Wednesday, May 29, 2013

It Has Begun

No, really, it has begun. The final stages of editing, that is. This is always a combination of the most exciting thing and the most depressing ever.

That said, at least I'm on track. There's been times I thought life was going out of its way to screw me over. Maybe it was. Or maybe it wasn't. What do I know?

Yeah. Another...what, three months? That was fast. It's always fast. Where did the time go? I remember when I got the idea for The Maze. It was raining and the idea just hit me like a caffeine rush. And then I got writer's block two chapters in.

So. Three months and it'll be time. Are you ready?

I'm not.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Color Blind

Looking back, it's really hard to believe that it's been almost two years since I published Color Blind. Seriously, when did that happen?

It's been a while since I thought about it. Especially the cover. I know, a weird thing to focus on. But I drew that. And considering I can't draw to save my life, it isn't that terrible. I mean, compared to my high school art projects, that sketch is amazing. (Yeah. Those projects really were that bad.)

Somebody asked me why I'd drawn a palm tree as the cover for a book about such horrible topics. There is a reason for that, I swear! The summer I drew that cover, we had a really bad storm. Hurricane-force gusts of wind, the news said later. My neighbor's tree-a big, thick-trunked beast-lost a branch. One of our own heavy trees was uprooted. Power lines blew down! Yeah, it was intense. But at the end of that storm, guess what was still standing? This tall, skinny, fragile-looking palm tree. Of all the things to survive, it was the one thing I thought was going down. But there it was, none the worse for wear.

Anyways, I got to thinking that Cole and Nancy are kind of like that palm tree. No matter what life hurls in their direction, they're still standing. And that is why there is a palm tree on the cover of Color Blind.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

'Tis May...

I have begun one of two things I dread. Editing. Technically, I've begun both things-the other is readying for the most epic of battles...THE MATH FINAL.

After next week I'll be able to sit down and really look at The Maze. This post is mostly just to report that everything is still on schedule for August.