WW Photo Challenge: Wolf

I’m participating in Celia Reaves’ photo challenge. Every Friday, she posts a photo on a theme starting with a letter of the alphabet. This week – it is the letter W. As before, I’m posting one of my pre-made book covers.

Wolf for the W.

My book covers are mostly made from images I find on several free image websites, like Pixabay.com. Sometimes, I add an element or two I discovered as free stock on deviantArt, but not this time.

If anyone wants a cover you see here or in my deviantArt gallery for your real book, let me know. The fonts are negotiable, of course.

 

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Killing in speculative fiction

It’s the first Wednesday of the month again, time for a post for the Insecure Writer’s Support Group.
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I recently stumbled on this quote by Voltaire:

“It is forbidden to kill; therefore all murderers are punished unless they kill in large numbers and to the sound of trumpets.”

I have always known that the French philosopher was a wise man, but that particular quote started me thinking. In speculative fiction like fantasy and sci-fi, killing is always a staple, and the murderers are rarely punished. Most speculative fiction books include killing in one way or another. Battles. Assassins. Interstellar wars. Magical quests where unless the hero kills, often multiple times, he can’t get where he is going. Paranormal adventures, where killing is rather the norm. Think about The Lord of the Rings or Ilona Andrews’ extremely popular Kate Daniels series.

Another norm is the hero’s moral quibbles afterwards. He didn’t have a choice at the time; it was either kill the enemy or be killed by them, but afterwards, it seems almost mandatory for any writer to dig into her character’s psyche for a post-killing self-doubts or self-recriminations.

None of us ever wants to encounter death or murder in our day-to-day lives, but reading about them feels okay, not scary at all, and I’m not even talking about mysteries or thrillers. So why did speculative fiction genres adopt killing as one of their darlings? What is our fascination with sudden and gruesome death in the make-believe milieu? Where are those trumpets of Voltaire in fantastic stories?

I’m an extremely peaceful person but even I have killings in some of my stories. I write fantasy after all, and in fantasy, killing appears the easiest way to solve problems. Kill the evil vampire, and everything will be honky-dory, right? But I doubt it could that simple, even in fantasy.

What do you think? Do your heroes kill? Do they indulge in self-flagellations after the fact?

 

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WW Photo Challenge: Victorian

I’m participating in Celia Reaves’ photo challenge. Every Friday, she posts a photo on a theme starting with a letter of the alphabet. This week – it is the letter V. As before, I’m posting one of my pre-made book covers.

Victorian for the V.

My book covers are mostly made from images I find on several free image websites, like Pixabay.com. Sometimes, I add an element or two I discovered as free stock on deviantArt, but not this time.

If anyone wants a cover you see here or in my deviantArt gallery for your real book, let me know. The fonts are negotiable, of course.

 

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WW Photo Challenge: Umbrella

I’m participating in Celia Reaves’ photo challenge. Every Friday, she posts a photo on a theme starting with a letter of the alphabet. This week – it is the letter U. As before, I’m posting one of my pre-made book covers.

Umbrella for the U.

My book covers are mostly made from images I find on several free image websites, like Pixabay.com. Sometimes, I add an element or two I discovered as free stock on deviantArt, but not this time.

If anyone wants a cover you see here or in my deviantArt gallery for your real book, let me know. The fonts are negotiable, of course.

 

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WW Photo Challenge: Time Travel

I’m participating in Celia Reaves’ photo challenge. Every Friday, she posts a photo on a theme starting with a letter of the alphabet. This week – it is the letter T. As before, I’m posting one of my pre-made book covers.

Time Travel for the T.

My book covers are mostly made from images I find on several free image websites, like Pixabay.com. Sometimes, I add an element or two I discovered as free stock on deviantArt, but not this time.

If anyone wants a cover you see here or in my deviantArt gallery for your real book, let me know. The fonts are negotiable, of course.

 

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WW Photo Challenge: Storm

I’m participating in Celia Reaves’ photo challenge. Every Friday, she posts a photo on a theme starting with a letter of the alphabet. This week – it is the letter S. As before, I’m posting one of my pre-made book covers.

Storm for the S.

My book covers are mostly made from images I find on several free image websites, like Pixabay.com. Sometimes, I add an element or two I discovered as free stock on deviantArt, but not this time.

If anyone wants a cover you see here or in my deviantArt gallery for your real book, let me know. The fonts are negotiable, of course.

 

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Backup worries

It’s the first Wednesday of the month again, time for a post for the Insecure Writer’s Support Group.
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A month ago, my old computer broke. It was still working, kind of, but so sluggishly and reluctantly, I knew it was dying. In a panic, lest I lose all my files, I frantically started to do backup.

Before that point, I had told myself multiple times that I needed to backup my hard drive, do it regularly, do it often, but I kept procrastinating for some reason. On the day I realized my computer was busted and I needed a new one, I hadn’t done any backup for over a year.

Ouch! It was a terrible realization. And my backup proceeded so slowly, it took me 3 days to backup half the files. Imagine my frustration and anxiety during those days. My stomach was tied in knots. I couldn’t think of losing so much: all my fiction, my newspaper articles for a dozen years, and all my images – my classic art collection, lots of photographs from several free image sites, and my book covers.

I bought a new computer, of course. Fortunately, the techs at the store were able to transfer all my files to the new computer. I was giddy with relief.

Now, I made a resolution to backup all my files to flash drives often, so I won’t be in such a dire situation again. But I’m thinking that maybe I should have a second backup medium. Maybe an external hard drive or an online depository. I looked into one online cloud possibility, but it only offered a limited amount of storage for free, 1G or some such, and my art folder alone is almost 40G.

What do you know about backup options, preferably free? Any opinions? Personal experiences? What is good? What isn’t? Tell me in the comments.

 

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WW Photo Challenge: Roses

I’m participating in Celia Reaves’ photo challenge. Every Friday, she posts a photo on a theme starting with a letter of the alphabet. This week – it is the letter R. As before, I’m posting one of my pre-made book covers.

Roses for the R.

My book covers are mostly made from images I find on several free image websites, like Pixabay.com. Sometimes, I add an element or two I discovered as free stock on deviantArt, but not this time.

If anyone wants a cover you see here or in my deviantArt gallery for your real book, let me know. The fonts are negotiable, of course.

 

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Shooting in Pittsburgh synagogue

Just read about the terrific shooting in Pittsburgh synagogue yesterday. So much hatred, without reason or provocation, just because those people are Jews. My grandmother’s entire family died in the Holocaust because of that same hatred, and it keeps rearing its ugly head again and again, so many years after the Nazis’ anti-Semitic campaign in Europe almost eradicated my nation.

I’m a Jew too, although I don’t go to synagogue. I feel such a profound compassion for the victims and their families; I mourn with them. This hate crime was directed at me. At my children. At my identity. Why did he do it? Why does that killer hate us so much?

I don’t usually read the news – I dislike politics – but this report caught my eyes on the internet for two reasons. First, because I’m a Jew. Second, because it happened in Pittsburgh. You see, Pittsburgh is a location of my favorite fantasy series of books by Wen Spencer. In her world, elves and magic live in Pittsburgh. Of course, the elves have enemies, and there is struggle and controversy aplenty, like in any fantasy novel, but even those malevolent enemies of the elves have a reason for their hatred. Unlike the man who picked up his guns and headed to a synagogue on a peaceful Saturday morning just because he wanted to shoot the Jews.

In Wen Spencer’s Elfhome universe, there is no antisemitism in Pittsburgh. I want to live in her world. I even wrote a fan-fiction novella set in her version of Pittsburgh. I’ve started posting it on my wattpad account. If you’re interested in what could’ve happened in Pittsburgh with elves, sans a crazy synagogue shooter, here is the link.

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WW Photo Challenge: Queen

I’m participating in Celia Reaves’ photo challenge. Every Friday, she posts a photo on a theme starting with a letter of the alphabet. This week – it is the letter Q. As before, I’m posting one of my pre-made book covers.

Queen for the Q.

My book covers are mostly made from images I find on several free image websites, like Pixabay.com. Sometimes, I add an element or two I discovered as free stock on deviantArt, but not this time.

If anyone wants a cover you see here or in my deviantArt gallery for your real book, let me know. The fonts are negotiable, of course.

 

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