Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Wednesday in Wyoming - September 15, 2021


Cheyenne Botanic Gardens - interior of conservatory
Even when the wind is blowing, snow is falling, and temperatures are below zero, the interior of the Grand Conservatory at the Cheyenne Botanic Gardens provides a warm and beautiful place to spend a few minutes ... or hours.

If you look closely, you'll see tables and chairs on the second floor, encouraging visitors to linger and enjoy the tropical atmosphere.

Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Wednesday in Wyoming - September 8, 2021

Cheyenne Botanic Gardens outdoor gardens

Summer in Cheyenne may be brief, but it's also a glorious season at the Botanic Gardens. 

Who wouldn't want to stroll along these walks, admiring the beauty of flowers and plants? And there's more to see, including the well-named Peace Garden, the Rose Garden, and the labyrinth.

Wednesday, September 1, 2021

Wednesday in Wyoming - September 1, 2021


Cheyenne Botanic Gardens Shane Smith Grand Conservatory
This month's Wednesday in Wyoming posts will feature pictures from one of my favorite places in Cheyenne, the Cheyenne Botanic Gardens.

The Gardens were one of the things that attracted my husband and me to the city more than twenty years ago. Since then, they've become even more beautiful with the addition of the Children's Village and most recently, the Shane Smith Grand Conservatory.

If you're ever in Cheyenne, this is one place you shouldn't miss. If you visit it, you'll see why the conservatory is a favorite spot for weddings and other special events as well as "ordinary" meetings.

Wednesday, August 25, 2021

Wednesday in Wyoming - August 25, 2021


Snowy Range with snow on mountains
The last two weeks' blog posts have shown you the brilliant colors of autumn in the Snowy Range. All too soon, they fade and snow arrives. 

The amount of the snow and the road's elevation (peaking at over 10,000 feet) result in the only road through the Snowies being closed for more than six months each winter. 

No cars are allowed, but that doesn't stop winter sports enthusiasts from coming. During the snowed-in months, the Snowy Range is a mecca for skiers and snowmobilers.

You'll find me at home, drinking cocoa and waiting for the snow to melt and the road to reopen.

Tuesday, August 24, 2021

Creating a Cover - Brides of the Old West

 Did you ever wonder how a book cover is created? Today I'm going to share the process talented author and designer L.A. Sartor followed when she designed the cover for Brides of the Old West.

It all started with this photograph. 

Original Photo - South Pass City

Even though the novellas are set in Cheyenne, I thought this picture from a trip my husband and I took to South Pass City exemplified the old West and wanted it for the cover. 

L.A. had some concerns, but she agreed to see if she could make it work. When she showed me her first design, she was afraid I'd hate it. I didn't. In fact, I LOVED it. Oh, there were things we both knew had to be changed, but the overall look was perfect.

First cover -- Brides of the Old West

We worked together to choose type fonts and colors, but because the original design was so good, that didn't take long. This was the cover that would appear on ebooks. 

Final Front Cover - Brides of the Old West

The next step was to create a cover for the print version. That involved designing the spine and the back cover.

Original Print Cover - Brides of the Old West

As you can see, there were some problems, the biggest of which is that I had written too much back cover copy. It was time for me to do some cutting.

Semi-Final Print Cover - Brides of the Old West

Besides cutting the number of words in the copy, we made a few changes along the way, including adding the sunflower spray. At this point, we both thought the cover was finished. But ... There's always a "but," isn't there?

When I received a proof copy of the book and saw the back cover by itself, I realized there was a minor problem.

First Back Cover - Brides of the Old West

It may not have bothered anyone else, but it looked too plain to me. Furthermore, there was nothing tying the sunflower spray to the rest of the cover. The solution was easy.

Final Back Cover - Brides of the Old West

By making the novella titles the same blue as the flowers in the spray, the back cover was more appealing. And so we had the final version of the print cover.

Final Print Cover - Brides of the Old West

Both L.A. and I are thrilled by the way it turned out. I hope you agree with us that it's a beautiful cover and one that will intrigue readers.

Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Wednesday in Wyoming - August 18, 2021


Snowy Range autumn foliage
When you think of brilliant red autumn foliage, Wyoming may not be first on your list of places to see it. But fall brings glorious colors to parts of Wyoming, including the Snowy Range.

Wednesday, August 11, 2021

Wednesday in Wyoming - August 11, 2021


Snowy Range autumn tundra
Autumn brings brilliant colors to the Snowy Range. The aspen at lower elevations turn their signature gold, while the tundra becomes fiery red and rust. Cooler temperatures make hiking all the more appealing, as does the absence of crowds.

Have I convinced you to detour off I-80 to visit the Snowy Range the next time you're crossing Wyoming? I hope so, because it's a special place.