RAMBLINGS FROM THE DAZED & CONFUSED
April 16th 2017
Between States 2 cover artwork official release…
Rough Image and Sean Catt are pleased to announce the official launch of the cover artwork for Between States 2 (Into a Darker Place), the sequel to Between States, Sean Catt’s debut novel of the shapeshifter series of stories featuring cougar shapeshifter Jake Palmer and wolf shapeshifter Billy Thompson.
Following on from his highly acclaimed cover design for Between States, Brighton based graphic artist Rhys Wootton has managed to surpass himself with yet another visually stunning piece of artwork for the next installment of the Between States series.
The dark brooding nature of Rhys’s cover design not only reflects the book’s storyline but also contains numerous symbols taken from the story, such as it’s depiction of the New Mexico desert, and the mysterious silhouetted portrayal of one of the characters.
The retention of the United States flag, this time worked into the desert night sky, and the title text block style from the first book, help maintain series branding (something that will be reflected in the artwork of all further books in the series).
Today’s writing tip post is not about me showcasing my Photoshop skills (more about that in a while). No, it’s all about building lifelike character backgrounds. Having characters that your readers can relate to is vital, as it helps to ground the story thus making it more believable.
First and foremost, when developing a new character I use a character reference sheet (the one I use, can be found in the media>downloads section of this website) to build up the background of my principle character(s). Reference sheets really do allow you to put flesh on the bones of your characters. Have a look at mine and you will see what I mean, and if you like it use it (it’s free, and free is good), tell your friends about it, shout it from the rooftops!
I thought I would start posting up a writing tip every couple of weeks. Most of these I have either been taught at school, college or university, picked up from tutorials and books, or simply found trawling the shadowy depths of the interwebs. But they are all useful, and things I use all the time in my writing.
So without further ado, here is Tip #1
Order of Adjectives
When we put more than one adjective into a sentence in order to modify a noun, we instinctively put the adjectives in a specific order in sentences to avoid the sentence sounding odd and clunky to us.
This means that ‘the big, red rocket’ sounds so much better than ‘the red, big rocket’.
When we put more than one adjective before a noun, the adjectives are normally (but not always) placed in a particular order as shown below, this is called the ‘Order of Adjectives’.
I have started to add some free writers resources on the site.
Just click on the Media menu and go to ‘Downloads’.
At the moment I have uploaded:
Male and Female name lists,
a character reference sheet to help you build up your character’s backgrounds (don’t forget to do a family tree for your main characters) and,
a British English to American English comparison dictionary.
Please feel free to modify to suit your own needs.
It would be great if you could let me know of any missing comparisons in the UK-USA Dictionary so I can add them to mine. 🙂
I will be adding more useful resources for writers as and when I get time.
The download icon shows the type of file:
Adobe Acrobat file
MS Word or Open Document file
Everything in the downloads area is free for you to use and modify.
In line with the Creative Commons license, I would simply ask that if you redistribute anything, you acknowledge where you obtained the original resource material from (with a link to my website), and not claim it as your own.
I know this isn’t strictly writing related, but what the heck…
So, hands up all those who owned one of the beauties.
Yes well you, me and 126 million other people my little friend.
So why the sudden interest in a 17 year old phone?
Well if the rumors are true, it would seem that Nokia are planning to relaunch the 3310 towards the end of this year.
Yep! That’s right!
The good old 3310 could be making a comeback!
Out of all the cell phones ever made, this is probably the only phone to have achieved true cult status. And all down to the little phone’s ability to survive being dropped onto concrete, having beer thrown over it, and all sorts of other mishaps that would leave most smart phones a mass of very expensive shattered glass and plastic.
Okay, so you won’t be able to get emails, surf the web, tweet, swipe right (or left) on a host of dating apps, or play a myriad on games on it. However you get that legendary invulnerability, the ability to call and text, a battery that lasts a week between charges, and of course you get Snake!
The pundits seem to reckon it will cost around £50, $62.
Or maybe you still have one tucked away at the back of a drawer somewhere?
If so, maybe it’s time to dig it out and enjoy a little less connectivity occasionally.