An E-mail Conversation & a Cover

I’m still in a writing cave, which is a cave at home, too (a.k.a. my desk, surrounded by stalagmites of stacked Red Bull cans). Except for when we’re in a car, that means my husband and I speak to each other more over e-mail than we do face to face. But really, who needs face to face conversations?

From: Bobby
Subject: After School Meetings Today – Pick Up [the kid] at 3:20

Also, can you download what she needs to create her tiger video? We also have to get a book this weekend.

From: Meljean
Subject: RE: After School Meetings Today – Pick Up [the kid] at 3:20

Okay.

(Meljean’s note: In the cave, one-word replies are common.)

From: Bobby
Subject: RE: After School Meetings Today – Pick Up [the kid] at 3:20

(OYO)

(Meljean’s note: ASCII boobies and penises are also common, whether in the cave or elsewhere.)

From: Meljean
Subject: RE: After School Meetings Today – Pick Up [the kid] at 3:20

….there’s something wrong with those nipples. They’re freakishly giant.

From: Bobby
Subject: RE: After School Meetings Today – Pick Up [the kid] at 3:20

Those are the much sought after “puffy nipples,” billowy and cloud like, delicate yet in possession of a terrible power.

This is true love. Seriously. And you can’t make ASCII boobs face-to-face. But now I’m not sure whether to make Puffy Nipples the heroine of my next book, or the villain. :-/

And, really. Men are crazy. At least (o)(o) is kind of realistic. Or \./\./ if you forget a bra that day.

ALSO! This was at B&N, so I’m guessing it’s up now, and I forgot to make a post about it earlier — the cover to “Tethered,” the epilogue novella to Heart of Steel! It’s totally different from every other cover in the Iron Seas series. What do you think? Yay, nay? Are you a fan of covers without people, or do you prefer them?

Tethered

…now back to the cave.