Doing the thing

I have been working feverishly, madly, to design the cover of my new novel. My publication date is 3/21 (as in: 3-2-1 liftoff! 🙂 ) and I am determined to make it.
frontcoverbolder-2-7-17I originally planned to use my own photos for the cover, but then I started looking around on Canva, you know, just for fun, and one image caught my eye. What drew me about her is that she looks like she’s trying to go forward, but is letting herself be pulled back.
Like Bebe. In the new book, What if Bebe Stays with Steven?, Bebe is thinking, should I stay or should I go? I also like the little bit of backpack showing, since she is a student. This one image captured all that for me.

Here’s the most important part of this story. Right after I saved and downloaded the image, one of my favorite quotes by Eleanor Roosevelt popped up on the computer screen!

“You must do the thing you think you cannot do.”

I took this as a sign that this was exactly the right image for my cover. Of course, that was at midnight last week, and the next day, after I smacked my head into the corner of the huge mirror over my couch and hematoma’d my head, I started second-guessing it all.

 But I am going forward anyway. Like Nikki Groom said in her recent podcast (with Jodi Flynn on Women Taking the Lead), “Just start.”

3 thoughts on “Doing the thing

  1. Favorite phrase in a long, long time: “hematoma’d my head.” I’m sorry you hurt yourself, but thank you for those words! Good for you, finding the cover of your dreams. And I have been meaning to check out that podcast since our Social Media Breakfast–you’re liking it?? And okay, Eleanor, I’m listening. I must do the thing I think I cannot do. Got it!

    Thanks Karen for all the good will you put out in the world with your blog!

    1. I love that quote so much that I’m putting it in my new book! And yes, I’m finding a lot to love about “Women Taking the Lead” with Jodi Flynn. I just listened to another one today that I shared on my page that gave me an ‘OPRAH lightbulb moment’…which I will probably be writing about here soon. 🙂

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