Book Covers and the Creative Process

2:07 PM

This post is about two days late buuut I have great excuses reasons. I promise ;) I've had school, extra events to attend for my honors program, blah blah blah. It's been great. *sarcasm*

Today, though, I want to tell you about an idea I had and also what my current project is in my design class. I've just started a book cover project in that class! While it's really exciting, it's also kind of terrifying since this is what I want to do when I graduate and I would really like not sucking at it. (Also, apparently the professor raises standards quite a bit the higher the class level goes.)

After a little brainstorming, I thought of a few book covers from a popular YA series that I'd love to remake (because that's what we're doing, remaking covers)-- the Mortal Instruments series. I love TMI to death, but that doesn't mean I like the covers. At all.

So begins my creative process to turn in sketches at the next class. Mostly, I've researched. I looked to find the covers I wanted to redo, I read some articles on good cover design, I tried to get a feel for what the average YA paranormal/urban fantasy looks like (not good).

And then I found a great list, which I'm going to summarize here, that talked about all the things a good book cover should have:

1. Match the genre, but still stand out. Very clear advice of course.
2. Appeal to readers with strong visual presence. 
3. Reflect content and writing style of book. 
4. Convince reader to invest.

These are some really good tips, ones that I'm going to try to keep in mind during this whole project.

I'm also going out into town this weekend some time, to look at book covers at the library and our Books-a-Million. I really hope that that helps me out too!

Now that I've kind of breezed through my process until now, I have a question for you all. Would any of you like to be a part of a critique group for this project and possibly future ones? I mean, I know my design professor knows his stuff but you guys are readers, bookworms, you are all out in the field (metaphorically ;)) every day. You know what things are cliche and which things grab your attention. So I'd love to have your (nice, rational) opinions on my work! What I'll probably do is create a group, either on Facebook or Goodreads, where we can all talk and suggest things comfortably. What do you guys think? Are any of you interested?

Peace out, peeps. Have a great weekend :)

book tag

Tags for the Win

8:00 AM

I got tagged two times last month by Lizzie from Lizzie the Sarcastic Blonde. Thanks so much Lizzie! It's been a while since I was tagged. :) You guys should go check out her blog now.

I'm gonna be doing both tags in this post to keep it nice and simple. :)

book tag

1. Do you have a specific place for reading?

Not really... I mean I do have preferred spots though. Like at college I love reading while I'm sitting on my bean bag or at home I like reading flopped across my bed or leaned against a bedroom wall. Call me Classy.

2. Bookmark or random piece of paper?

A random piece of paper? Ha, I'm lucky if I can even hold on to one of those. I've used my cellphone multiple times, which resulted in me thinking I lost my phone. *le sigh* I just don't keep track of things very well.

3. Can you just stop anywhere in a book or do you have to finish a chapter?

I've never really thought about it, but I guess I can stop anywhere. I'm pretty good at remembering what happens so (at least I don't lose my place in books. Hehehe hehe he. Okay, sorry, that was awful).

4. Do you read or drink while reading?

I don't eat while I'm reading because I like my books to stay in awesome condition and if I ate while I read that would not happen. I drink while I read sometimes but I actually get pretty focused on my reading so I don't usually do that either.

5. Music or TV while reading?

Music sometimes. TV? Absolutely not. I get sucked into everything even though I don't want to. >.< It's a disease.

6. One book at a time or several?

I used to never read more than one at a time but now it changes depending on my mood. Even though I still prefer reading one at a time.

7. Reading at home or elsewhere?

Definitely at home. I'm most comfortable and relaxed at home which means I can totally forget about my surroundings and dive into the book. Like I said before, I'm a very focused reader. If you call me, I won't hear you at all you might as well be saying nothing might not hear you.

8. Read out loud or silently?

Silently :D I only read out loud when I take notes. It might make me look like a crazy person buuut it's stuck on me. *grins*

9. Do you read ahead or skip pages?

Not really. Sometimes (just sometimes I promise) I skim ahead but I don't skip. *shakes head violently*

10. Breaking the spine or keeping it like new?

Um, keeping it like new obviously. Breaking the spine on purpose is like killing baby kittens. Or making unicorns not eat jellybeans.

11. Do you write in your books?

*clutches heart* Oh my gosh, no. Desecration. I like my books clean thank you very much. :)

12. Who are you tagging?

Hmmm, I'm gonna tag:
Tansie @Totally Tansie
Aneta @The Graffiti on the Wall
and anybody else who wants to do it. Remember, if you do it you gotta link up. It's a requirement. I want to see your awesome answers!

versatile blogger award

I'm gonna paraphrase Lizzie's great description of this award: The versatile blogger award is a chain letter award where bloggers can only nominate each other. They look for the quality of the writing, the uniqueness of the subjects covered, the level of love displayed in the words on the virtual page, or the quality of the photographs and the love displayed in the taking of them.

I'm so honored that I got nominated for this award. Thanks again Lizzie. :)

1. Nominate 15 other bloggers relatively new to blogging. 
2. Let the bloggers know they've been nominated. 
3. Share 10 random facts about yourself. 
4. Thank the blogger who nominated you by either leaving a comment or following them and linking back to their blog. 

my 10 random facts

1. I've wanted to dye my hair for a long time.
2. I am super duper quiet around people I've just met. I say nothing.
3. I have a knee problem called "trick knee" in both of my knees (one is worse than the other though). I have to be very careful whenever I run or do sports, etc. etc. Because my knee cap tends to pop out and back in quickly. Sorry for being gross. ;)
4. I am not allergic to any foods but I am allergic to pollen.
5. Music helps me concentrate when I do art.
6. I love traveling. Especially by airplane!
7. I don't like eating breakfast.
8. I love sleeping in. But I like staying up late.
9. I'm a gamer. I really like realistic MMORPG (role-playing) games but sometimes the complicated worlds confuse me.
10. Filling out forms or making lists makes me happy.

I know it's not how I usually do things but I'm gonna beg for a few more days at least to think up of the bloggers I want to nominate for this one. :) It'll be a surprise ^_^

book blogger organization challenge

March | Social Media & Review Outlets

11:26 AM

Yikes, I almost completely forgot about this but it's still early(ish) in March so that's good.

Here is the update on my February goals:

1. Update my social media icons. Done!
2. Revamp ALL of my blog pages. I'm gonna cross it out because I did most of them. Hey, that counts.
3. Change the font on the links under my header. Done!
4. Make a list of books I've reviewed, complete with links. Nope, I didn't even touch this. Oops.

All in all though I'd say I did pretty well. ;)

And now I get to move on to a new topic! The March topic is Social Media and Review Outlets.

Read all about the topic in depth here. You can also read my January and February posts if you want. Basically this month is all about those social media websites that you haven't been keeping updated or that huge mess that is your Goodreads shelves. It's time to figure it out. *snaps fingers*

my goals:

1. Update social media accounts (Twitter): who I follow, bio, etc.
2. Organize Goodreads: shelves, bio, delete duplicates, go through TBR list
3. Turn reviews in to NetGalley (and update bio)
4. Keep track of blogging stats

Does anyone have suggestions on how to keep motivated to read and review books from either publishers or NetGalley?

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