There is so much to show today, I don’t know where to start. How about at the beginning? Good idea, Cassie!
Yesterday I sent off two pitches for cover ideas. I thought I’d share those with you, so that perhaps you can see my thought process, and see what I see as far as images are concerned. I’ve included the photos I sent as well, because I’m all about imaginary, yeah?
Kolor Ijo Ideas:
This takes place in Indonesia, in the city of Makaasar. Here is a picture of an area that is actually in the novel known as Losari Beach:
One of the things I like is the calm in the area, but right beyond, there is bustle and a lot of things unseen. It’s one of the main themes of the novel.
First is Indriani Baskoro, woman, late twenties, Muslim though she is pretty secular. She’s usually attired in jeans, a pullover of some kind—loose top or tee shirt—and sneakers. She has a pink backpack that she takes with her nearly everywhere. She never wears a hijab, because as mentioned she’s pretty laid back with that stuff, as are most Indonesians. She started out as a paranormal investigator, but now is kind of “freelance” and shows up to look up things and try to solve events. She is a true believer because of something that happens in the previous story of her adventures, Kuntilanak. She is missing two fingers and part of her right hand, lost during an investigation on Bali. Most of the time she’s called Indri.
Second is Kadek Bagus Surya Buana, usually known as Buana. He’s in his late thirties, about ten years older than Indri, and is a traditional healer from Bali. As a traditional healer he’s in tune to the supernatural world, and has seen many of the creatures who walk there. He dresses casually: loose flowing top and trousers with sandals. Sometimes he wears a wide-brim hat if he’s out during the day. He carries as keris, which is a traditional knife used for protection from things living and otherwise. Follow this link for more information.
Kolor Ijo is Indonesian for “Green Underpants Demon.” No, really. It comes from an event that happened around Jakarta in 2005, and is a known hoax—this is something that Buana even mentions early on in the novel. One of the images I see would have Indri and Buana standing here at Losari Beach looking down one of the streets of Makaasar, where one can see traffic and people stretching off into the distance, but at the same time there are, just viewed on the side streets, ominous shadows with a tint of green to them. I should point out that neither character would wear green in this scene, because they’re standing close to the ocean, and the Queen of the Sea would come up and snatch them away to their death for doing such a thing—particularly Indri, as the Queen hates beautiful women in green. (That last is actually a true Indonesian legend.) The characters never touch; there isn’t anything romantic between them. They both work to find a solution to the supernatural problem, and whatever romance is in their lives is with others.
That’s what I’m looking at right now. Feel free to send me your own ideas.
And now the second:
Foundation Chronicles: A For Advanced Act One Idea
So, this is what I have as an idea for this series. First, allow me to introduce the characters–
The girl is Annie Kirilova. She’s eleven, five foot tall, a Bulgarian Caucasian with a touch of Romani blood. She has wavy chestnut colored hair that falls just below her shoulder, and eyes are hazel and piercing. She is confident most of the time; the only time that confidence fails is when she fears failure in front of others. She is refined and intelligent, but not haughty, though many will see her that way: in the novel I’m writing now, she knows she’s seen as something of an “Ice Princess”, cold and aloof. Annie’s facial appearance is based somewhat upon actress Jodelle Ferland.
The boy is Kerry Malibey. He’s also eleven, five foot tall, Caucasian with an exceptional light complexion due to having an Irish-American mother and a Welsh father. He has short, slightly curly red hair, bright green eyes, freckles, and wears rectangular pewter-colored wire rim glasses. He goes almost everywhere with his backpack, and most of the time you’ll find his tablet computer inside. He’s bright as hell, cleaver, but socially awkward. This means he has trouble making friends, but for some reason he bonds with Annie quickly.
There you have it: my main characters that I’d like to see on the cover. If you need more input, just ask.
The scene I have in mind is when they first arrive at the school. I modeled the school in Blender, so I have a good visual idea of how I see it. There is a huge building in the center of a star-like wall: this is call the Great Hall. The wall around the building is known as The Pentagram, because as mentioned it’s in the shape of a five-pointed star. The main entrance to The Pentagram is known as Founder’s Gate, a large archway built through the thick Pentagram Walls. The pathway from Founder’s Gate to the Great Hall is about two football fields long–yes, it’s a big place. On either side of the pathway is the Pentagram Garden, which is full of flowers, bushes, shrubs, and trees.
I see Annie and Kerry standing inside Founder’s Gate with ten students in the distance positioned around an adult. This is important: Kerry is always on Annie’s right, and she on his left. This is something that should happen in all the covers. Here, they should be looking around, both in three-quarter profile, like they’re looking back and towards each other. Kerry is wearing jeans, a dark-wine colored hoodie, and his backpack. One hand, probably his left, is hooked in the shoulder strap. He could even look a bit amazed because he’d never seen anything like this.
Annie is looking to her right, doing the same as Kerry, but she’s aware of the school’s existence, and so her amazement is not as great. She’s wearing jeans as well, and a nice, long-sleeve pullover. If she’s wearing earrings, they are either small gold loops or similar colored studs. No rings, bracelets, or necklaces. She also has a small leather purse, slung cross body, probably on her left side, but it may have moved around to the front.
It’s night time and there’s a misting rain. The school is surrounded by darkness and any lighting here is low and possesses a blueish tint. Nothing is direct; all light is indirect, and doesn’t seem to come from anywhere, though there are plenty of shadows.
The title of this novel is The Foundation Chronicle: A For Advanced on the top, Act One: Meetings in the Beginning at the bottom. My name can come below the bottom title. The font for the bottom title doesn’t need to be a huge font: just enough so it’s seen. But I don’t need to tell you this.
If you have any questions, just ask.
There you have it: my ideas for the first two covers. And if you’re asking, “Do you know what you want for the last two covers?” the answer is, yes, I do. In fact, I have two ideas for the last cover, so there are five ideas for four covers. Always have a Plan B, kids. The upshot here is, my artist may have her own ideas, so we can work together and come up with something that is good for me and her.
Then there is writing . . . as if the above isn’t enough.
I finished yesterday’s scene, and it’s okay, but not my best writing. I felt distracted most of the night, even with the music pumping, because, well, things. You know? But we find out a lot more now that Kerry is in bed for a while–
(All excerpts from The Foundation Chronicles, Book Two: B For Bewitching, copyright 2015 by Cassidy Frazee)
Kerry looked up at the ceiling and noticed for the first time the lights were on in the ward. “What time is it?”
Annie gave his fingers a light squeeze. “It’s a little after nineteen.”
“I was out for five hours.” He swallowed slowly, thinking it would help avoid pain. It did. “Wow.”
“You were out longer than that after the Day of the Dead.” Coraline checked the instruments over his head. “You adjusted to the treatment quicker this time—”
“Because I’m probably used to it.” He flexed his fingers under Annie’s. “I missed dinner.”
“I’m having some teleshko vareno brought up in a little while.”
“And I wouldn’t worry about eating, either—” Coraline chuckled as she stepped back from the bed. “Nurses Aid Annie will see to it you won’t go hungry.”
Kerry smiled weakly. “She’s done that before.”
“Shush, you.” Annie never took her eyes from Kerry, her love emanating from them. “I told you we’d have that after the race.”
“I just didn’t think it was going to be this late after the race.”
Annie even tells Kerry to shush when he’s hurt, and there’s not only a little of the banter going on between her Coraline, but Annie can take some good-natured ribbing from an adult.
“The team came by to see how you were doing—” Once again Annie scooted her chair closer towards the head of his bed. “Even the boys came. You were out, of course . . .” She looked down the length of the bed as if she expected to see Kerry suddenly well and healed. “Penny and Alex said they’d be back later with Jairo—”
“And Kahoku, too?” Kahoku Sayasone, a C Level from Blodeuwedd, was the boy Alex dated since near the end of the last school year, and he’d become a fixture in the gathering of the Party of Five.
And now we know who Alex’s boyfriend is: a boy from Laos. Trust me, Kahoku is from there–I’ve ever got his home town written down somewhere . . .
“Yes, he’s going to stop by as well.”
Kerry closed his eyes for a moment, not because he was tired, but because he wanted the chance to get his thoughts around the next question, and the ones that would likely follow. “How’s Emma?”
“As bad as you.” Coraline stood near the foot of Kerry’s bed. “She broke both arms and a leg as well as her jaw. She also has a hairline fracture in her skull, which means I may hold her overnight tomorrow, too. I’ll see how she’s doing when I release you.”
“When is that gonna be?” Even though Coraline indicated he was responding to treatment faster than he had a year ago after his Day of the Dead crash, he didn’t believe for a moment he’d be released in the morning.
“I’m going to keep you at least twenty-four hours.” Coraline checked something below the level of where he lay. “I’m concerned about that concussion, just like I’m worried about Emma’s skull. Best not to take chances.”
If you’re wondering why Kerry is hurt so much worse here–but was knocked out longer the first time–it might have been due to having less protection the first time throwing a huge shock on his body–the safety enchantments in his normal flight gear is minimal compared to his racing gear, and even though the speeds were great in this latest accident, there was really more protection. You can probably guess that without those enchantments in place, both Emma and Kerry would be dead.
He has other questions as well . . .
“She’s right.” Annie barely touched his left arm. “You need to get well, my love.”
“No disagreement from me.” He closed his eyes again. “Why did she do it?”
“Block me like that at the end?”
“No one knows.”
“Why not?” Kerry found it strange she hadn’t said anything about the crash.
“Because she’s still unconscious.” Coraline looked down once more. “The chances are good she won’t wake up until sometime after midnight—excuse me—” She quickly left the bay, closing the curtain behind her.
Yeah, this is your first time to crash like this, Emma, so you get to stay knocked out longer–just as Kerry did the first time.
Annie continued gazing in the direction of the departed doctor. “Erywin was by to see how you were doing—” She turned back toward Kerry. “So was Holoč and Vicky. They wanted to make sure you were recovering.”
He smiled. “That was nice. I wish I’d been awake.”
Annie drew a slow breath. “Erywin’s not happy.”
“What do you mean?”
“What she means is Erywin’s pissed.” Coraline returned with a collection bag for Kerry’s catheter. “She told me not to clear Emma for flying this week because she’s sitting her down for one race.” She quickly swapped out the bags and dropped the full one in a biohazard container. “Erywin’s also gonna ream her out when she wakes up—”
“Because of the crash.”
“It’s more than that, my love.” Annie stretched her shoulders, pressing them forward. “Emma had been warned twice during the race about her blocking, and Erywin told us that if the race had gone another lap she was going to sit her down.”
“Wow.” It was rare to pull a racer from the course and sit them down, but Kerry remembered what Nadine had told Annie and him that morning, that Emma had received warnings before this about the same thing. “I can see why Erywin got mad—”
And while Erywin may not have the temper of her partner, you never want to piss her off. Also–
“There’s something else: after everyone finished she was penalized five seconds. She dropped from second to seventh.”
“She didn’t even point?”
“No. And it moved Manco up into sixth.” Annie slowly smiled. “Cernonnus went from being scored first, third, and forth to securing all the podium positions as well as scoring sixth.”
Coraline cleared her throat. “Not only that, but Åsgårdsreia had a good heat and is now a point behind Mórrígan, and . . .” She nodded at Annie. “You should tell him.”
“Ceridwen had a horrible heat—we moved into third in the coven standings.”
Kerry laughed despite the pain. “Really?”
“Yes. Sweeping the podium ended up pushing us three points ahead.”
“Congratulations.” Coraline patted his right leg, the only limb he had that wasn’t broken. “Your second win, and you helped you helped move your coven into third.”
“Also . . “ Annie seemed almost embarrassed to speak. “It’s the first time Mórrígan hasn’t scored a podium position in a two-team heat since 1986.”
Coraline nodded. “I think that upsets Erywin the most.” She picked up the biohazard container with Kerry discarded urine bag. “Your soup is here, by the way. Want me to wheel it down?”
Annie nodded politely. “Yes, please.”
Kerry watched Coraline leave the bay. “Is she going to let you sleep here tonight?”
“What do you think?” Annie beamed. “There’s no way she could keep me away, my love. She’s in a good mood tonight: she said we could even have a little Madness party here if we didn’t get loud.”
“Nice.” He wished he could touch Annie, and hated not having the use of his arms. “You’re gonna have to sleep in the other bed tonight, you know.”
Annie finally leaned in and kissed Kerry lightly upon the lips. “Such are the sacrifices one must make for their champions . . .”
So a lot accomplished last night. Tonight I’m going to try and put together the idea for the second Foundation cover, and maybe even the ones I have for the third. Most of all, I’d say I got a lot done yesterday. Quite a lot done . . .