Another (cold!) day out in the libraries today. First Oakville Timberland Regional Library and in a bit, I’ll go to Centralia Timberland Regional Library. I skipped my walk this morning. I don’t miss often. It was 14°F this morning so I decided that I would take the morning off rather than walk when it was that cold. Plus I had the new computer to play with!
Wow, is the new computer fast! I hadn’t realized how much time I spent waiting for the old computer. I pushed its limits. I’ll have both up right now as I get everything set up on the new computer. So far I’ve set up my files, email, Office, Painter, and Creative Cloud applications. Plus a couple Blizzard games and Minecraft. Even the installs have gone so much faster. I knew the old computer struggled, I just didn’t realize how much.
Earlier I installed and ran Painter, after setting up my Wacom tablet. This is one of the main reasons I wanted a new computer. Painting was so smooth and responsive! An incredible difference. I haven’t tried Photoshop yet, but I expect it’ll respond better as well. I have several different applications that I’ve used, so it’ll be interesting seeing how the others work on the new system.
I like science fiction with spaceships. As much as I’d like to, I haven’t read Revelation Space yet. It’s a good example of a book that caught my attention early on because of the cover. It’s more than just the artwork, the typography, and other elements of the cover all work together to create a book that will attract the intended audience.
That’s what I hope to do with the novels in my massive reboot. I want to do covers that work well with my books. Covers convey so much about the genre, and other elements of the experience promised by the book. A fantasy cover looks different from a science fiction novel. Mystery, romance, horror, they each have their own styles. This is the sort of thing that I hope to accomplish with the reboot. It is a challenge to tackle all of those elements myself. It’s also fun!
I work in libraries each day and handle lots of books. Typically I can spot books produced on the indie/self-publishing gradient in an instant. I’d like to create something that wows readers, and is uniquely my work.