I'm still managing to keep up with my word count for NaNoWriMo, but the other day I found myself thinking back to the good old days of the IBM model M keyboards. They had such a wonderful clicky tactile feel. Yes I said clicky. They were truly fantastic keyboards and were built like tanks. I found out that a company called Unicomp holds the patents to the old M's and is making new versions. While I think that's fantastic, I just couldn't justify laying down close to $100 on a keyboard for myself right before the holiday season. So imagine my delight when I came across an old Dell QuietKey that I had gathering dust on the top shelf of my closet.
The Dell QuietKey isn't quite on the same level as the model M, but for a keyboard with plastic switches and no springs it's about as good as it gets. The action on these things is wonderful and the build quality is superb. I think the one I'm using is close to fifteen years old. I'm actually typing this post on …
Here are a couple of "trumps" I created for Alexander and Hanna of the House of Andersvärd. If you've ever read the Chronicles of Amber by Roger Zelazny, then you know where I got my inspiration.
I don't plan on incorporating trumps into the world ofÖvrigmark, at least not in the same fashion as Zelazny did, but I do like the idea of the royal family being depicted on tarot-like cards. I'm thinking the cards might be a sort of magical device whereby the holder can place a card on one of the maps like the children possess, and then ascertain their whereabouts. Kind of like a magical GPS of sorts.
This is the sort of thing I do when I should be writing :)
Okay, okay. I'll get back to writing now. Maybe just one more trump before I start...just kidding :)
Since I recently updated the eBook version of The Sixth Seal with a new cover, I decided to do the same for the print version. I had actually removed the print version from Amazon when I uploaded the new eBook cover since it didn't match, and I also wasn't completely happy with the interior formatting. So I think I finally have all of that fixed.
I made some minor changes to a few things inside the book and used a nifty program called Vellum to reformat the interior to make it look more professional. I'll be using this software from now on to create all versions of my books so that they're more consistent in look and feel.
With any luck, in a few days The Sixth Seal will once again be available in print. Let me know what you think of the revised cover.