Gonna Keep It Brief and Mysteeeerious

Almost no progress was made this weekend on the cover art for Maelstrom of Fate. Other, more pressing matters took priority. Don’t worry; it wasn’t anything of an emergency nature; but it was very time sensitive and cropped up unplanned.

I may have a non-book related announcement to make in next week’s post; it depends on the outcome of this weekend’s unexpected events.

I’ll leave it to you to speculate what the heck I’m going on about.

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I will say I got quite a bit mapped out in plot points and notes for season 3 of The Adventures of Pigg & Woolfe this week. It helps to have notes, but I refuse to do an outline. I prefer a more organic approach to my writing. I tend to use a blend of plotting and pantsing. I really need to get the ball rolling on shopping the serial to publishers, but I’m facing the editing process on Maelstrom in the next few weeks if it’s to be out on time. After October, there will be activity toward getting TAoPaW launched and into yer grubby little paws.

Well Crud

I still haven’t had time to make any progress on the cover art for Maelstrom of Fate. I’ve got so much stuff planned out in my head to do; but this month has just been plain too weird to really accomplish anything.

Apparently I’ve built up a considerable sleep deficit, and the account has come due, so to speak. This weekend has been eaten up with naps. The entire week has been riddled with stress over a family member’s medical issues and helping in caring for said family member. So yeah, no painting for me.

On a brighter note, writing on The Adventures of Pigg & Woolfe has picked up again after my brief hiatus to catch up on some of my reading. I’m currently working on episode 23 and have had a few ideas which will carry the serial well into a third season’s worth of episodes.

Realistically speaking, I will probably have to wait until after the final edits and looking over the galley of Maelstrom before I can give serious attention to querying publishers about TAoPaW.

I would also like to organize my research questions for my dystopian, There Is No Arizona, and contact a few experts I’ve been pointed to.

Now if I could just get my hands on one of those time travel charms like Hermione used to keep up her heavy class schedule….

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Prepping for LibertyCon

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Sorry about no post this past weekend. Work has been busy, and I’ve had a convention to prep for.

You may notice the “sold out” stamped on the LibertyCon banner. This is because LC limits membership to 750 people, con staff included. (That’s right, even the organizing committee members have to purchase a ticket. All proceeds from the convention above costs go to the chosen charity of the year.)

Liberty is perhaps my favorite convention so far, although ChattaCon’s revitalization has made it a contender, as well. I reserve offering an opinion on HallowCon until after I’ve attended this October.

Speaking of HallowCon, I will be debuting Maelstrom of Fate at that convention (God and my publisher willing). In honor and anticipation of that, I will be offering a pre-order sale for signed copies at LibertyCon. For now, this will only be available to LibertyCon attendees. The book will be offered at a discount plus sales tax and two options on shipping. Everyone who preorders will have to pay shipping, but those who pick up their copies at HallowCon will have that fee refunded to them then. I’m doing it this way because there is always the possibility the book might not be released on time, and I want to make sure everyone who preorders GETS their copy.

I might make this offer available online at a later date (before the book release, of course), but I’ll have to figure out how to best set it up. It may mean having to change my PayPal account from personal to commercial, or creating a separate commercial account. More on this at a later date.

Back to Con Prep: I will have 10 full sets of the 6 titles currently available in my Waves of Darkness series to sell at the con. I have my banner. I have author cards. I have a new set of convertible hand trucks (they can be turned into a 4-wheeled cart). I have preorder forms printed up. I have my garb. I have my cash drawer and my Square card reader.

I will also be holding the final Red Shirt contest drawings for the last two spots. (As you may recall, I revoked Jonathan Morris’ status as a winner after he overly annoyed me; he had won the ConNooga drawing.)

Hopefully, I’ll be taking EMPTY book boxes home at the end of the con.

As usual, I will make a “Captain’s Log” convention report and take lots of pictures to post on FB and Plurk.

I’m off from work all next week (Summer shut down in the auto industry), so I’ll finally have time to work on the cover art for Maelstrom. I may even get some writing done on The Adventures of Pigg & Woolfe. I promise I’m going to start shopping that serial to potential publishers before the summer is over. I’m only two and a half episodes shy of having two full seasons drafted.

I’ll post again after the con!

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.

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.