Horror Games

Hi everyone!

Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about some of my favorite old video games that I used to play when I was younger. I’ve always loved games in the horror genre, when they were done right. The Silent Hill games were my favorite, but I also have good memories of the Resident Evil series. I think these games can be credited for a lot of the style of gameplay we see in games of all genres being released now.

The other day we were out at a thrift store, just searching around for hidden treasures. Some of you may already know from previous posts that this is one of our favorite pastimes. Anyway, I stumble across a copy of Resident Evil for the Gamecube.

Image of cover for Resident Evil Gamecube game.

Hm. No price on it, though. So I asked the worker there and she said $2.

Oh really?

Well, ya know, for just $2 I couldn’t exactly turn it down, now could I? Oh, but it gets better. They were having a sale that day, so it was actually 50% off of that. So yeah, $1. Seriously.

We snagged it up. We have a Wii at home, so we knew we could play it on there. And the game discs, box, everything is all in great shape. The only thing we were missing is the memory card so we could save games, and it turns out MicroCenter had those for a good price.

So yeah, we’re going to give a shot. Just in time, too, since Halloween is coming up. It has been so long since I’ve fought against the Umbrella Corporation, and I can’t wait to have at them.

Wish us luck.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

New Book

Hi!

So I’m keeping this short this week, because I’m trying to be busy with something else. Whether I’m being successful with that attempt is still up for grabs.

So this thing I’m working on that is keeping me busy is another new book. Yeah, another. That will make three.

3

Or if you prefer Roman numerals: III

Is that one too many? Two too many? I don’t know. Not really. I’m letting the second completed book simmer before I go back for edits and revisions. The first one has been through revisions and edits, and is only waiting on an intro and one last read-through after being beta read by a crack team. I needed a break from the second, the third is in a waiting pattern.

So then there’s this other story that has been screaming at me to be written, and I just sat and started on it the other day. And about 20 pages later, I realized that I now have to continue with it too. It’s different than my previous stuff, and will (currently at least) be a middle grade book. I’ll keep you posted.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

Covers

Hi everyone!

Random statement: I have this kind of long range dream to open a small book store/cafe. Just wanted to put that out there so it isn’t just a dream in my head.

I’ve been looking at my ideas for covers for the third book in the Non-Vampire trilogy the last few days, and I have come up with a few I like. (see a part of one cover idea here) But that has led me down the path, once again, of how difficult it can be to come up with a good cover and title. I’ve been incredibly lucky in that with my last 3 books my brother-in-law did wonderful covers for me, but not everyone has that luck.

So what do others do? From what I’ve seen, some people go through fiverr. This works, and I’ve used it in the past, but I’ve never been fully satisfied with the results. In face, on one of the covers that I had done through that I actually ended up redoing it myself, which I liked a lot better.

Pay someone else a butt-load of money? I’ve heard of others doing this, but for an indie author that can eat up more money than you end up making on a book. Not a good plan.

The cover creator on Amazon when you upload your book? I also have tried that, and also didn’t like it. In fact, I liked it even less. I wound up replacing it almost immediately. Still, it could be usable for someone, I suppose.

There’s a site I found called selfpubbookcovers.com, and it looks pretty good to me. I have not used this one, but it seems reasonable. The covers seem to start at around $69, and all the pre-made covers I saw were under $100. You can also get custom covers made through the site, which would cost more. I’m not sure how much, but I’d expect it to be quite a bit more. Still, the pre-made ones don’t look too bad, so an indie should be able to find something they like for less than a $100. That’s not nothing, but it’s not too bad.

For now I’ll just keep trying to do my own. I’ve been throwing some images together, trying to figure out what I want. Right now I’ve got a partial design, though it is not complete. I can show you a portion of it here, just as a teaser, though:


Remember, this is just a small portion of a cover that is still in-progress, so nothing here is finalized. It’s just one of my ideas that I’m testing out.

Everyone have a wonderful weekend!