Friday, December 26, 2014

Happy Holidays And Some Graphic Novel Concept Art

Hello and happy holidays everyone! I know it's a little late, and it's been forever since I posted on here, but a lot has been going on this month. For starters, I finally got my wisdom teeth pulled. That took half the month to recover from. Then, just around Christmas, I got sick and couldn't do much of anything. So, now that I'm feeling mostly better, I can do some more blogging.

Okay, now that I got the boring stuff out of the way, here's what you'd probably rather read about. Firstly, I am making progress with writing the rest of my fourth book. It still has a ways to go, but I'll get there. Even though NaNoWriMo is over, I'm still meeting up with some of my writing buddies every couple of weeks to work on it, so that's nice.

In other news, one of my goals for next year is to work on my graphic novelization of my first book "The Ocean's Call". I recently did some concept art(see below) to try and get a feel for how it will look. I'm not perfectly happy with some things, like the foreshortening, however, I think it's a good start.



Hopefully I will also have more of my comic "Fallen Faeries" to show you soon as well, but with everything going on, I haven't had much time for it. Thanks for reading my blog everyone. Later!

Thursday, December 4, 2014

The Blog Post That Proves I Didn't Vanish Off The Face Of The Earth

Okay, so November was an epic failure for me, both as a blogger and as an author. I am so sorry for not doing what I said I would last month. A post every day and finishing my fourth book was a little too much for me after my classes. I will write book four at a pace that works for me until I get it done, and I will try to blog more often. Book four will get released this summer, no matter what I have to do.

Again, I am so sorry for being a bad blogger and author. I just got a bit of an overload over the last several months from classes. It was a big adjustment after not having been in school for awhile. Thank you to everyone who reads my blog and my books. I really do appreciate it. Until next time, later folks!

Friday, October 31, 2014

1 Day Until NaNoWriMo

I just got a crazy idea for a challenge. I'm going to try to write a blog post every day this November. Speaking of which...that's tomorrow! NaNoWriMo(National Novel Writing Month) starts in just a matter of hours. I'm super excited and will do my utmost to finish book four, "The Gates of Myth". That's my first priority.

Anyway, I've been busy re-reading my other three books. Even the author has to refresh her memory sometimes. I hope you all have a great day, and thanks to everyone who reads my stuff. Later folks!

Oh, by the way, you can find out more about "The Gates of Myth" all in one place as I updated my books page on my website. Here's the link.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

An Update On My Fallen Faeries Comic and ComicsExperience.com

It may look like I haven't been doing any work on my comic series, Fallen Faeries, but I've actually been very busy with it. I chose to work on part of it as an assignment for a comic class. I've gotten some wonderful critiques and advice that I hope will make this comic even better. Tonight wrapped up that class, and it was a great one. I want to thank Comics Experience for all their wonderful courses and the people that make them possible. Reilly Brown and Robert Atkins have been great teachers and helped me improve so much, so I want to say a special thanks to both of them.

From figure drawing to making full fledged comic pages, my classes were a really fun, if challenging, experience. If anyone reading this is interested in taking some great college level comic making classes, I highly recommend you check out comicsexperience.com. They have great stuff, including courses, an online workshop, and now even publishing through IDW. There are some very nice and awesome people over there, and it's a great opportunity for anyone who loves comic creation. I might have become a full time workshop member except I already spent my share of money for now on classes.

Anyway, I revamped the first two pages of Fallen Faeries based on some good advice. The trees were very off for one thing. Then there was the fact that the characters had eyes that were a little too high on their faces. That and a few extra rendering additions later made these:



Friday, October 17, 2014

Two Weeks Until NaNoWriMo!

You saw the title. NaNoWriMo is almost here, and I'll finally finish book four of my fantasy series, entitled "The Gates of Myth". I haven't had much to say for a little while, mostly because I've been so busy with classes, but I'm ready for more blogging.

Some interesting things I have to tell you about are:

  1. I posted the book trailer for "The Gates of Myth"! This is the Youtube link, but you can also see it below!
  2. In addition to finishing book four for NaNoWriMo this year, I'm also writing a graphic novel script for The Ocean's Call. It's what I have officially listed as my novel this year, because you aren't supposed to write works in progress. That's a ridiculous rule in my opinion, but I'm a good little rule follower.
  3. I might be going to Denver's NaNoWriMo kick off party. I'm super shy when it comes to meeting new people, so that would be a good thing for me to push myself to do. If any of you live in or near Denver, and you are also participating in NaNoWriMo, please let me know. I'd love to meet you! Write-ins are fun, and they're a great way to get together with other local writers.
Anyway, here is the book trailer:

Thanks for checking out this blog post, and thanks to everyone who reads my books! Later folks!

Sunday, October 5, 2014

24 Hour Comic Day 2014: The End

Well, I had to crash and take a long nap. The 24 hours are up, so instead of taking the Gaiman approach and making 14 more pages in a row, I'm taking the Eastman approach and stopping at 10 pages. Both are considered "noble failures".

So I hope you enjoyed my first attempt at 24 hour comic day. I may or may not do it again in the future. It was definitely fun. One awesome thing I learned along the way, is that I really can produce art faster than I imagined if I put my mind to it. Yesterday was an experience worth having at least once.

Thanks for checking out what I've posted, even if it isn't my best work and the plot kind of sucks. Later!

24 Hour Comic Day 2014: Page 10

Here's page 10. Hopefully I can reach the half way mark by 10am today. :P

24 Hour Comic Day 2014: Page 9

I'm so tired, I accidentally started working on page 10 first. That means it will be done really soon. So, since I managed to catch myself before I got too off track, here is page 9.

24 Hour Comic Day 2014: Page 8

I'm a third done! Yay! ... Well, I won't be totally done within the 24 hour goal, but hey, it's progress!


24 Hour Comic Day 2014: Page 7

I'm thinking I may not finish this comic during the 24 hour time frame. I'm working my butt off though. I will finish this thing, whether in 24 hours or 48...we'll see.


Saturday, October 4, 2014

24 Hour Comic Day 2014: Page 6

It's the 12 hour mark, and I already finished another page! That foundation work really takes awhile. Well, here you go.


24 Hour Comic Day 2014: Page 5

Since I started at 10am, I have twelve and a half hours to finish on time. That's not much, but I'll do my best. I have been doing some foundation work though, so here is page 5. More will come soon.


24 Hour Comic Day 2014: Page 4

Okay... I must hate myself. I put way to many panels and figures in this page. That's why it took so long. I really better get moving more quickly.


24 Hour Comic Day 2014: Page 3

I'm running behind already! Better get moving faster. BTW, the sword is supposed to be on fire.


24 Hour Comic Day 2014: Page 2

Okay. This one could have been worse, but still. :P


24 Hour Comic Day 2014: Page 1

Okay, this is way too detailed for me to get done in time. The line art by itself is kind of sad, so I colored and shaded it. That can come later I guess if I have time. It's line art from now on. Enjoy page 1!


Friday, October 3, 2014

24 Hour Comic Day 2014

Okay. I am officially crazy. I signed up for 24 hour comic day which is tomorrow. 24 hour comic day is where you make a 24 page comic book in--guess what--24 hours!

I'll be posting my progress on this blog over the course of the day. Hopefully it will turn out halfway decent. :P Wish me luck. Later!

Friday, September 26, 2014

A Game and a Poster for NaNoWriMo

I haven't had much to say on this blog lately, partly because I've been busy with classes. Over the last couple of days, I made two things that might be worth sharing. Firstly, I made a poster yesterday for NaNoWriMo this year.
It's hanging in glorious display on my door already. Yes...I plan way too far ahead. ;)

Secondly, I finally finished the web browser version of my NaNoWriMo Writing Game! The game was ready to go, then the hosting website gave me a glitch I didn't get anywhere else. Sigh... Parse.com is the jewel and the bane of my web coding existence...

If you would like to try it out, you can find it here.
It's a fun stimulating way to write without being able to stop, so you can just get that novel done! Caution: May cause motion sickness. Oh... and please don't read the script in that screenshot. It's  really embarrassing. :P 

Thanks for reading. Hopefully I'll have better things to share in the near future. Later, folks!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

What's in a Cover

Hey everyone. I know I haven't done much since June for my novel series, but I did make what will probably be the final cover for book four. It's called The Gates of Myth.


I made a prototype book trailer too, but that will have to wait for November. ;)

Also, I'll continue to post pages from my one shot, fantasy comic, called Fallen Faeries. If anyone is interested, I'll be selling it in print early next year.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Novels and Comics

Sorry I've taken so long to write a new post. I just haven't been doing much in the writing department for some time. I'll be posting more frequently closer to NaNoWriMo this November. So I hope you'll look forward to that! Since I don't always have much to say about my novels, I think it's about time to share things about my other interests as well.

You see in addition to being a novelist, I'm also an artist. More precisely, I love making comics! I'm working on a short, limited series at the moment, but I'm planning to make a graphic novelization of my fantasy book series, Sirena's Children!

Here is a page from my fantasy short, Fallen Faeries.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Book three is published!

I have been away from this blog for way too long, but at least my returning post is about some very awesome news. Book three of my fantasy novel series, entitled The Lunar Artifact, is published! It will be on Amazon.com in print within a few days. The Kindle version will be available even sooner.

Also, today is the 2nd anniversary of the publication of my first book, The Ocean's Call. So I thought it would be a great day to finally get book three out there. Once my ordered books get to my house, I'll let you know where you can buy those personally signed copies I mentioned earlier.

For anyone who wants to know more about The Lunar Artifact and my other two books, I've posted links below.

Thanks to everyone for your support. I can't thank you enough for reading my books and this blog. It means so much to me.

Links:

Friday, April 4, 2014

Totally random midnight post

So, here I am, posting in the middle of the night to tell you:
  1. I had too much caffeine earlier and can't sleep.
  2. I decided to make a new ebook cover for my first novel.
I just don't like the cover for The Ocean's Call anymore. It's too crowded and doesn't stand out enough. So, hopefully some hours from now when Amazon updates everything, the ebook will look better.

Yes this is a totally random post. Yes I probably sound like I need sleep. Thanks for reading this anyway. Later everyone!

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Of all the freaky coincidences...

Of all the freaky coincidences I've experienced, this makes the top ten of my life so far. Possibly this is the most freaky thing that's happened to me since I randomly ran into my kindergarten teacher in a foreign country.

So, what is this freaky thing I'm speaking of? It's a book series called Seaborn by Chris Howard. You see, I've been thinking about making a graphic novelization of my book series, so I decided to check out some comics with related stories. Chris Howard not only has a novel series with a graphic novelization of it, but there are freakish similarities to my series. Our characters and plots are different for the most part, but here is a list what's the same. (Note: This is only based on what I've read so far.)

1. The main character is a sea creature with magical powers. She's a girl with brown hair and blue eyes...and her name is Kassandra. I freaked when I saw this! There's only a one letter difference. He used a K. I used a C.
2. Kassandra was taken from her people when she was a baby and grows up far away from the ocean, then she discovers that she is a mystical sea creature. Oh... and she's also royalty, which my character is pretty much the equivalent of.

This beyond weird! What's worse is that people might accuse me of copying Chris Howard's story. He started his series a year or more before I began writing The Ocean's Call  in 2011.

Here's what's different as far as I can tell from reading the Seaborn comics. For simplicity's sake, let's just call these two characters K and C.
1. K is raised in some kind of boarding school, where she is constantly abused by the woman in charge, as well as most of the kids. C, on the other hand, had a normal, happy childhood until she moved to the ocean.
2. Also, K doesn't have blood moon magic, and C doesn't have forty generations of wreath wearers inside her head. Long story short, their magic powers are pretty different.

I'm sure the overall plots are very different when you dig deeper into the stories, plus the cast of characters can't be identical. I just hope people will believe me when I say this: I did not copy Chris Howard. He wasn't my inspiration for the Sirena's Children series. I hadn't even heard of Seaborn until long after my series had started.

There. I said it. Believe me or not, but it's the truth.

I will admit that what I've read of Chris Howard's Seaborn comics is well written, artistic, and inspiring. I guess I just found out about them a couple years too late. If only I had just picked a different name or something... sigh. Oh well. I can't change any of it now. Cassie's story is headed in its own unique territory, as you will see this June if you're interested in book three. You can find out more about it on the recently updated books page of my website.

Later folks!

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Camp NaNoWriMo 2014!

After a three month absence, I have decided to put away my Queen of Overdue Blogging crown and get ready for Camp NaNoWriMo 2014!

Well... the first one anyway. Camp NaNoWriMo happens in both April and July. Anyway, the deal is that I'm going to try and finish book four by the end of those two events. Also, book three is in the revision process, and it will be available this June! You can see the trailer for it here.

I think I got a little burned out last summer and fall, which is why it's been awhile since I've written any new posts. Don't worry. I haven't vanished from the face of the earth. I'm just a human, and I get worn out. I haven't been doing nothing though. I just took a little break from writing novels.

This brings me to the subject of something else I've been working on. The NaNoWriMo Writing game. I made that game last fall, and I recently remade it to be playable on the web. Sadly, the latter version isn't getting along with my author website. It eats up the bandwidth like crazy. I tried some other hosting services, but I can't find anything that isn't over the top expensive for what I made. So, sorry to disappoint any fellow writers, but the downloadable PC version is the best I can give you. You can download it here.

On a lighter note, I have another announcement to make. When book three comes out, I will start selling signed author copies of all my novels! They'll be a bit more expensive than the ones on Amazon, and on a different site. Keep an eye on this blog for links.