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An homage to my fellow writers over at Hemingway Hall


A sample cover

Here's a cover mock-up that I did for the fantasy novel that I'm working on. I'm not even done with three chapters yet, and I'm already designing the cover :) I guess it keeps me motivated, or at least that's my story and I'm sticking to it :)

In case you're interested, I created this in with a couple of free photographs. I just applied some simple effects and added the text. I used layers and masks to allow the mountain pic to be seen through the arch. I'm happy with it for a half hour job, but I'll probably spend more time on the final version.

The image is 600 x 800 pixels so that it will fit nicely on a Kindle screen. My goal is to publish this book through Amazon. I'm going to upload the cover to my Kindle tonight to see how it looks. I'm such a geek :)

Maybe if I look at this every morning it will keep me focused, and I'll actually get this book done before I'm fifty. A guy can always dream anyway :)

MasterWriter is good, but a little too pricey for the likes of me

I have a subscription to the Writer, which is a really great magazine by the way, and they sent me an advertisement for a piece of software that I had heard of before, but had never actually used. It's called MasterWriter for Creative Writers, and it has a lot of really nifty features. It has a dictionary and thesaurus, but it goes beyond that and gives you tools like: parts of speech, and word families. I'm not going to go into great detail about the program, but these features allow you to really drill down, and find great synonyms as well as phrases that relate to the word. It also has a rhyming dictionary, a project manager, a basic word processor, and a pop culture reference with over 11,000 entries. The pop culture tool is pretty useful, but all it seems to do is link to Wikipedia within the program.

Now I could see myself using this program quite a bit, but not enough to justify spending $149 on it, and that's with a coupon code from the Writer. The regular stand-al…