Revamped!

My book – Missing Mandy – celebrated its first year of publication this January. The entire journey, from the first idea to its present form has been such an awesome learning experience and I would like to thank all my ‘virtual’ friends for their support, sound advice and encouragement in making it such an exciting one.

Two years back, I had a story to tell and my mom encouraged me to write it down and share it with others. I started scribbling it in March, 2011 and had completed it by May, 2011. I realized that there were too many problems in it and I spent the rest of the year, rewriting major sections and smoothing out the sharp edges. When I published it in Jan 2012, it was in a better form than the original version. Reviews came in and I found that it was badly edited and the cover was not creating the buzz that I had wanted. There was still a lot of work to be done.  I promised myself that I would edit the book and create a better, more professional cover.

I know it’s been long overdue, but I am happy to say that I have successfully edited Missing Mandy and would like to present to you the new book cover–

Missing Mandy
Missing Mandy

 

The making of this cover was like a big project for me–getting the right images, refining the main concept and learning the technical know-how of creating a good book-cover. There are so many people out there, who have been instrumental in making this possible for me – from stock providers to those who shared tutorials on digital art. A heartfelt thanks to all of them and a big hug goes out to all the stock providers on deviantart.com for the wonderful images and textures. Without their stocks, the cover would not have been possible. Lots of love to–

Kristina – http://intergalacticstock.deviantart.com/

Struck Dumb – http://struckdumb.deviantart.com/

Cathrine Langwagen – http://castock.deviantart.com/

Tiffany Munro – http://calthyechild.deviantart.com/

Alaska Stock

Go visit their galleries! You will find some amazing stuff there.

A special thanks to our very own Mel, for her support and guidance in creating this book cover. Without her, I would have been still struggling with it.  So, thank you so much, Mel. 🙂

 

Missing Mandy has been revamped, though I must admit there are no new chapters in the book, no major changes in the events and it is still a short story. You might still find scope of changing so much in it, if you look at it without any emotional baggage (that I have). I might go back to it after a couple of years and think over it, but for now I like it the way it is and I believe that people should read it the way I had initially intended.

So go check out Missing Mandy!!! Maybe download a sample or buy the entire book. Read it. If you like it, gift it to your friends or family. And, come back and tell me about it. Would love to hear what you think.

Happy Reading, Everyone!!!!!!

xoxo 🙂

The Other World

A quick little post to share with everyone.

My deviation – ‘The Other World‘ was declared one of the winners of the Halloween Contest hosted by Selunia on Deviantart.com.

The Other World ©2012 ~ssimon14

 

We were supposed to  create a deviation using any three of the stocks provided by her. I used her pics of a cat (tiny thing in the center of the vortex), the setting sun sky and the buildings along with pics provided by others.  Thanks to all the stock providers for some wonderful pictures. Credit details are given here.

Some new creations are also there in my gallery. You can click here to see them.

Hope you like them too. 🙂

Thank you for all your support. 🙂

 

Winning My First Halloween Contest

For those that may have wondered where I disappeared to, well, between reading new books, writing and irritating my younger sister (not necessarily in that order of preference) I have also been trying my hand at learning new things. And I  am happy to say that I have  surprised even myself with the things that I can do.

As you know that after getting inspired and much encouraged by Mel, I had joined deviantart.com. It’s an awesome platform to meet some amazing artists and get the opportunity to see their brilliant, jaw-dropping (literally) art. You can learn so much from these people and they are kind enough to share their skills with novices (like me). Picking up tricks through various tutorials and after a lot of hit and trials, I managed to put up some photo-manipulation works along with some of my older creations there. Got wonderful response from others, that was so encouraging and motivating.

Yesterday I got a note from Jeff @~glassthroughskin that my submission to his Halloween contest has been declared the first winner. I ‘ve never been more excited and thrilled (even did the jiggy-wiggy dance). The contest required deviations to be made using textures created by him. It sure was a lot of fun and quite a learning experience.

Well here it is the winning entry. It’s called Fright Night. Hope you all like it.

Thanks to all the talented deviants whose stock made this possible.  Be sure to check out the work of ~glassthroughskin , ~Enchantedgal-Stock , Obsidian Dawn , GRANNYSATTICSTOCKsagacious and AlaskaStock. You’ll truly be amazed by what you find there.

Fright Night

If you like you can visit my gallery here and check out some of my work there. I am still learning and trying my luck at different contests as they offer exciting challenges that help to stretch my imagination and give me a chance to try out something new.

I am also keeping my fingers crossed for another of my submission for the Halloween Fairy contest by Digital Wings Art Group . This one is called The Summoning.

The Summoning

This was created with stocks and tuts from almost 12 deviants. For detailed credits please click here.

Before I close, a heartfelt thanks to Mel for all the wonderful comments and sharing the links to some terrific tuts. They helped a lot.

 

Keep a look out for more. Take Care!

🙂 🙂