Monday, April 15, 2013

April Update

 Well! Spring rush is upon us here in the rolling Midwest, and we just got a most welcome rain storm
last week! There was over 3 inches of moisture, (which was wonderful!) and a goodly amount of hail included. (Which was not quite so wonderful, but we're not complaining!)
  It looked like it'd snowed here for several days afterward. But now the green is creeping out on slopes, and it looks like we're going to get some more moisture again in a few days!
 So, maybe no more drought, praise the Lord!

 In other news, Real Life has been super busy, (which is good!) and not allowing a whole lot of time for fiction writing. (Which we wish it would.)
 But with Traitor's Knife still in the hands of beta readers, sometimes a break from the imaginary world can refuel those creativity tanks and set the stage for brilliance a little later!

 I do carry a little booklet in my pocket to capture sudden strokes of genius, (should they occur. Smile)

  Thanks so much to everyone who participated in the Cover Art poll, the results were highly informative! And a lot of fun... I love learning things this way!

 I have also been concocting an author site off and on over the winter, and thought that now might be a good time to share it. They say that a site can always be tweaked, so here is the initial form of E. Kaiser
    Tell me what you think!   
             Any suggestions?
                 Anything missing?

        I appreciate any input! 


Hannah Scheele said...

Wow, that sounds like an awesome rainstorm--though the hail doesn't sound quite so nice. :) I love the green fluffy explosion of spring. :D
Your website looks nice--the about you I really like, particularly the pic with you and the dog in the garden. So pretty. :)
I have one suggestion. I don't know whether or not it's a stupid one--you can decide. :D I think it would be nice to have a big pic for the home page, right above the titles and your personal pic. A big pic of rolling scenery, like the landscapes of Lorsia--it might kind of create the impression of sweeping land and closeness to Nature that is a noticeable strong point of the Fia books.

Kelsey Bryant said...

You've got an author website! How exciting! It's great -- I like the design, and how you explain your philosophy of writing, and the photo gallery ... and all of it. :)
I think a picture like what Hannah suggested would be a good idea! Something to further represent the lovely atmosphere of your books, maybe?

Elizabeth K. said...

Thanks guys! That is a great suggestion. I like it! So I worked up this little graphic.
What do you think?
(I made a matching one for the blog header, too, in fact!)
Again, thanks so much for your input!

Kelsey Bryant said...

That graphic is just the thing. It's beautiful!

Hannah Scheele said...

Eeeekkk!! That is exactly what I was visualizing--it looks great on both the blog and the website. It kind of represents you as an author, gives people an idea of what they will find in the Fia books---and hopefully any other books you might happen to write. Lots of beautiful green nature, with big fields..:)

Sarah Scheele said...

The pic you put up is exactly what I was visualizing when I thought about what your website needs! Great job Hannah and Kelsey. :)

I think more green in the background of the main page would be good as well. I got a strong impression of thatch-roofed buildings amid hills in some parts of Jeweler's Apprentice. Perhaps a pic like that somewhere below the header?

Elizabeth K. said...

Thanks girls! I really appreciate the input!
And that is a good suggestion as well, Sarah! Thanks!
Now I have a lot of work to do! ;-)