Writing Updates: Ginger, and Jesse Donovan

Ginger, the Ship Captain's CatI have what might be the final version of the Ginger stories in my hand. Once I review the formatting and layout, it gets uploaded along with the cover and then I’ll be ordering a printed proof.

Could have it in hand by the end of next week.

First book in a new series, featuring artsy romantic Jesse Donovan, is picking up momentum. Next month’s newsletter will include first drafts of two critical scenes from the B plot, plus a Q&A with myself about moving it forward, fixing the holes, and making it fly.

Writing is the easiest thing and the hardest work I’ve ever done.

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.