Being Productive during Lockdown


Life for us really hasn’t changed all the much since we went into lockdown back in March.   We work here in the studios and in our offices and are used to NOT seeing other living souls for weeks or months at a time when we’re working on deadlines.   The pups keep us entertained and hopping.

I have been working in the studio on Pearl and Pearl’s Lost Pearls but also writing more chapters in The Dark Secret of Wythe’s End.   I have designed a few sample front covers just for fun as well as making antiqued documents and diary pages.  I was thrilled to have discovered where I was able to purchase a bundle of fonts that look very 17th, 18th, and 19th century in design and print!

Here are a few of the front cover ideas.   As well as photos of some aged documents I made.

FirstSecondThirdFourthFifthSixthIMG_8828IMG_8829IMG_8827Old PapersIFEG97106141_10221729027592257_7228464048323428352_oil_1588xN.1468463230_fsm0I found a fantastic leather smith down in NYC that makes these rugged distressed leather journals.  She is making one for me without the regular journal pages and I will insert the replica 17th century diary pages that Phin discovers in the secret library.

Chapter by chapter the novel is coming together beautifully.