I poke my head in at the Muddy Colors fantasy art blog every now and again – I especially like it when the contributors give a behind-the-scenes peek into cover art decisions (probably because I’ve zero artistic talent, and it’s so interesting to see what influenced the final versions):
- Greg Manchess blogged about an illustration he did for tor.com, including initial sketches
- Dan Dos Santos talks about the cover he did for the upcoming Mercy Thompson anthology, SHIFTING SHADOWS, also including alternative sketches
And on the subject of covers in progress, here’s one that Jody Lee did for the new Mercedes Lackey Valdemar novel – in my mind, her art will always be inextricably linked to my countless re-reads of the Valdemar books during my teenage years.
A really late link, but I thought Jeannie Lin‘s post about writing Chinese historical romance and her (forced) transition to digital-only (she also links to a couple of interesting posts) was a good one – and I’m glad it ends on a happy note with her latest release making the USA Today bestseller list! I’ve bought her books based on positive reviews, but I admit they’re languishing on that TBR pile – has anyone read them?
Another feel-good story: I loved Amy Jo Cousins‘ story about Tad Williams.
Another late link (you can tell exactly how long I’ve not been blogging, right?) – Jo Walton posts @ tor.com about how e-readers have changed her reading habits. I liked this article (plus comments) because of its positivity around digital reading, if that makes sense.
On a almost-related note, I’m impatiently waiting for the new Kindle Paperwhite software update to reach my device, purely because of the new Page Flip capability. When I switched over to reading mostly digital, I realised that I flipped back and forth between pages a lot when reading paper books. It’s not something I realised I did, and I had to train myself NOT to do that on my ereader, because I just ended up losing my place in the book.
I’m wondering if the Page Flip function makes that easy (and also if it’s something I still do!) – anyone have the latest PW or software release? I may cave and sideload the software update if it’s not pushed out soon…