I just made progress on Supercilious! So far I’m 44% complete on the Writing phase. 8 Weeks remain until the deadline.
I just made progress on Supercilious! So far I’m 42% complete on the Writing phase. 8 Weeks remain until the deadline.
SUPERCILIOUS BOOK COVER #1
Trying hard not to drink tonight. A Saturday bloody night, of all things. Five days straight now. Climbing the walls. Wasting time making mock book covers for The Orchard, like this one. Can’t write. Feeling angry. Feeling weak. Angry/weak.
Impossible to be creative when you feel like this. It looks more like a European DVD cover or a French film festival poster than a book design.
“Poor me… poor me… pour me another drink.” – Gene Head
Well, we made it. We are officially living in Mooloolaba, on the Sunshine Coast. The place is quiet because of COVID-19 but in 12 months or so it’ll be bursting with tourists again. I found this postcard at a souvenir store on the main strip. Reminded me of the types of women Elmo dates, repeatedly. His current lady is named Sadie and she appears in the new book I’m writing, titled: SUPERCILIOUS! – She’s very much your quintessential Australian sheila. I bought the card for only .60 cents. Bloody ripper!
I’m going to start doing some very short book reviews. I’ll be writing a review of this fantastic book (my most recent read) in the coming days. If you’ve never heard of it, stay tuned…
Leonie and I are solar-powered people. We are relocating in 2 days to our new home in Mooloolaba, QLD. I’m happy because the place comes with a study and I’ve got a view of the canal from where I’ll write. Leonie is happy because we’re living a 5-minute walk from the beachfront pictured below and she loves getting her feet wet. Here’s to new beginnings…
Here’s a teaser (below). The entire first chapter of The Orchard. A one paragraph chapter that sums it up from the start. The edits are going well. This book will live.
Another cover I made for THE ORCHARD. It has more of a Margaret Atwood feel, I think. Not sure if it quite suits. Was fun to make.
Editing on THE ORCHARD has begun. After much deliberation, I found a trusted American company to work with. Meanwhile, I am keeping busy on the farm, baling hay, fixing barbed wire fences and splitting logs for our family to sell as firewood during the coronavirus pandemic. I’m still writing each morning. I can’t wait to put the finishing touches on The Orchard over the next couple of months at the advice of a talented editor.
We found a bat living in the covered area just outside our front door. He hangs upside down and gets horribly disorientated when you surprise him by opening the door at night to visit the outdoor toilet. I found out about him because one evening I heard Leonie screaming.
“It’s a BAT!”
“There’s a bat flying around me!”
“There’s no bats. What’re you on about?”
More screams. I finally went out to calm her down, and sure as shit, there was this mad, blind bat, flapping every which way but straight and Leonie right in the middle of it all.
“Jesus, Leonie! Careful, love, there’s a bat!”
We also have possums living in the roof, and some of the biggest lizards I’ve seen.
Cover designs for The Orchard. I love the extremely simple Literary covers used on 20th century books like: Malcolm Lowry’s, UNDER THE VOLCANO and Kurt Vonnegut’s, SLAUGHTERHOUSE FIVE. I even own a copy of Kerouac’s, On The Road, that has a cover that consists of an orange flat colour with a white rectangle centred and some brush strokes of black ink or paint splattered in it. These classics barely have a synopsis or sales blurb on the back either. Just a little about the author, the importance of the book, the time it came out in and sometimes a quote. I’m drawn to the simple covers. I’ll buy a book based on how confidently simplistic it’s cover is (they can sometimes be almost obnoxiously confident). Anyway, I’ll soon be seeking publication for The Orchard. If it was to be published, I doubt if I’d have much of a say over the cover art but I’d like to have something to show them that I think suits.
My newest project. As I currently seek a suitable literary editor for The Orchard, I am making ground on a new book –
Usually I don’t dive into another book without a resting period. I believe writing should be organic, not forced. I laugh at those self help books that promote writing 10,000 words a day and completing a novel in 2 weeks or a month. They have all sorts of terms for it, like fluent typing. Garbage. Don’t buy into that hype. It’s not about quantity. It’s about creating art. Having said that, I also like to strike when the iron is hot, and I can hear voices. Not all of them are in my head, but the ones that are, need to be scribed. And my natural writing habit of typing a few good lines, a few good pages, what ever comes between the hours of 3:00am and 6:00am, must be met.
Leonie and I are self isolating on a family cattle ranch 3 hours drive from our usual home. We’re in the New South Wales countryside and up here in the hills it drops to 3 degrees at night. I write with a hot cup of coffee next to a burning fireplace each morning. It’s a romantic picture, but one shouldn’t forget the virus that surrounds us. It’s no joke. Be careful out there.
Here’s the cover, presuming my friend Andy Boxer has the time to give a passionate forward for the book! Stay tuned here for updates. You can also see my daily progress on [Supercilious!] represented as a moving progress bar in the top left corner of this page when ever you visit. I update it every time I finish a writing session.
Have a fan-fucking-tastic day.