Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Distracted Much? (An IWSG Post)

It's the first Wednesday of the month (it is, right?) which means it's time for another installment of Alex J. Cavanaugh's Insecure Writer's Support Group (click on the graphic to find more information and a complete list of participants).

I'm pretty sure everyone stopping by today will be familiar with the IWSG, but in case you're not, here's its purpose:

To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!


And who couldn't use that, right?

So today I'm a little late getting my post up and out into the world.  Last night I couldn't think of a topic that didn't make me sound like a broken record and was half heartedly considering skipping this month's post all together but then this morning, I checked my email and found attached to one message a sneak preview of Effigy's cover art.

That's right.  Effigy has cover art.  My book has cover art.  My book has cover art.  That doesn't involve stick figures.

Please note: this is NOT the cover art...

And holy hell, I can't stop looking at it.

I'm pretty sure this means I shall accomplish nothing the rest of the day that doesn't involve staring at my cover art and talking to it in a high pitched voice that suggests maybe I need to lay off the nitrous oxide. 

Who's a pretty book cover?  You're a pretty book cover!

Unless that's super weird.  Then I won't be doing that.  Again.

Rusty Webb, you genius, we here at My Pet Blog salute you.  Or at least we would if we weren't so busy staring lovingly at our new cover art.

But at some point, I really will need to stop gazing adoringly at this beautiful, beautiful thing because I really do need to get that back-of-the-book blurb done because now there's an actual back of the book waiting for a blurb.

Such a great problem to have.

Happy writing, all!


56 comments:

  1. Oh man, you have me on pins and needles! I can't wait to see it :)

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  2. Ooooooh very exciting! Sounds like you're infatuated with the cover art, looking forward to seeing it. Good luck with the blurb (and book, of course)! :)

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    1. Thanks for the luck. I think I'm going to need it. Here's hoping the cover art inspires me.

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  3. I love book covers and can't wait to see yours. I also think you've earned a little time to stare adoringly at your cover. When I got my first cover, I squeed and jumped.

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    1. I was jumping on the inside. Big huge stupid grin on the outside.

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  4. Can't wait to see the cover! Rusty is an amazing artist. Oh and I stare at my cover art too. Part of me has a hard believing each time that yes, there is art for my stories that aren't doodles and dreams.

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    1. This. Exactly.

      And yeah, Rusty is an amazing artist. I'm so grateful he was able to help me out with this.

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  5. LOL - I did think for a moment the matchstick picture was your cover art. Oh you tease! Let's see it . Quick!!! Congratulations XXX

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    1. That's why I thought I should add a "not the cover art" caption. The stick figures are M.J. art.

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  6. Awesome! Rusty does great work. I bet it rocks.

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  7. Yay for pretty cover art! Can't wait to see it! :D

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    1. Pretty cover art is the best. As long as it fits with the story anyway. =)

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  8. Congratulations with the progress. I am sure it is just an amazing feeling. You go girl!

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    1. It is an amazing feeling. But surreal at the same time, if that makes any sense.

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  9. Seeing the cover art takes it to a whole new level of real, doesn't it? I can't wait to see it.

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    1. Yes, as soon as the euphoria wears off (or down), I'm sure it'll be replaced by panic that I'm running out of reasons to NOT publish my book.

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  10. SQUEEE! Cover art is one of those exciting moments, isn't it? One of the milestones the book will really be published. Are you going to SHARE it soon?

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    1. I had no idea how exciting of a moment it would be. I do hope to share it soon. Just as soon as it's ready.

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  11. That IS a great problem. I'm really looking forward to seeing what you guys came up with!

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    1. Oh, I think Rusty gets all the credit here. I cannot say enough how awesome he is.

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  12. I was hoping you would show it. I bet it's great.

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    1. It's not quite ready to reveal yet but as soon as it is, I'll have it up all over the place.

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  13. You're making me really want to see your new cover art! lol!

    And congrats!

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  14. He's been mentioning it for weeks (but he wouldn't let me see it). Isn't it a cool feeling?

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    1. Such a cool feeling. I've been grinning like an idiot all day.

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  15. And when will we be seeing said cover art lady? Can't wait to see it, Rusty does some awesome stuff. Hit me up if you have need of people to spread the word/cover. I'd more than happy to help. :-)

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    1. Thanks for the offer, E.J. I'll be sure to take you up on that just as soon as it's ready for the big reveal.

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  16. Oh, I'm excited to see it!! He does great cover work. My crystal ball says you're almost ready to get that novel out in the big bad world!! Woohoo!

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    1. "Almost ready" makes me nervous. Probably not as nervous as "ready" will make me though...

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  17. It's a little hard to tell, but I'm guessing you quite like the cover art ...

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    1. Hmmm. Next time then, I'll have to be clearer. Because yeah, I do. =)

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  18. Yep, that is a good problem to have. I can't wait to see the cover (and read the book).

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  19. Love your sense of humor, and I went back to read your last post too. That story of your first car is too funny!
    Looking forward to seeing your cover soon :)

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  20. HUZZAH! How exciting!!! (And since it is YOUR cover art, I think that gives you the right to stare at it for as long as you like. And then some. For as many days as you like. Unless you need to stop and eat. And then go back to staring.)

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  21. Oh that is SO awesome! I've heard accolades about Rusty everywhere. Lucky score! So are you going to have a big reveal of the cover??? I'm dying to see it and buy it and read it and support you. Thanks for being my follower.
    I think it's perfectly OK to go nuts about this. I know I would...
    Tina @ Life is Good
    http://kmdlifeisgood.blogspot.com/

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  22. And I got all excited because I thought you were revealing it...

    Have fun writing the book blurb (and hurry up already) so we can see the cover.

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  23. LOL! You are soooo funny. Can't wait to see it! :D

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  24. CONGRATULATIONS! I would do the exact same thing. Writing is hard work! You deserve to drool and ooh and ahhh over your cover. You earned it.

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  25. Wait, when do we get to see the real, non-stick figure art?!

    But, yeah, distraction. I'm an ooh, shiny girl, just like my daughter. Easily distractable.

    Shannon at The Warrior Muse

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  26. You're one step closer to publishing Effigy! Can't wait to see the cover art, I'm sure it rocks. (:

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  27. Congrats on publishing your book. Looking forward to seeing the "real" non-stick figure cover.

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  28. Exciting news! I bet the lovely cover makes it seem all the more "real" to you :) Imagine how you will feel seeing it all finished!

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  29. i'm so happy for you! nothing like an inspirational book cover to get you out of the dumps! cant wait to see it!

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  30. M.J. this sounds exciting! I am looking forward to see what you and Rusty have come up with.

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  31. So excited for you!
    Can't wait to see it.
    It's okay to admire. Keep that feeling!
    Heather

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  32. Isn't it fun having cover art?? It really makes the novel perfection process more bearable. Congrats on your cover art! And thanks for stopping by my blog with warm wishes. :)

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  33. That's so cool! Conrats. Can't wait to see it.

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  34. I know full well the distraction a fantastic cover art can be. Of course, when you've designed your own cover as I have, that smacks of egotism, so it's a good thing I have the opposite opinion about what I'm putting between the covers.

    Congrats on the snazzy new cover! Even if it doesn't have stick figures.

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  35. What a cute post:) Congratulations! It's a great feeling. Can't wait to see it.

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  36. omg, I can't wait to see it. Rusty Webb is a fantastic cover artist.

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  37. That's amazing. Can't wait to see it. :-)

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