There is something to be said about the simplicity of some covers and the message they convey.
The Awakening of Amanra is a free short story, running a couple of words under 5k. I wrote it for a challenge over at the GoodReads LBGT Fantasy Group (Look Here). They posted a stunning picture and we were given the option to write:
1) Poetry Try to not exceed five thousands words
2) Blurb / Micro-Flash Up to one hundred words (100 words)
3) Flash Up to one thousands words (1,000 words)
4) Short Story Up to five thousands words (5,000 words)
I chose the short story. Never, ever will I believe short stories are easy again. That is so far from the truth. I humbly bow to the authors who are able to write them as if it's as easy as breathing.
I, on the other hand, struggled to "show and not tell" and with the amount of detail I wanted to put into the story vs. what was pertinent to the storyline. I scrapped it twice and then rewrote the first half on the third go around. Don't laugh, I spent 30 days trying to get it right. And at the end of the process, I now have this great idea for a novel length book set in this world with these characters.
I hope when you finish reading the story, you will understand why I think Tabatha hit the cover symbols spot on. It's freaking perfect.
Watch for The Awakening of Amanra coming sometime in the beginning of March! I will put up several notices here, Facebook, and GoodReads. I can't wait!