I may be a week into February but I’ve decided that my goal for this month will be to finish the first draft of Calico. So far I’m 12,000 words in and on chapter 6. I still don’t quite know how this book will end either. But I’m having fun writing it, even though it’s only a few hundred words at a time (because of split shifts at work). But since it’s going to be a novella I should have it done by then 🙂
I really am cheap, I could try and dress it up as frugal, but that would be wrong. If I can do something myself, write, edit and design, whatever, instead of pay someone else then I’m going to have a crack at it. But they’re professionals you say, they’ve got more experience and talent. Well, I say that they got there by practicing and working on their craft. Which is what I can do too.
I write in my spare time as both a form of entertainment and low expense hobby. I’ve been doing it seriously for at least five years now.
I edit all on my own stories. I have yet to hire a professional to do what I can do for free. And for the record, I’m a pretty decent self-editor. Turns out that editors are not some mystical being that all writers absolutely need. I’m also full of a crippling fear that drives me to be a bit of a perfectionist.
I source all my cover photos from stock websites. I spend hours mulling over what image I should buy because for the last few years I’ve been living with the aftereffects of having a budget and sticking to it. I die a little when I waste money now.
I do all the photoshopping/editing when it comes to my book covers. Here is where I admit that I do not have much experience with that skill. That is why I keep things simple. I pick an image that I think represents the story as a whole and I keep the text over it simple.
I’ve had the first chapter written for months now. It was even the beginning of the series before I went off with Jumpstart. But then I wanted to get that mostly out of the way. Since I have today off I wanted to make it as productive as I could. But the second half was filled with procrastination and a headache. I also wanted to work on something that I already have instead of creating something new. So late at night, I got to this chapter.
My god, this rehash edit of Calico took forever. I had to do so much for it. But I didn’t feel that my writing quality was poor 🙂 In fact, I think that it shows me how far I’ve come. I thought what I had written was pretty decent actually.
If you want to know what I call a rehash edit is, it’s a term I’ve come up with to describe going over an old story that I’ve mostly forgotten about. I just can’t help but edit as I try to get back into the groove. This is chapters 2-5 🙂 The text after that is dot points in what I think I should add to the story.
The image I found for this novella was already sitting in one of my many iStock photo boards 🙂 I like the simplicity a lot (you know because I not much of a photo editor). But I think this book might be near completion by the end of this year or early next year 🙂
The cover was also easy to make. I just bought the image for a credit on iStock.com and using Pixlr.com put the text over it and made it the same yellow in the image. I then went into layer styles and picked outer glow. I made it black, chose a size that was like the other black lines and then merged all the layers down to one image. I then sized it to Smashwords book cover dimensions and voila!
Being fatigued with other stories, I’ve decided to go and look over an old story that I haven’t touched in a few months. This sci-fi mystery is only 10,000 words in so it’s in baby stages (I’ve kind of forgotten bits and pieces so its a mystery to me as well) . But going over it has been fun. It’s a lot more well written than I thought it was and I think I’ve nailed the first chapter 🙂
Today I came up with a better title than before and I think that this will also be a novella at most. I’m really inspired again. Only yesterday I felt shit about where I was in terms of writing.
This story is about a small space crew whose just delivered a cargo of supplies to a remote mining outpost called Calico Station 85. This part of space is a new frontier and there are very few spaceships around. Any ones that are, are directly related to the mining operations that populate the area.
Once they arrive they are asked to look into a missing shuttle craft that was the last to leave a decommissioned mining facility. It contains seven human employees and the last of the mining equipment. It was destined to arrive at a new mining facility with the others. Their mission is to find the ship, find out what’s going on and either send them on their way or bring them back to Calico 85.