Watch this space!


Yesterday, I unshackled Akira, my super-hero cover designer, and set him loose on “WYTCH II: Toil and Trouble”. I can’t even begin to tell you how excited I get at the thought of seeing what concepts he comes up with.

Every day, I sit at a keyboard and try to follow a loose outline of where I want my stories to go; and every day, I’m excited when I review what I’ve written and see how the plot has progressed. That level of excitement is immeasurably surpassed, however, each time I send off a request for cover design.

It never ceases to amaze me, what a good designer can envision from a very limited explanation of plot and characters. I send off a covering letter: including an extremely brief plot outline, a short list of key characters, a description of a relevant setting or two and a few ideas of my own, just to get him started. Before sending the email, I also attach a few photos, if I have any, to further illustrate my view of what I’m after – with a rider, giving him license to use his own creative talents.

For the next few days at least, the anticipation will grow. If it’s at all possible, I enjoy other people’s interpretations of my work more than writing. Waiting for his initial concepts is like the build-up to Christmas when I was a kid!

As on previous occasions, I believe he will send a few options for me to have a look at. I’ll pick the one which speaks the loudest, or suggest a different design featuring a combination of the elements he’s presented, and we then work collaboratively to move the design to finalisation.

The process usually takes a few weeks in total and I intend to put up regular posts here – which will allow you to experience how the design is progressing and, if you wish, even have input to the final product.

Watch this space!

gg… over and out!

Things of stone and wood…

This new year is already showing signs of being quite different to the last five. There’s heaps of potential of course, and it’s up to me to unlock it. To do that, I’ve had to reset a few of my ideas.

Other than the support and advice of family and close friends, I’ve pretty much been going it alone since I started writing in 2010. Waving my hands around in the air and yelling ‘here I am’ has so far fallen on deaf ears. I believe my writing would benefit greatly from the input of a seasoned editor – and by that I mean, someone who can rein in my wandering mind and help me stay focussed. Working without the resources of a publisher and on a very tight budget has meant trying to do this by myself and the results have been mixed. I think my plots are sound, but at times there’s a tendency to wander. I’ll learn, eventually!

The problem with going it alone is, after a while, it gets harder to trust others with your work. When you’ve been holding onto things so tightly for so long, it can be difficult to let go. I think I took a huge step forward today – time will tell, but it’s the right time to get on with writing my next piece and let others show what they can do.

Back to “Pilate”…

It was pure coincidence, but two nights ago, I found myself in Brisbane’s Anzac Square, standing under the Shrine of Remembrance. In a matter of seconds, I remembered why I wanted to write Lawrence’s story and where I needed to take it. There are clues in the photo… the rest, you’ll just have to wait to find out. I expect I’ll have it finished by early April.

gg… over and out!