This is a culmination of my too many interests. It's is an in-between place. It's more focused than my Myspace blog, but less so than my author blog. Here you can find artwork, photography, writing, poetry, book covers, manga and pointless videos. All of these things mesh together to become a reflection of their creator in an in-between place colored like shadows and flavored like frappuccinos and chocolate. It's one heck of a world.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Stress & Cool retro style Photos


Yeah, so I haven’t been around much - or actually not at all. Dad is back in Iowa. Mom is home from the hospital and doing better. The Father-in-Law is out too, though he’s not doing so good, in my opinion. I guess we’ll see what happens with him.

Sorry I’m so dull. But the book release is coming up, so I’m all about that right now. I know that most of my MySpace peeps aren’t really into the vampire book thing, so I try not to push it too much here and bore everyone. That’s why I started the author blog over on wordpress (I have to say I wish MS had the cool “future-auto-posting thing it does! ) I dunno why, but I rarely end up “hanging’ out” with very many people who are into the same things I am, which is what I should be doing. I should be tapping into the vampire community, but somehow I never manage to actually get into any “communities”. I never have. Even in school we had two groups (yeah, it was a small, small school) and you were either a “preppy” or a “druggy” (No, you didn’t need to do drugs to be a druggy, nor did you need to have any real money to be a preppy. Don’t ask me, I didn’t make it up) and do you know, I still couldn’t belong to either one? I had a sort of loosely confederated third group that dissolved once I left. It must be some kind of personality flaw, or something.

The only thing that‘s worked right so far is that I got the How to Get a Cheap Book Cover eBook completed and it’s up on Smashwords now ( ) . You might remember two part blog I did on how to get a book cover? Well this book is like a super expanded version of that, broken up into sections with additional information and links. It also includes the tutorials on how to make a book cover in paintbrush, GIMP and Paint shop Pro. It’s pretty snazzy, if I do say so myself. And it’s only a week late. Not too bad.

Speaking of late, I’m still waiting on the proof copy of Legacy of Ghosts to get here *biting nails*. It’s taking longer than it’s supposed to, and I’m starting to get a bit concerned. If I don’t have it tomorrow then I’m contacting CS to find out what the holdup is. I mean it is almost the end of September and I was planning to have the book released by the 7th of October…. If I have to make changes after viewing the proof this won’t happen unless it hurries up and/or I approve the final copy without actually viewing the proof!

Speaking of CS, I updated Shades of Gray (just added an “other books by” list and fixed the typos people had reported to me over the last year - thanks guys!) and added the words “Book 1” to the front cover. So, since it’s been approved before it should have been a guaranteed pass, right? WRONG! They sent me an error message because the title on the spine was “too big” and would “wrap”; which it clearly hasn’t at any point in the last year. (I’m looking at a copy right now, and there was no title wrapping). But, anyway, I had to resize it to get it to go through. I won’t even detail the aggravation I had with them last week trying to do a wraparound cover for LC Cooper because it’s too aggravating and long winded.

Legacy by LC Cooper

And then with Legacy coming out, I have the contest going. Not that there’s a lot of work involved in running it, but in trying to pimp it out without being obnoxious about it. I hate obnoxious pimping, but by the same token, I have so many people that overlap in various social groups, so some are going to be exposed to the information multiple times. I have 7 people with a total of 29 entries between them in the regular contest, and 3 people with 6 entries between them in the bonus contest. Not too bad.

The new version of the website is almost done. Hubby is doing all of the programming, and I think he only has the book cover art gallery and the regular art gallery and the page for the Cover Art book left to code. All I have left is to set up the Homepage, I think. Yay! I was hoping to have it done by the first of September, but alas when you have to rely on other people you can’t control when they get around to it. At least now that it’s crunch time (I absolutely need it done by the time Legacy is out, as the whole Legacy section is coded into it and not the old version) he’s throwing himself into it, so it might make the deadline.

Speaking of websites and being aggravated, the TTTC website is STILL down! We’ve contacted customer support about three times and have had no answer and I am really out of patience with it. If I had the money to register a domain I’d move it to, or or something like that. It’s 10$ for the domain name and then I might well go somewhere else to host. I’ve hitherto been happy with orgfree because they’re free (I pay $12 a year to remove ads) and they have a lot of awesome stuff (like the MySQL databases and such) but I am really getting aggravated. The question is whether it is aggravated enough to pay $20 a month somewhere else, or spend countless hours seeking out a cheaper alternative.

*sigh* of course, then there’s the usual book launch terrors. I just know everyone is going to hate the book when they read it. it won’t live up to expectations, it will have too much romance/not enough romance, it will be too violent/not violent enough or else too cheesy, too stereotyped, too predictable, or not predictable enough. There will be some unanswered question that will disgust someone, Katelina will be too weak, the events will seem too contrived, or the content will be unsuitable or, even worse, unrealistic. Yes, I know vampires by their very nature are unrealistic, but I am a firm believer in, well, believable characters who have believable thoughts and believable, realistic reactions, even in fantastic settings. In fact, one of the greatest compliments I got on Shades of Gray came from Bitten by Books when they said “[Katelina’s]struggle of seeking to come to grips with the existence of vampires strike a realistic note in spite of the subject matter.”

You know, I’d almost say that the “anxiety” is worse on the second book than the first, because I have six or seven people who liked the first one who may now hate this one, where as there was no preceding material last time, so no one to disappoint.

Between the proof being late, the website being late, the TTTC site, the family’s bad health, and all the usual anxieties with a book release (such as the certain knowledge that everyone is going to hate it) and the Newsletter coming up, and all the things I am behind on (email and blog reading springs instantly to mind) I am ready to crack, I think. I know it’s because I am a perfectionist about some things, but I can’t help it. However, I refuse to post a whiny blog and further bore anyone who might actually still be skimming, so enough about that.

Now, to give you something to scroll down and look at, it’s time for the segment I like to call Random Things from my Hard Drives. More specifically, some…

These are all taken with the phone, using that retro camera ap. I am totally addicted to it! And even better, they added a fifth camera, the Fudge Can. If this was just a little higher rez, I would be in heaven. I’m going to buy the paid version, not that it adds anything, but just because it’s like telling the developers how awesome it is.

The new camera:

creepy screen

The different cameras are each suited for different shots, the trick is going to be learning which shots are better with which camera.

retro ducky

cool sky

This app actually inspires me to want to try “real” cameras… like try building a pinhole camera, for instance. I don’t have the money or time, but it makes me want to!


bad quality on purpose - you have to love it

looking out the window

hot and cold

empty bed

scratched outlet



plastic tubing



I love this green tint

And one more…

moo moo n pokey 2

Okay, I’ll stop.

Song playing at the moment - “Because of Me” - Seether

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Dawn Colclasure said...

I was wondering where you disappeared to. :) No worries. Of COURSE you'll be focused on book promo for a while. Every author should be, when they have a book coming up. Same with me, on account of my books coming out. Thanks for giving the heads-up on your Smashwords book. Yay!!

Joleene Naylor said...

Ha ha! Yeah, between the book release and family in and out of the hospital and my dad visiting... it;s been hectic around here to say the least! But I think I am finally getting things back on track, and only a week behind, so not too bad :-)

I need to edit that short story stuff I have and get it sent to you soon too :-p It's on my list!

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