First off, I want to thank Sarah for filling in for me last week. There was absolutely no way I could have put together anything close to coherent. The last three weeks (as of tomorrow) have seen me spending way too many hours at the hospital and rehab. Mom fell–she’s going to be fine–but there have been some complications. So, needless to say, blogging, writing and pretty much everything except being there for her and then making sure the house is ready for her return home have taken the very last seat on the bus that has become my life. Oh, and let’s not forget the close to a foot of rain that fell in less than 12 hours, flooding her room, dressing room, bathroom as well as my bathroom and the work needed to clean that mess up. Anyway. . . .
As I said, the creative juices have come to a screeching stop. There has been little writing done. I’ve done a lot of reading. Part has been because what else do you do when you sit in waiting rooms or in the patient’s room while they’re getting PT or OT? Part has been because one of my favorite series, the Jane Yellowrock series by Faith Hunter, comes to an end next month. So I’ve been rereading some of the earlier books. What I didn’t realize as I did it was my back brain was analyzing what I read and, yes, Myrtle the Evil Muse has been busy. She hit me with two potential plotlines overnight.
And that’s part of why I was up before 0500.
I have also been playing around with both Midjourney and with Dall-E 2. I will admit I am much more comfortable with Midjourney than with Dall-E. I started on the latter last night after getting my invite. So the results with Midjourney are better than with Dall-E. That will possibly change as I play around some more.
Anyway, while I am nowhere near as proficient with MidJ as Cedar, here are a few of my creations over the last week or so. Several of them came out of the musings of Myrtle this morning.
The above came from one of the two ideas Myrtle hit me with. The image just above this is from the beta upscale function. I will probably go back and do some fiddling with it while I wait at the rehab facility (which is part of the hospital, something both Mom and I like) today.
The above two were made with Dall-E 2. The basic terms used were downtown skyline at night with rain and lightning. Something like that. They were created to compare with Midjourney. The next image is one I did earlier using MJ.
Finally, here’s one I did using Baen as part of the creative phrase.
It was created with Midjourney as well. None of the images are perfect. They need work before being used. But I can see the last one being part of a promotion for a book I have in mind. The others (parts of them) could be used as elements of another image.
So, that’s my life right now. Creativity is not using the writer’s brain right now. It will come back and soon. In the meantime, I have to find other ways to scratch that particular itch and these two programs are doing it. I will never be as good as some folks when it comes to them, but I’m having fun playing with the programs and, to be honest, that is all that matters right now.
Until later. It’s time to find some more coffee, something to eat and figure out what I need to take to Mom this morning before heading out.