Wednesday, October 12, 2011 | By: Angela Brown

How Shallow and NaNoWriMo

Okay, so sue me.  Actually, don't do that.  You'll get a look at my finances and decide it may be better to give me a donation.

Here's the thing.  I don't like being shallow.  But when it comes to book covers, as much as the content makes me keep the book, the cover tends to attract me or at least cause me to take a second look.  I noticed my tastes of late had leaned more toward an eerie/Goth (Possess) feel or something simplistic and symbolic (Possession)
Here's one I heard about and have now added to my TBR:
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Gorgeous!  True, not for everyone.  Can't please all of the people all of the time, I suppose.  But this caught my eye.  Goodreads provides the premise:

When tragedy strikes, seventeen year-old Ashton Blake sets out on a cross-country road trip, leaving the comforts of Malibu for the mountains of Kentucky. Along the way, she encounters Gabe Willoughby—the mysterious drifter with eyes like the sea and a knowing smile. Getting to know Gabe raises questions about her past. But no secret can be buried forever, and Ashton soon finders herself in a world where water is air and myth becomes reality.

Just as Ashton comes to accept her newfound heritage, she’s summoned to fulfill a treaty laid down centuries before — a treaty that will divide her love and test her loyalty. In the end, her future isn’t her biggest concern, her humanity is. To run may mean war, but is she strong enough to stay?

On to other things that require an obsessive nature and possibly utter discontent of good hygiene if you get too carried away:  NaNoWriMo.  I avoided it.  Smiled at it and turned away.  Encouraged others who braved it.  But never partook.  I have officially signed up.  EEEK!  What have I done?

What about you?  Any thoughts regarding NaNoWriMo?  Any advice - or warning - to share with a newbie?


Natalie Aguirre said...

Congrats on signing up. You'll have to let us know how it goes. I never have and don't plan to with working full time and my daughter's busy schedule. But maybe I'll use it to inspire me to get productive in November with my writing.

Angela Brown said...

Ya know, Natalie. I'm sort of taking the "hold your nose and jump in the lake though you can't swim" approach with this :-)

Matthew MacNish said...

That cover is creepy. Creepy but gorgeous.

Gina said...

I would totally read that for the cover alone. I'm shallow like that, too!

Angelina Rain said...

That cover is beautiful. Sadly, I don't even read brurbs anymore. I judge books solely on their covers. How horrible am I?

I'm not doing NaNo this year. I tried the last 2 years and failed big time. I was at a job where November and December were super busy months so I didn't have time to continue with NaNo. This year I'm working in another place but my life has been so hectic that I don't have the time to write at all.

Tracey J said...

That cover is gorgeous. I really like the font. As for NaNo, I'm totally doing it. I just need to decide on an idea.

Sadly, I don't have any advice to share. I think I need some advice myself. :)

Good Luck. I can't wait to hear about your progress during NaNo.

Tara Tyler said...

it is an eye catching cover, but have you noticed a trend of girls in water on covers lately? still, it's beautiful & sounds like a good story.

i couldnt handle nano this year, maybe next year.

good luck!

Francesca Zappia said...

I think it's okay to be shallow when it comes to covers, though. I mean, I'm not going to pick up a book that doesn't have a nice cover, because then I assume it wasn't of the quality that the publisher wanted to spend money on a nice cover. (Of course, it could just be extremely derivative and marketable.) But I've seen so many covers with girls in water/girls in dresses/girls in dresses in water that they just annoy me now.

As to NaNo--PLAN. Plan it all out, seriously. Last year I had my entire novel planned out before I ever started. If I hadn't I don't think I would've made it. Plus, planning made me guarantee that every part of it would be interesting, and would interest me enough that I'd want to keep writing.

Good luck!

Cherie Colyer said...

Hi Angela! A book cover is the first thing that catches my eye and makes me pick up a book I've never heard of. This cover is beautiful.

I've never done NaNoWriMo. I tend to be in the middle of revisions around this time of year. I think it's because I'm still working on whatever book I took to the summer conference I attend. I'll be one of your cheerleaders! And I look forward to hearing how it goes.

Christine Fonseca said...

Love this cover...and WOOT for NaNo! I'm there too.

Maria Zannini said...

I've often said that good stories paint a picture and good art tells a story. This is especially true for covers.

I love this cover. It has movement, symbolism and drama. Kudos to the artist.

Angela Brown said...

@ Matt - Agreed. There is a creep factor and yet, so very beautiful

@ Gina - You shallowness is approved - approval not needed of course (lol!!!)

@ Angelina - Not horrible at all. Just a basic truth. Hope some of the hectic calms down.

@ Tracey - We can navigate these NaNo waters carefully together.

@ Tara - You know, there have been a few. The one that really stands out to me is Thee Unbecoming of Mara Dyer. And thanks. I will need more luck than I can have or hold.

@ Francesca - Thanks for the advice. So far, I have the premise. But it sounds like I better double-back from this pantser approach and go for a better plan.

@ Cherie - Oh my, I could really use a cheerleader :-) Thanks so much.

@ Christine - NaNo here we come. I may be hanging on your coattails :-)

@ Maria - This artist should take a bow. You give compliments with merit and if I were the artist, I'd be blushing right about now.

1000th.monkey said...

I've been participating in Nano since 2004 (actively, then inactively due to university and health). My best advise is try to have fun with it. If you're a plotter, plan it out, if you're a panster (like me) at least try to go in with a few fragments of your story :)

Also, if you are a social person (in real life, I don't mean online) then the regional kickoff parties are a great way to meet local writers/friends :)

Good luck!

Cynthia Lee said...

I love book covers!! I've even bought the same book twice because the books had different covers and I wanted them both.

Chantele Sedgwick said...

I LOVE that cover! Creepy and intriguing. Gorgeous. I'm adding it to my to-read pile! :D

Anonymous said...

That cover would definitely make me pick up the book and check out the blurb, maybe read a page or two to see if the story was worth it.

NaNo...advice...hmm, stay off the site as much as you can once it starts, it is a time suck when you should be writing. On the other hand, now is a good time to explore it. Try to get your words written as early in the day as you can. Find one of the excel word count tracker things and update it regularly. (One thing I've maintained from previous years.) Mostly...good luck!

Cate Masters said...

Wow, such a striking cover. I love it too.
NaNoWriMo's great incentive to get a jump on a novel. I completed it one year, and only partially completed it the next. This year I don't expect to finish, but I'm signing up anyway. I'll at least have a higher word count than if I hadn't. Good luck!

Angela Brown said...

@ 1000th.monkey - That's a pretty cool heads up. Thank you.

@ Cynthia - That book you bought twice must have had two very beautiful covers.

@ Chantele - I definitely added it to my TBR and because the Kindle version was only $2.99 when I last looked, I might buy it and add it to my kindle queue.

@ Raelyn - I hope to get my peruse on now so I can least a little bit, what's going on. Even did my brief intro on some kind of forum, thing...yeah.

Angela Brown said...

@ Cate - Glad to have you aboard. Good luck to you as well.

Shelley Munro said...

The cover is a little creepy at first glance, but once I read the blurb it made more sense. The book sounds quite intriguing.

I've never done NANO before, mainly because I push myself hard enough as it is. I know my writing speed, and if I push too hard I probably won't write a word in December. This year I'm away on holiday for most of the first week, so I have a good excuse. :)

Good luck though, Angela. I'll be cheering you on!

Angela Brown said...

Enjoy your holiday, Shelley. I look forward to seeing the photos for this one as the the ones from your China trip were so wonderful

Creepy Query Girl said...

I admit- the blurb and the cover have perked my interest!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

You'll give up some things for NaNo, like blogging and time with family. But if you make the decision that yes, you will do it and succeed, you'll find a way to do it.
Not doing it this year, but I hit the mark last year.

Nadja Notariani said...

Oh, Angela...What have you gone and done? Ha! I have friends trying to get me to jump into the NaNo challenge. I'm considering...... It's scary ;] Good scary, but scary all the same. Do you have a plot all laid out? Are you characters outlined?? I don't even know where to start! I may use the Rule Of Three Blogfest for my storyline if I decide to join in the NaNoWriMo craziness.....

Thank you so much for the great encouragement on my writing today. I appreciated it more than I can say. It's been a tough week. :)

Ciara said...

You get the award for best opening line for a post!! Classic. A donation? LOL

Angela Brown said...

@ Creepy Query Girl - doesn't it just make you want to figure out what is going on?

@ Alex - up the blog would be hard since it's my new addiction, alongside Wild Cherry Pepsi. But the family, I think I will have to do some serious planning and possible investment in Nos energy drink because I have to keep this time with my chipmunk. Definitely something for me to think about.

@ Nadja - Right? What HAVE I done? lol!!! I find it funny that I am joining this year because this is the first year I haven't had anyone really try to sell me on doing NaNoWriMo. I just, well, wanted to give it a try. As for my story, I have the basic premise, but if I have to plot this baby out to ensure I don't miss out time with my little chipmunk, well I'll just be a plotting dame. As for your Ren3 story, wow, I really do enjoy it. I'm glad my true feelings could being a smile to your face.

@ Ciara - Well, thanks for the compliment :-) Yeah, though, for real, someone would think my wallet was meant to be the punchline of a money joke.

Miranda Hardy said...

I love that cover, too. Covers have to capture my attention.

Good luck with NaNoWriMo. I may be joining you.

Anonymous said...

I like the cover, especially the tinted color used. Good luck with NaNoWriMo. You'll have to let us know how it goes :-)

Angela Brown said...

@ Miranda - I agree. Hope to see your there :-)

@ Christy - I just wish I had the ability to come up with a cover half as good. I'll try my best to send smoke signals if things get hairy with NaNoWriMo lol!!!

Candy Fite said...

Congrats on NaNoWriMo! I'm not brave enough, nor disciplined.

This cover would make me not only take a second glance, but I'd rip it from the shelf and open it immediately!

Angela Brown said...

Thanks, Candy. The discipline angle is still to be determined lol!!! However, I've been a bit fearful of this for too long so now I'm taking the plunge.

And I agree. The cover really stopped me.

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