Am I over my recent funk? Sort of. I’m still not writing but there is a story I want to tell, so after the move next week, I plan to turn my attention to that when I can. In the meantime, I still have the day job, the last of the packing to do, the move, and then all the unpacking.
I’m not fond of moving, but in this case I had no choice. However, the new apartment promises to be interesting, larger, and I’m looking forward to exploring a new neighborhood. Uncle Dan has also offered to let me take the scooter, as I now have a place to put it (I’ve already arranged with my boss for space in the basement of the new building).
The only question is: do I want to give up country riding for city crazy? I honestly haven’t decided yet!
I finally located two more photos to use as covers for the Precog series. An email I sent to a photographer in NYC went unanswered and I have regretfully decided to let that one go. It was a honey of a photo, too. What a shame I couldn’t use it.
The cover for Knight of Wands comes from a photographer in Czechoslovakia. I found him on Deviant Art. Our initial communication didn’t include his real name, so until I get more info, this one isn’t going up quite yet. I want to give him proper credit if at all possible.
It’s beautiful work; the lighting is perfect. I’m hoping to hear back from him in the next day or two so I can upload this.
I ran it through various filters to bring out the color and detail in his body and the pants. It was nearly black and white when I got it.
While it isn’t as crisp as the one above, I considered it a good find. Ever notice how a lot of stock photos have people facing the camera? I noticed this in particular at Dreamstime. I also saw a lot of guys looking down their pants. What’s up with that? *snort* Weren’t they sure there was something in there?
I don’t want to show faces if at all possible. I think the reader prefers to imagine what the characters look like rather than be told by a picture on the cover.
I made a point to locate photos where the model’s face was hidden or obscured.
I’m seriously considering finding my own models and photographing them myself. That way, I can get precisely what I want and know I own the rights. After the move next week, and after I get settled, I’m going to take a good look at my new space. I think I’ll have room for a small studio in the apartment.
I had an unbelievable amount of fun playing today in Photoshop. It’s been a while, and I didn’t realize how much I missed it. Flipping the black/white text on Tower was a real joy. It reminded me just how much I’ve learned about that program in the last decade.
A Silence Kept is being released next week. I’m excited to see this one come out, as it’s a re-release. I added a third more story to it, and I’m pleased with the result. Who doesn’t like a ghost story?