Thursday, March 06, 2014

Early Promo Porn!

I’m walking multiple tightropes going in multiple directions as Grace Among the Dead blazes to a climax.

Lest I overheat the creative coils I take breaks from time to time. Today I thought I’d start with looking for a font for Grace Among the Dead. I still need a cover, I need a logline. I need a lot of stuff for the promotional blitz I’ve got to do for the book. No time like the present to get started.

I know digital design has its own peculiar rules but I wanted to hew as closely as possible to a classic font and design:



I tried importing this into Photoshop, then decided it would be easier if I built the file from the six-by-nine canvas on up. I’d start with the font, with each line of text a layer of its own. I could paste photo-realistic images into the background, and distress the lettering as is required of title logos on adventure novels in the second decade of the 21st century.

Goddamned Photoshop kept putting the “2” in “Dead Silencer 2” at the front, though. I clicked on the 3D button out of curiosity and crashed Photoshop altogether, losing everything. I’ll have to kick its ass later. I can’t piss away all day on this. I’m too damn close to the end and people are waiting on this!

By the way, the movie in my head that I’m writing down is intense as hell. Just so you know. I’m handling it like the explosive stuff it is. 

For—damn me to hell!—I’m in love with Agnes Joan McIntire. Although she and Derek Grace do have their comic moments, she’s no tired-ass Manic Pixie, no mere “foil.” Miss Agnes is a piss, shit, blood and guts woman who has paid her dues, and, yeah, it’s knocked a few things loose in heart and head. Then came the apocalypse, and watching her son turn before her very eyes. 

Agnes is a tough survivor who’s gonna make things happen as best she knows how. Like our hero, you have to wonder if they succeed at survival despite or because they’re so goddamned damaged.

Trust me, I can’t wait to see how it all ends, either!

Meanwhile, if you haven’t read Book 1 in the Saga of the Dead Silencer, Bleeding Kansas is there for you in Kindle and in paperback. Enjoy your Thursday. For me, it’s just another day closer...will this really be the end this time? I keep writing and writing. I’ll get there when I get there. Salud, and stay tuned.


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