a business meeting, working. When I post about The Adventure, it usually involves something about my 'life dream coming true,' and I use… Continue reading The Trap in Dreaming

Terror from a Box

I stated Thursday that the realization hit, "This is really happening," in regards to publishing The Adventure. That realization was both happy (Yay, I made it this far!) and terrifying. This post is the terrifying and how I'm dealing with it. =) The updated proof arrived in the mail last Thursday. Eager child that I… Continue reading Terror from a Box

Why It’s Good Writing is Detail Oriented

(Update: The Adventure Kickstarter hit 100% funding this last weekend! It's still open until October 30th if you wanted to support the project. Anything above and beyond the original goal will go to book donations to school libraries after the Rewards costs.) A well crafted story carries the reader through, connecting dots in the story,… Continue reading Why It’s Good Writing is Detail Oriented

The Adventure Cover Revealed!

The Adventure Front Cover

As I said in my last post, I couldn't be happier with how this cover turned out! Thank you to Joseph Apolinar for all his hard work. This image is from Moonrise Mountain, the first adventure story in the book. You'll just have to read it to find out who the old man is =)… Continue reading The Adventure Cover Revealed!

Cover Reveal Part 2

The Cover of a book might be harder to create than any other illustration... I haven't asked Joseph Apolinar his thoughts on this, but I can say the cover took longer to produce than any other illustration in The Adventure. There's just something to it that makes it more daunting, like riding a larger motorcycle.… Continue reading Cover Reveal Part 2

The Adventure Cover Part 1

Creating a Cover...Yikes! It sounds so straightforward. Make a picture to put on the cover of a book. Except you have to choose font, color, back cover text, image, size of image...oh wait, that image has to fit inside the 'live' areas of the book without getting cut off in printing. A cover isn't just… Continue reading The Adventure Cover Part 1

Artists, Amazing Artists

I'm a writer but expect me to draw a picture and you'll get a stick figure. Stories flow through my brain all the time, it's a constant river of possibilities. I'm gifted this way. But I am not gifted in drawing, in illustration, and the people who are gifted this way boggle my mind. They… Continue reading Artists, Amazing Artists

The Editor Connection

Silverville Swindle, The Editor Connection Blog Post

In my last post, I talked about how interconnected publishing is! I talked about all the amazing people I've met in my life who are now helping me, people I never would have thought to ask before I started this process. My Editor is just one such person. Originally, I researched editors and reached out… Continue reading The Editor Connection