Current desktop is a tiled print by Art&Ghosts. A little spooky, but I love the paper cut-out silhouette feel to it. It also happens to be one of the really lovely trends in YA book covers lately.
Links I’ve been crushing on:
io9’s Concept Art Writing Prompts: I love io9. A while back, Carlea put me onto their weekly prompts. Every Saturday, they provide a curious piece of concept art—usually with some speculative bent—and invite io9 readers to write their own story based on the photo.
Whiskey River, which tweets a lovely quote every day, and The Times Is On It, a parody account of obvious news.
Stories I read lately that unsettled me: “The Twins” by Curtis Smith, “Tree on Fire” by Nicole Lungerhausen, and “The Ghost of Berries” by Joe Fassler.
In other news, digital issues of The Golden Key are now available for download through Gumroad here on a free or pay-what-you-choose scale. The release date of Issue 2: Old Things has been tweaked to Wednesday, June 12!
Last two weeks of April. Current desktop is the Botanical Chart card by Rifle Paper Co., my favorite paper goods company. I love artist Anna Bond’s style of illustration. I have the “Uh Oh” print and a host of cards that I’ve mailed to a bunch of people over the past two years. I especially love the Christmas card artwork.
I’ve been using Scrivener more and more—to lay out the TGK issue and my own novel and now short stories. So what usually happens is I’ll write the first draft in Ommwriter because it’s blank and completely distraction-free and I focus great on it. No over-thinking, no editing. Once I’ve written a good chunk there, I’ll move it into Microsoft Word and continue tinkering with it (also spellchecking everything). I work over the revision in Scrivener. The change in scene/display helps me look over things, and I’ve got things I’ve missed from app to app.
In other news, Verse Kraken has accepted two of my short pieces, “To Those Who Ask” and “Her Companions,” for their first issue to be released this June! I loved their call for submissions and am glad to be able to contribute something.
So, months have passed and I’ve cycled back around to using another piece by artist Becca Stadtlander for my current desktop in October. I’ve added a couple more writing apps since then—I bought the full version of Ommwriter, because I love it so, and since Scrivener was on sale, I thought WHAT THE HELL, HELLO IMPULSE BUY. I haven’t actually used it yet, but of course people have been saying good things about it for years. The yellow old-fashioned radio is Radium, and it’s basically a cute little internet radio player.
And like the subject of this entry reads, I’m just going to jump into summing up the things on my mind at the moment.
It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these. In fact, this is the first current desktop post I’ve done since I switched from a PC to a Mac. As you can see, I still favor minimalist desktops—I try to keep folder and document clutter to a minimum. (The Seagram’s Seven Crown folder, incidentally, contains my most current writing projects. I name my writing folders after drinks.) The dock is loaded with only my most frequently used apps/programs: Firefox, Word, Ommwriter, iTunes.
The background image is a pattern by one of my favorite illustrators, Becca Stadtlander. (And because I love tracing roots, how I found her: Libby, the illustrator for The Golden Key, introduced me to Becca Stadtlander when we swapped favorite illustrators/designers.) I can’t tell you how much I love her work. There are a lot of peaceful scenes: buffalo, ghost horses at night, family playing on a farm scenes, landscapes, etc. But they’re never boring to look at. I’m currently alternating between this flower pattern and the buffalo print as my desktop.
New year, new desktop! This time, featuring one of the shelves from the Ideal Bookshelf series by Jane Mount. The painting I chose is her children’s literature bookshelf, which has titles like Winnie The Pooh, Pat the Bunny, Goodnight, Moon, and The Little Prince.
What Jane has to say about it:
For a while, I’ve been documenting people’s bookshelves as a form of portraiture; you can actually learn a lot about folks by their books’ covers. Now, I’m working on a series of “ideal” bookshelves: sets of favorites—mine or someone else’s—amalgamated in a picture, even if they don’t usually live on shelves anywhere near each other.