The Best Beloved Seal of Approval

When Sue read the near-final draft of Rafe Keyn and the Temporal Lisle I only wanted one piece of feedback: does it work?

No writerly feedback. No plot ideas. No character suggestions. None of the stuff people always want to say to writers.

Did it suck you in and keep you in?

This late in the game, that’s all I need to know.

And her answer was “Yes.”

It’s being proofread right now, and I have one or two sentences that need polishing after my current read-through. The cover is done. (See? Right there above.)

I can see the checkered flag. I’ll keep you posted.

Birthing a Cover

Ginger, the Ship Captain's CatBack in April I worked with illustrator Davina Kinney on the first drawing for my children’s book Ginger, the Ship Captain’s Cat and wrote about it at Someday Box.

The project sat idle for a while but over the past two months Davina has worked her head to the bone creating 29 more drawings, one perfect image for each short story in the book.

Then, we started on the cover.

For some reason, the black and white line drawings were fun, exciting.

Getting the cover right has been an emotional challenge for me. Not because Davina isn’t doing her best, but because I had a very hard time conveying the emotions I wanted the cover to evoke.

Imagine that: struggling emotionally with art. What a surprise.

We got there, eventually. Once I found the words to explain the feelings to Davina, she nailed it on the first try. She’d done 4 or 5 versions, all very similar, all completely wrong (my fault; my fault, I tell you.)

She’s doing a final tidy on the perfect-feeling image, and then I’ll get those stories edited, formatted, and printed so y’all can buy a dozen copies each of Ginger, the Ship Captain’s Cat and give them to all the little ones in your life.