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Friday, October 18, 2013

Congratulations are in order

Jill is rather pleased with her new cover for her book Anna and the Dragon. She writes: "Check out the book cover [JartStar] made for me. I think it's beautiful."

It is, indeed, an unusually pretty cover. I particularly like the rich colors and the ur-Celtic pattern underneath the dragon. And, let's face it, who doesn't like slender redheads?

So congratulations to her, and congratulations to JartStar as well. It's always good to see readers collaborating in such a productive and mutually beneficial manner. There is a lot of talent here, so whether you're looking for a writer, an artist, a programmer, a physicist, a lawyer, or any number of other specialties, it might surprise you what can be found here.

I am, of course, always available for consultations concerning gratuitous cruelty, should my own artistic services ever be required. "Look to Wowbagger" will probably be the title of my autobiography.

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Anonymous Anonymous October 18, 2013 9:59 AM  

There is a lot of talent here, so whether you're looking for a writer, an artist, a programmer, a physicist, a lawyer, or any number of other specialties

...or a former officer of infantry. Not that there is much call for that right now, but I see my stock rising in the near future.

--Hale

Anonymous Ten41 October 18, 2013 10:02 AM  

The link to Anna and the Dragon has an extra . in it, which causes the redirect to Amazon to fail. The picture has the correct link.

For those that wish to see it on Amazon

Blogger El Borak October 18, 2013 10:02 AM  

Speaking of gratuitous, I think you've got a gratuitous period on the end of your hyperlink.

Blogger El Borak October 18, 2013 10:03 AM  

Ten41 could draw faster than he, but El Borak was looking for Ten43

Anonymous VD October 18, 2013 10:05 AM  

Corrected, thanks.

Anonymous FUBAR Nation Ben October 18, 2013 10:12 AM  

Sounds like King Kong. Instead of girl meeting ape, girl meets dragon. Or the female version of Eragon.

Anonymous Anonymous October 18, 2013 10:14 AM  

My compliments on the cover may seem gratuitous, but I will nonetheless praise JartStar for another fantastic cover. Well done again.

Anonymous Harsh October 18, 2013 10:16 AM  

girl meets dragon

That old story? Girl meets dragon, girl dumps dragon, dragon incinerates girl. Yawn.

Anonymous jack October 18, 2013 10:16 AM  

The link to Amazon kindle worked ok for me. I ordered the book to give the Lady a try.

[give the Lady a try may have come out wrong but what the hey?]

The cover is nice. If I ever need a cover I'll have to give Jartstar an email. It occurred to me that why limit it to a cover? I would bet Jartstar could turn out a kick fanny greeting card, etc. Might be a bit of money for a greeting card but, gosh, would it not be unique? I may save that idea for the wife's birthday.

Anonymous Curlytop October 18, 2013 10:25 AM  

Jartstar has amazing talent. Every single cover that he's done that has been shown on this blog shows an impeccable use of shadows/light. The colors are vivid and deep. The design intricate without being overdone. Takes me back to the days when album covers and various promotional posters were done this way. Just gorgeous artwork.

Blogger Nate October 18, 2013 10:26 AM  

pretty.

Jill... is this 50 Shades of Dragons?

Anonymous Anonymous October 18, 2013 10:26 AM  

@Jack - that's a great idea. I would like to have a graphic depiction of my warrior goddess wife - celebrating her super powers of home schooling - being a good Christian wife - while capturing her ability to be a naughty minx when the time is right.

Anonymous REG October 18, 2013 10:29 AM  

Nice cover. I've already bought the book with the old cover. Haven't had time to read it yet; but, initial scan looked good. Hope she does well. I still haven't decided on submitting anything to a publisher or not. However, from this example, I will keep JartStar in mind.

Anonymous Anonymous October 18, 2013 10:39 AM  

What's the fee on something like that? Fixed price or piece of the action?

--Hale

Anonymous VD October 18, 2013 10:41 AM  

What's the fee on something like that?

Talk to JartStar. Not my business. But my understanding is that he gives the Ilk a discount.

Anonymous Stickwick October 18, 2013 10:51 AM  

What Curlytop said. Just lovely.

Blogger Markku October 18, 2013 10:53 AM  

If I ever find myself having a torture chamber and a bunch of drugged illuminati, and can't think of anything to do with them, I'll be sure to give Vox a call.

Blogger Conan the Cimmerian October 18, 2013 11:12 AM  

And, let's face it, who doesn't like slender redheads?

Yes.

Anonymous YIH October 18, 2013 11:15 AM  

Very nice, tasteful and doesn't look like it was shat out in 10 minutes on Photoshop

Anonymous Krul October 18, 2013 11:38 AM  

Dragons. I knew it. I knew it.

Congratulations, Jill. I'm glad you accomplished this project after your initial difficulty getting started.

It's a fine looking cover, JartStar. I'll probably add it to my reading list after I finish Abercrombie's First Law trilogy.

Of course I'll drop everything and read it right now if the dragons are... FROM SPACE.

Anonymous Stickwick October 18, 2013 11:42 AM  

... and doesn't look like it was shat out in 10 minutes on Photoshop

Sometimes you can judge a book by its cover. #8 is my favorite: "Whoa, check out those bongos!"

Anonymous Daniel October 18, 2013 11:44 AM  

So, how have you organized your list of people to insult? Alphabetically, weight or height? I'm guessing alphabetically by nickname, since you've been stuck in the "M's" for a decade or so.

Anonymous REG October 18, 2013 11:49 AM  

"Sometimes you can judge a book by its cover. #8 is my favorite: "Whoa, check out those bongos!"

Aw shucks, You made me go back for a second look. (Jokes on me, but he did have 'that look' didn't he.

Anonymous Josh October 18, 2013 11:51 AM  

Of course I'll drop everything and read it right now if the dragons are... FROM SPACE.
And Amish

Anonymous Daniel October 18, 2013 11:58 AM  

Totally for whatever it is worth: I wish some authors of full-length novels would raise ebook prices by a dollar or two. $3.99 is a) still cheap b) likely to help me differentiate - above all other things - whether or not it is a short story or a novel (erroneous, I know, but I'm not the only one who uses this shorthand) and c) more likely to generate better revenue, so that the author is less likely to burn out and leave me hanging for books that are never going to be written.

Nice job, Jill and Jartstar. The back cover wings are an awesome kicker.

Anonymous Carlotta October 18, 2013 11:59 AM  

Amazing cover.

I am afraid to click the link after the last dino meets women link.......

Anonymous dh October 18, 2013 12:00 PM  

I wish some authors of full-length novels would raise ebook prices by a dollar or two. $3.99 is a) still cheap b) likely to help me differentiate - above all other things - whether or not it is a short story or a novel (erroneous, I know, but I'm not the only one who uses this shorthand) and c) more likely to generate better revenue, so that the author is less likely to burn out and leave me hanging for books that are never going to be written.

You got it. Hardcovers are the real status symbol now. Go to a nice park and sit out and read with a hardcover.

Anonymous Harsh October 18, 2013 12:09 PM  

Very nice, tasteful and doesn't look like it was shat out in 10 minutes on Photoshop

Dinosaur erotica is a real thing? Who knew?

Anonymous Carlotta October 18, 2013 12:12 PM  

Hmm. Can a Christian write porn without sinning?
Serious question.
I am talking like married porn with sex between people only.

Anonymous Carlotta October 18, 2013 12:16 PM  

You know I am not sure what the difference is between porn and romance novels.

Anonymous WaterBoy October 18, 2013 12:33 PM  

Vox: "I am, of course, always available for consultations concerning gratuitous cruelty, should my own artistic services ever be required."

I heard they're looking for a screenwriter for the next Saw movie....

Anonymous Sigyn October 18, 2013 12:34 PM  

You know I am not sure what the difference is between porn and romance novels.

Audience.

Anonymous Carlotta October 18, 2013 12:38 PM  

Ah.

Now for the moral implications. ..

Anonymous Beau October 18, 2013 12:46 PM  

Jartstar.

Do you do QSL cards?

Anonymous Sigyn October 18, 2013 1:02 PM  

Now for the moral implications. ..

Cue the hamsters, male and female!

Anonymous Myrddin October 18, 2013 1:13 PM  

The existence of the Song of Solomon tends to indicate that married erotica is acceptable.

Anonymous Porky October 18, 2013 1:18 PM  

The existence of the Song of Solomon tends to indicate that married erotica is acceptable.

It's a long, sick journey from "Your breasts are like twin fawns of a gazelle" to "Take me, triceratops, I'm yours."

Anonymous Sigyn October 18, 2013 1:34 PM  

And guys, enough with the fantastic bestiality assumptions. If you'd bothered to actually look at the book:

For Anna Cole, collating information turns a confusing, rain-blurred Portland into an ordered place. But when she accepts a job as research assistant to wealthy travel writer Franklin Thomas, all the notes are disordered and illogical. Franklin keeps vanishing. He claims he’s taking refuge in a ghostly city to escape a dragon that’s been haunting his family for twelve generations.

Franklin is insane, compellingly so, and Anna's own sanity is threatened when their relationship takes a romantic turn. When Anna discovers his family’s crime is stolen dragon wealth, she delves into a cryptic world born out of myth and legend to save him—either from his heritage, or from himself. But as she discovers, ancient curses can travel through time and space faster than anyone can outrun them. The family curse will last until the fourteenth generation. And the child she's carrying, Franklin's child, is the unlucky thirteenth.

Blogger wrf3 October 18, 2013 1:50 PM  

Krulwrote: Of course I'll drop everything and read it right now if the dragons are... FROM SPACE.

The Homecoming by Barry B. Longyear (the first author to ever win the triple crown of Hugo, Nebula, and John W. Campbell award for best new writer all in the same year).

Blogger wrf3 October 18, 2013 1:52 PM  

Carlotta mused: You know I am not sure what the difference is between porn and romance novels.

The plot? Oh, wait, that's not it...

Blogger JartStar October 18, 2013 1:59 PM  

Do you do QSL cards?

Shoot me an email and we can discuss it. Click on the banner to my work for the email address.

Anonymous REG October 18, 2013 2:26 PM  

"Hmm. Can a Christian write porn without sinning?
Serious question.
I am talking like married porn with sex between people only."

Not a published writer but, in trying to see how many genders I could hobby write in, I tried erotica. Worked fine for the first two chapters, went back to edit, felt like a voyeur, deleted it. Maybe someone else can, not me.

Blogger Weouro October 18, 2013 2:48 PM  

Raptors must be the alphas of the dino fantasy realm.

Anonymous zen0 October 18, 2013 2:57 PM  

Sigyn October 18, 2013 1:34 PM

And guys, enough with the fantastic bestiality assumptions. If you'd bothered to actually look at the book:,,,,,,,


Is this an example of "women ruin everything?"

Need a ruling here.

Anonymous cheddarman October 18, 2013 3:05 PM  

Raptors must be the alphas of the dino fantasy realm. - Weouro

No way, T-rex rules the top spot. nothing else comes close.

Anonymous Comic Con Attendee October 18, 2013 3:20 PM  

No way, T-rex rules the top spot. nothing else comes close.

With those puny biceps? No way, dude. It's Giganotosaurus Carolinii all the way, man!!

Anonymous Krul October 18, 2013 3:20 PM  

cheddarman - Raptors must be the alphas of the dino fantasy realm. - Weouro

No way, T-rex rules the top spot. nothing else comes close.


I somehow imagine the female protagonists in the dino-rotica novels to react like this when they first encounter their paramours. (Link NSFW for language.)

Anonymous Carlotta October 18, 2013 3:24 PM  

Alright I will take it lol.

Anonymous Carlotta October 18, 2013 3:35 PM  

No dino porn porky. Just good clean american......

His arms glistened in the sun with the fresh blood of a ten zombie herd.
He extended his hand to her. Her breasts were heaving, barely contained in the last bra she owned. It was chewed to the wire. One more bite and she would have been a walker. He gently pushed her behind him and shot the last zombie that was still moving.
Their eyes met. The looks between them hot as the fires they were piling the bodies on......

Anonymous Carlotta October 18, 2013 3:38 PM  

Yes. I can see where this is a problem.

I dont know if me writing it is wrong or just others reading it.

Anonymous Carlotta October 18, 2013 3:42 PM  

You know Jartstar, it would be cool if you could do portraits but like a book cover. Like I tell you my son loves cars and you do a "book cover" where it looks like he is in an awesome car racing away from danger.

Or a romance novel cover featuring a married couple.

Anonymous Steven Gould, President SFWA October 18, 2013 4:05 PM  

Dear Carlotta,
We are pleased to announce that you have been nominated for the 2014 Nebula Award for your short story, "Honeymoon on Planet Zombie". Congratulations!

Anonymous Daniel October 18, 2013 4:06 PM  

I am talking like married porn with sex between people only.

Not a published writer but, in trying to see how many genders I could hobby write in

...I'm thinking you both have a future collaborating on My Secret Grammar or Typo of Cancer.

Blogger Conan the Cimmerian October 18, 2013 4:32 PM  

Pork:It's a long, sick journey from "Your breasts are like twin fawns of a gazelle" to "Take me, triceratops, I'm yours."

Three horns, three portals.

"Me so horny, me love you longtime"

Blogger Conan the Cimmerian October 18, 2013 4:33 PM  

"I am all alone on the savannah. Whatever shall I do?"

"You want to tri some of this?"

Anonymous Sigyn October 18, 2013 4:38 PM  

Is this an example of "women ruin everything?"

Need a ruling here.


Sorry, I was using the OTHER Ilk-approved acronym. My mistake.

Anonymous stevev October 18, 2013 4:46 PM  

Dang it, Vox. Always have to throw obscure references in there to trip us dummies up. Wot the ell is a Wowbagger? And why should I look to him/her?

Anonymous stevev October 18, 2013 4:47 PM  

Oh. Guess I should have googled *before* I posted, huh?

Anonymous Jill October 18, 2013 5:18 PM  

Yikes! So this is what happens when I'm away from my computer all day!! This book is not porn, and there's no bestiality.

NO, Nate, there is no bondage sex. In fact, there are no sex descriptions in this book at all. Sorry if any of you are disappointed. This isn't even a typical romance. I called it a time travel romance at the advice of a friend who used to be in the marketing side of publishing. Men read my book. I swear they do. Here is a great review by Mike Duran.

You will like this book if you like magical realism and don't mind ambiguity. You will like this book if you like Korean drama. If I could, I would have this book made into a Korean drama. I would have Park Su-Chan direct it (in my dreams).

By the way, the $1.99 price will only last through next Wednesday. Then it will go up to the astonishing price of $2.99. I won't charge more than that because I'm an unknown indie writer.

Thank you Vox for sharing this.

Anonymous Jill October 18, 2013 5:24 PM  

Oh, btw, @Krul, does Draco the constellation count? That's in space.

Anonymous Jill October 18, 2013 5:40 PM  

Oh, and one more thing, I want to know if the Daniel who posts here is the Daniel from The Good Weird. For some reason, I had a mental flash of that blog when I read Daniel's comment above. I ran across that blog several years ago. I don't know why or how. I'm confused.

Anonymous Daniel October 18, 2013 6:04 PM  

I can't speak for Daniels worldwide, nor all who post here under that name, for we are Legion*. But I'm the one at the Good Weird, which clears absolutely nothing up for you, I'm sure, especially if I'm not the one who posted above. Fortunately, for the sake of clarity if nothing else, I am.

*Either that or completely uncreative types who can't ever seem to get the hang of internet handles - unique ones, that is. The fortunate bit is that I've never met a Daniel on the planet who was not identical to me in thought, word and deed. On the other hand, maybe that's because I don't pay very close attention to anyone other than myself.

Also, I occasionally shoot lasers out of my eyes to burn offensive billboards to the ground.

Anonymous REG October 18, 2013 6:43 PM  

"Not a published writer but, in trying to see how many genders I could hobby write in

...I'm thinking you both have a future collaborating on My Secret Grammar or Typo of Cancer."

Can I claim 'Freudian slip'? I mean genre-gender = erotica.

Anonymous Jill October 18, 2013 7:01 PM  

Daniel, I just went to Mike Duran's because I suspected you were xdpaul, as well. I don't know why. Maybe distant memories from distant blog posts--maybe the tone of your comments. As far as eye lasers and burning down annoying billboards go, as I said before, stop ruining my fantasies, all right?

I am always just Jill, wherever I go.

Anonymous Jill October 18, 2013 7:17 PM  

Daniel, I just wanted to add that I'm not web-stalking you, I promise. It's merely a curiosity thing when I begin to pick up on the tone or personality of people who otherwise mask their online identities. It's like leaving fingerprints, I guess.

Anonymous Daniel October 18, 2013 8:03 PM  

Uh-huh, Jill. Whatever helps you sleep at night.

And REG, you can claim a Freudian slip, but you are better off letting it lie there in the Quad all Sunday. People will talk, but at least they won't know for sure. Grounds will pick it up on Monday morning, and by Tuesday it will have been forgotten.

Anonymous clariying Russia October 18, 2013 8:36 PM  

Nice cover, better than most. constructive criticism would perhaps involve a mention of Titian's reds, a touch of High Renaissance shading of deep colors perspectively shading into infinity, and the triumphantly angry crab featured in Keith Henderson's renderings for the Worm Ouroboros ....

Anonymous Jill October 18, 2013 8:39 PM  

Fantasizing about incinerating things with my eye lasers helps me sleep at night. Web stalking people who use variations of the name Daniel...not so much. This has been fun. I wish I had joined in the conversation earlier. Peace out. >>>>

Anonymous Luscinia October 18, 2013 10:13 PM  

Its not inept, I'll give it that. Just boring and generic.

Anonymous Sigyn October 18, 2013 11:15 PM  

Hi, Birdbrain.

Anonymous Carlotta October 18, 2013 11:44 PM  

I accept this award and want to thank my Husband and the walking dead for inspiration.

Anonymous Carlotta October 18, 2013 11:45 PM  

I am an artist Daniel. Grammer is for editors.
How dare you oppress me!

Anonymous Carlotta October 18, 2013 11:48 PM  

Jill your book sounds great and congrats. Beautiful cover too.

Btw, when nursing my first I got into korean dramas because of the subtitles and they were on at late night nursing times. This would be a great one.

Blogger Markku October 18, 2013 11:51 PM  

For Jill's amusement, this is the magnificent work of the person who so graciously called JartStar's work "not inept" above.

Blogger Markku October 19, 2013 12:03 AM  

If henceforth you can't help but think "if ONLY I had commissioned Yama of Many Names to do the cover instead of JartStar" every time you see your own book, then I deeply apologize.

Anonymous Jill October 19, 2013 1:25 AM  

Boring and generic, or clean and classic? I would say that this new cover has dropped my Amazon stats from 500,000 to 17,000 in 24 hrs, but I'm pretty sure it was this little VD promo+the new cover. Thanks to those who purchased my work. I'm not sure if Yama's pen and ink indie look would have done the trick, really. I don't have enough of the creative individualist in me.

Blogger Markku October 19, 2013 1:33 AM  

We like to call that "pen and ink indie look" as "hilarious piece of crap look" over here.

But yes, my earlier joke perhaps loses some of its edge if one isn't already familiar with the... idiosyncrasies of this particular critic of everything Vox Popoli.

Blogger Unknown October 19, 2013 4:55 AM  

To me, the dragon looks rather too phallic.

A.W.

Anonymous Sigyn October 19, 2013 3:14 PM  

For Jill's amusement, this is the magnificent work of the person who so graciously called JartStar's work "not inept" above.

The portrait of the dancer neatly captures the horrors of aging and the feminine spirit that defies it. I mean, look at how she bravely continues to shake it even with her boobs sagging to her waist and her hips displaced...

Anonymous Beau October 20, 2013 2:01 PM  

Jartstar,

Did you get my email?

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