Edit Fest – Taking a Break

May 9, 2013 at 2:06 am (fantasy, The Snowy Barrens trilogy, writing) (, , , , , , , )

I needed a pause from editing today, so since I was actually in the mood for formatting, something I dislike more than editing, I figured I had better jump on it. I set up the last novel in my Snowy Barrens Trilogy so that I just need to add illustrations and do my final edits. I still have to work on cover art, but this was a good start. Once I get this one out I’m going to attack marketing for the trilogy with gusto. I wanted to wait until all three books were out before throwing myself in whole-heartedly to any serious promotion.

Today also served as an opportunity for some impromptu research for Sifting the Ashes. I’ve delved deep into the world of crows and discovered they will recognize and distinguish one human from another. They will also label people as “bad” or “good” and actively warn others of their kind about the “bad” humans. I’ve been trying to get on the good side of local crows to get a better first-hand look at them and hopefully shoot some photos for the book cover at a later date. I’ve been feeding them breadcrumbs while out waiting for the bus and one of them, who I nicknamed “Divot” because he has a gap in his wing, was waiting for me at the bus stop this morning.

I don’t know if I’ll get him comfortable enough to get the photos I want, but just getting to watch him this morning I think will add to the book. We’ll see when I get back to it later this month.

Formatting is done now, so back to editing.



  1. amberskyef said,

    That’s some really neat info about crows. I wonder how they’d judge me? I’d never dream of hurting one. But I am never in the mood for formatting. I have a literary magazine I do sole formatting for, and while I have a template already in place, it’s still a pain to do.

    • chantellyb said,

      It sounds like they would deem you a “good” human, or at least not a “bad” one. It is rare I feel like formatting. It’s a pain, but a necessary one.

  2. L. Marie said,

    Love your illustration! And how cool is that about crows! I didn’t know that! What’s your take on crows? In many books, they’re considered the harbingers of evil. But what do you think?

    • Chantal Boudreau said,

      Thanks – the illustration above is of Fawn and Rabbit from The Blood Flows True, the novel I was formatting yesterday. My take on crows is that they are brilliant, fascinating and as diverse in their natures as people. That’s why I chose to write Sifting the Ashes in first person from the perspective of a very unusual crow (a bit of an oddball who has survived a very nasty apocalypse.) I don’t normally write in first person, so that’s a huge challenge there – add in the crow factor and this book is proving to be a real struggle for me.

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