Updates and Procrastination

There’s a lot going on right now, and I am rediscovering why this project was originally supposed to be a birthday present and not a Christmas gift. Polishing a novel is hard work at any time of the year, but doing it in the midst of christmas parties and other handmade gifts teeters dangerously on the edge of STUPID.

In lieu of complaining about the time I don’t have, however, I will post some declaration of completion. Behold, 52 chapter icons:

I know they aren’t very big in this shot, but I have to maintain some level of surprise. Some of them are better than others, but some turned out really great. It is the highest quantity I’ve done for a single manuscript yet… and nearly what I did for my three other stories combined. The chapters are also all named, although I need to fancy-up a few album names. So that’s a big step. I’ll just be feeling pleased with myself now, thanks.

I am split between two logos right now, the importance being that the winner will don the cover of the book and the web page so it’s consistent, plus any level of branding I decide I want to pursue. Josh is pulling for one that is more ‘fantasy’ feeling and I’m pulling for another that is, as he put it, more ‘Jericho’… in other words more apocolyptic, which in my opinion is a good thing. If I could figure out ‘apocolyptic fantasy’ I think I’d be good to go.

Regardless, my progress won’t be much to report until I can get my (other) Christmas projects wrapped up and stop watching “Heroes” and the “Star Trek: TNG” Season 7 DVDs that I’ve borrowed.

I just counted it up and it’s T minus 9 days and counting until this baby goes out into the mail. Yeah, that just about did it; my panic button is now somewhat engaged.