Last Video Reading for a While

This is the third reading from The Daedalus Enigma. I probably won’t be doing another reading video until after the publication of Maelstrom of Fate in October. I’d thought about doing readings from The Dungeon section of Readers’ Refuge, but those would be age-restricted videos due to some of the subject matter. They may still happen, but not at this time.

Here, for your viewing and listening pleasure is The Bathing of Sniff.

Personal Schedule for LibertyCon 30

If you have tickets to attend LibertyCon this year, I look forward to seeing you there; if not, unfortunately the convention is already sold out. LC limits attendance to 750 people in order to maintain the small con family vibe. Tickets for LibertyCon 31 should go on sale on their website Sunday, July 2nd. I would advise booking early; memberships CAN be carried over to the next year if you are unable to attend by the time of the convention.

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June 30 – July 2, 2017

LibertyCon 29 Chattanooga Choo-Choo

Friday

1 pm What’s New in the World of Pirate Fantasy Centennial Theater

Moderator with Michael H. Hanson and Rocky Perry

5 pm Opening Ceremonies Centennial Theater

6 pm Authors’ Alley Dealer Room and Art Show Lobby

With Brett Brooks, Allan Kemp, Stephanie Osborn, and Lydia Sherrer

Saturday

Noon Authors’ Alley Dealer Room and Art Show Lobby

With Michael J. Allen, Jason Cordova, Van Allen Plexico, and Dave Schroeder

1 pm Autograph Session Dealer Room

With Jarrod Alberich, Scott W. Baker, and Karl Gallagher

3 pm Kids’ Costuming/Masquerade and Magic Show CARTA Room

Emcee Darrell “Doc” Osborn and my fellow judges, Susan Brady and Jonna Hayden

Sunday

10 am Kaffeklatsch Roosevelt Room

With all attending pros not too hung over from Saturday night’s room parties. A chance for convention attendees to mingle and chat with the pros over coffee and a continental breakfast

Noon Authors’ Alley Dealer Room and Art Show Lobby

With David B. Coe/D. B. Jackson, H. P. Holo, Chris Kennedy, and Dave Schroeder

2 pm Reading American Train Car

With Michael Lackey

New Video Reading and Art Update

I finally got started on the cover art for Maelstrom of Fate this afternoon. So far, I have the background done. It has to dry fully before I start on the other images. I’m going with acrylic on canvas board again.

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Granted, this part went quickly. I kept the brush rather wet to blend the four pigments used. I was trying to give the effect of a whirlpool. As you can see, I used masking tape and paper to ensure a clean border around the painting.

Here is the second video reading from The Daedalus Enigma.

 

 

Video Reading from The Daedalus Enigma

Yet another busy weekend; not so much on the writing and book production front, but productive nonetheless. We replaced the carpet in the cats’ room with vinyl tile: easier to clean. (Cricket-of-Boundless-Energy has earned the nickname “Spootz”.)

The only progress I’ve made on the cover art for Maelstrom of Fate has been to mask off the borders on the canvas board I have for the painting.

The only other accomplishments this weekend have been to record and edit this week’s video reading and to complete a hidden object game and bonus game I started last weekend.

Without further ado, here is this week’s reading selection: the Once Upon a Tide… from The Daedalus Enigma, Sirens at War.

Lotsa Kinda Important Stuff!

First: THE BANNER HAS ARRIVED! This is my first ever professionally created signage for promotion of my books.

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I am extremely happy with how it turned out (and the height of the stand, which didn’t look that tall on the Vistaprint website, but was the only style available for this size vertical banner).

The manuscript for Maelstrom of Fate is complete with the exception of the addition of the last two red shirt winners. That drawing will be held at LibertyCon at the end of June. The current word count is 77,251… subject to change upon revisions and edits, of course. For instance, MS Word tends to count the asterisks I put between scene breaks (which are converted to little skull and crossbones in the finished books) as words.

I hope to get started on the painting for the cover this Memorial Day weekend. I already have the concept and image layout in my head.

There will be a new video reading from Hell’s Dodo later this weekend.

I am now fully stocked with 10 full sets of books for LibertyCon; I also have a fresh batch of author cards to give out.

Okay, I think that covers everything for now. If I think of something else, I’ll let you know.

Here’s a random pic of Star to send this off. (Louie is photobombing in the back.)

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Maelstrom of Fate Almost There and New Video Reading

I am on the final chapter of Maelstrom of Fate. With a long weekend coming up, I will be finished with the initial revisions. I’ve just this chapter and the epilogue to finish up. Here are the current stats:

Word count: 73,982

Page count: 235

The Adventures of Pigg & Woolfe has slowed down quite a bit. I’ve run out of steam on my Steampunk serial, so to speak.

My mind is more focused on prepping for LibertyCon right now. I’ve already ordered and received a fresh batch of author cards from Vistaprints. I also intend to have my very first banner for the convention. Jessica Werner is helping me tweak the design to fit the printer’s specs and did the Photoshop work on it. (I do not have PS loaded on either of my computers, nor the free time to learn it well enough for something like this were I to download it.) Neither of us have done banner work before, so it has been a learning experience.

Meanwhile, here is this week’s installment of Readings from the Log of the Pirate Ship Incubus: