Thursday, October 31, 2013

Look, Ma, I Can Animate!

Huge thanks to the people who commented on my cover reveal for SOUL CUTTER, both on my blog and the other participating blogs: Alex J. Cavanaugh, PK Hrezo, Father Dragon Writes, Bards and Prophets, The Write Game, Ellie Garratt, Klahanie, Julie Flanders, In High Spirits, and Mainewords.

The winners of the giveaway are:

* drum roll*

e-copy of SOUL CUTTER -- Donna Hole
10-page crit -- Shah Wharton
5-page crit -- Georgina Morales

CONGRATULATIONS!!


I got a little overly excited from playing with photoshop (GIMP 2.6) for my cover reveal and I couldn't resist having a bit more fun.


And look!  My first attempt at making an animation!


OK, it's not very impressive, but maybe I'll get better ... or maybe I should stop playing with photoshop (which is SO much fun!) and go back to actual writing and editing. You know, what writers are supposed to be doing...

Wishing everyone a very
HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

48 comments:

D.G. Hudson said...

Happy Halloween, and congrats to the winners in your tour!

Little Gothic Horrors said...

Oh, I seem to have missed your big cover reveal, but I can tell you now that it looks GREAT!!! I'm not surprised that you're excited! Your animation is very impressive indeed, by the way.

Happy Halloween!

Murees Dupé said...

Those are great looking covers. Congratulations!

Suzanne Furness said...

Congratulations to the winners and happy Halloween!

Melanie said...

I would never be able to animate O_O

Great job! <33

Lynda R Young said...

That's awesome. :)
Congrats to the winners!!

Natalie Aguirre said...

I'm so impressed. And I love your cover!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Very cool, Lexa! And congratulations to the winners.

Heather M. Gardner said...

Nice job!

Congrats to all your winners!

Heather

Ms Misantropia said...

Happy Halloween Lexa! Animations are tricky, I think it was a great first attempt. The more you fiddle around the better it'll get :)

Kelly Hashway said...

I've been playing with animations lately too. Way too much fun.

Congrats to the winners!

Chris Fries said...

Personally, I think it's a very cool animation -- I like it! And no apologies needed -- taking other avenues for creative outlet seems to strengthen them all. "Playing" with photoshop is not like playing Angry Birds or something -- you're still creating something with artistic merit.

And your cover-reveal contest was a wonderful idea and went off really well. Congratulations to the winners!

Happy Halloween! (Any holidays like Halloween in Egypt?)

Heather Holden said...

Happy Halloween! Photoshop is most definitely a lot of fun. I always seem to lose hours when I open mine up, heh. Loving your animated gif! I make those all the time now, but I remember my first attempt being very shoddy, so go you! :)

LD Masterson said...

Very cool animation. And Happy Halloween to you, too.

Julie Flanders said...

Congrats to the winners and congrats to you on such an awesome reveal! Honestly the best and most creative I've ever seen. Thanks for letting me be part of it.
Love your animation, I'm impressed. Happy Halloween!

Stephen Hayes said...

I'm always impressed when people branch out and try new things. I'm impressed. Happy Halloween.

mshatch said...

Better than what I can do with photo shop! Happy Halloween :)

L.G. Smith said...

Happy Halloween. Well, it's still technically Halloween where I am. And congrats again on the novel. The cover reveal was a great success. Congrats to the winners of your contest too!!

Arlee Bird said...

I can get so caught up in things like Photoshop, movie making, and other computer programs. Computer are so amazing. On one side they can make certain things so easy and save us tons of time, but on the other the time we save can get sucked up by all the neat things we can discover and do on the the computer. You did a nice job for a beginner!

Lee
A Faraway View

klahanie said...

Greetings human, Lexa,

Your cover reveal was a very innovative. Hearty congrats to the winners. Your Photoshop image is well neat. I like that.

We sure had a Pharaoh time, didn't we....

Happy Howloween!

Penny the Jack Russell dog and modest internet superstar! :)

DMS said...

Congrats to the winners! I had so much fun stopping by some of the blogs and trying to figure out the errors. Great job with Photoshop and the animation. :)
~Jess

Cathy Keaton said...

Happy Halloween! I've made GIFs before, simple ones. They're not that hard. Congrats to the winners, too!

Donna Hole said...

Great pop-up. Thanks for the book :)

.....dhole

Rhissanna said...

OMG! I love the animated cover! I found you through Spooktoberfest. new follower!

Medeia Sharif said...

I love the animation. I've only fiddled with animations.

Congrats to the winners.

Candilynn Fite said...

Okay. This untechy soul is very, very impressed! Teach me, oh wise one!

Catherine Stine said...

Cute animation! and a belated Happy Halloween greeting to you!

cleemckenziebooks said...

I'm very impressed. I think animated covers are fabulous. Congrats to the winners on your great cover reveal.

Kate Larkindale said...

Love the animations! You're far more patient and clever than me...

Beverly Stowe McClure said...

Congratulations to the winners. I tried, found all but one. Love the cover.

M Pax said...

You had a wonderful idea for a cover reveal. Excellent strategizing, Lexa. :) Photoshopping is fun. I seem to find other projects to do now that I passed covers off to someone else. Have a great weekend!

Rawknrobyn.blogspot.com said...

Not very impressive, Lexa? I'm very impressed. I love the line "Don't be scared. It's only fiction."
Congratulations to the three winners.
Have a great weekend, Lexa.
xoRobyn

Ashley Nixon said...

I think it's impressive! My boyfriend has been playing with photoshop for a while now and it takes FOREVER do do anything! Those are awesome!

Cathrina Constantine said...

Congrats to all the winners. I don't even know how to use photoshop, it looks great to me!

Deanie Humphrys-Dunne said...

I think your book cover looks perfect for Halloween so you should be proud, Lexa. I'd have no idea where to start. Best wishes with your book. We'll all be anxious to hear about it.

Charmaine Clancy said...

Looks like you had a LOT of fun with it :)
dream... write... publish

Joylene Nowell Butler said...

The animation was awesome! Congrats to the winners.

Ruth Schiffmann said...

Congratulations to the winners! We writers are always coming up with ways to procrastinate, aren't we?!

Shah Wharton said...

Yey! I'm thrilled to have won the critique. Can't wait to read your thoughts :) It was such a fun cover reveal, and so inventive. Congrats to the other winners!

I personally loved that animation. Photo editing is indeed a huge time-sick (but so much fun) :)

shahwharton.com

Sandra Cox said...

I like it! Is photoshop difficult to use?

Milo James Fowler said...

Way to go, winners! And I'm liking that animated graphic, Lexa -- nicely done.

Briane P said...

I only just saw this post, a few days late, and that is impressive animation -- better than I can do. But I confess to being of the generation that hears "animation' and instantly thinks that we are going to be getting a sheep dropping an anvil on a wolf, or several pigs dynamiting a skyscraper full of frogs, or at the very least a rabbit bonking a duck on the head with a giant mallet he pulls out of nowhere. You kids today, with your animation that pays attention to real physics and attempts to tell a heartwarming and nonviolent story: what's THAT all about? Back in my day, we knew that animation was the only way to teach kids that they could not run straight off a cliff and keep going so long as they didn't look down. That's a lesson you don't want to learn the hard way.

Mina Lobo said...

I like the one coming out of the cauldron!

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M. J. Joachim said...

Sometimes we need to let loose and play a little. How else are we gonna discover our hidden talents? It certainly looks like you've got more than a few with photoshop. Congrats to all the winners in your contest!

Vanessa Morgan said...

Fascinating cover indeed. Have a lovely week.

Dr. Theda said...

Dear Lady Lexa.... Sorry but we could not get around to everyone to wish a "Happy Halloween"...
So a belated Halloween Wishes from our "Crypt".... Hope it was a good one for you and yours...
....the Doctor.

Kim said...

Love the gifs!! I'm soooo excited for SOUL CUTTERS release!!

Jim said...

Spooky!

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