Life got busy this month (hello, holidays!), so I dropped out of Huevember for my sanity. Gingersnap Cat Christmas is up to 15K words and still going strong! I’m staying offline so I can try to finish it before December. Hopefully I’ll work up enough energy to scan some of the random art I’ve done.
Also, if you haven’t played STRANGER THINGS: THE GAME I recommend it. No ads, no microtransactions, just great Zelda-esque fun times. Also Dustin’s sprite is spot on and I love it.
Whoo! My latest story, A Gingersnap Cat Christmas, just hit 10,000 words! Since I want it finished by Thanksgiving, I’ve been trying to write on it even on days when I’m Not Feeling It™. So far, it’s working! Even on my argleblargle days I’m managing between 700-1400 words an hour. Stay tuned to see if I manage this audacious goal!
It’s called A Gingersnap Cat Christmas and I have NO IDEA WHAT I’M DOING. %D
Basically it’s Highway to Heaven but the angel is a cat. At least, that’s the premise so far.
It’s also starting off at a slower pace than I expected. But hearing about Heaven’s cat colony is very interesting!
“Magnum dropped something else off. Feels bad in your hands.”
Leaves. Dish sponges. Shoelaces.
Katheryn Crenshaw is used to her cat bringing her odd gifts.
Then he brings home an object that terrifies her.
It won’t be the last.
Novelette: 10,900 words. PG-13.
A disquieting tale starring two women. More disturbing than gory, with many of the scares happening in broad daylight…
And in a complete mood swing from the last release, we have What the Cat Brought Back. It’s a novelette (think: longer short story) perfect for Halloween reading.
Writing this, I was surprised by the tender friendship between the two women, Katheryn and Mallory. I mean, it’s still a horror story, but there’s some light in the bleakness.
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To celebrate, I hereby post this Lego Batman gif, as tradition dictates.
I validate my epubs with the free program Pagina, which means I don’t have to command line anything. Drag, drop, cross fingers, DONE! Just make sure your Java is up-to-date.
Hunh! Despite sitting down without a plan, I appear to be finished with my horror story ebook cover! Prayer works! Guess I’ll make the announcement, then!
Coming this week: WHAT THE CAT BROUGHT BACK, a new PG-13 horror novelette.
My new feel-good ebook, LOVE POTION COMMOTION, is out! YAAY! *Kermit flail*
Here’s the blurb:
Dating goes the dogs!
Soon-to-be college student Alanna Lu Feng helps her great-aunt and -uncle with their doggy fashion design business, shooting photos of their French bulldog mascots. It’s good money and fun work—but why can’t Alanna Lu get lucky in love?
Vivian and Frank Feng adore their great-niece, but they’re hiding a secret from her: Vivian is a witch! Sick of listening to her great-niece’s dating woes, Vivian concocts a plan to get her great-niece into the arms of a special someone. But can magic solve the problems of love?
A lighthearted comic fantasy that will make the whole family smile.
Novella, 27,000 words
You can read an excerpt here at Pixelvania Publishing, buy it for your Kindle on Amazon.com, or buy it elsewhere (BN, Kobo, etc.) at Books2Read.com. If the store you want isn’t up yet on B2R, just wait; it will populate within the next few days as the different stores accept it into their system.
Hope you have as much fun reading it as I did writing it!
Coming next week: Magic Fashion Frenchies #1: LOVE POTION COMMOTION! A new family fantasy romance comedy…which is a really long-winded and non-trademark-infringing way to say “This novella’s like a Hallmark movie, but with better special effects.”
I think you’re really going to love meeting Vivian Feng and her family–two-legged and four-legged members alike! I look forward to sharing this story with you soon! Stay tuned! Or better yet, sign up for the Pixelvania Publishing newsletter to get the official announcement the moment it publishes!
90% of my Frenchies edits are done so I’ve really got to get a cover going. I’ve made a few batches of covers but am still not sure if I’m in the right direction for a “Fantasy Family Romance Comedy” story (it reminded my reader of Hallmark movies, which was exactly what I was going for).
Today, instead of starting with a thumbnail, I decided to start with type, then pasted an old mockup under it. Love the author name in this font, but maybe I shouldn’t use it if I’m going to use it in the title. Or vice versa. And I think branding could be stronger, you know?
I don’t even know if I want this to be photobashed. I was considering aping the BEWITCHED animation style. And doing a patterned frame around it. But I don’t know if I can pull it off.
(In my secret heart I want all my covers to be illustrated, or have some illustrated aspect to them. I mean, I have the skillz, why limit myself with stock photos? But the business-savvy writer boards seem to say that it’s not right to illustrate everything, so I’m torn. It’s hard to go against the crowd, you know?)