Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving 2015!

And the turkeys are nervous. Hey, it's not our fault that they're delicious is it?

Lots of things going on as always. Special things are at the top of my list. Things like character dedications to my kids. I've been planning this for a long time now. I've only got two of them done but why not share them? They will be in upcoming stories in various places.

First, I'll start with my eldest daughter and the character for her is Celestia the Starknight. Starknights get blessed creature companions that are indestructible. They don't go down unless the knight they are bonded to does first. Starknights are also cosmic and can use limited scale energy blasts. Their swords have a shuriken on either side of the hilt that can be used as projectile weapons or to signal for assistance. The red loin cloth is a symbol of achievement, stature, and honor. Only a few Starknights have them. She shows up in my upcoming book, GZ Tales Vol 2. She doesn't have a huge part to play yet, but it's coming.

Next is dedicated to my second eldest daughter and this is Shiva Dyani. Shiva is a rank among the race of warrior women known as Cherifaun. The dragon tattoos are blessed to give physical protection and her katana can slice through about anything. The color of the dragons indicates rank so there is no confusion as to who is in charge. A Shiva answers only to the Empress and any Princesses. Dyani is a warrior woman all the way and then some. She has super strength to top of master of combat skills. When she shows up in the stories there will be no mistake of who she is.

I have two more that will be showing up, but I'm not giving that away just yet.

I mentioned GZ Tales Vol 2 above. There are only a few edits needed before the book can be put together and the proof copy ordered. I was hoping to have it ready for Christmas, but it looks like January will be the earliest possibility.

It's holiday time and that means time with family and close friends (what ever works best for you) and reflection on the year prior. It's time to mercilessly stuff ourselves and then fall into food comas. I hope everyone out there has a wonderful holiday week.

Saturday, November 7, 2015

New Art November!

Heck yeah! I'm doing  new art while practicing my female forms. You can see three of these pics right here. More to come for sure. I have to admit, drawing the female form has been super tough for me. But then when my hands come into the mix with my cognitive state, things get screwed up. That's why my artwork is so simple in its form today. But I am putting in extra efforts, I do want it to look good. So I've added backgrounds to liven up the pics. I think the best one I've done so far is Lypsii the Althamite as she bursts through the faceplate of a Rotanian soldier. Second best goes to Traveler with  her fire staff. Of course I'm drawing straight from the stories.

Speaking of the stories, I have some junk to clear out of my laptop and I'll be forming up PDF files of the books done so far. Those will be going out to people for free in certain places. You have that to look forward to. The second book of short stories is coming SOON. You can bet there will be a giveaway to commemorate the occasion.

I'm quite a ways into the writing of Chessmen 2 as well. Over 40k words! The action is way over the top and more than anything seen in the first Chessmen. It's a gathering of characters that will blow your mind. Characters are coming in that will show up in future stories of their own.

Speaking of future stories, the baddest of the bad villains of GZ make his official book debut in GZ Tales vol 2. Maestro is the highlight attraction of the book and he will bring an evil to the table that is undeniable and menacing. More excerpts will be on the way this month from all the books.

Trying to use social media is not easy. Trying to get my stories out to people is also not easy. I've managed to increase Twitter numbers significantly, but it's a slow slow process. When I have those PDFs ready, I hope to get them out to reviewers. I also hope that's easier than getting reviewers for the board game because that's proven nigh impossible. Won't stop trying though.

As for the board game, remember that the special custom card offer ends on Thanksgiving. I do have some cards going out. You can still get into it. It doesn't matter what you want as a character (except I don't do porn). You can have super backwoods lawnmower dude if you want. But really, this game just needs to get into peoples hands.

That brings me to the awesome news announced by Geekonomicon that Galaxy Zento will be demonstrated there. It's cooler news than I've had all year. Big thanks goes out to Steve Huckabee who is running those demos. I'm going to make sure he has a little something extra to hand for free.

So there are good things coming up in GZ. Bit thanks to all you awesome readers for being there.