After over two and a half decades away, it looks like I’m getting back into the realm of costuming again. 🙂
Since I’m splitting an 8′ dealer table in the Keycon 36 Marketplace with a fellow artist, I plan to have a 2’x4′ vinyl sign printed to hang over the table front on my side. This is the latest version, based on a photo taken by Kevin Grummett at my November 10th book signing.
I welcome any thoughts or pointers, since this isn’t usually the kind of design work I do. 🙂
Behold! The stand-up sign I created to display at my table tomorrow, during a “meet and greet the authors” literary event where I’ll have a table. (Many thanks to John Speelman for the free frame!)
Advice offered to a beginning writer, who’d asked for “words of wisdom” as they work through the writing phase on their book and are trying to keep up momentum…
The best advice I can offer is to JUST WRITE. 🙂 Don’t edit as you go, that will only slow you down. If you find yourself stalled on one section, feel free to jump ahead (or back) to a scene that engages you more. But keep pumping out those words: even if they’re crap, you can always edit them into something better later, and you can’t edit what you don’t got.
If you come across a place where you have to put content but you don’t know exactly what that content is yet (town name, chemical compound, how to train a hawk, etc), put something like “TWK” in its place. Something that you won’t write in the regular course of the novel, so that when the time comes to fill in those blanks, you can just do a global search for “TWK” and find all the places where you need to fill in missing details.
I found that doing a rough outline in advance was immensely helpful, as well as using the writing program Scrivener, which allows you to keep all your chapters/notes in one master screen and drag them/rearrange them as you need to (Scrivener has a 30 day trial, so you can try it free before you buy it, and it’s actually quite affordable).
If you have further questions, feel free to ask. 🙂
Eight thousand thanks to Kevin Grummett, who has kindly agreed to sell me the rights to the photograph below. It captures an amazing moment in time (when I was signing my first book at the book launch, for Kevin himself) and JUST the right attitude, in my opinion. I’ll be using it for PR applications for a long time to come!
Check out Kevin’s pro FB page, at
Birthday lunch today with my husband at my favourite local restaurant, a free drink from Starbucks, and possibly a trip out to Giant Tiger downtown to buy (gasp!) A NEW SET OF SHEETS as a present-to-myself.
I might also clean up my work desk as another present, since it’s starting to resemble an ancient Roman midden. (Hint: if your external drives are halfway hidden in drifts of paper, it’s probably time to bring out the snow shovel and start digging.)
Man, am I officially over 50 now, or what? 😀