Lonely the Wolf is Finally Coming!

LONELY IS A WOLF WHO BEHAVES IN VERY UN-WOLFISH WAYS …

Some exciting news, Dragon-Seekers and Web-Wanderers! My illustrated children’s book, Lonely the Wolf, is finally making its debut into the world; official release date now set!

COMING JULY 8TH 2020

BOOK BLURB:

Lonely is a wolf who behaves in very un-wolfish ways.

The other animals of Fabelwood celebrate the New Moon Festival together. But Lonely does not join in, convinced by the Shadow Wolf that her strangeness will make everyone laugh at her.

But all she wants is to not be alone anymore.

Can Lonely overcome self-doubt and find her place amongst the rest of Fablewood’s animals?

The book is a 42-page casebound with gloss finish. The story is complete at approx 700 words, and 15 full-page, brightly coloured illustrations; aimed at ages 5-8, and introduces some wonderful, expressive words (like celebrating, glistened, discouraged, excited, and twinkled). The story would make a great book for parents to read to younger children as well.

As some of you may know (and likely some don’t) back in 2018, I was inspired to write and illustrate a particular story that had bounded its way into my head (and heart). I spent 6 months working on the project (in-between all my usual Dragon Calling stuff) including getting the cover designed, the book professionally edited, and the content formatted for an 8.5×11 casebound sized book.

Then … I set it aside, not really sure what I wanted to do with it, or when.

And so, I continued with my Dragon Calling projects for the rest of the year, and on through 2019, and the beginning of 2020 … when, at last, I finished the draft of the final book in the series.

As I set the draft aside to rest (from doing self-edits) and also getting it A4-printed for some Alpha Readers (readers who proof a book before it goes to the editor), I looked back on the Lonely project and felt the warm spark of inspiration stir again.

I considered the current stages of my writing and illustration projects …

Book 5 of the Dragon Calling series likely wouldn’t be ready for publication until near the end of the year. But Lonely the Wolf was pretty much complete! All it needed was some promo material put together, online shop set up for pre-orders, the book information logged into the necessary databases, and the book itself uploaded and prepped for POD (Print on Demand).

And so, off I went, digging my way through my assigned tasks in order to get Lonely the Wolf ready for publication by mid-year.

And now … it’s just about ready! After going over the physical proof copy, only a few minor things needed to be fixed, so I re-submitted. Once I receive the second proof copy and confirm the changes are to my satisfaction, the book will get the green light through its POD source and will be ready for pre-orders via international distribution outlets.

But right now, the book is officially available for PRE-ORDER directly through me, via the Lonely the Wolf Shop, right here on this website!

You can purchase a book on its owned (which I will sign) OR …

There are also special Lonely the Wolf Goodie Packs. The packs will include:

  • x1 Lonely the Wolf, signed casebound book
  • x1 Lonely the Wolf tote bag
  • x1 A4 poster
  • x1 A5 postcard
  • x2 badges (32mm)
  • x2 sticker sheets

The Goodie Packs will be a limited stock purchase (I plan to compile only 50 packs). So, it’s important that if you want the extra goodies along with the book, you need to pre-order!

You can order the books and the goodie packs HERE or just click the image below:

 

I hope you’re looking forward to meeting Lonely, as much as I am to finally introducing her to the world! 🙂

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In the Dark, but Not Alone

“The world is changed. I feel it in the water. I feel it in the earth. I smell it in the air.”    – Galadriel (The Lord of the Rings)

 

The world is changed. In a way that none of us has ever experienced before.

Darkness has reached across the globe in a great spreading, swallowing normality, stability, freedoms, and certainties.

We withdraw into the imposed lockdowns and self-quarantines, flabbergasted and aggrieved. We reel, wondering what changes, losses, and troubles the next day will unveil.

Those of us fortunate enough to not be working the front lines of this pandemic, and to not be directly impacted by its horrors, are left only to imagine the additional stresses and sorrows heaped upon the shoulders of those who are, on top of everything else.

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But, while it is easy to get swept up in the volatile emotions engulfing both the real and digital, world, this is not the time to leave yourself unanchored and fear-fed.

We are, universally, walking a troubled path, but let it be (and stir with greater resounding) that we walk not alone. We may not be able to walk hand-in-hand (literally!), but, spirit-to-spirit, heart-to-heart, we most certainly can. And that unification is by far the more powerful of the joinings.

We are in the dark of this pandemic, but we are not alone.

You are not alone.

And this darkness will not last.

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This darkness is indeed a vast and hungry thing, but it has not devoured what truly matters. The light, the hope, the courage that each of us has burning in our hearts (however small or large the flame, it is there).

My words may be sappy, but I hope you find yourself encouraged by them nonetheless. And I also hope that, in spite of these troubled times, you are inspired to feed the light inside of you, enough to keep yourself aglow in the dark, as well as brighten others whose lights may be in need of a greater strength.

Just as rapidly as this pandemic (and the awful proliferation of fear) has spread, we have the power to spread hope and help.

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Please, feel free to share the image-quotes with anyone you feel may be encouraged by them. I put together the quotes for my patrons on Patreon, but felt to share them here, in the hopes they remind you of the importance of keeping your eyes on the light, no matter how deep the darkness surrounding you.

Take courage, stay safe, and keep your hope alight!

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Special Rafflecopter Giveaway

Greetings to all you Dragon-Seekers and Web-Wanderers!

Today I have a special treat for you (particularly all you Dragon Calling fans): my very first Rafflecopter Giveaway!

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Who doesn’t love a giveaway, right?

Although I will give a heads up to my wonderful web-wanderers that the one mandatory entry for this giveaway is to review x2 of the Dragon Calling books on Amazon. The reason? Well, it’s pretty clear: the books need some review love! I know a lot of people who have read the books and loved them, but the truth is that hasn’t been well-reflected on the Amazon sites.

And, believe it or not, reviews do make a difference; especially when it comes to the books’ visibility.

If dragon-seekers don’t see the books when browsing through the digital libraries, they won’t know they exist.

Or if they do stumble upon the books, but see that there are few-to-no reviews, they may wonder why and give the books a miss.

Cue author sorrow.

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It’s the rain, I swear. *sniff*

But I shall not give in to despair (just yet).

I have you guys! Those of you who are official Dragon Calling Fans; who have read the books, and loved them, and perhaps just haven’t gotten around to leaving a positive review (though a massive THANK YOU to those of you who have already).

Perhaps you just don’t leave reviews for products you purchase (books included). Or maybe you’re not sure how (it’s really easy!).

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Reviews Puurty Please?

Whatever the reason, I hope this rafflecopter prize package is something that might inspire you to perhaps step out and do something out of your normal things-to-do (although, a lot of people’s things-to-do routines are being shredded at the moment … no need to mention why *cough* virus outbreak *cough*).

Aaaanyway, let’s look at what I’m offering in the giveaway:

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Prize No. 1 is an awesome, Limited Edition plushie of Laeka’Draeon–the main character of the series! I designed him myself and then teamed up with Custom Toys UK to get a limited run produced. He is 45cm x 29cm, made of polyester (is super soft, well-stuffed, and has semi-posable wings) and comes with custom tags, which I have personally signed. He could easily have pride-of-place in any dragon-lovers hoard! Perhaps he will make his way into yours?

Prize No. 2 is a postcard collection of the Dragon Calling Characters Special Ghibli Edition. The images are of the main Dragon Calling group, done in watercoloured Ghibli-style. The currently displayed images are not of the final postcard format but the postcards will look similar. Plus, the winner of this raffle will be the first to receive these special illustrations (as they have never been available for sale).

Prize No. 3 is the Winner’s choice of one of the two currently available Companion Guides. The book is a fully-illustrated paperback, signed by yours truly. 🙂

SO, how does that sound for a prize package? Awesome, right? Yes, of course! 😉

The raffle will run from today to the 31st of March, and the winner will be chosen at random, plus, eh … well, all that info is available in the Terms and Conditions via the rafflecopter page itself. Click on the rafflecopter entry link below to find out more (and to enter).

I would love your support in getting some more reviews, and I’m sure you’d love to be the one to win this great prize package!

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Take part in this great giveaway!

The best of luck with your entries! And be sure to share it around to other dragon-seekers. If this ends up being successful, I will most certainly do more awesome giveaways in the future.

Thank you in advance for sending some book-ish love my way.

Giveaway this this-a-way:

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The Return of Dragon Calling Characters: POP Vinyl Style!

 

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Me … waiting for the motivation/ inspiration to blog again

 

Wow, it’s been a while since my last blog post.

That’s not to say blogging has not been on my mind (or not on my list of things to get back on track) … it just hasn’t been a priority.

My Bad!

BUT, 2020 is still fresh off the launch pad (relatively), and now’s as good a time as any to kick my butt into gear and get a-bloggin’ again!

To blow away the cobwebs and oil the squeaky blog cogs, I’m going for something FAMILIAR and FUN!

Back in 2015, I launched THIS SUPER CUTE POST.

Then, in 2017, I launched part two of the SUPER CUTENESS.

Wel … it’s time for part three …

IT’S TIME FOR SOME MORE DRAGON CALLING POP VINYLS!

Even after all these years, POP Vinyls have not diminished in POPularity (eh … I couldn’t help myself). Not only does Funko host a world-dominating number of characters from TV series, books, movies, comics and games, BUT they just keep expanding their empire with famous musicians, actors, groups, sports teams, and celebrities of every kind and calibre. I’m starting to think Funko plans to eventually POP the entire world. It really is quite extraordinarily expansive.

Now, if only they would hurry up and POP Vinyl the Dragon Calling cast. Including this next set of characters! 😉

Enjoy the third batch of cuteness!

This Batch Includes:

Doriel and Laurana (Centaurs) introduced in Book 4
Ametrine and Moldav (Hippogriffs) introduced in Book 4
Dirk and Tappala (Duard and Wescat) introduced in Book 4
Pyralis and Ourntar (Nymph and Soujor) introduced in Book 2
Thrawn and Az-Thorz (Chimera and Water Horse) introduced in Book 3 and Book 2
Fordon and Hulborne (Hemlans) introduced in Book 2
Fals and Curdilis (Hemlans) introduced in Book 2

 

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DC Pop Vinyl Concept Art Dirk and Tappala

DC Pop Vinyl Concept Art Pyralis and Ourntar

DC Pop Vinyl Concept Art Thrawn and Az-Thorz

DC Pop Vinyl Concept Art Fordon and Hulborne

DC Pop Vinyl Concept Art Fals and Curdilis

Let me know what you think! Which are your favourites? Which ones would you add to your Pop Vinyl collection? Are there any characters not here that you would like to see turned into Pop Vinyl figurine designs?

I’ve actually got a bunch more characters ALREADY designed! But I’ll spread the collection over future POP Vinyl posts. I wonder what will come next?

 

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Prowling the Prose – Description: Voice

“Use no superfluous word, no adjective, which does not reveal something.”
– Ezra Pound

 

Well, well, well, web-wanderers, I am glad to see you indulging the more well-pleasing traits of your curious meanderings, and coming to this site to educate and inspire yourself with my werecat musings.

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For I, the Whimsical Werecat, have returned with another Prose Poster from my invaluable collection to share with you mangy miscreants, ah, ahem, marvellous mortals.

I have for you on this occasion, a fun and flavoursome list of descriptive words; adjectives, if you must use the proper term, but so many of you humans seem to hiss and shy from adjectives, when really, all you need is to know how to wield their splendour in the proper manner.

Behold, some colourful and vibrant words to describe the voice!

I know you are grateful for such an invaluable compilation.

You’re welcome.

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Patreon Anniversary – Content Sneak Peeks!

July 12th.

The date will officially mark the 1st anniversary of my Patreon Creator Page. Page? Site? Corner? Nook? Whatever the correct terminology, my Patreon Page where I post a bunch of extra content and neat exclusives for those who have chosen to become my Patrons (Patron = amazing, awesome, special, generous person who really enjoys my work and wants to invest in it to continue seeing it seed, blossom and bear fruit).

SO, with the anniversary coming up (so fast! How has it been an entire year?!), I thought I’d share with the general populace, and my awesome Dragon-seeking Subscribers, a little of what I do over on Patreon; the content I share, and other etcs 😉

FIRST UP …

On (most) Monday’s I post a Weekly Inspiration Quote, and add my own two cents of thoughts to help inspire and encourage my Patrons as the new week commences (though, technically, the new week starts on a Sunday *shrugs*).

I alternate between movie/ series quotes & quotes from real people. Movie quotes get placed with a respective image from said movie/ series, and the real-people quotes with photos that I have taken myself. I create all the quotes on Canva, and never use quoted images put together by other people.

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Example of a Movie/ Series Quote

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Example of a Real Life/ Photo Quote

So, something nice to boost into people’s lives at the beginning of their weeks.

Throughout the week I will post one or two things of varying medium; a picture or a link or a snippet of some current WIP; a piece from an artwork collection or themed project, or just story content ideas and sneak peeks.

LIKE:

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Sneak Peek of WIP Art Pieces!

OR:

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FUN Side Projects – like my DC POP Designs!

OR:

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My most recently completed Character Profile (an on-going project)

 

There are also some pretty neat exclusives which I put up from time to time, including the Creative Clouds, Author Trivia, and The Antics of a Gamer Geek Author comics.

 

Creative Clouds is fun and unique in that it gives Patrons insight into how my mind sees things. And clouds are an especially malleable object to gleam inspiration from. It also gives Patrons an opportunity to snap of shot of their own cloud images which they are welcome to send to me so I can add it to the pile of future Creative Clouds.

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Creating Art from Clouds!

 

Author Trivia is something I schedule for Fridays, and is simply some fun little bonus content about me as an author/ geek/ human being etc. Every Friday is a different Fun Fact, and is given from the POV of myself, my sister, or one of my cats (just to keep things interesting! 😉 ).

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A little Fun Fact about me/ my life every week!

 

The Antics of a Gamer Geek Author are less frequent (I create them only when I have the time), but still a fun addition to my Patreon Page, and exclusive to the mid-to-higher tiered Patrons. Basically, something interesting or hilarious happens in my life in a sequence worthy of a comic strip and … voila! I immortalise it!

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Comics about Real Life Incidents? YES!

 

As if all of that is not enough cool stuff to check out, I also (try) to do fortnightly Discord Chats (where Patrons can hop on over to the Dragon Calling chat room and talk and ask questions and basically just chill out with me and other Patrons).

There are other more personal rewards too, like acknowledgements in future completed projects (see the acknowledgements page on this site). Such acknowledgements will also be included in any future completed novels.

The highest tiered Patrons also receive a monthly gift in the mail; mostly signed artwork, though I plan to change it up a bit in the future. They ALSO get to see old sketches and drawings of mine from many years ago (which is the most exclusive of all as I had never planned to show such things to anyone ever again, lol).

Patrons also get the inside scoop on project updates before anyone else, as well as extra thoughts/ photos/ polls/ tidbits I care to add.

I’ve managed to continue to give content for a whole year now, and hope to continue doing so!

If you found what I offer interesting, you are more than welcome to jump on over to Patreon and investigate further.

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And in celebration of my 1st Anniversary, I will be giving current Patrons (and any new July sign-ups) a super special preview … the whole first chapter of my current WIP to read: The Last Calling (Book 5 of the Dragon Calling Series).

Yay for Special Occasion Bonuses!!!

There are also so many other amazing creators on Patreon who you can check out and support (artists, singers, writers, photographers, bloggers, you name it!). I support a few myself, and plan to seek out more and join their Patronage in the future.

Its such a great platform and community, where creatives and creativity-lovers can come together and ensure creative things happen!

If you’re someone who loves the idea of taking part in supporting artistic work on a personal, connected level, then it really is worth checking out!

Patreon Home Page Here I Come!

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The Dragon Invasion Has Begun!

“Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass away.” – Earl Nightingale

Back in June, 2016, I had an (outrageous) dream of seeing the main character of my fantasy series–the young, brave dragon, Laeka’Draeon–come to life in the form of a plushie.

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May, 2019, and that dream arrived in the shape of 20 boxes filled with 500 dragon plushies.

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20 giant boxes, looking a little battered from their trip across the ocean.

Nearly 3 years, from initial idea to physical fruition. Written down, that doesn’t seem like an awfuly extensive length of time. But the requirement to live it, moment-by-moment … trust me, it’s a heck of a long time to fight for a dream that looked to be drowning from the get-go.

It’s nice to read and be inspired by quotes like Follow Your Dreams, and, Never Give Up, but I’d also like to throw in a regular reminder to Prepare for the Mind Battles, and, There Will be Maulings from Pain, Doubt, and a Thousand Whys.

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Why am I trying to do this?!

The months dedicated to the plushie project were not filled with “I can do this” and “Wow, look at all the support I am getting!”; those were only scattered bread crumbs, broken off and dropped along the trail by some deep inner determination that made no practical sense, but was fiery enough to stay alive and burning, even during the most discouraging of times.

Dozens upon dozens of hours were poured into planning, designing, promotional attempts, followed by bouts of falling into pits of despair, frustration, doubt, and the occasional ‘Why am I even doing this?’.

This was a dream birthed from starry-eyed aspirations, lofty imaginings, and a hope that seemed almost too hopeful for grounded and gritty reality, and the truth of the hard and near-impossible road that made up the majority of this project’s journey. You can read a little more on my flailing to get the project off the ground here: Plushie Project Summary.

BUT, I did have support, and that support (however small in number) was what helped to keep my determination alive, and from my determination, the plushie dream. And from the dream, reality!

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Thank You to my wonderful Supporters!

And now, here they are, at last: 500 super cute, super awesome, limited edition Laeka’Draeon plushies.

A veritable invasion!

Plushie Swarm

Only 19 of the 25 Plushies from the FIRST Box!

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Plushies waiting their turn to get sorted!

The truck was due to arrive May 1st, and rolled up around 4:30pm (and yes, I had been waiting all day in anticipation).

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The Plushies coming off the truck!

 

Once I transferred the boxes inside, I began the slow, painstaking (but exciting) task of unpacking one box at a time, removing the plushies, unsealing them from their plastic bags, giving them some careful TLC of massaging and tweaking (x25 plushies per box makes for some unfortunate crushing), signing their tags, putting them back in their respective bags, and sorting them into storage places around the house.

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Working my way through Plushie TLC.

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Kyo the cat is suspicious of all the green interlopers!

I’ve only sorted 2 boxes so far … only 18 more to go!

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On top of box sorting, I need to put together the pre-orders and ship them out to their eager owners. I will also need to buy some additional storage supplies, because hundreds of plushies have to fit somewhere! I don’t want to keep them in the boxes long-term, as I hate the idea of them remaining squashed and misshapen. They weren’t originally supposed to come in only 20 boxes (it was supposed to be 40); not sure what when wrong during the shipping process, but I’ve talked with my correspondence at the toy company and they said they’d look into the matter.

Anyway, the dragons are here now, and I need to remind myself that that in itself is an incredible feat!

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45cm x 30cm of awesome dragon plushness!!!

I have the plushies available on my Etsy store now, so all dragon-lovers and dragon-seekers can get their paws on an awesome limited edition plushie!

Grab yourself a Laeka’Draeon Plushie HERE!

OR, why not join me over on Patreon? I will be doing a Dragon Plushie Promotion this month–in that if I reach a certain number of Patrons on Patreon, they will all go into the draw to WIN a Laeka’Draeon plushie! And not just any plushie, but one of the super limited plushies that come with a numbered certificate!

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You’re more than welcome to investigate my Patreon page here: Patreon you say?

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Well, there you have it; one of my long-term projects finally come to fruition!

It was definitely an experience. One I don’t really wish to go through again, to be honest, unless I have the proper finances to back it up straight off the bat. But I am glad the plushies are a part of the world now. And I hope you are, too!

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This is a great accomplishment!

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Cover Reveal for The Last Calling

This is it Dragon-Seekers, the last Book Cover Reveal of the Dragon Calling series …

I hereby proudly display, The Last Calling, Book 5 of Dragon Calling.

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The official cover! 99% locked in.

I am both incredibly excited to be arriving at this point, but also strangely unsure, and perhaps even a tiny bit uneasy. My journey with this series has been long (coming on 16 years!) and intimate (these characters have been a part of my life for so long, shadows in my mind, colours in the words that I write, expressions of energy pulled from my own soul). It’s strange to consider that soon the story will come to an end (at least, the main story).

Though at present I am still in the process of writing the 5th and final instalment of the series (I’m about half-way through the first draft), I wanted to share the cover with you in early celebration of the upcoming conclusion to this wonderful work that has enraptured me for so many years (and my wonderful readers over the past 6 years). I know where the story is going and how it will end, so the cover content (images and title) holds incredible significance.

As with all the other books, the theme of the transiting time-of-day continues as a prominent element in the cover. We have come full circle; KIN SEEKER held a night background, and now THE LAST CALLING does, too. The character(s) featured on this cover have been with the story since the beginning, and have both played a surreptitious yet vital roles in the events of the series.

And now, in the fifth and final book, readers will finally uncover the mysteries and motives of both characters in what I hope will be something truly memorable (and perhaps a little surprising).

As for the cover itself, it proved a reasonable challenge, though not to the degree of the previous book (The Sword of Stars). There’s a lot of light elements going on in this piece, as well as semi-transparent layers (Fargo, as well as Opal Eyes’ shirt), both of which were time consuming, but not terribly difficult. I suppose the real difficulty was balancing the effects of all the light energies (making the image look powerful, but not too busy). What do you guys think? Did I manage to pull it off? I welcome your feedback. 🙂

Oh, and just to give you even more of an appetiser, here is the back cover Book Blurb (still subject to alterations):

“At last I can show you. At last you will see; see the truth that has brought us all to this desperate brink. The truth of the dragons, and their calling.”

The power of three Beacon Thrones has been temporarily restored. One Throne remains. Along with Belzor’s revelation, Laeka’Draeon is at last closing in on obtaining enough power and knowledge to uncover the mystery of the dragons’ disappearance.

Sadukravon and his hobgoblin hordes have struck the first blow against Valadae, forcing the armies of the allied kingdoms to take action. A second Gathering looms on the horizon, but without the might of the dragons or the magic of Klonnoth Aire, the first counter-attack could be Valadae’s last.

Laeka’Draeon and his companions undertake their final trials under a terrible weight of urgency, coming face-to-face with astonishing revelations, and devastating truths.

At last, all mysteries will come to light under the looming shadow of a battle that will shape the future of Valadae and all its creature-kinds.

 

There is no official release date set for the book, but I am hoping I get my act together enough to have it finished and ready and printed in time for a late Nov/ early Dec launch this year.

Things I need to do before Book 5 can launch.

  • Actually finish writing the book (hopefully have it done in 4 months)
  •  Self-edit book + have early beta readers go over manuscript (approx 3 weeks)
  •  Send book to the editor (will take about 4 weeks)
  • Go through polishes and scrubs suggested by editor (another 2 weeks)
  • Give book to proof-readers for final rounds (give around 2 weeks)
  • Work on Promo-styled posters for Book 5 (the Enemies & Allies styled posters)
  • Format book into paperback and eBook editions
  • Add Book 5 into Goodreads, and also assign both the paperback and eBook editions ISBNs on the Thorpe Bowker website
  • Organize to have pre-ordering available
  • Work on paperback layouts and send book through to printers
  • Give copies of book to Distributor + QLD Library & Australian National library
  •  Organise a special Grand Finale book launch event (to celebrate the completion of the series)
  •  Officially launch book!

Can I do all that before the end of the year? I guess we’ll see!

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My Chronicled Highlights of 2018

 

2018 is nearing its end. But the road continues onward, into 2019 and beyond. There are hills ahead, and valleys and curves, obscuring the horizon. Where will the road take me? I’ll trek onward … and find out.

This year, for me, has been one of great achievements, and the completion of some pretty big goals.

I finished Book 4 of my series and launched it into the world.

2018 Book 4 Cover Art

I also wrote and illustrated a children’s book (yet-to-be-published).

 

I solidified a film and branding contract with an agency (who now represent me and my IPs).

FILM BRAND MANAGEMENT

I attended the Sydney Supanova convention for the first time and was able to meet Stephen Amell (Arrowverse) and Trina Nishimura (voice actress)!

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I started work on Book 5 of the Dragon Calling series, as well as content for the 3rd & 4th Companion Guides.

(can’t show any pictures or the cover image because SPOILERS … and, special content like that is reserved for my Patrons over on Patreon).

Speaking of Patreon, I decided to expand my creative horizons and launched my very own PATREON PAGE!

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I participated in NaNoWriMo for the first time, and managed to hit the 50,000 word goal!

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I found investors for my plushie project, and now the plushies are officially going through the production process.

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On top of which, I managed to create several new Special Edition and Cross-over print art to sell at future conventions, as well as some pretty cool commissions.

 

And, somehow, I still managed to keep on top of my blogging (… sort of 😉 ).

Of my top 10 goals I made for 2018 (some of those are mentioned above), I accomplished 6 of them; and some were pretty impossible-looking at some stages. To that end, I am very satisfied with what I have been able to achieve.

Does that sound like a lot? I’m sure some of you work on so much more stuff than me, and achieve three times as much, but for me, this year has been BIG.

But if I’m honest, the ratio of accomplishments to self-praise at each success is … still lacking. But I did try! I tried to give more attention to celebrating the results of my efforts than I did in the past. I made a conscious effort to be more aware of the “goal-being-reached” aspect, and I certainly felt a sense of relief and accomplishment in completing each one. But I have this habit of taking it all in at a quick glance, before turning to face forward, and look ahead at what is to be done next. Always looking far ahead, seeing the grandness of my visions, the completion of my goals; it is what has enabled me to achieve all that I have so far. I envision my goals, and I chip away at them, keeping the vision in mind. Always seeing things before they are there for others to see.

And while I may be able to dream and then do … I still have trouble celebrating the milestones of my efforts; if it weren’t for my sister (and occasionally my other house-mate) stepping in and enforcing a few special celebratory evenings with take-out, wine, and the occasional special gift, for the most part I wouldn’t bother rewarding myself.

I think I need to spend these final few days of 2018 just going over all I have managed to do this year, and simply give myself a pat on the back.

I don’t know what 2018 was like for you; maybe it was amazing, or maybe it was full of stumbling blocks and pain. But I hope, if anything, you allow yourself the time to look back on all you have achieved (or survived) and celebrate where you are now. You are alive (for one thing) which means you have the opportunity to make next year better than this one.

Next year will be another big and amazing year for me. But aside from all my writerly and creative goals, there are a couple of personal goals that I really need to work on. If I gave as much attention to those, as I did to my creativity, they wouldn’t be the large weed-infested gardens they are now (well, not really large or infested, just … somewhat neglected patches of life in need of some TLC).

And I guess that will be another goal to work on in 2019.

See you all in the New Year!

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My NaNoWriMo Adventure!

“There are no limits to what you can accomplish, except the limits you place on your own thinking.”
– Brian Tracy

 

This year I participated in the NaNoWriMo challenge for the first time!

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Time to WRITE ALL THE WORDS!!!

For those who have no idea what I’m talking about, NaNoWriMo (aka National Novel Writing Month) is a internationally recognized event where writers from all around the world challenge themselves to write 50,000 words in the span of 30 days (November being the chosen month).

I’ve known about NaNoWriMo for years, but never imagined wanting to put myself through such an extraordinarily mind-flogging experience. Well … never say never, because you never know what the future holds; and this year is proof, as I ended up compelled to dive in and give it a go!

My story of choice: Book 5 in my Dragon Calling series (which I had intended to start writing next year). Well, if inspiration calls, better not dally!

Now, for those who don’t know, I do not consider myself a fast writer. I haven’t the talent of regularly pulling words from my mind in vast swathes of scenes and paragraphs at a time (enough to compile word-mountains to complete three novels in a year, type of thing). Some people have that talent! And wow, I tip my hat to them. But me? Well, I’ve been working on my current fantasy series for 15 years now. The shortest length of time I managed to accomplish a complete first draft was last year, when I worked on the 4th book (taking around 9-10 months). And I attribute that success to all the previous years of practice and self improvement, and the fact that the story is already established (for the most part), I was well acquainted with the main cast, and I had no pressing deadlines in any other area of my life.

I guess those reasons were also why I decided to try my hand at NaNoWriMo this year, even though the pace of my usual writing habits are the complete opposite (but, I suppose I’m not the only one there, otherwise NaNoWriMo wouldn’t be the challenge that it is).

NaNoWriMo Prep List

Some great ideas from NaNoWriMo for their writers!

So, with my story already established, characters already well-known, key plots points already set in place, the only real challenge for me was to try ad slog out 50,000 words within a month (something I have never even remotely done before). I spent the second half of October mentally prepping, as well as putting into note-form all the important details and plot points needing to take place, and pinning all that onto a cork-board for easy viewing. Did I review the board regularly during my NaNoWriMo writing spells? … hahaha, not really. But the fact that I spent a lot of time beforehand thinking them over, jotting down their timelines, and just simply writing them in bullet-point form, helped to sear them into my mind.

So, November 1st arrives, and I take a deep breath and take the plunge!

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Let’s DO THIS

NaNoWriMo Day 7 Stats

The first week was great! I conquered each average-word-count day with extra words under my belt. I was aiming for above-average because I knew there would be at least 3 days where I wouldn’t get in a single word (I had a convention to attend).

NaNoWriMo Day 13 stats

You can see on the chart where the 3-day convention took place!

After the convention, I was behind the average so I kicked it up a gear managed to get in (what ended up being) my best word-count for any one day. Feel those fingers burn, baby!

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*scenes burst into life!*

For the most part, I maintained momentum, even though I couldn’t help but go back over certain scenes and chapters and tweaking a few things. Dead-line or no dead-line, I can’t just shovel words out into unintelligible heaps to painfully sift through at a later date. I sculpt as I go, even if it’s still rough sculpting.

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Mmmm, how best to re-word this sentence before I move on …

NaNoWriMo Day 22

Ever upward I went, and at the end of each day I felt a quiet and surreal sense of accomplishment. I was DOING NaNoWriMo … and I wasn’t failing like a Magicarp flailing on land!

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This was (thankfully) NOT me!

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THIS was me! 😀

There was only one day, really, where things got difficult. I had to really wring my brain (not literally, otherwise, eww!) to squeeze out the words, and even then I only managed around 500. I felt like I’d been trying to solve all the secrets of the universe. My brain was like, “What are you doing to me! Please, I beg you, no more.”

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It’s sooooo MUCH!

My response: “Oh but there is more my friend! We are not done! Come on, we got this!”

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Yeah, I got this!

And back I dove, into the mix of messy mire and dazzling universe of the imagination. The days churned by with an average of 1,800 words a day. Until, come the 28th …

BOOM!

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I made it. I survived.

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*me emerging from my writer’s nest*

I had no aspirations to try and squeeze in a few more Ks to reach 55K or anything; I had another project I really needed to get done asap, so I spent the final NaNoWriMo days working on that instead.

BUT I DID IT! My first NaNoWriMo! And from it I learned that I could get an impressive word-count out within the span of a month. Even though I’m only about half-way through the draft of the book, it’s a great boost! Only 50,000 words left to go, lol.

NaNoWriMo Winner Certificate

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Time to celebrate!

Will I participate again in the future? Who knows; maybe! Will I make a habit of gutting my brain of so many words for month-long stretches … umm, no way. I know the limits of my constitution and sanity; my already-established writing habits work just fine for me, thank you very much.

SO, who else participated in NaNoWriMo this year? Feel free to share the highlights of your adventure in the comments!

And thanks for reading about mine. It was certainly a new experience.

 

“Quit saying you don’t have time. You have time for what you make time for.”
– Bryant McGill

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