Cool or Not? Ray or Not? ๐Ÿ˜‚

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  1. alexraphael says:

    I prefer it to the others you showed. And it seems very you! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

    • Victoria Ray NB says:

      Yeah, I just made it ๐Ÿ™‚ via Adobe. Itโ€™s very me actually… I want something bright & fun but informative too ๐Ÿ™‚
      But I have a designer (girl) who is working on โ€œblue giraffe pop art coverโ€ (for this book). So weโ€™ll see…

  2. Very cool, very Ray! ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐ŸผAnd love that pic!๐Ÿ˜€

  3. nickreeves says:

    V. Ray, VRay! I was thinking about this today. And though I really do like the ‘smiley faced youths’ cover (and after seeing your ‘So Absurd’ artwork) I reckon that the SFY’s artwork is more for a novel than poetry. So, again, what do I know!? Anyway, it’s all good. Well done. Nick.

    • Victoria Ray NB says:

      Yeah, I like smiley faced youths too. Safe choice ๐Ÿ˜‚
      But I want something with โ€œwowโ€ effect (preferably pop-art)…maybe Iโ€™ll be known for my crazy ๐Ÿ˜œ covers ๐Ÿ™‚ & then ….for my writing โœ๏ธ haha
      I want cool & informational cover bcz people donโ€™t know (yet) who is RAY ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Victoria Ray NB says:

      And thanks ๐Ÿฆ’๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ•บ

  4. Yes, very Ray and the best so far.

  5. nkdwhtguy says:

    Definitely has your “wow” effect.

  6. It’s very coolio.

    • Victoria Ray NB says:

      Coolio – I like that :)) this is what Iโ€™m striving for…๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ•บ๐Ÿ•บ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•

  7. kinkyacres says:

    Very much a “VR” and a WoW!

    • Victoria Ray NB says:

      ๐Ÿคช๐ŸงŸโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿ‘ป๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’ฅ haha maybe I should go for it. But I have a blue giraffe…on the way ๐Ÿ™‚ Iโ€™m sure u gonna like it, K!

  8. Lol. Soooo Ray.

    • Victoria Ray NB says:

      Haha ๐Ÿ˜† wait for my blue giraffe cover…itโ€™s on the way ๐Ÿ™‚ – next week

  9. Nice ray

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  10. Edwin says:

    The best one yet. Has a colorful, playful side to it and a darker side as well. Just one suggestion: Put “from the author of” on one line and “So Absurd It Must Be True” underneath that. But, yes, this cover is the best one I’ve seen, imo.

  11. Edwin says:

    One last suggestion. The word “hilarious” works but it also smacks of self-adulation: “Look at my book; it’s hilarious!” Maybe it is hilarious, but if it is, don’t ruin the surprise for the reader. In other words, if I saw that word in a title, I would think a few things: (1) the author thinks too highly of her work, (2) maybe it is hilarious but she ruined any surprises I might find in her book, (3) maybe it isn’t hilarious so reading it would be a waste of my time.

    I’m not every reader so I can only speak for myself. But, that would be three strikes “in my book” and that would be enough to pass on it.

    • Victoria Ray NB says:

      Yeah, I donโ€™t think its hilarious. Lol But it is catchy ๐Ÿ™‚ I mean the word. At least for me – a normal kinda reader. I like โ€œhilariousโ€ ๐Ÿ™‚ bcz I hope itโ€™s not boring…

      The Amazon-world is pure marketing…& thereโ€™s always someone who likes or dislikes.
      Some poems r fun tho, bcz itโ€™s satire ๐Ÿ™‚
      Thx for suggestions โœŒ๏ธ

    • Victoria Ray NB says:

      You are probably right…
      I just love โ€œhilariousโ€ books ๐Ÿ˜‚ there are not so many outta there

  12. Edwin says:

    Fair enough. It was just a suggestion. I agree the Amazon-world is pure marketing. However, they are masters of that craft, so if you want to reach a broader audience, you might listen to some of their advice.

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  14. Hyperion says:

    Now we are entering the V-Ray Zone. I read where you are bringing a giraffe up next so I look forward to seeing that too. This is quite good Ray, but we have to think about the book covers that sold millions of books and made their authors billionaires. Something with wizards and bondage done up in the V-Ray style would sell billions of books and then you could buy Your own country and live there for free. ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿฆ’๐Ÿฆ„๐Ÿง๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ

    • Victoria Ray NB says:

      I donโ€™t get this kind of sarcasm …

      • Hyperion says:

        Iโ€™m sorry Ray. No sarcasm intended to Ray. I was talking about the Harry Potter series and Fifty Shades. Both authors were very sucessful so the kidding was about joining those two themes together. I know you are going to follow your instincts and youโ€™ll select a winner without my silly comments.

      • Victoria Ray NB says:

        No problems. I havenโ€™t seen/or read/ Fifty Shades.
        Eh, I prefer to write absurd & funny… & no worries ๐Ÿ˜‰ – nobody like it anyway :))
        Have to choose genre wisely next time (in next life)… ๐Ÿ˜…โœŒ๏ธ

      • Hyperion says:

        LOL! We really need your absurd and funny stories. The world needs to smile and giggle more.

      • Victoria Ray NB says:

        ๐Ÿ˜ yeah, the world canโ€™t survive without Ray (that was sarcasm actually…) or his stories.

        I just got my poems (satire) from editor – and he didnโ€™t get 85% of them. I canโ€™t even โ€œlolโ€ ๐Ÿ˜…

      • Hyperion says:

        Editors never โ€œget itโ€ completely, but as long as he got the editing right, everything is fine. A world without Rayโ€™s satire is a world without sunshine.

      • Victoria Ray NB says:

        I donโ€™t know. I hope you are right because 12 poems from 20 are:
        – โ€˜downersโ€™
        – depressing
        – negative
        – doom & gloom
        (In his description)

        Keeps me wondering if anything is good at all… in that book ๐Ÿ“–๐Ÿ˜

      • Hyperion says:

        The problem with editors is they have to be in their favorite zone with the genre of the book and the style of your writing before they can be at their best. Regardless, the good editor gives an honest review of what they see. An editor cannot know the authorโ€™s true intent or the depth of the soul invested. I had a professional editor for scientific papers and she didnโ€™t have a science background so she edited out all of the scientific terminology. When she was done, I had no idea what my paper was about but it was published anyway. And two editors have read my books and quit. They recommended that I give up writing because I suck really bad at writing. But hey, itโ€™s fun and I like it. We can write for ourself our we can write for the public to read. And if we write for the public to read and hope to earn an income from it, then we must write what the public wants to read. Editors try to steer us in that direction so when they are brutal and honest, they are giving us tough love and we should listen to them but never abandon the style, content, and context that makes us unique and wonderful. Hemmingway poured himself into every manuscript and he was hailed as one of the greatest authors of his time. He ended up killing himself in the end because he gave up on himself and his work. Sylvia Plath committed suicide over the rejection of her book. That happens when we place too much of our life in our writing. We must learn to write what we love and release our work to the world to live a glorious and long life on its own merit or fall stillborn on the bookstore floor. My writing is always stillborn but I continue to plow the depth of my memories and imagination and try to put it into words. You have that magic talent of the old Russian masters with the nuance of modern psyche embued with a delightful humor. Itโ€™s fresh and unique so many editors wonโ€™t necessarily get it, nor will readers that seek narrow margins of a particular genre and demand cookie cutter prose. Be you, Victoria, because you are wonderful, intelligent, and fun. Write and let your stories fly on their wings or hop around looking for popcorn. Just keep writing.

      • Victoria Ray NB says:

        Iโ€™ll get back to this tomorrow. Thank you & gโ€™night!

      • Victoria Ray NB says:

        Seems like Iโ€™m โ€˜aliveโ€™ again ๐Ÿ˜‚
        Itโ€™s kinda โ€œpurifyingโ€ – to die for 1 day.

        Your stories with editors are horrific, but thatโ€™s our reality, I guess – we all have different views/visions about โ€œhow it should be writtenโ€ or โ€œwhat does it meanโ€.

        I have to admit Iโ€™m so bored with books I stopped to buy them at the store (& if I do Iโ€™m often bored after 10 pages). I always want to see:
        1. Exceptional (=different or weird or unique) writing style
        2. Exceptional hero
        3. Exceptional plot
        At least 1 from 3. It doesnโ€™t happen often. So when in doubt… go read classic (Iโ€™m usually saying to myself) ๐Ÿ˜‰
        About Ray aka Myself. I absolutely unsatisfied with my Dulcinea book – because itโ€™s mostly โ€œthe stream of thoughts & memoriesโ€, not a novel really… plus, I often think Iโ€™m not โ€œmadeโ€ to write for kids.
        Iโ€™m enjoying writing humor or comedy or parody or absurd… but I donโ€™t have a sense of humor in real life lol ๐Ÿ˜‚
        On paper itโ€™s much easier ๐Ÿ™‚

        Thanks for your stories & for support & …ah, whereโ€™s my popcorn ๐Ÿฟ?? You promised I get a flying pack when I get back ๐Ÿ˜ฌ๐Ÿค”

      • Hyperion says:

        Welcome back to the world of nearly living. A little death vacation never hurts as long as you get some brain rest. I totally agree with your assessment. I know I want to enjoy a book and if I donโ€™t, I just canโ€™t force myself to finish it. I think itโ€™s hard to be humorous in our daily lives because too many things need our attention that arenโ€™t humorous at all. When I comment, sometimes I let my humor run wild because I like comedy, parody, satire, absurd too. When I get a little carried away with it, then people ask me to go away and come back after they have moved away. So, not everyone likes humorous things or their humor is different. Itโ€™s perfectly normal not to like our book children after they grow up. I think good authors always see some new faults every time they read their book and want to fix it. That is perfectly normal. That is why we can find a book written in 1970 with 25 newer editions. Some books are never completely done getting a new makeover. Like Walt Whitmanโ€™s, Leaves of Grass. Every so often he wrote a new book of poetry with the same name because he was always making it better and trying to make a lot of money too. So, just do what makes Ray happy.

      • Victoria Ray NB says:

        Yeah Ray is again here… to torture you all by his โ€œhilarious post-shotsโ€ ๐Ÿ‘ฝ๐Ÿ˜ผ
        I think you could definitely write humorous books ๐Ÿ™‚
        dark humor? Gothic tragicomedy? Ah cool niche ๐Ÿ™‚

        …steel-ropes, juicy bodies & hungry bears = United as 1!

        Iโ€™m planning to make 2 books of poetry with the same name too lol ๐Ÿ˜‚ ah, I should change the title only, to Leaves of Grass.

  15. Edwin says:

    Stay positive. A lot of very famous writers were misunderstood — Proust, Kafka, Vonnegut, to name a few. Now, these authors are legendary. Ray has a voice and readers need it.

    • Victoria Ray NB says:

      You are very positive:) Iโ€™m fine today. Polishing โ€œthe bright side of my dark voiceโ€…

  16. Edwin says:

    Besides, being easily understood is boring, imo. And, if you ever feel like taking a break, I hear rocks are very good places to go.

    • Victoria Ray NB says:

      I canโ€™t take break before Xmas, my husband in the middle of the important business deal, so I have to be at home ๐Ÿ™‚ but I may push out 1 satirical poetry, 1 comic poetry & 1 thriller before January. Or at least during December-January.
      Well, then – rocks & breaks ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿฆ๐Ÿ›๐Ÿถ๐Ÿ˜ด

    • Victoria Ray NB says:

      Being easily understood is boring, agreed

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