• Cheryl

Happy Hour: The Novel Is Coming To Life!

So - the technological generation gap continues to loom! I’m stubbornly pushing through, however badly my brain hurts, because I *have* to - an author website is a must, and so is an author newsletter. I’ve built websites before, so I at least have a general idea of what I’m doing there, but Mailchimp is a whole other story. But my goal is that by this time next week, I’ll not only have it deciphered but up and running. I keep telling myself that at my age, brain work is crucial, and somehow, this aggravation is good for me. If I say it often enough, maybe I’ll believe it at some point.

Speaking of technology - I have to confess that for the time being, I’ve put my video interview with Janelle, the breast cancer survivor/Boston Marathon trainee, onto the back burner. I’m bound and determined to get it working and available for viewing in the future, trust me, but for the life of me, I can’t figure out how to get it into a working format, and the author website is more of a priority for the time being. “Beached” will be out before summer’s end, and there are so many moving parts to that launch that I have to focus my time there. But I WILL come back to it once the novel is squared away - I’m so excited to share her story with you!

Fortunately, there were some good times this week in the midst of that aggravation. There are a number of fictional places in the setting I’ve created for “Beached” - towns, restaurants, that sort of thing - and I’ve had logos designed for each of them (I have a plan for these!). The finished products have started to roll in, and they look fantastic! I’m loving seeing this world coming to life - it makes it that much more fun. One of the things I love most about creative writing is that I get to immerse myself in the places I write about - they might be imaginary, but they certainly feel real to me! - and having these designs made is part of that. Here - I’ll share this one:

Looks good, doesn't it? The graphic designer did a great job. The others are shaping up to look just as good - they should be finished in the next few days, and I'm anxious to see them.

As real as the struggle is sometimes, there's nothing else in the world I'd rather be doing. If you're an artist of any kind, you understand. I'm so blessed and lucky to be able to to spend my days working toward my dream career. I can't wait to see where it takes me.