Thursday, February 17, 2011

Developing an iPad App: Step Three

Meet Aiden—exuberant and full of imagination
We are one month into our project to make The Prisoner of Carrot Castle into an iPad app. If you're just joining us, you'll want to catch up by reading Step One: Assemble the Team and Step Two: Complete Storyboard.

Step Three: Meet the Characters
While I worked on the storyboard, Kate Jeong, armed with a copy of the manuscript, roughed out the characters so she could begin the scene sketches once the storyboard was complete. You might say this is actually Step Two B.

Our lively and exuberant protagonist, Aiden, appears alone at the dinner table. With disheveled hair and disinterest in finishing his veggies, his imagination launches him to a far away place. To his amazement, he finds himself alone in a prison cell. Aiden's exciting adventure begins!

Kate worked on several versions of the King of Carrot Castle to arrive at this larger-than-life, arrogant King... and his aloof Queen.
The ugly guard who frightens Aiden when he suddenly appears through the cell door hatch would scare anyone confronted with such an oaf.

Numerous guards and people of the court will be seen in various scenes as Aiden attempts to escape from Carrot Castle. Kate developed several versions of Castle people, who might be spotted in the throne room or passing through the courtyard as they search for the escaped prisoner. These are just two people that might be seen in the app.

Join us for the next step in our project.

What do you think of Aiden and his castle adversaries?

Friday, February 11, 2011

The Perfect Valentine's Gift

This Valentine's Day give something unique—a romantic story: Continents Apart by Dana Sudboro. I met Dana two years ago when I began my writing journey. He is not only a gifted romance writer, but a guy too! Oh and he's a professor at Epic Bible College in Sacramento.

Odette Peterson has a clear understanding of where the Lord wants her, and that's in the African mission field. When she meets veteran missionary, Xavier Sand, she embraces their budding relationship. He's everything she's wanted in a man: Christian, kind, and a man who's dedicated his life to ministry. But when he insists she put aside her call to minister to Muslim women in Africa and join him in Japan, she finds she must let Xavier go.

Across three continets, and with others vying for their hearts, Odette and Xavier must learn to trust that God knows what's best for their futures...even if that means they will never be together.

Have a romantic Valentine's Day and eat some chocolate for me (it's not on my approved list of food) : (


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