Status Updates

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What am I harping?
Irish tunes, of course!

What am I Writing?

A novel, or rather, the cover of one.
“Hunt Club” was in the final editing stage when it occurred to me that I had no cover art. Since I’m planning to publish it this summer, this is a matter that calls for some effort. Art draws attention to books and a good picture can sell a thousand copies.
I have seen plenty of self published books with lame covers. Five minutes of experimenting with an art program and a photo yielded a template that looked just like 90% of the other indie books out there. Trouble is, I don’t want my book to have such a standardized format. I want it to be engaging, to look like something worth buying rather than the pet project of a wannabe.
Ideally, I would pony up a reasonable chunk of money for a talented semi professional artist or photographer to help complete this project. Lacking such resources, I am taking time to work on the project myself, hoping a few months of serious effort will pay off.

How is the Entertainment business going?
A little slower than last year. I seem to recall my phone ringing often this time last year. Unfortunately, there have only been three gigs scheduled for this month.
Happily, one is a citywide event outside my usual venue. I’ve never worked at an Easter egg hunt and am looking forward to the new experience. Some weeks ago, I saw a poster advertising the event, noted it said there would be face painters and balloon artists present, and wondered who they would be. Some days afterward the telephone rang and I was delighted to learn the answer was my own home alley, Arkee-Malarkee.
In preparation for this event, a number of local children’s entertainers gathered yesterday for a face painting jam. Everyone brought their paints and study materials and we shared knowledge and techniques. It was great fun. I made some new friends and am considering all kinds of new ways to improve my kit and raise my game.

What am I reading?
(Heavy sigh) “Raising Steam” by the now late Terry Pratchett. It’s a good book but I keep putting it down and avoiding it. When I finish, there won’t be another. He was one of about three authors I eagerly awaited books from and the thought that my collection of his works will be complete is terribly depressing.
He was an awesome writer and will be terribly missed by many people. It helps to know that I’m not the only one taking comfort in the idea of him being greeted on the other side by the reaper man of his own creation. Terry Pratchett brought laughter to people everywhere and that is as fine a legacy as anyone could hope to leave. Whatever comes next on the other side, I wish him well on his journey.

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