Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Guest Post: Why I Started a Podcast for Authors by Katara Johnson


Hi, Dark Treasury Readers! Katara Johnson here! I had the honor of briefly interviewing Auden on my promotional show for the recent Colors in Darkness Facebook Party. If you missed it, the link will be posted at the bottom of the page. I also will be interviewing her again sometime in 2017 on a promotional show just for her so be on the lookout for that!

Reading has always been a hobby of mine since grade school. Each fiction book takes a reader into the author's world and lets them know what their style is. My favorite genre is the paranormal/sci-fi/horror/fantasy world partly because the creativity and the originality of these genres are endless. Each author can bring his or her own style and can take a reader deep into their world where they do not want to ever leave. 

Social media has made it easier for readers to reach out to their favorite authors and vice versa. I could speak with many authors and express how much I loved their works. I was also able to meet new authors and network with them.

Having an author show is one of the many ways I show my appreciation for all the authors who I won books , prizes, beta read, and just all the great stories I've read.

It was a big step for me to get started. I remember the first time the head of Tru Radio Network BLKGOP announced on his show that I was going to be hosting a show. I thought he was joking around like we tend to with each other on an occasion. However, after talking with him afterwards he said he was serious and my nervous level went sky high. He wasn't the first person that suggested I have my own show so I decided to give it a try. My love for discussing and finding solutions to civil rights and community issues is what made me want to have a show. BLKGOP noticed my author friends were calling in and supporting my shows and he suggested I have an author show and I thought about it and I was like yes!!

Having an author show is another way writers can reach out to their fans as well as fans can call in and talk to the authors. So far, I have 8 individual shows and 1 show where about 10 authors called in. Next year I'm looking to at least double if not triple that amount.


Colors of Darkness Promotional Show




Katara Johnson is a medical professional by day and a radio host and an aspiring writer by nights and weekends. When she is not working or taking care of her family you can catch her with her cell phone in one hand and her Kindle Fire in the other.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Behind the Scenes: Fantasy Book Cover Design

It's always refreshing when you finish a project. I've been meaning to design more premade book covers but never had the time. I finally finished them. Here's a look behind the scenes.

I designed this image for my newsletter subscribers.


 Since I'm turning it into a book cover, I didn't want to use it as is. I changed it.

Finding a companion image was a challenge. I tried different images but the silver dragon kept disappearing into the background. Then, I experimented. I blended two images


and got a surprising effect.


It looks like flames!

The silver background wouldn't work so I changed it to blue.


Alright! Here's the final cover:


Here's a paranormal fantasy cover:

Certain book covers will come in a package.



I designed the horizontal image first then turned it into a book cover. When you buy the cover, you'll get the wide image too.

Visit Aubey LLC to see the latest fantasy and horror premade book covers.  

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Brand Marketing on Instagram: A Guide for Authors


I've been on Instagram for about 2 and half years, time flies. It's been an interesting experience. I have to say, next to Pinterest, Instagram is one of my favorite social medias. I discovered a cool anime on that site. You can also learn which books are popular. A couple of weeks ago, my feed was nothing but book photos of Six of Crows.

I love taking pictures and sharing them. I went on vacation and took a break from all my accounts except Instagram. My posts get decent engagement, more than Twitter and Facebook. But I'm having trouble retaining followers.

My follower rate on Twitter is pretty good even though engagement is low, one post got 10 retweets but only 1 website click. Facebook is frustrating but it does drive traffic to my blog. But, I have more fun on Instagram and Pinterest. In general, I get more engagement on Instagram. I spend more time there, geeking out with people.

How do I increase my Instagram followers (and retain them)? 

"You can ask for photo submissions that revolve around the theme of your book or you can just use photos to connect to your fans and readers."
Tags like #fiftyshades_of_nature do this. You post photos using that hashtag and the account features the images they like best.

Jane Friedman: 5 Ways to Use Instagram as an Author
"Selections from your upcoming release are always great teases to get readers excited. In the same way graphic designers use pull quotes from a magazine article to grab a reader’s attention, authors can use juicy character quotes, and small bits of narrative to tantalize readers with what’s to come in their next work."
Teasers can be a hit or miss. I shared this teaser:



And it got some good engagement. But I shared this: 


and it wasn't as popular.

Writers in the Storm: Why Instagram Works for Writers
"The ideal posting frequency is 1.5 times a day. Instagram recently changed their algorithm to resemble Facebook’s in that the more you post, the more you’ll be seen."
I post once a day excluding Sundays but I've been thinking of increasing it to twice a day. When I didn't post on weekends I lost followers, which is why I started posting on Saturdays, sometimes Sundays but not often.

The Author Blog: How To Gain Followers On Instagram: The Author’s Guide
"I ask my engaged members of my audience to “tag” their friends who would be interested in what I have to say. For example, I often post content saying “Tag your friends who are writing [Insert genre name here].” It’s practically free advertising."
I've seen this type of post, seems to work. A lot of digital marketing advice says it's okay to ask people to share your content. Tagging is one of Instagram's way of sharing.

Shopify Blogs: How To Build A Massive Following On Instagram
"If you want to tag your photos properly, you'll need to find and use the most relevant hashtags. This means doing the appropriate keyword research to make sure you're using the most relevant hashtags that not only describes your brand, but is also being searched for on Instagram.

To find relevant hashtags, you’ll want to use a free online program like IconoSquare (formerly Statigram) or Webstagram."
I tried Webstagram. It told me which hashtags I used that caused the most engagement. It also told me my top posts. I need to be smarter about hashtags.

Bustle: 21 Tips For Building Your Personal Brand On Instagram & Twitter
"it is good to have an authentic personal style that runs through your posts. Would people be able to pick out your post in a feed and say, "oh, that looks like a [insert your name here] post"? If not, you might want to see if there's a theme — visually or conceptually — that you can really own."
I've noticed this too. Brand with the most engagement have a theme to their content.

What I Noticed
For a lot of content on Instagram, the write-up doesn't match the photo. For instance, someone will post a screenshot from an anime and the write-up will be about how tired they are. I post nature, landscape and cityscape photos while talking about my writing or a show I'm watching. I'm still experimenting.

Other Resources
Instagram Marketing: Your Complete Guide to Instagram Success
A Complete Guide to Instagram Marketing: Get the Playbook That Drives Results for Instagram’s Top Profiles

Monday, November 21, 2016

Removing “That” From Your Story


I've noticed an excessive amount of "thats" in the stories I've read. Most of the time, "that" doesn't need to be there.

Take this sentence:

She felt that she was in danger

Reads smoother as:

She felt she was in danger. 

Think of reading a novel as driving on a winding road. There are many twists and turns, ups and downs. The novel's language, voice--how the author tells the story--determines whether or not you'll enjoy this drive. For me, coming across a "that" like the one in the example above is like hitting a teeth-shaking pothole.

Sometimes, "that" is needed. Most of the time, it's not. If you remove it from the sentence and the meaning doesn't change, it wasn't meant to be there.

This could also be one of those things that bothers me as an editor but most readers wouldn't care about it. What do you think?

Friday, November 18, 2016

The Week in Links 11/18/16: Fantastic Beasts, Pokemon, Book Marketing





Welcome to the weekly roundup of links for fellow writers and nerds. 


Book Marketing and Branding 
Twitter releases new tools to report, mute online harassment
This is How to Use Snapchat for Book Marketing and Author Branding by @MelissaFlicks
The 20 Best New Social Media Tools to Try in 2017 (And How to Use Them)
Marketing and Publishing Checklists for Writers
5 Ways to Persuade Via Social Media
How to Design and Use Business Cards to Market Your Self-published Books

Fantasy/Horror/Sci-Fi 
'Spirited Away' is returning to theaters
Women of Harry Potter: Molly Weasley, Rebel Par Excellence
Pokemon Sun and Moon Anime to Debut on Disney XD

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Guest Post: When You Should Take the Writing Advice, and When to Leave It by Montgomery Mahaffey


There’s a lot of advice out there for fantasy writers. It comes from a lot of different places: agents, publishers, editors, writing professors, bloggers, and authors. They’ll tell you the magic formula for creating a compelling, “good” story. They’ll give you a laundry list of do’s and don’t’s. As a writer learning the craft, it’s easy to forgo a search within to find our writing pattern and our true voice, and just take up the tome of those who are offering advice loud and proud. 

We can become too reliant on what’s “tried and true” and “good or bad” and our writing can become stale and stagnant. To break free from that I followed an ancient tradition — a tradition that spoke to me as both a writer and a human being.

Rather than defining myself as a dark fantasy author, I consider my work to be rooted in the ancient style of storytelling of the old fairy tales and myths from around the world.

There is a considerable amount of darkness in those stories that speaks to our shadow selves of violence, fear, rage, and hatred. I believe the core difference between those old fables and the marketing of what is considered fantasy is that connection to our unconscious psyches. And that is where I find my inspiration.

Against the advice of many an agent and editor, my characters are written as archetypes. They are nameless and with a title that indicates their role in the story. I respect their reasons for their advice, because it is limiting to write a character this way, their development is stunted, and they can be more distant to the reader.

These are good points.

But I find limits to creativity in the world of traditional publishing, and choose the DIY route – with all the freedom and frustration that entails. Thus, my characters remain as nameless archetypes.

I find value in exploring psychology in this way.

See if you can discern who a character could be from what they are called – Ella Bandita, the Wanderer, the Patron, the Sorcerer, the Shepherd, the Gambler, the Rogue, the Bounty Hunter, the Courtesan, the Youngest, the Wolf.
Who is the protagonist? Who is the antagonist? Who is the hero? Who is the anti-hero? Of all the characters, who plays the villain, the victim, the victor, or the vanquished?

All the characters – even the minor ones – have a journey within the story. Who do you feel you would relate to, simply from what they are called?

The beauty of writing characters from this place is giving the reader a chance to journey into the hidden aspects of self. I believe that readers have a chance to explore their shadow selves, as well as their light from these archetypal characters and how they respond to them.

That is the power of fables.

I urge new writers to test out different methods and modes of writing. Let the advice of others fly to the wind as you experiment and see what speaks to you. Then, bit by bit, you can rope in the advice that goes along with your vision, because there is an endless amount of “shoulds” floating around out there.

You might be surprised by what you can do when you strike out against those voices and find your own.

*Special for Dark Treasury Readers* 

Get the first of Montgomery Mahaffey’s Novelette’s free

Click here to download your copy of Birthing Ella Bandita! 


Montgomery Mahaffey is a fantasy writer who has told her stories all over the country. Alaskan winters shaped Mahaffey as a writer, and her work is built off of the myriad of personal and collective experiences formed underneath that mystical landscape. Born in the south to a family of storytellers, Mahaffey has developed her own voice that is suffused with the temperament of the wanderer instinct. Set in a world where magic is at once subtle and pervasive, her novels bring to life symbols and stories of the old fairy tales told with wry humor and passion. In 2005 she was granted the Individual Artist Project Award from the Rasmuson Foundation in Anchorage, Alaska. Ella Bandita and the Wanderer is her first novel.


Monday, November 14, 2016

Behind the World Building: New and Old Threats


“When you get some free time, write. When you get some lazy time, plan. When you get down time, world build. When your time comes, shine!”
― Ace Antonio Hall
Ever have a novel you didn't want to write? It kept nagging until you gave in.

The Sciell's Legacy (working title) Book 4 of The Merging Worlds series started as a short story that wanted to be a novel. I ignored the nagging muse because the world in that story was way more complex than I was used to. Expanding that monster into a novel would've been a pain. I eventually accepted defeat. The novel still a pain but it's...interesting. Even though you annoy me novel, I still love you.


The threats in Books 1-3, created the world in Book 4. What an awful world it is? It's Darkness vs. humans vs. Lifeblood beings. It's ugly. At first, I planned to start the novel after a war called The Purge (I'll be changing that name). Humans acquired weapons to kill Lifeblood beings which led to a countrywide battled. Some Lifeblood beings are strong. Many of them are as weak as humans. The stronger ones are few. Humans and their weapons outnumber them.

Instead, I'm starting the novel in the middle of The Purge. This level of dark is new for me. Several times, I had to push past my feelings to write some seriously twisted scenes. I'm writing dark fantasy after all.

To understand what my characters are up against, I listed the threats in my world building journal.

  • Darkness and Silence attacks anyone who's unprotected
  • Night lasts forever. Darkness parts for a moment at the end of the day to let people see the sun.
  • Bosses, puppets of Darkness, run cities. They breed with others humans and nonhumans to make more puppets.
  • These Bosses are after Elihona, the main character.
  • Many, many humans now have weapons to kill Lifeblood beings and they're using them frequently.
  • Monsters-- animals and humans-- mutated by Darkness roam the world, feeding.
  • Everyone blames the Sciell for the way the world is. 

The list goes on.

As I'm writing this story, I'm also preparing Book 3 for publishing. I'm deleting unnecessary scenes. Towards the end of the book is a conflict that doesn't go anywhere. I thought of removing it. Instead, I'm adding it to the threats facing my characters in Book 4. 

Building this world presents more than a few problems.
  • How do people grow anything if there's no sunlight?
  • How do humans protect themselves from Darkness and Silence?
  • Since this takes place many years after the apocalypse, some sort of governing body would've formed. What is it?
  • Characters pull power from Darkness, Bria, in order to survive. In Book 3, Darkness attacked anyone trying to grab the power. So, in Book 4, how do the characters get Bria?
  • If Darkness covers the world and blocks out the sun, does that mean it also blocks rain and snow?
  • What is life like in big cities and small towns?
  • Plants and animals all changed but they aren't all evil. Animals are smarter now which makes them difficult to hunt. Plants are poisonous. What do people eat?
  • The powerful weapons were invented in Jael. Are they available overseas? If so, how did they get over there?
Another list that goes on forever. See why I didn't want to write this story? 

Of course, I consult my favorite site for help.

I created a board on Pinterest for Book 4.



I also have a board for fantasy creatures to help me populate this world.


As always, this will be an intense journey.

Also, I discovered a new Fantasy Name Generator. It's awesome!

Check out Behind the World Building: The Beginning

Friday, November 11, 2016

The Week in Links 11/12/26: Young Justice, Valerian, Book Marketing


Welcome to the weekly roundup of links for fellow writers and nerds.

Can Social Media Really Sell Your Books?

Play Overwatch for Free Next Weekend
5 Steps to Achieve the Look of Black and White Film Using Lightroom

Want to see your post in the next The Week in Links? Email me at audendjohnson@gmal.com. The post needs to be published between today, 11/11 and next Friday, 11/18.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

The Trouble with Ghosts by A.L. Kessler



Title: The Trouble With Ghosts
Author: A.L. Kessler
Genres: New Adult, Urban Fantasy

Poltergeists, severed thumbs, and lies…

PIB agents Abigail Collins and Nick Averin are rattled when a handful of severed thumbs are found at an abandoned house, but neither of them expected it to link to a decades old murder with strange ties to the paranormal world. When Abby’s greatest enemy seems to be helping her from afar, it’s clear that there’s more to this case than the duo first believed.

Past cases come back to life…

Levi is avoiding questions and being even more vague than normal when a new vampire comes to town claiming to be on the case involving blood starved vampires. It’s a fight against time and lies for the two agents.



I walked into the bar and let out a sigh of relief to find it empty. My wards hid the bar from human sight so that it was available to supernatural clientele only. The act of using magic for that purpose was slightly illegal, but it wasn’t something I was going to push. I understood what it was like to want a place where I could be myself. “Hello?”

“Welcome to…” The words died on the woman’s lips as she came from the back room and saw me. “Who are you, witch?”

Wasn’t exactly the greeting I was expecting, but I kept my face blank. “I’m Abigail Collins, I’m the witch Simon hired to put the wards on the bar. It’s been a year since I’ve last checked them. I wanted to make sure everything was good.”

“Hey Travis, there’s a witch here saying Simon hired her.” She called over her shoulder, her eyes still glued to me. I stood there trying to look harmless, which was hard when I was tall and had my gun on my hip. I’d luckily had the foresight to hide my PIB badge before walking in. “I just need to walk around to make sure—“

“No.” A gruff voice came from the back room and I tried to decide if I was going to leave it at that or not. I could have turned around and went right back to my day job, but I couldn’t in good conscience not check on the wards. If something was to happen and the bar was caught hiding, it could be trouble for the pack.

“No?” I asked and put my hands on my hips. “My wards have been protecting this bar for over three years.”

The woman moved out of the way and the wolf came from behind her and filled the doorway. I hadn’t seen him before. His bleached white hair and brown eyes would have been something I remembered, not to mention the sheer size of him. It was rare I met someone that made me feel short, but he towered over me with his solid muscular frame. I pressed my lips together as I met his gaze. “You must be Simon’s assistant manager; he’d mentioned he was leaving you in charge for a bit.”

“I’m not only his assistant manager, but second in the pack.” He crossed his arms and the veins in his arms bulged.

I raised a brow. “I don’t remember seeing you at the fight against Mina.” Mina was a witch that had tried to take over the pack. It hadn’t worked out well for her.

“You were too busy playing with the witch and getting our alpha killed.” He took another step towards me. “You aren’t welcome here.”

“My wards protect this place. You kick me out, I take them down and you’re exposed. Good luck finding another witch willing to do the wards and has the connections that I do.” I spat the words out as my heart jumped. I didn’t want him much closer to me than he was. I could take him down with magic, but if he moved too fast he could take me out with just brute force before I could mutter a spell.

“I have another witch coming to replace them.”

I couldn’t tell if he was bluffing or not. Many witches would walk away from the job. I didn’t because I liked to help the pack, normally in return they’d help me if need be. Of course, they were also usually a little friendlier toward me as well. “With Simon’s approval?” I felt like Simon would have given me a heads up, he knew I would have been stopping by.

“I don’t need his approval. Now leave, or I’ll tear you apart limb from limb.” He snarled and his eyes flashed to the yellow of his wolf’s for a moment.

I put a hand on the butt of my gun. “I don’t take kindly to threats, wolf. I was doing the pack a favor, if my services are no longer needed, fine. But I’d rather it came from the alpha, not his hot-headed second.”

He rushed me and slammed me into the wall, one hand pinned my throat against the wood paneling and the other wrapped around my wrist. He pressed his entire body against me to keep me from wriggling out of his grip. “My word is just as good as Simon’s.” He snarled in my face. “You set foot in here again, I will make good on my threat. Simon’s ex or not.”

His nails bit into my skin and fed my anger. I tried to take a breath but found my air restricted. I did the only thing I could think to do. I flatted my palm against the wall and felt for my magic of the wards. I pulled on it and called it back to me. I felt the final snap of it hit me and smirked at the brute in front of me. “Let go of me and I’ll leave.”

He dropped me and I rubbed my neck and glanced up at him. “You didn’t feel it because you’re a werewolf, but I called my magic back. This place is no longer protected by my wards. Good luck.” I spun on my heels and left. My heart still hammered in my chest. A dull ache settled in my wrist as I unlocked my car. I debated on texting Simon to ask him what the hell was up with his crazy second, but I let it go. He made it clear he would contact me when he was able to. He had his hands full with the pack and didn’t need me or a relationship to distract him. I started the car and leaned my head against the seat. Maybe it was me who wanted the distraction.


A.L. Kessler is a paranormal romance author residing in beautiful Colorado Springs, Co. Since she was a teenager she has loved spinning tales. She can easily be won over with gifts of coffee or chocolate.






Tour by Xpresso Book Tours

Monday, November 7, 2016

Behind the Book Cover Design


It's scary but worthwhile to step outside of your comfort zone. I specialize in fantasy and horror book covers and promotional images. Recently, my publisher (Aubey LLC), who I also freelance for, acquired an adult fiction Christian manuscript. She asked me to design the cover.

The author emailed a drawing of what they wanted the book cover to look like. It was a nice drawing but the artwork was more for a children's book. Recreating it would've been expensive. I knew the publisher was on a budget. I said I do the cover and told them what would be needed. I also went on Goodreads and Amazon to find Christian books and sent the publisher links to alternative cover designs.

Aubey contacted me saying the author liked these covers:

Way more budget friendly. Fortunately, I also edited this book so I was familiar with the story.

Since this was my first Christian book cover, I spent some time on Amazon and Goodreads to check out trends. I also went on Adobe Color CC to research "Christian" color schemes.


 


I designed three covers.

This one is a streamlined version of the author's drawing.

Since the image is the focus, I went with a simpler font. The texture is similar to the covers the author liked.

The author wanted an angel to be the focus on the cover but, having read the book, I knew the angel took up maybe 30% of the story. I spoke with the publisher about it and she said I could go a more symbolic route.

The title was interesting to design. The first two words are long and subtitles are generally difficult to design because they often can't be seen when the cover is viewed on a screen. Fortunately, the title words, Unsolicited Encounters, are about the same length so getting them to balance wasn't a problem. Because they are so long, I couldn't have them on the same line. A clean background, contrasting colors and drop shadows made the subtitle easier to see as a thumbnail.

This next one is a mix of the artwork and the above sample covers.
This cover took longer to finish. I kept experimenting with the aura around the kneeling person. Since this book is about possession, I thought of adding a storm cloud inside the person. It didn't really work. In the end, I figured this version was better. The white aura around the person connects it to the white drop shadow behind the title.

Design number three is closer to the sample covers.
Since this design was more about shape and texture, I was able to give it a bolder font. I kept changing the color schemes. At first, the cross was closer to a light red/pink. Since this book is for man and women, I figured pink wasn't the best choice. Instead, I went with the sunshine color.

In the end, the author chose cover number three.

If you need a cover designed, contact me.

Friday, November 4, 2016

The Week in Links 11/4/16: NaNoWriMo, Wonder Woman, Doctor Strange


Welcome to the weekly roundup of links for fellow writers and nerds.

Identify Your Book’s Audience (And Write For Readers Interested In What You Have To Say)
8 Brands and Entertainers Doing Nostalgia Marketing Right JK Rowling's hand-drawn Tales of Beedle the Bard go up for auction 100 African Writers of SFF — Part Two: Writers in the U.K.
Read Like A Writer: Making A Reading Plan for NaNoWriMo
Publishers are using their newsletters as labs for new offerings

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

C*U*R*R*E*N*T*L*Y Fall 2016 Blog Hop- Autumn Inspirations and Obsessions


Slowly, the world shifts. Green transforms into bright red, orange and yellow. The burning heat gives way to a cool breeze. The sun sets earlier. The magic of twilight is finally in your hands. The new season revives hope. Change is here.

My writerly pals and I are sharing autumn moments in the C*U*R*R*E*N*T*L*Y - Fall Blog Hop. Please have a read and enjoy. Then visit the other #Gr8Blogs listed at the end of this post for more Fall 2016 C*U*R*R*E*N*T*L*Y inspiration.

Currently Reading 
I started a book a couple of days ago but I'm thinking of giving up on it. The story does a lot of head hopping. We'd get a couple of paragraphs with one character, then the story moves to another POV with no warning. 

I'm trying to stick with the book because the writing isn't terrible and the premise is interesting. I get confused and thrown off balance every time the author switches perspectives. Reading it feels like trying to walk straight across a floor made of jello. We'll see if I finish this one. 

Anyway, I'm thinking about buying a manga. I really, really want to. I started the anime No.6 but the ending was so unsatisfying. Then I learned the manga wasn't finished and I thought, "YES! I can wash out the bad taste that ending left." I really want this manga. Several volumes are available on Amazon. But it's one of those things I know I shouldn't buy because funds are tight. The torture!!!

I already spent my book budget for... awhile. Last month, I attended a We Need Diverse Books panel at Barnes and Noble. Since I arrived early, I made the mistake of wondering around the store. I came across The Gate of Sorrows

Ever have one of those moments where you pick up a book and can't bring yourself to leave the store without it? This was one of those times. So...yeah I spent $30 on a book when I really shouldn't have. 


Currently Watching
By the end of the day, my brain is so fried I only want to watch something fun. There are shows on Netflix and Hulu, like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, that I enjoy but they're so serious. Most days, I don't want serious. I usually binge want Screen Junkies or CinemaSins on YouTube. I never get tired of watching them. I'll sometimes watch Markiplier play horror video games. 

I'm currently obsessed with two animes. Yuri!!! On Ice and Bungo Strays Dogs.

Currently Anticipating
It's NaNoWriMo- National Novel Writing Month. I don't usually participate but it just so happened I have a novel I'm working on, Book 4 of The Merging Worlds series. I'm not writing as often as I would like to. Other things get put up front while writing gets the, "if I have time" treatment. I'm participating in NaNoWriMo because I need a swift kick in the butt. Writing cannot take a backseat to other things. It's the foundation. My username is audendj31. Let's connect.


Currently Thinking About
Most recent graduates find themselves in this situation. They've gotten their degree. They start applying for jobs and nothing happens. They end up taking jobs they're overqualified for because they need money. Bills don't stop coming in. Student loan payments are no joke. 

I got my second masters in June and have been applying for jobs since then. Nothing's happening. I'm doing a lot of work- applying for jobs, trying to get my business off the ground, writing and marketing my brand- but none of it is bringing in enough money to pay bills. 

Now, I'm trying to figure out if there's something I need to stop doing and focus my attention elsewhere. Honestly, I've often thought of just giving up on writing, designing, photography...

Currently Making Me Happy
On to a less depressing topic. Last month, I designed a couple of fantasy/paranormal images. Now, I'm turning them into premade book covers which I will, hopefully, sell. I love designing. These are my WIP.

I also love taking pictures of books and journals among the fall colors.

Currently in My Camera Lens
I'm gonna be sad when all the colorful leaves are gone. I'm haveing a blast taking pictures of them. 


Thanks for stopping by! For more Currently - Fall 2016 moments, visit the #Gr8blogs below.

Cat Michaels, Cat’s Corner 

Sondra Robbins Rymer, Fairy Tales Imagery 
CURRENTLY FALL 2016 BLOG HOP: FINDING MY BLISS

Julie Gorges, Baby-Boomer Bliss 
CURRENTLY Fall 2016 Blog Hop: How I’m Finding My Bliss

Carmela Dutra
CURRENTLY FALL BLOG HOP: Autumn BLISS