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Monday, November 21, 2011

Word Clouds and a New Release

Cameran Young's word cloud
Daniel Fox's word cloud.

I was looking at my old files and found these word clouds that I’d devised when developing my characters in EDGE OF SURVIVAL (*cough* out today in ebook and audio. I hate promo, but I’m not stupidJ). I couldn’t believe how useful and accurate they were. Even the color schemes reflect the nature of the characters: Daniel Fox, dark, bold, sharp-edged, Cameran Young, softer, kinder, but no pushover.

I AM A GENIUS :) Well, I would be if I was taller ;)

I can’t believe I haven’t used them for my books recently, especially as I use visual cues with lots of images for every book I write. So guess what I’m doing right now? Yup. Word clouds and collages for the stories I’m writing. And although some might think it’s procrastination (never!), it saves me time in the long run, especially if I have to switch between projects at a moment’s notice.  Same with a soundtrack, it plunges me right into the story. In case you’re wondering, EDGE OF SURVIVAL, was written to the dulcet tones of James Blunt (High), Coldplay (Clocks, Green eyes), Wilco (How to fight loneliness), Thin Lizzy (Jailbreak), U2 (Love rescue me, Beautiful day). 

What's your cue for getting yourself into a story?

EDGE OF SURVIVAL (November 21st, 2011)
Foreword by Brenda Novak

Dr. Cameran Young knew her assignment wouldn't be easy. As lead biologist on the Environment Impact Assessment team, her findings would determine the future of a large mining project in the northern Canadian bush. She expected rough conditions and hostile miners—but she didn't expect to find a dead body her first day on the job.

Former SAS Sergeant Daniel Fox forged a career as a helicopter pilot, working as far from the rest of the human race as possible. The thrill of flying makes his civilian life bearable, and he lives by his mantra: don't get involved. But when he's charged with transporting the biologist to her research vessel, he can't help but get involved in the murder investigation—and with Cameran, who awakens emotions he's desperate to suppress.

In the harsh and rugged wilderness, Daniel and Cameran must battle their intense and growing attraction while keeping ahead of a killer who will stop at nothing to silence her…

I'm donating 15% of my royalties to diabetes research.

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Rita said...

Zowie! What a great cloud! Many congratulations on the new release.
Question. A genius has to be tall? I’m crushed. All this time I thought… Heavy sigh.
Wishing you many many sales

Toni Anderson said...

LOL--it's always been my excuse from fulfilling my genius potential :) Thanks, Rita :)

JB Lynn said...

I've never heard of word clouds before, but I can see how they could be useful tools

Congrats on the release!!!

Taryn Elliott said...

loooove the word clouds!
Did you do it yourself or did you use a site?
I remember using one---damned if I can find it.
Wordle maybe?

Toni Anderson said...

JB, thanks!
Taryn, I just did them in word and then turned them into image files for this post :)

Marcelle Dubé said...

You have to be tall to be a genius? I always thought you had to be *thin*. Congratulations on the release, Toni. May it be your most successful yet!

And I love the word clouds...

Taryn Elliott said...

Yep, it was
Loved playing with it for posts.
Thanks for the tip. Helps when you're just staring at a blinking cursor. ;)

Shelley Munro said...

What a great idea. I'm stealing it right this minute. Congrats on your new release, Toni.

Jane said...

Happy Release Day, Toni.

Toni Anderson said...

Thank you, everyone!!

Wynter Daniels said...

Sounds awesome. I never thought of using a word cloud - great idea.

MaureenAMiller said...

Congratulations on such a wonderful novel, Toni. I agree with Marcelle. I am worried about the tall requirement for brilliance.

Toni Anderson said...

Thanks, guys :)

PS. I never said height affected 'brilliance', Maureen :) LOL.

Kathy Altman said...

Oooh, I *love* the word cloud idea!! And I've only done one soundtrack, but it was effective, so once I figure out which project I'm working on next, here come the MP3s. :-)

Congratulations, Toni!! "Edge of Survival" is an unforgettable story!

Shirley Wells said...

Congrats on the release, Toni. I love everything about EDGE OF SURVIVAL - a truly great read - and now I love the word clouds too. And I just knew Coldplay had to be involved. :)

Wishing you lots of sales!

Toni Anderson said...

Kathy A. I'm going to be interested to hear what your next project is too :)

Toni Anderson said...

LOL, Shirley, that's funny. Coldplay are one of those bands I didn't think I'd like. Dumb huh? Every time I hear one of their songs my little ears perk up :) Thanks for your lovely words :)

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