Book Cover Software

If you’re looking for something less expensive than Photoshop CC to create your artwork for your books, Affinity is currently having a 50% off sale on all three products (Photo, Designer, and Publisher). Last year, I purchased all three for the same deal. I’m a Photoshop user and have been using the software for a couple of decades now but I wanted to try out Affinity. I’ve tried it out a couple of times since purchasing but only dabbled for a few minutes. This time, I thought I’d give it a little more time. The reason I bought Affinity was mainly because of the price, but also because I had heard it was similar to Photoshop. To be honest, I don’t think it’s very similar at all. I had to Google what I needed for the simple photo composite below. I’d love to someday switch from Photoshop CC to Affinity, but we’ll see.

Here’s the composite using Affinity:

Here it is using Photoshop CC.

You could see that I was able to add more shadows around the eyes. It’s because I didn’t know how to do it in Affinity and I was done with Googling. I also used the warp tool, layers, and other tools in Photoshop. Whereas, on the Affinity image, it would take some time to learn those tools. If you know of a good Youtube tutorial I could learn from, let me know.

The statue photo is by Mika Y. The eye photo is by Molly M.

Shaman Now $.99

Hello, October! Hope everyone is doing well and staying healthy. This month and going forward, Shaman will be $.99. That’s right. Less than a dollar. It is still free on Kindle Unlimited.

To purchase and/or download, click here: Shaman

The next book in the series will be available in late 2021. Ready to find out what happens to Chris?

Free Ebook: The King’s Prisoner

With all that’s going on with COVID-19, I’m offering my short story ebook, The King’s Prisoner, for free on Amazon until March 22. If you need something to keep you company, let this story take you away for a short while. Click here or click the image below to download. This is the new ebook cover. You can still find the previous cover under paperback (which is not part of this free offer).

Tracking NaNoWriMo

During NaNoWriMo I will typically follow a word count calendar. It helps me stay on track. Word count is approximately 2K per day for 30 days. Normally, I would search the web or Pinterest for someone else’s calendar. This year, I decided to put one together. I used the NaNo calendar and added the word count per day to it.

This is what it looks like:

If you’d like to use it, you can download a larger size here: NaNoWriMo 2019 Word Count Calendar Tracker.

If you’d like to use the original calendar, you can download it off the NaNo site here: NaNo Prep 101 Course. It’s a PDF file and will be on page 50.

I’ve been slacking off prep so I need to really kick it up. Instead, I’m brainstorming ideas for a couple of short stories and novelettes I hope to publish before the end of the year and early 2020. One of them being Shaman 2.

By the way, if you haven’t read Shaman, it’s available on Amazon Kindle and Kindle Unlimited. It’s perfect for a good Halloween scare.

NaNoWriMo 2019

I’ve been working on a few projects. Aeva is still being edited at the moment. I’m also working on a winter romance novella and brainstorming a Valentine’s romance. My biggest project right now is a novel I’ll be writing next month for National Novel Writing Month. I’m currently prepping and outlining the details.

The story I’ll be writing for Nano is a paranormal romance. I’ve shared a short excerpt from this story a few months back. I never got the chance to finish it so I’ll be using Nano to finish it. I basically have a few paragraphs of the beginning and a dialogue between the two main characters but that’s about it. Here’s the blurb for the story:

Tolan came to the mortal world to do the job of one of his angels. It was supposed to be a quick and simple job—and it was—except for the accidental encounter with Hailey. The encounter left him speechless and he can’t stop thinking about her.

Hailey Quinn works at Caraway Bakery and makes enough money to get by. One morning, she helps Tolan from a freak accident and from there she must make the decision to protect him or endanger him. 

Included in my prep is a list of music that I’ll be listening to while I write. There’s not too many yet. I tend to have about 10 to 20 songs that I rotate through. Right now, I have about three that I really like. Here’s one that’s called, “Fallen Angel.”

If you are doing NaNoWriMo and want to follow me, my name is waltzoftheflowers.

I hope you join!

The King’s Prisoner Ebook Available for Purchase

The contract with the Writer’s Unite! Anthology ended in August of this year. I decided to go ahead and publish my short story on Amazon. It’s free on Kindle Unlimited.

This story is powerful. I did some re-editing and got pretty emotional reading it again. It’s about trust and taking chances. It’s about people’s hearts and emotions. And, it’s about love…but not the kind you’d think.

To read this short story, go here: mybook.to/thekingsprisoner

TEDx and What I learned

Last Thursday, I went to a TEDx event at MSU Denver. The theme was, “Reimagining Possibilities.” It was about new ideas and going above and beyond what’s familiar.

There were a lot of good topics and a lot of things to digest and think deep on. A few of the speakers brought up “imposter syndrome,” and that really made me think. I’ve hardly spent time thinking about those words and never really thought of myself as having imposter syndrome, but somehow the speakers got me thinking. Yes, I am guilty of this imposter syndrome. I do feel out of place sometimes and I do wonder if being a writer/author/entrepreneur is the right path for me. Not because I don’t think I’m qualified, but because the recognition isn’t there, and not by others, but by my own thoughts.

In the Business Harvard Review (2008), in the article, Overcoming Imposter Syndrome, Gill Corkindale says:

Imposter syndrome can be defined as a collection of feelings of inadequacy that persist despite evident success. ‘Imposters’ suffer from chronic self-doubt and a sense of intellectual fraudulence that override any feelings of success or external proof of their competence. They seem unable to internalize their accomplishments, however successful they are in their field. High achieving, highly successful people often suffer, so imposter syndrome doesn’t equate with low self-esteem or a lack of self-confidence. In fact, some researchers have linked it with perfectionism, especially in women and among academics.

I have to admit, I’ve had imposter syndrome before with other endeavors I attempted. This path is no different. However, I’m older and I’d like to think I’m a little wiser and just maybe the choices I’m making now are choices I’m going to stick with. I have more time on my hands and that means more time to really think things through.

Back to the event. It was split into three one-hour sessions. After the first session, they served us lunch. It was nicely set up under a large tent on the lawn north of the building where the talk took place.

They served three or four different types of sandwiches and drinks (water, tea, lemonade). I had the Dutch Gobbler which was basically a turkey sandwich. I met a family whose grandmother said her daughter was a speaker and would be the first speaker after lunch. She was backstage rehearsing so she wasn’t able to have lunch with everyone.

After the second session, I left. I wanted to stay for the full event but I had other business to tend to. This was my first TEDx event and I’m happy to say, the experience was worth it.