Writers are renowned for being world-class procrastinators. Seriously, if there were ever a Procrastination Olympics, we would sweep the board. If we weren't too busy looking at Buffy gifs on Tumblr to turn up. And thanks to fellow kidlit writer Patrick Samphire (whose amazing-sounding Secrets of the Dragon Tomb I cannot wait to get my paws on), I got to procrastinate with the ridiculously fun Pulp-o-Mizer cover maker this week. No, my covers will not look anything like this (I'm sure they will be WAY better), but how cool are they all the same??
Something else really fun also happened this week. The lovely and talented artist Scribblewolf made an adorable papercut of my main character Jinx, from Brimstone for Breakfast. Again, I don't think he'll end up looking quite like this in the book (although who knows!), but how cool is it?
Finally, I spent yesterday morning working on my sequel, and when I say working on my sequel I mean 'drawing a really bad map of the city in my book'. Most of the action in Brimstone for Breakfast happens beyond the city walls in Outer Hell, but the sequel will focus more on the city of Pandemonium, home to most of the demons in Hell. Even though I can't draw, I like to try to get an overview of a few of the important places in my story so I can visualise it better. This is a quick first draft, so there'll be plenty more cool places to come, but anyway, for your amusement, here it is...
And now I should probably stop procrastinating and get back to that aforementioned sequel. What about you guys, do you draw maps or characters from your books to help with inspiration and planning?
Tatum Flynn is the author of devilish MG fantasies The D'Evil Diaries and Hell's Belles (Orchard/ Hachette Kids), and several unfinished To Do lists.