The first draft of WILDFIRE is done and sent to the editor. It clocked at a respectable 98,000 words. 🙂 Super happy with that.
Now the nothing begins. 😛 This morning we are flooded and I’m learning how to draw space in photoshop. Spaaaaaace! I quite like my first attempt to follow the tutorial. It’s a bit empty, but it has many purty colors.
If I owe you a mailing, we’ll get to it once the rain water recedes.
Whee! Have a ton of fun.
FWIW, at least consider the merits of a vector graphics program for drawing/illustration needs (Illustrator would be the Adobe offering, I believe – as a FOSS girl, I use Inkscape.) I use both types of tools, and they do different things, but it’s good to be aware of their various strength and weakness 🙂
I’d stick with Photoshop, unless you’re having to design logos or artwork that needs to be able to cleanly scale to size, in which case, you would want Illustrator. That said, I’m about 3 or 4 versions behind on both programs, so perhaps there have been significant changes in how the two work.
…and I’m entirely in FOSS world, so it’s GIMP and Inkscape for me, so it’s only rough equivalence. I’ve been using GIMP longer, but I pretty strongly pretty Inkscape for most freehand work – though it depends on what I’m doing, and I’ll off switch back and forth between them for different kinds of needs.
Of course, at least half of what I do is scientific illustration or figures, and a lot of the rest is weird little comics or graphics (or “I need something that looks more or less like this for a lecture I’m giving an hour from now!”) …and I do a lot of 3d modeling and animation in Blender, but I get to call that research.
*prefer* Inkscape. Argh.
It’s interesting what people are used to, because I’ve never heard of Inkspace or Blender. GIMP sounds vaguely familiar.
I spend most of my time in the Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) and academic software worlds. (I grew up around a computer science department, though I didn’t do my degree work there. Then I spent most of my twenties as a software engineer at Microsoft… and then they funded my research for the first couple of years after I fled back into academia, so when I had a chance to kick that Windows dust off my shoes, oh, I was *so* ready. Mind you, some good memories, too.)
Going full time Linux on the desktop, etc. etc. isn’t for everyone, but there are a number of very mature projects that are available on all platforms and are free. (As it is said, free as in beer, but also free as in freedom.)
GIMP is the GNU Image Manipulation Program. It’s more or less open source photoshop. I’ve been using it for, oh, a dozen years now?
Inkscape is one of a few open source Vector Graphics Programs. So, photoshop and GIMP are manipulating bitmaps (bitmaps defined broadly – there are various different file formats). The underlying primitive is pixels, which is why if you blow up your image enough it pixelates and gets all blocky. In vector graphics, the underlying representation is math. (I can just hear my favorite lab partner in crime laughing his head off and saying “Of course you prefer to paint with math!” – though he totally does too. I taught him.) It sounds kind of weird, but you don’t have to deal with the math directly, and the interface isn’t hard to learn… I’m trying to think of a way of describing the beauty of manipulating Bézier curves 🙂
Here’s a gallergy of some stuff people have done in Inkscape:
Blender is more or open source Maya – so a 3d animation and rendering program. Though, since open source software is open source, there’s a tendency for people to integrate cool stuff in, so there’s a bunch of stuff for game prototyping, and there’s a soft and hard body physics engine (which is why I use it for my research)… and, of course, you can just use it as a modelling environment for making 3d printable stuff, or whatever. It’s definitely the most difficult to learn – well, at least, for the kind of stuff I use it for (I will never take another undergrad summer modelling student who doesn’t come in with a lot of experience – it’s just too much, even with having them train during the Spring) but it’s a crazy rich environment, too.
(This has been a PSA from the Society for Free and Open Source Software 😛 – Long lab meeting, and I still have a somewhat questionable voice.)
Sculptris is fun too. I am just playing with it. Nothing serious yet
I hadn’t even seen that one yet!
There really are a ton of different modeling tools. I use Blender so heavily mostly because I’d already played with it a bit and it supported the Bullet engine – and the ability to make pretty movies has been a huge bonus for my presentations. (I also use OpenSCAD when I’m doing something more mathematically precise, like making a new bracket for the inside of a refrigerator door handle.)
William B says
Enjoy the downtime.
Yay! Enjoy the downtime. I haven’t “drawn” graphics since Microsoft Paint, lol. Photoshop can do some amazing things!
Huge congrats on finishing! I hope you are able to relax and enjoy the next few months. Maybe a nice beach somewhere…..it is summer in New Zealand and Australia….just saying 🙂
I visited the South island (Christchurch, Kaikoura, Nelson, Greymouth, Wanaka, Queenstown, Dunedin, Oamaru) for 15 days while living in Bangkok… fell in love and went back next Christmas season and visited the North Island (Aukland, Waitomo, New Plymouth, Wellington, Napier, Rotorua….) . What a beautiful, beautiful country. I hope Kaikoura is recovering from the latest earthquake and hope to visit again… my husband wants to move there! Best wishes!
Jeaniene Frost says
CONGRATS! *throws confetti*
Bravo! Have a nice day!
Kick back! You have more than earned it.
Enjoy your well deserved rest!
Congratulations! Enjoy the nothingness…
Congrats! Let the nothingness begin! muahahaha
PS: I hope the flooding is not too bad
Richard Cartwright says
Congratulations! Enjoy the downtime. Although if you think Adobe tutorials are downtime, then I feel a Princess Bride quote coming on. 🙂
Enjoy having that stress off your back. Best wishes on a fast turn around and being able to just relax and have some downtime.
I thought I tasted a strong sense of Relief in the air this morning. Ditto on the beginning of the Nothingness. Lots of Nothingness makes the Somethingness even better and vice versa.
Alecia M Register says
Grats! Have fun on vacation. Hope the flooding eases up, soon.
Congratulations on finishing (must feel sooo good) and enjoy the well earned nothing (filled with all things fun)!!
Congrats on finishing. Enjoy a brief respite before the rewrites begin. 😛
So how does 98,000 words compare to other books you’ve published? Comparable, more, less?
Oh, and on a side note, it’s funny how the context of the blog post changes my impression of your avatar. In this post, it looks like your avatar is cheering. In the previous post, it looks like your avatar is shaking its hands in exasperation. It’s the same avatar! It’s all about the context, baby.
Katie D. says
Congratulations!!!!! Enjoy your down time and your play time!
Theodore D. says
🙂 Hopefully the ‘daily dealings’ will become less stressful.
*cheers* Here is to things going your way and to your happiness!
Woot! Yea you and lucky editor.
Lots of water here as well. I knew it was coming and prepared to be able to stay home. Loving it. Trying a new recipe. I hope you can lose yourself in whatever you’re doing. Reach deep and find the calm.
Time to find new shows to watch – any thought to giving TABOO, with the very handsome Tom Hardy, a view. Congrats on finishing our drug aka the book. We are addicted and any news that we are getting closer to having the book in our hands is good news. Best of luck with the flooding!
Well done! Enjoy your rest.
Counting the days to Nevada 2 and 3! 😀
May you have a fantastic and restful vacation. [hug]
Enjoy your time off. I unhooked from my work cell phone for 10 days at Christmas and it was marvelous. Enjoy what makes you happy and I hope you have no damage from the floods.
Awesome! Thanks for the exciting news.
Fan in California says
Flooding (assuming it’s not inside the house) =opportunity to stay inside and veg . . . or draw space ?. Enjoy!!!!
Congratulations on finishing! Enjoy the time off!
Yay! I can’t wait to get it. Enjoy your much deserved time off.
Have a WONDERFUL break!! You’ve more than earned it.
Let me take this opportunity to say Thank You for sharing your amazing story-telling with us. I just finished re-reading the Innkeeper series, and am now re-reading the Edge series. You’re one of the few authors that still makes me *not* want to put my book down. Work and sleep notwithstanding. 🙂
Congrats and enjoy the break!
Chris T says
Woo Hoo! Good job! Enjoy your quiet time.
Congratulations on finishing Wildfire, I do hope you enjoy your well-deserved down time. I’m sorry to hear about the flooding though and hope it doesn’t get too severe first you and your community.
Congrats!!! Now get some rest – if you haven’t got your health, you haven’t got anything.
Chris Henderson-Bauer says
YAY!!! Congratulations on finishing the first draft. I hope you have a lovely, restful, fun time off–and that the flooding goes down soon.
Thank you for creating such awesome things for us!
Congrats on finishing, I can’t wait to read it! I hope your vacation rejuvenates your soul.
Jocelyn Malone says
Yay! Breathe deep and enjoy the break :-).
Contgratulations! And I hope you both enjoy a refreshing respite from all the work-demands on your time. Do whatever you feel like, even if it’s sitting on the couch reading or playing video games or knitting, or …. it’s nice to have that open-ended.
CHIIIII! Now begins the time of rest and renewal for the Mighty AuthorLords. Enjoy!
Yay! Thank you for all your hard work and I hope you enjoy your respite. Drawing ‘space’ sounds awesome! Have fun!
Cathy B says
I hope you really enjoy your nothing! I also wanted to send out a shame on you to all the folks emailing you about the next innkeeper. We should count ourselves blessed that we hear from you as often as we do. None of the other author’s I keep up with post even a quarter as much as you do and I for one will quietly stalk your website and rejoice when an update gets posted. On a side note, I’m going to be back in Texas in April for a conference in Austin. I have been in Atlanta for four years since getting married and am really looking forward to some quality time in the Lone Star State.
Enjoy your time off for as long as it can last!
Patricia Schlorke says
Cheers on finishing the first round. Hopefully the flooding isn’t too bad. When it recedes make sure there is plenty of airing out since you don’t want mold to spread.
Have fun doing nothing.
Yoohoo!!! (my first thought when I read your post)
I want to throw confettis at you for this great occasion: the beginning of doing NOTHING for a while, but you live too far away ;op
Have fun, enjoy, I’ll be coloring my colorbook agenda in the meantime (where are my crayons?)
Relax and release!! ? ? ? ? ? Be selfish without guilt. Have some fun, enjoy family and make memorable moments.
William B says
As someone who retired this past year you will be successful in your downtime when everyday seems like a Saturday. Then one day you will be at Costco and wonder why there are so many there and you suddenly realize, it really is Saturday.
William B says
So many people there.
As someone who is retired … isn’t it weird William, losing track of days in the week? I used to pray for Saturday and love months with Monday holidays to extend the weekend. Now its all same day. WONDERFUL!
R Coots says
Yay! Congrats! Which tutorial?? if you want a few more (no that there aren’t plenty, but i know of a couple good ones for planets if you want) 🙂
Congratulations! That is fantastic!!
Angela ReadingCa says
YAY! You finally get some down time! Enjoy it, you totes deserve it. Dance in your pjs with some hot tea and the music loud.
Congratulations! Enjoy some well deserved knitting time. 🙂
First Draft Done!!!!! Sorry about the rain and flooding. Do enjoy the time off.
Enjoy your well deserved “nothing” and hope the water recedes!
Enjoy your rest!
Pat Sciarini says
Yeah! Enjoy your space and your nothing time! Thank you for all that you do for your readers!!
Mmmmm, delicious anticipation!!!
We are playing around with Alexa and Sheriff Woody is asking to sleep in my closet (I love having kids!) and we just found a Yo-Yo-Ma channel …
Frisco ready to read says
I think shoveling the snow off my roof beats water everywhere.
Hope you survive the rain and your purty colors comment reminds me of tweety and sylvester cartoons.
Funny how the brain slips things in … enjoy your break.
I’m still unreasonably excited by this news. 😀
Enjoy your time off.
Congratulations. stay up late. eat chocolate. play games.
Read books. Sleep in late.
That is great news.
Now, time to relax and fun. Enjoy your break.
Susan Linch Ravan says
Rest, sleep and enjoy yourself. We will be patient.
Who are these we you speak of!
Congratulations! Are you relieved a bit?
YAY! Enjoy your rest ?
kylie j says
luv you 🙂
Woot Woot! Let the vegging begin!
Enjoy your nothing!!!
In all seriousness, although I am always greedy for new stories by the writers that I love, I do realize that you are people first. Like all of us, you need the time and mental space to care for yourselves and your family (both human and furry). I don’t want you running yourself into the ground, so you end up sick, exhausted, and burned out. I want you happy and healthy and living a long, long time, which I’m fairly certain will mean more wonderful books for me in the long run. 🙂
What she said
Congrats and enjoy your nothing time!! You so deserve it.
Pam Blome says
Enjoy your time off. We look forward to your coming back renewed and refreshed! I know my vacations are never quite long enough!
Congratulations! Don’t you just love knowing you can lounge around in pajamas, drinking your beverage of choice, and blowing off the day by any means you decide on. It is such a wonderful feeling! Enjoy it, I give you two weeks max before you start futzing with your new idea (time out for edits doesn’t count) in between life moments with the family and “I want to try this” projects.
Enjoy a break.
We will be here always.
Vacation! Woot! You totally deserve your break 🙂 Enjoy every second, it goes too fast.
Pre-order link please!
Have fun, get rest, enjoy some well-deserved vacation.
Did you know JAK wrote Harlequin Temptations back in the day? I gave away all of my JAK books before I knew you liked her, or I would send them. Sorry.
Congratulations on finishing, “Wildfire.”
I hope you have an awesome selection of nothing stressful to make you happy till you can’t resist the urge to get back to it all. 🙂
The sheer quantity of words is making me salivate. That’s a lot of lovely words 🙂
Enjoy your space-making! That sounds so cool.
I hope you enjoy the “nothing” as much as we will enjoy Wildfire.
(sorry about the flooding)
Ange in Oz says
I hope you enjoy your nothing time. So absolutely important. I hope the flooding recedes without damage.
And congratulations on finishing the first draft. I’m looking forward to a Hidden Legacy year.
Thank you! Very much looking forward to reading the rest of the Hidden Legacy series! Enjoy your well deserved relaxation!!
Cyndi Mcnary says
Snippet or it didn’t happen! ?
Cynthia Olsen says
You deserve a break. Bask in the lack of immediate deadlines, because once your batteries are charged, I know you and Gordon will be raring to write again.
Tiffany Newell says
Yaaaay!! Enjoy your nothing time!!
Hooray! Enjoy your time and space!
I was going to say come to Florida to avoid Texas weather, but of course we’ve been known to have flooding too. Still flooding is better in Florida.
SNIPPEEEET! Pretty please. ?
Oh and, enjoy your holiday!
I truly hope your “SPAAACE” comment was referencing Portal 2 🙂
Have a great time on your break!
Karen Williams says
Congratulations! And try to enjoy your rest, depsite the flooding.
We’re flooded, too, so I feel your pain. We have about an inch of ground water in our basement due to heavy rains. We’ve decided to call it the ‘river runs through’, as it bubbles up from the french drain in the stairwell outside the basement door, seeps under the door, then meanders it’s way to the floor drain halfway across the basement.
Carol B. says
Congratulations! Can’t wait to read it! 🙂
good luck drawing. riding young horses is easier. while your enjoying some down time. go to a few futurities watching colts is always good.
good luck drawing. riding young horses is easier. while your enjoying some down time. go to a few futurities watching colts is always good.
Re-reading (and re-listening to) Burn for Me in a vain attempt to curb my impatience for the new releases this year! 😉 All hail the Authorlords!
Enjoy your nothing and space!
Kathryn K says
I am so excited about the continuation of this series! Burn for me was the first book I read by you. I am secretly hoping we find out what happens when Nevada uses her magic to lie.
Damietta Armstrong says
Sincerely hope that at least a few of the prettiest colors are purple…….
To our book devouring horde, there is very sad news about Mike Briggs, husband to our other favorite author Patricia Briggs of Mercy Thompson books on their facebook page. Please keep her and her family in your thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time.
Yes, I saw that announcement, too. Very sad. His posts on the website and on Facebook were hilarious.
Thank you for the information.
I saw the announcement on Facebook. They put an address if people would like to send cards. My heart hurts for them.