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Today we finished up Xsardis’ cover. What a thrill! We rushed the project a little in order to get an advertising poster in time for this weekend’s Octoberfest in Downtown, Bangor, where I have the opportunity to sell books. This is the same time as the Bangor Book Fest so the timing could not be better.

Ande Binan, illustrator extraordinaire, also showed me what he could do if I decided to reprint Issym with a cover more in keeping with the other two. I staggered backwards when I saw it. I won’t tell you much about it, because I can’t wait to show it to you in print, but he used a picture of a girl who looks exactly like I would have pictured Rachel (complete with her character expressed in the art!). To see for the first time my character come to life was incredible.

And the recent editing bloopers are:

You put a skirt on a continent?

How do you spell that?: T. H. A. T.   ~ Ug!

I think you need a chicken in this story.

“His focused waned” (said the story). “It could be because of his own stench” (said the editor).

Why did coloring help her use a slingshot?

Doesn’t this person have a name? Call him a small elephant if you want, but give him a name! ~And the jibe has grown to ‘baby elephant’. Thus, the joke goes that every time we’re not sure what adjective or noun or verb to use, we substitute ‘baby elephant’.

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The last time I was set to release a book, my chosto chondritus symptoms were just beginning to make me miss classes and lose some common emotions–like excitement–as I switched into survival mode. This time around, to be able to feel the thrill of Xsardis’ near-publication is invigorating. I had a meeting set with my illustrator for later this week, but he called and asked if I would come see the draft of the cover today. I was able to take with me not only my mother, but also my sister Kate (who has a VERY artistic eye). It is beautiful. Ande Binan has clearly captured the feel I want for my books and I cannot wait to share it with you all.

This weekend I spent at the Maine Bible Quizzing Kick Off at a campground in Winthrop, Maine. I was an official for the novices, eventually getting to coach the Blue Team’s first year quizzers while my good friend V coached the Red Team’s. It was a very good duel and the kids did great (the Blue Team won!).

But beyond the competition, it was an incredible weekend. It was my first Kick Off as an adult. The kids studied all of 2nd Peter (as did I). They studied, they quizzed, they ate, they worshiped, they learned and–while doing it–all they fellowshiped. They were filled and surrounded by the Word of God. The impact I saw in their lives and that they testified to on Sunday morning was inspiring. I led worship with the help of another guitarist and an amazing djembe (a drum) player. I love worshiping God with people I know and love.

There were ups and downs to the weekend. Even so, sometimes I wish I could just stay in that Christ-moved fellowship, that God-centered worship, that Scripture-filled time forever…

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I have lost yet another piece of scrapbook paper in my quest for writing. There is nothing to help an illustrator see inside my mind like a picture and there are no pictures like scrapbook papers. So as I met with Ande Binan today I brought along one of my favorite scrapbook backgrounds, willing to sacrifice it in pursuit of a beautiful cover. Looks like it is going to be worth it.

It was good to be back in Davinci Signs today working alongside Ande Binan (who designed Asandra’s cover) to discover Xsardis’ cover. I say the smallest thing from my book and he (with his incredible mind) sees it. He explains something he sees and its get my writing juices flowing. I think I actually learned about the book in designing its cover. More with Xsardis than the other two books, I am seeing that the cover is more than a snazzy scene from the book to grab readers; it is part of who the book actually is. Designing a cover is like seeing ultrasound pictures for the first time. It is a beautiful and exhilarating thing as what I have carried around purely inside my head I can now begin to see.

After my mom/manager and I left Davinci Signs, we headed to My Fork, talking business and planning the book release party. For the last few months I have been flying solo (and so has my mom/manager) as I did what I had to do (and she did what she had to do). It is awesome to see the team coming back together. This afternoon I rewrote a scene that explains so much of the legend of Xsardis and really brings the three books together. But there is a lot of heartache involved in that scene. I felt so empty as I finished it. Yet, the bittersweet connection I have to the characters of Xsardis is a really good thing. My writer’s block exists when I lose touch with the personalities of the characters. Now, the different facets of publishing are starting to move towards a clearer goal!

November, here we come!

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There is this little sports restaurant called My Fork beside Bangor Maine’s dollar theater. A friend took me last night (Vaylynne from Asandra). She and I spent three hours just sitting and talking. It was so good to get to catch up with my old friend–more like sister–, to laugh, to tell stories, to dream. We have been close for a decade and I can still taste the days when we could do anything because we believed we could. I was the domineering leader; she the effective right hand, who could tackle anything that stood in our way. There was no task too great for my mind to dream and her will to accomplish. To this day she lets me dream and helps me accomplish. Most likely she will be joining me for a large part of my book tour as co-pilot and body-guard…

As we sat talking, I was so absorbed that  I did not notice as a guy came over to our table. And then I recognized him. It was Ande Binan of Davinci Signs, who designed Asandra’s amazing cover. It was so good to talk to someone from my business world. Sometimes, being so possessed by college homework I feel very disconnected from the beat of the publishing world. The kids I spoke to at McGraw got me back into writing; Ande got me back into publishing. He’s a great guy and fabulous to work with. If you need signs or trucks painted or book covers, check out his website: http://www.davincisigns.net/

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