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July 23, 2014 / diannegray

Working under cover

I was reading a post from Jo the other day when I saw a really cool picture she had created using Lunapic.

I’m trying to come up with a cover for my latest novel The Devil Seam (the final edit is taking me far longer than expected because I’ve been too lazy busy lately).

So I thought (to stop my procrastination) I would play around with the picture I’m thinking of using for the book cover. I used Lunapic to add this very cool water theme. Naturally, this won’t come up when I publish the book – but how cool would it be if we could publish books with gif covers!

 

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SO – then I decided to try it on my other books. Good grief – what FUN!

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There’s a storm coming down that road!

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Nothing is clear in this life and EVERYTHING we’ve been taught may just be a lie.

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imageedit_7_4000262528My psychic detective can see ghosts in those trees!

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There’s a little bit of magic in those questions 😀

Okay – I’ve got to stop mucking around now.

Have you ever used a picture editing site like this?

Must …  get … back … to … editing!

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  1. Carol Britt Bryant / Jul 23 2014 11:14 am

    I’m impressed. I can barely find my way around facebook.

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    • diannegray / Jul 23 2014 11:39 am

      LOL – me too! I’m new at all this web stuff, Carol 😀

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  2. Ruth Rainwater / Jul 23 2014 11:33 am

    I kinda like those.

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  3. Carrie Rubin / Jul 23 2014 11:38 am

    That is so cool. I bookmarked the link so that I can play around…er, I mean…research possibilities for my covers, too. What fun!

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    • diannegray / Jul 23 2014 11:41 am

      LOL – try not to get hooked like I did (oh dear) 😉 I was nearly going to put them permanently down the the side of my page, but thought that may be a little too much 😀

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      • Carrie Rubin / Jul 23 2014 11:42 am

        Maybe you can do that at Christmas when a little more glitz and glam is expected. 🙂

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      • diannegray / Jul 23 2014 11:43 am

        Oh yeah! What a great idea. I could have snowflakes falling all over them (although I do like the ‘glitter’ one as well) 😀

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  4. Theo Fenraven / Jul 23 2014 11:45 am

    There is no reason you can’t use gifs online. I say go for it! Moving images capture attention.

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    • diannegray / Jul 23 2014 11:47 am

      They certainly do, Theo! I’ll try it on Amazon and see if they flick me off! I’m loving this site – so much fun 😀

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  5. avwalters / Jul 23 2014 11:53 am

    You’re having way too much fun. I’m jealous. Oh well, back to working on my foundation.

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  6. nrhatch / Jul 23 2014 11:58 am

    Glad you’re having fun, Dianne. 😀

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    • diannegray / Jul 24 2014 4:46 am

      Thanks, Nancy. I think we make our own kind of fun in the country! 🙂

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  7. Gallivanta / Jul 23 2014 12:18 pm

    I haven’t tried this type of editing but it does add a lot of fun and sparkle to the book covers, doesn’t it?

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    • diannegray / Jul 24 2014 4:47 am

      It certainly does! I think the water effect is my fave 😀

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  8. raphaela99 / Jul 23 2014 12:29 pm

    They look amazing!

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  9. ramblingsfromamum / Jul 23 2014 1:18 pm

    Sadly no, as I only have the one book and have never tried this. It would be wonderful if we could do this though, adds another dimension literally. Hope you have stopped mucking around now and back to your ‘serious’ work lovely. xxx

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    • diannegray / Jul 24 2014 4:51 am

      As if it’s not bad enough trying to edit this novel and work on two others, last night I came up with another idea that I just HAVE to write about! Good grief – my muse has bought in her army! lol

      I hope you’re feeling okay my dear and things are working out – I think of you a lot xxxx

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  10. Pagadan / Jul 23 2014 3:32 pm

    I want one! We can post these covers though…

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    • diannegray / Jul 24 2014 4:53 am

      We can try! I’m going to see if I can get them to ‘stick’ at the right side of my page 😀

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  11. Yolanda M. / Jul 23 2014 3:59 pm

    love Lunapic and yes it would be super cool to have gif covers which of course wouldn’t work out so well for me or my bank account as I am attracted to bright, shiny, sparkly, watery things 😀

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  12. anotherday2paradise / Jul 23 2014 5:14 pm

    These are amazing effects, Dianne. Maybe one day, it will be possible. My favourite is the lightning effect on “Let Sleeping Gods Lie.” Brilliant title, by the way. 🙂

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    • diannegray / Jul 24 2014 4:59 am

      I’m so glad you like that one, Sylvia – I really think it matches the underlying emotional family ‘storm’ of the story. I’m sure (one day) in the future we’ll be able to buy books with covers like this online 😉

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  13. restlessjo / Jul 23 2014 5:46 pm

    What fun, Dianne! You went to town! 🙂 I haven’t even tried the others yet but I had a sneaky peek last night. ‘Let Sleeping Gods’ works brilliantly. I’d like a copy of that, please 🙂
    Thank you so much for the ping. I never know where I’m going to turn up next! Have a happy week 🙂

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    • diannegray / Jul 24 2014 5:06 am

      I really like the lightning strike on Let Sleeping Gods Lie because it works in so well with the story (stormy family relationships). Thank you so much for introducing me to Lunapic, I just love it and I’m been wondering for a long time (being someone who doesn’t really understand technology) how and where people get these ‘moving pictures’.

      Do you want me to send you the gif pic of Let Sleeping Gods Lie?

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      • restlessjo / Jul 24 2014 5:08 am

        Ooh, yes please 🙂 Then you can sleep 🙂

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      • diannegray / Jul 24 2014 5:35 am

        I’ve just sent it to you 😉

        Let me know if it works or not. I’m not very good at this ‘technology business’ 🙂

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      • restlessjo / Jul 24 2014 5:36 am

        Will do 🙂

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      • restlessjo / Jul 24 2014 5:48 am

        Fantastic! 🙂 🙂

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  14. Alarna Rose Gray / Jul 23 2014 5:47 pm

    Cool way to procrastinate! (Not that I need any more reasons to do that.) I, too, like the lightning effect. And I figure, if we have to have digital books, why not add some fanfare!

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    • diannegray / Jul 24 2014 5:07 am

      Absolutely, Alarna! How cool would it be to have these pics on books (although I’d probably empty my bank account buying them out of pure intruige!) 😀

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  15. the eternal traveller / Jul 23 2014 6:31 pm

    You seem to have procrastination down to a fine art Dianne. Those covers are very cool. Now get back to work. I’m looking forward to reading the new book.

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    • diannegray / Jul 24 2014 5:18 am

      LOL! If there’s one area of expertise I have, it’s procrastination! Sometimes I wish I wasn’t so good at it 😉

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  16. Roy McCarthy / Jul 23 2014 7:52 pm

    How cool is that! I’ve always paid a little man to do my covers but that looks way more fun 🙂

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    • diannegray / Jul 24 2014 5:19 am

      Imagine if we could put these covers on Amazon, Roy – actually, maybe not because I’d probably buy every book I see 🙂

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  17. Minuscule Moments / Jul 23 2014 8:58 pm

    Wow technology keeps amazing me Dianne. I love the animated covers, maybe the Harry Potter animated posters and books is not that far off in reality…too cool.

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    • diannegray / Jul 24 2014 5:20 am

      I’m sure all these things are just around the corner, Kath! 🙂

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  18. Jill Weatherholt / Jul 23 2014 10:38 pm

    That Jo, she knows all of the cool stuff! All of the covers look great Dianne…you went crazy! 🙂

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    • diannegray / Jul 24 2014 5:21 am

      LOL – I did go crazy, Jill. Now I just have to calm down and write otherwise it will be 2016 by the time this next book comes out 😉

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      • Jill Weatherholt / Jul 24 2014 8:30 am

        I think it will be sooner, as long as the critter stay out of your writing nook. I’m dying to see some photos of your visitors. 🙂

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  19. bulldog / Jul 23 2014 11:54 pm

    I looked at the same site and played with a few of my photos… it was great fun…. I think a gif cover is probably not far off…. I know you said it in jest but maybe with the way things are going at the moment it could be possible…. I stood gob smacked the other day and watched a 3D printer…. to much for my aging brain…

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    • diannegray / Jul 24 2014 5:23 am

      Oh yes, Rob! Those 3D printers are out of this world! I’ve seen one and it’s a bit like trying to figure out a Rubik’s Cube 😉

      I’m really glad you had a play with Lunapic, it’s a load of fun 😀

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  20. G M Barlean / Jul 24 2014 12:08 am

    Loved all of them. What a fun day of creating you had!!

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    • diannegray / Jul 24 2014 5:25 am

      I love finding things like this. I don’t have a great understanding of technology, so finding a site that can do it all for me is very cool indeed! 😀

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  21. char / Jul 24 2014 1:16 am

    So cool. I really liked the lightning on Let Sleeping Gods Lie

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    • diannegray / Jul 24 2014 5:27 am

      The lightning is a very popular one, Char and I can understand why because I love it too! It really matches the story line. I think I could play with photos on this site for days 😀

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  22. Janna G. Noelle / Jul 24 2014 2:13 am

    Fun! I’ve never really played around with picture sites but one site I like a lot is Wordle (for making cool word clouds).

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    • diannegray / Jul 24 2014 5:27 am

      I’ve been looking for a site like that, Janna. I’m going to head over there and take a look. Thank you! 😉

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  23. donnajeanmcdunn / Jul 24 2014 2:23 am

    What fun! It would work great for book covers posted on our blogs. I may have to try that.

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    • diannegray / Jul 24 2014 5:35 am

      I think so too. I’m going to try it with my novels that I have listed down the right side of my page. Very eye catching!

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  24. Jacqui Murray / Jul 24 2014 2:36 am

    That is amazing, Dianne. I’m off to try it myself. The day will come–soon–when your gorgeous gif will appear as a cover.

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    • diannegray / Jul 24 2014 5:37 am

      I’m hoping that day will be soon, Jacqui. As someone said on one these comment – I’ve turned procrastination into a fine art (lol) 😀

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  25. Amy Reese / Jul 24 2014 2:54 am

    No, I haven’t used an editing site like that! What fun. Can you use this on your Kindle covers or online books? That would be cool. Good luck on your editing.

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    • diannegray / Jul 24 2014 5:42 am

      Amy, I checked out the feasibility of the Kindle cover but Amazon do not accept a gif file 😦 So I guess it’s just a matter of having these on webpages and blogs. But I think they’re very cool indeed!

      Thank you for the good luck on my editing – I need to put my head down and start as soon as possible 😉

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  26. Rachel Pacini / Jul 24 2014 7:01 am

    I really liked the first two 😛

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  27. Ghost Writer / Jul 24 2014 7:30 am

    Maybe someday!

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  28. jannatwrites / Jul 24 2014 7:41 am

    Well, you clearly had fun! I’ve never tried photo editing like that, but I have to say, a gif cover would be awesome! The water one was my favorite one you did 🙂

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    • diannegray / Jul 24 2014 8:22 am

      I like the water one and the lightning one – it was a load of fun (and a great distraction from editing!) 😉

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  29. EllaDee / Jul 24 2014 12:05 pm

    Distractions are good, they refuel the tank for dedicated effort 🙂 The covers are great – maybe one day for e-books they will happen.

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    • diannegray / Jul 25 2014 4:08 am

      It must have worked because I spent hours yesterday going through the book! YAY – getting there 😀

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  30. JackieP / Jul 24 2014 2:42 pm

    Wow, I loved those. Especially the water one. Now I’m going to have to play and I don’t even have a book finished yet! 🙂

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  31. Denise Hisey / Jul 25 2014 1:02 am

    Never seen anything like that before -it’s a little dizzying! 😉

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    • diannegray / Jul 25 2014 4:12 am

      Some of those gifs can be really annoying. I made sure I used the ‘not so annoying’ ones, Denise. lol 😉

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  32. tchistorygal / Jul 25 2014 1:33 am

    You are GOOD at procrastination, and you even create something cool while you’re doing it! For me procrastination means I just look at the bed that needs to be made and walk away without even making it and start petting the dog. I stare at the computer screen and then get up and tweeze a particularly annoying chin hair that is 1/32 of an inch long, or I walk into the living room and turn off the TV that no one has watched for three hours, and get distracted by what I should eat in two hours and stare into the open refrigerator door for three minutes trying to find one thing that sounds inviting. THAT’s procrastination! Your activities are called creativity! 🙂

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    • diannegray / Jul 25 2014 4:15 am

      This is hilarious, Marsha! I have followed your footsteps EXACTLY many, many times (but I think my chin hairs may be longer than yours) LOL 😀

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      • tchistorygal / Jul 25 2014 5:47 am

        I obsess, so they are not allowed to grow longer than my hair!

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  33. Luanne / Jul 25 2014 2:39 am

    Dianne, so cool. Your books look amazing. Are any available in paperback? I don’t do Kindle. Thank you so much for reminding me about that site. When I saw it on Jo’s blog, I wanted to try it and got busy and forgot about it. But I love this!!! Going there now!

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    • diannegray / Jul 25 2014 4:17 am

      All my books are available on Paperback through LULU, Luanne 😀

      As soon as I saw this on Jo’s site I went there and got hooked! You’ll really enjoy it, I’m sure 😀

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  34. Britt Skrabanek / Jul 25 2014 3:47 am

    Haha! Get back in that editing chair, Miss Dianne! That is pretty neat. I could make my Everything’s Not Bigger jewels sparkle like mad on that cover! : )

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    • diannegray / Jul 25 2014 4:19 am

      You could do that, Britt! lol 😀

      I did a heap of editing yesterday so I’m pretty happy about that. Lunch with the girls today and then back into the editing chair tomorrow (I’m hoping) 😉

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  35. Photos With Finesse / Jul 25 2014 2:05 pm

    Because I really needed another little computer ‘gadget’ to fall back on during my own procrastination days. Thanks. I think. 😀 (BTW – I finally headed out on vacation and finished Let Sleeping Gods Lie on my Kindle App (first time I’ve ever travelled without paperback books). It was excellent – and loved your cover treatment above – very fitting to the darkness of that tale!)

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    • diannegray / Jul 26 2014 7:46 am

      I’m so glad you liked the story, Suzan! The Kindle App is a lot lighter than a pile of books 😀

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      • Photos With Finesse / Jul 27 2014 12:11 pm

        Just means no cleaning lady is getting a stack to take home. 😉

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  36. cestlavie22 / Jul 25 2014 10:06 pm

    I’ve never heard of that but I gotta say I want to try it out! I have so many blog posts waiting to be written but I might need to do a Lunapic post!

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  37. jmmcdowell / Jul 26 2014 5:08 am

    Those look so cool, but I’m afraid I wouldn’t get any writing done if I tried my hand at them! As others have said, I bet the day comes when we can have covers like these—and probably moving images in the books, too. But for now, I think they would make a striking widget on the side bar of a blog!

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  38. Hazy Shades of Me / Jul 27 2014 4:09 am

    Gosh, you’re so techy. I’d love to be able to do this kind of stuff, but more importantly, I’d LOVE to have written all of those books!!! :))

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    • diannegray / Jul 27 2014 5:59 am

      I just need to get back onto the swing of writing, Hazy. I think I’ve taken procrastination to a whole new level (or made it some kind of art form)! 😉

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  39. Anna Hergert / Jul 27 2014 12:09 pm

    Very cool, Dianne!

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  40. Kozo Hattori / Jul 27 2014 2:36 pm

    Those covers come a little closer to representing all the action, intrigue, and subtlety of your novels, Dianne. {{{hugs}}} from blogging break, Kozo

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    • diannegray / Jul 28 2014 5:04 am

      I hope you’re having a wonderful blogging break, Kozo. Thanks so much for dropping in to say hello 😀

      {{{hugs}}}

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  41. Margie / Jul 28 2014 12:39 pm

    Thanks for posting the link to LunaPic. It looks like an immensely fun site.
    I like your book covers. They remind me of the magical portraits and photos in the Harry Potter stories. People in them can move about.

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  42. harulawordsthatserve / Jul 28 2014 3:24 pm

    Hey, these look really fun! And I’m very glad/excited/thrilled etc ad infinitum that your new book is in the final stages:-) Hugs, H xxx

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    • diannegray / Jul 29 2014 5:20 am

      Thanks, Harula! I’m also glad/excited/thrilled ad infinitum – YAY! 😀

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  43. dex / Jul 31 2014 2:42 am

    I’m sure there will be animation in book covers before long. You’re a trend-setter!

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  44. ly / Aug 1 2014 9:00 pm

    Yes, beautiful (and what fun). I’ve tried Waterlogued. Turns your photos into water colors.

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    • diannegray / Aug 2 2014 12:04 am

      Okay – I’ll certainly be trying that one! 🙂

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  45. bluebee / Aug 2 2014 3:32 pm

    Oh, the places we go on the web. I am supposed to be finalizing my poetry collection for publication today, but have allowed myself to get totally distracted by blogs and links and FB videos, etc, etc. And my husband’s just phoned to say that he’s on his way home, so there goes the writing time 🙂

    Love the “Let Sleeping Gods Lie” cover.

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  46. roberteilers / Aug 26 2014 12:21 pm

    Simple is best. Playing with animations only slows things down and really don’t add any value.

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