I had hoped to post a different blog today, but this past week has been extremely busy. My editing schedule for Shadows in the Stone keeps my fingers moving at the keyboard, and although my progress isn’t great (only twelve chapters in eleven days), I’m still on track to make my March 31st deadline.
I’ve been considering different fonts for the chapter titles and the body of the text. There are so many to choose from it literally took an hour to consider them all.
I’m also playing with ideas for the front cover and gathering several interesting quotes from the story to use on the back cover.
In the art department, I’m rough sketching the map which will appear in the book and finalising place names. I love maps and place names, so this is an exercise in fun.
This past week I completed the sketch of Bronwyn, one of the main characters in Shadows in the Stone. I posted the basic sketch with last week’s blog, but will post it here again beside the finished version. I’m not completely satisfied with the drawing, so will create another after I finish the map.
Bronwyn is a young dwarf, only twenty years old at the beginning of the first book. I didn’t want the standard dwarf look. He doesn’t belong in the stories of Snow White or Lord of the Rings.
Outside my writing and art world, other things have kept me busy. Here are just a few.
The blog I had started for today will appear next week after my research for it is complete. It ties into my novel, so it’s not as though I’m taking time away from editing to blog. The information I learn will be used immediately. More on that next Monday if I can get it completed along with the rest of my work with three kids home on March Break.