A positive step back

I spent the dark morning hours going through The Hat and tightening things up. This needed to be done, and I feel much better about moving forward now. There were some good suggestions from some of you about my section-break symbols. Jan Hawk encouraged me to try modifying a png file and seeing how it looked. I’m going to post what it looks like now, and hope to get some feedback from you guys.

In this scene, the hat is playing his bass, but Lizzie is providing the hands. It’s more important that she’s learning about the symbiotic nature of their relationship. If I leave the section breaks like this, would any of you find the bass clefs distracting somehow? Do they enhance the story at all?

Right now, I love them, but it could be the simple act of making them successfully and not how they might influence the story.

We finally got the dining room table assembled and but back in place. It looks beautiful on the new rug and the grey floor. We still need to get the rug for the living area, but it’s looking pretty darned good around here.

This afternoon, I assembled this week’s Lisa Burton Radio and sent the authors an advance link. I count that as forward progress too.

In other news, the annual pumpkin beers are starting to show up in force. I love this time of year, and can’t wait for it to officially be Fall. Oh, and the pet stores got a few pumpkin balls in. These are a lower quality than last year, but they said their stock is just starting to come in and there will be more stuff later on.

Otto

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48 responses to “A positive step back

  1. Never thought about the break symbols since I’ve always used the five asterisks. I don’t think they distract at all, but can be used to bring some unique charm to the story. Personally, I like the idea of having them be a simple object that connects to the story. How many pumpkin balls do you go through this time of year?

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  2. The bass clefs work for me because the are immediately after blatant musical references. (which might be, being musically inclined, I know what they represent)
    Don’t know how they would work, visually, as just an ordinary scene break though. It might be one of those things that the reader won’t ‘see’, but understand that a scene break is happening.

    That is not a happy Otto-face. He’s waiting for the good stuff? ๐Ÿ˜€

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  3. I don’t think they’re distracting. Different. Gotta love those pumpkin balls.

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  4. I like the bass clef symbols! I was not sure I would but in the image it works very well.

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  5. Using the Bass Clef to break the scenes is just another example of the freedom Indie Authors have. I like it.

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  6. I’d like to use a wave symbol on my WIP, any ideas?

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  7. The text to speach software on my Kindle always ignores the asterix symbols and just keeps reading like they’re not there. I’m not sure what it will make of the bass symbols, but if it considers them either normal symbols (like it does the asterix) or images, it will probably just pretend they don’t exist.

    Glad you’re happy with the recent home improvements you’ve made.

    Hope the dogs enjoy their pumpkin balls.

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  8. They look great Craig! I think it’s a perfect solution.

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  9. Loving the clefs – but they’re way too titchy! With PNGs, JPGs etc – any ePub format can cope with them, in any size you choose to use provided it’ll fit on the screen, and so long as the image is inserted into the same text frame (not a problem in Word/Windows as this is done automatically).
    Here’s a link to my Freebooter’s Fantasy Almanac -https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01H3R5K7K, so you can do the ‘look inside’ thang. ๐Ÿ™‚ I used a small skull and crossbones for the section breaks throughout in that.
    The thing with using images rather than type for the break is that you can celebrate the image/character typographically and don’t have to use it as you would with type…
    With the clefs so tiny in your sample, I can’t see whether you’ve included the colon mark as well. If you have, then that kind of interferes with the symmetry and (if it were me) I would just have one, larger clef to do the work like I’ve done with my skull device. It doesn’t have to be enormous, but you don’t have to have it match the body text type size either, as it’s an aesthetic option rather than typographical? ๐Ÿ˜‰
    Happy to move this onto email if you want! ๐Ÿ˜€

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  10. I like the break symbols. They look interesting. I’m reading a book now that has an AK 47 as the symbol.

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  11. On my screen they look like question marks, but I’m guessing on my Kindle they’d be fine. Maybe just one, instead? Or the bass clef with the beginning bars of music?

    I love the idea. I’d just like to see it better before voting.

    And, yay! Pumpkin! Already had a muffin and a pumpkin latte. Looking forward to pumpkin ball pics with the dogs. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  12. I like the bass clefs – unique and not distracting at all.

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  13. I like the bass clefs. ‘Course, I’m a sucker for symbolism to enhance the story. How’s Otto doing? I’m so behind on blogs. Is he feeling better? He looks like his ol’ adorable self.

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