I really wansn't too happy with my design from last time. So with that I've been messing around and looking at other authors layouts and cobbled together this little beauty. I think it's much more solid.
I used Steven Erikson's design for inspiriation because it had the clean, block look I was wanting to achieve. The clean blocks of solid color is the new trend in design these days. If you don't believe me, just check out anything to do with Windows in the past few months.
Another new thing I'm going to do is switch over my wordpress.com site over to my wordpress.org site. Now my blog will be fully intergrated with my website. My attempt is to have everything be a cohesive look. Basically start working on my "branding." It may be a bit premature, but I figure it is better to start now than later.
Keep on eye on my blog. In a few days I'll talk about the next step in the writing of my first book.
Tonight I start writing my submission for the Defy the Dark short story contest. I'm pulling as much Lovecraft influence as I can on this one. Currently listening to "Necronimicon" by Nox Arcana. If that doesn't set the mood, then nothing will.
I'm getting very close to finishing my first draft. I had originally planned on writing it in 50k words, which would come out to something like twenty chapters. Well, that didn't really happen.
As of right now, it's sitting 62k words and I'm hammering out chapter twenty-four. This isn't counting chapters tweny-five and twenty-six that still need to be transcribed from my notebook. Which there will probably be another three or four chapters after twenty-six.
Despite all that, I'm getting there. Just a few more weeks and the novel will be done. At least the first draft. Either way, it will be a great feeling.
I thought it would be fun to include some progress bars on the work that I'm doing. The big project is the first draft of my YA Novel. No title as of yet. And honestly I don't think I'll be talking much about it until things move on it.
The other two are my short stories for a couple of Anthologies I want to submit to. Those are the anthology names, not the titles of the work. Currently they are both in the outlining phase but I'm nearing the point with Defy the Dark that I'll start writing. I have a sufficiently creepy, Lovecraft inspired story for that one.
Check back every so often and see how the updates go.