Wednesday, November 13, 2013

The beast that Palla became

I know it's NaNoWriMo and I should be writing, but I spent some time on this painting of one of the 'characters' in my current novel. Can I count it as a thousand words? No?

Friday, November 1, 2013

Flying Toasters - The DeadPixel Tales

My fellow authors and I over at DeadPixel Publications just released our first collection of short stories. It's a great mix if different genres and has a little something for everybody who enjoys reading. Best of all, it's FREE for Kindle until November 5th. Check it out!

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Fire of Falraan title

I got this idea in my head for a title treatment and it just happened to come together quite fast. Building upon the Vorallon calligraphy I have been messing with. I don't know what I want to do with this yet, but that didn't keep me from drawing it.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Halversome cliffs

My latest illustration project is a scene from the upcomming novel, Fire of Falraan. If I can get this where I am really happy with it, it may become the cover. For right now, I am just exploring the visual.

In this scene, it is a misty dawn and a young Falraan is distraught over the death of her mother. She has run to the edge of the water channel that divides Halversome's north and south halves. In an outpouring of her emotions, she vaporizes the water plume. I have no visual reference for a plume of falling water instantly converting to steam and vapor in the manner of Falraan's gift of fire.

This is a work in progress while I explore the vision in my head. I hope the words I have written of this scene will conjure a unique and vivid image to each reader.

minor update:

Friday, August 23, 2013

Vorallon Calligraphy

In the Fire of Falraan, Iris documents Falraan's stories with a brush on parchment. I thought I would try my hand at duplicating Iris's flair.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Friday, August 16, 2013

The Lightgiver is out to beta readers

The first draft of The Lightgiver is 13k words long. This puts it well into novelette range, but still shy of novella size. I set out to write a short story, but the story took the reigns and established its own length.

If my betas find things to cut for the betterment of the story, then cut I shall. I have no trouble murdering my darlings, that part is easy. This is the first pass. I will take what they give me and go over it all again then send that back out for a last pass with a focus on copy editing.

I have not written anything this dark before. I just had the urge to push myself in that direction. To work out my hangups about not killing off characters with whom I have grown attached. This story is the result. It is a tragedy and it is full of deep-seated fears that swirl around the theme of dehumanization. Other than darkness, the story is also about human spirit, magic, and ideas--big ideas.

I don't have a release date yet, somewhere within a month or two it will be available on the kindle and possibly a very slim book through Createspace.