A Lot of Random Things

I’ve changed the title of my work-in-progress. It used to be The Atlas Question, which I liked because, um, it had the name of a spaceship that was notable in the story. Then I listened to an interesting podcast of the subject of so-called “mating plumage” (the title and cover art of a book), and realized that it wasn’t really that good of a title. Your title and your book’s cover are like little tiny posters for your story, and if you want people’s eyes to stop on your book, then both had better be good.

Of course, I can’t control my book’s cover art unless I self-publish, and I can’t afford to spend hours doodling about on the title yet, but for now I have decided on a replacement that I like better, if not completely: Fugitives from Earth. It kind of sounds like an episode of The Outer Limits or a short story from the mid-1950s, but it’s more descriptive and at least raises a small question – if someone was banished from Earth, where would they go?

I also have a catchy little banner ad for it, right after the jump.

Fugitives from EarthPretty, eh? I admit that I shamelessly stole the artwork from Rory McLeish, so if I make any money off of this image, he’s entitled to half. Since I only use it for NaNoWriMo forums posts (username OrderSponge, if you’re curious), I doubt that’ll be an issue. Also, it originally had Earth in the background, but I used my elite photoshop skills to slap it over a JPL image of Jupiter and Io instead.

Also, if you were that close to Io Jupiter’s magnetic field would bake you in your own juices, so I wouldn’t recommend trying it.

On another note, if you’re a writer or interested in writing I would very much recommend checking out the excellent podcast Writing Excuses. It’s been tremendously inspiring for me and it makes for very easy listening. It stands out among most writing podcasts for two main reasons: first of all, the three regular contributors are all very successful authors who have “made it” on the strength of their own abilities (Brandon Sanderson is finishing up the Wheel of Time series, and Howard Tayler writes Schlock Mercenary). Given the number of writing podcasts by amateurs, this gives them a significant thumbs-up in my book. Second, they write genre fiction, which means that their advice is a little more useful to me than the kind that comes in most writing books, where most of the examples tend to involve puppy love or reclusive bachelors rather than exploding alien robot spaceships.

Man, that was a good book.

As for my own writing, outlining is coming apace. I’d hoped to have it 3/4 finished by today, but instead it’s only about 1/2 done. I think that I’ve just gotten over the hump, so I’m very much hoping to have the rest done by Saturday. I’ve also had some pretty great character revelations, all of them thanks to this “planning” business that I’m experimenting with. It’s not always the most fun, but I’m definitely seeing the results.

Speaking of not always fun (it’s free association theater tonight on The Tenth Word), I’ve decided that I’m going to start all of my daily writing sessions off with a 20-minute free write on a simple, action-filled story that I’ve been toying around with for ages. Nothing special, nothing complex, but it does keep me sharp.

Finally, Saturday is the official Portland-region NaNoWriMo kick-off party. It’s at Portland NedSpace from 1-4 PM, and I will more than likely be there. I’m kind of hoping to get into the social aspect of NaNoWriMo this year, since fewer of my friends are doing it than before. If you’re going to be there and you read this blog, say hi.

5 responses to “A Lot of Random Things

  1. Heh, interesting choice, your title, works well with the image. Might be bit bland in the long run though, especially if you end up with a cover image that doesn’t support it as well.

    That podcast comes in handy. As in, my-plot-just-keeled-over-dead-in-the-last-phase-of-the-revision-thank-the-gods-I-hadn’t-the-complete-thing-scripted-out-yet-handy. Thanks for recommending!

    It just occurred to me that even though I tried NaNo before and never got exactly far, maybe I should try again and use the resulting draft as script for the comic. Gotta think about it.

    • Yeah, I’m not 100% thrilled with the title either – I’m trying to find one that has just the precise je ne sais quoi.

      If you’re in the mood for it, I’d definitely recommend NaNoWriMo, even if you’re not really a noveller. Completing my first novel was one of the most gratifying experiences of my life.

      • Maybe you want to just wait and write the thing and see what title it has eventually bred when done. (The only story of mine that didn’t change it’s title was a short story I once wrote as a class test and I would have changed the title if I’d been given the chance.)

        Yeah, I’m really considering doing NaNo. I don’t care if I get the 50k done, I just want a decent script and a novel-type rough draft sounds like it could work for me (movie-type scripts don’t, I already tried those, and drawing and re-drawing storyboards just takes ages).

        I gotta sort some organizational stuff out first, but I’ll let you know once I made a decision.

      • P.S.: That podcast is pretty amazing, I’m currently listening my way through it.

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