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Ten minutes later she stopped walking and stared at something gleaming in the darkness. The sun was gone, but the stars and moon gave her enough light to see by. The skeleton of a mangled coyote was pressed into the tracks ahead. Its skull was intact and resting almost perfectly in the center between the two metal rails, its jagged bone nose pointed at her. She stepped forward then stopped again, a memory flitted through her consciousness. Something sniffing, biting, pulling at her hair. Licking her face, its breath wet with rancid stink. Staring at that skull, she almost had a clear memory and it was the most awful thing she’d ever felt. If what was locked inside her, in that black void, was anything like the feeling of being sniffed and licked by a wild animal, then she knew she was done with it all. That was it.
With a lopsided, graceless plop, she sat down between the rails and stared at the skull. It grinned up at her, clumps of ratty hair and flecks of black skin scattered across its otherwise perfectly white surface. A twisted trail of broken white bones that were once its spine and ribs sprawled out behind it. She held the bottle up in a toast and drank the rest of its contents in one long, burning swig. Her body fought it but she forced the evil liquid down, feeling her stomach protest with its spasms and squeezing.
The creature inside her kicked, sending ripples across her belly, and Charlie threw up again. This time it burned as it came out and cascaded down the front of her dress and into her lap. It burned coming out of her nose. It burned her tongue.
That sensation didn’t last long, as curtains of darkness closed across her vision and she fell backwards onto the train tracks, her legs folded under her awkward, pregnant body. 

 

Ten minutes later she stopped walking and stared at something gleaming in the darkness. The sun was gone, but the stars and moon gave her enough light to see by. The skeleton of a mangled coyote was pressed into the tracks ahead. Its skull was intact and resting almost perfectly in the center between the two metal rails, its jagged bone nose pointed at her. She stepped forward then stopped again, a memory flitted through her consciousness. Something sniffing, biting, pulling at her hair. Licking her face, its breath wet with rancid stink. Staring at that skull, she almost had a clear memory and it was the most awful thing she’d ever felt. If what was locked inside her, in that black void, was anything like the feeling of being sniffed and licked by a wild animal, then she knew she was done with it all. That was it.

With a lopsided, graceless plop, she sat down between the rails and stared at the skull. It grinned up at her, clumps of ratty hair and flecks of black skin scattered across its otherwise perfectly white surface. A twisted trail of broken white bones that were once its spine and ribs sprawled out behind it. She held the bottle up in a toast and drank the rest of its contents in one long, burning swig. Her body fought it but she forced the evil liquid down, feeling her stomach protest with its spasms and squeezing.

The creature inside her kicked, sending ripples across her belly, and Charlie threw up again. This time it burned as it came out and cascaded down the front of her dress and into her lap. It burned coming out of her nose. It burned her tongue.

That sensation didn’t last long, as curtains of darkness closed across her vision and she fell backwards onto the train tracks, her legs folded under her awkward, pregnant body. 

 

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STOCK PHOTOGRAPHY JUGGLING

So I’ve tried to be as careful and deliberate as I can with the photography I’m using. I’ve posted images using stock photos before without thinking much about it, because I knew that when it came down to actually publishing, I would take those down and put up images that I’d gone through the proper channels to use. Everything before that I’ve considered a work in progress.
Charlie has been the story I’ve worked the most on over the last month or so. I’ve worked all over the place, but Charlie’s story is really the one that I’ve put the most energy into. Right now it’s well over 4 volumes, and I know where it’s going and how it’s going to end. The others I also sort of know where they’re going, and I do know how they end, but I’ve also got a lot of holes to fill and story to tell. But Charlie is pretty well tied up and ready to go. The first three books are certainly done.
I’m just waiting on stock permission. One person in particular. The downside of using Deviantart.com stock (which is most of what I’ve used) is that often people put stuff up on DA with a notice that says “Don’t use for anything commercial without asking me first” which is fine and I respect that, but what happens is that they then stop using Deviantart.com and when I send them a note it just sits there. A couple of people I’ve tracked down outside of DA and they’ve been totally cool.
Unfortunately, there’s one woman whose stock I feature prominently on two covers, and I really like it. I like the way those covers work. They’re great photos and they fit with the flow of the design. I just can’t get her to respond. I even tracked her down to Facebook and sent her a message there (which I felt creepy about, but shit son, I gotta get going!).
In the mean time, I’ve been trying to come up with alternative cover designs, and I’ve got one I sort of like for Charlie book 1.2, which comes after a huge event in book 1.1. So I’ve got this catastrophic event in Charlie’s life that she’s falling out from in 1.2 and it’s all explained in 1.1.
Now, what I’m considering, is releasing 1.2 with the alternate cover anyway. It can be confusing. I mean, we get the gist of what happened to her, but these stories are meant to stand alone. This could be the test. Can 1.2 stand on its own without 1.1 explaining who she is and how she got where she is? I think it might. That’s what I’m going to do tonight anyway. Reread 1.2 and see if I can’t release it now, a slice from the middle of the story, and have it work. If I can, it will make my life a fair bit easier.
Another great thing that I’ve found is that you don’t have to limit yourself to stock photography. I found a really great photo by accident of this girl’s bloody legs in a shower. She’s a photographer and I tracked her down and asked very nicely if I could use the photo for one of my book covers, and she was just happy for the exposure and was very cool about it. I also needed a photo of white leather driving gloves, and I wasn’t having any luck with stock photos, so I just did a google image search for “leather driving gloves” just to see what came up. I came across a really great photo that was exactly what I needed. It was from a woman’s Etsy shop where she was selling some brown leather driving gloves. I knew that I could change the color of the gloves in photoshop, so I sent her a message asking if she minded if I used the photo in exchange for a link back to her shop. She said no problem and even offered up a high resolution copy of the photo, which helped enormously.
Really, it’s only been this one woman I’ve had trouble getting in touch with, but I’m learning to improvise, which is almost as good.

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STOCK PHOTOGRAPHY JUGGLING

So I’ve tried to be as careful and deliberate as I can with the photography I’m using. I’ve posted images using stock photos before without thinking much about it, because I knew that when it came down to actually publishing, I would take those down and put up images that I’d gone through the proper channels to use. Everything before that I’ve considered a work in progress.

Charlie has been the story I’ve worked the most on over the last month or so. I’ve worked all over the place, but Charlie’s story is really the one that I’ve put the most energy into. Right now it’s well over 4 volumes, and I know where it’s going and how it’s going to end. The others I also sort of know where they’re going, and I do know how they end, but I’ve also got a lot of holes to fill and story to tell. But Charlie is pretty well tied up and ready to go. The first three books are certainly done.

I’m just waiting on stock permission. One person in particular. The downside of using Deviantart.com stock (which is most of what I’ve used) is that often people put stuff up on DA with a notice that says “Don’t use for anything commercial without asking me first” which is fine and I respect that, but what happens is that they then stop using Deviantart.com and when I send them a note it just sits there. A couple of people I’ve tracked down outside of DA and they’ve been totally cool.

Unfortunately, there’s one woman whose stock I feature prominently on two covers, and I really like it. I like the way those covers work. They’re great photos and they fit with the flow of the design. I just can’t get her to respond. I even tracked her down to Facebook and sent her a message there (which I felt creepy about, but shit son, I gotta get going!).

In the mean time, I’ve been trying to come up with alternative cover designs, and I’ve got one I sort of like for Charlie book 1.2, which comes after a huge event in book 1.1. So I’ve got this catastrophic event in Charlie’s life that she’s falling out from in 1.2 and it’s all explained in 1.1.

Now, what I’m considering, is releasing 1.2 with the alternate cover anyway. It can be confusing. I mean, we get the gist of what happened to her, but these stories are meant to stand alone. This could be the test. Can 1.2 stand on its own without 1.1 explaining who she is and how she got where she is? I think it might. That’s what I’m going to do tonight anyway. Reread 1.2 and see if I can’t release it now, a slice from the middle of the story, and have it work. If I can, it will make my life a fair bit easier.

Another great thing that I’ve found is that you don’t have to limit yourself to stock photography. I found a really great photo by accident of this girl’s bloody legs in a shower. She’s a photographer and I tracked her down and asked very nicely if I could use the photo for one of my book covers, and she was just happy for the exposure and was very cool about it. I also needed a photo of white leather driving gloves, and I wasn’t having any luck with stock photos, so I just did a google image search for “leather driving gloves” just to see what came up. I came across a really great photo that was exactly what I needed. It was from a woman’s Etsy shop where she was selling some brown leather driving gloves. I knew that I could change the color of the gloves in photoshop, so I sent her a message asking if she minded if I used the photo in exchange for a link back to her shop. She said no problem and even offered up a high resolution copy of the photo, which helped enormously.

Really, it’s only been this one woman I’ve had trouble getting in touch with, but I’m learning to improvise, which is almost as good.

chrishaley:

chrishaley:

This is giving me all of the feelings..
Via.

Oh, and it goes without saying, but my answer is…

chrishaley:

chrishaley:

This is giving me all of the feelings..

Via.

Oh, and it goes without saying, but my answer is…

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escapekit:

Beautiful illustrations by Sabrina Smelko

Is that Randy Newman!?! :D!!!

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earwolf:


“Too weird to live, too rare to die, and too legit to quit”

- Scott Aukerman testing out a new, fan-submitted catchphrase on Comedy Bang Bang ep. 155

earwolf:

“Too weird to live, too rare to die, and too legit to quit”

- Scott Aukerman testing out a new, fan-submitted catchphrase on Comedy Bang Bang ep. 155

earwolf:

Fucking. Brilliant.
andreastreeter:

The Poet Laureate of the West. From this week’s Comedy Bang Bang!
Also, Number Two in my line of kinda legit-looking fake comedy books.
(Sorry, Community, I still love you. TOMORROW AT 8 ON NBC.)

earwolf:

Fucking. Brilliant.

andreastreeter:

The Poet Laureate of the West. From this week’s Comedy Bang Bang!

Also, Number Two in my line of kinda legit-looking fake comedy books.

(Sorry, Community, I still love you. TOMORROW AT 8 ON NBC.)

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midmarauder:

Criterion Cover for Adrian Lyne’s “Jacob’s Ladder”

midmarauder:

Criterion Cover for Adrian Lyne’s “Jacob’s Ladder”

designcloud:

Don’t Be A Dick by Luke Beard

designcloud:

Don’t Be A Dick by Luke Beard

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midmarauder:

Criterion Cover for Nicolas Winding Refn’s “Drive”
yes i’ve posted it before, but i’ve gotten request for a solo cover version of all of them 

midmarauder:

Criterion Cover for Nicolas Winding Refn’s “Drive”

yes i’ve posted it before, but i’ve gotten request for a solo cover version of all of them 

midmarauder:

Criterion Cover for David Lynch’s “Blue Velvet”

midmarauder:

Criterion Cover for David Lynch’s “Blue Velvet”