Snowy mountains and sunsets…

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California.

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We have everything here.

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These are a few photos left over from Christmas in the Bay Area and my recent trip with my younger daughter to the snowy mountains.

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Okay, see you soon.

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Flowers and sunsets…

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Let’s make a cover for my new novel; a step-by-step blog series, and I want your input!… part 14…

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Okay, here is the newest mock-up. I darkened the flowers and made the patches on the princess’s uniform smaller, so there isn’t so much red. I also added a belt and a sheath for the spear blade. I added some shadows, and dirtied up the uniform a bit. Oh, I also elongated the helmet a little more, to make sure it doesn’t look like American military gear.

Also, I only added two ships this time. I can put some more on the back cover, where the picture wraps around. Thanks you all for the input, but tell me what you think of this, because the book should be compiled and ready to go by tomorrow, so I need to slap a cover on it as soon as I can download the template.

Maybe I should move the title up, and put the ships lower down?

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Hey, he was running out of ideas, so I am giving him a refill…

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I am a civic-minded person, I will have you know. Ask not what you country can do for you… and all that…

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Is that a skeletal hand reaching for the moon???… (or); more random pictures for you to look at while I put the finishing touches on my latest novel…

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I am still playing around with the camera on my new phone, taking lots of pictures. I love that one.

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I mean, it isn’t really that interesting when you do it right. Sometimes art is about doing it wrong.

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Or just experimenting, like this reflection of the moon in two windows.

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Taking selfies with the sunset behind you is always tricky.

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There’s my hawk buddy!

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If you look closely, you will see the face of the ogre king on the left side of that cloud.

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Okay, that is just a moon with a halo, but I like the angles of the building at the bottom.

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Reflections of a tree at twilight.

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I just like the way the middle row of windows is sort of purple.

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The spectral exit… an exit sign inside a room, with cloud reflections on the glass.

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And, as long as these all seem to be taken at work, here is one sunset picture.

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So, how do I add videos to my blog posts, dagnabbitt???

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I got my sporty new phone. I have been playing with the slow-mo video. I have stuff to share. It is time that I figure out how to put videos in the blog… but I am a computer moron. Do I need to pay for an upgraded blog like wordpress tells me when I try to post a video, because mine does not support them?

Please help me out.

And use small words.

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Let’s make a cover for my new novel; a step-by-step blog series, and I want your input!… part 13…

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Okay, technically, this shouldn’t be part of this blog series. This is the map I am going to stick in the front of the novel, between the copyright and dedication page, and chapter 1. You might notice that I used the same font that I used on the cover. I have no idea how good this will look in the book. I just like the idea.

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It is based on that sketch I did when I was visiting my mom in the Bay Area and was right in the middle of getting the book going. I did a quick pencil drawing. Then, as happens with me, I got carried away, and did some watercolor painting and colored pencil work on it. It was really just to give me a visual reminder of where things were in relation to each other.

The editing of the novel is done. I am compiling it into one document and sending it to my daughter Jessica in New York, who will format it and send it to the publisher. As soon as I know how many pages it will turn out to be, I can download a cover template, and put the finished… soon, I hope… cover on there. Then, I can order a copy, and wait to see how it all came together.

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