Getting Back to Writing
I have been so caught up in the self-publishing process that I have been lax on continuing to write the series. I essentially took a 1-2 month break and wow does it feel both weird and good to get back to writing. Been so long since actually writing these characters, but it doesn't feel unfamiliar. I guess it is like riding a bicycle: never really forget how to, it just is a little bit rusty at first.
The only problem is writing the 'fluff.' By fluff I mean anything that isn't an explanation or dialogue. Like...description. You know the boring stuff. I am a strange reader, I only really pay attention to dialogue. Environmental description and long paragraphs bother me. It reflects through my writing style: shorter, choppier paragraphs and back-forth dialogue. I don't have the attention span for anything else.
I understand the appeal of sweeping narratives and verbose detail, but I can't stand writing it or reading it. So being the stubborn-type of person I am I don't write like that. Some of the feedback I have gotten is negative because of it, but I am okay with that. Can't make everyone happy, but I can make myself happy.
But anyway. I'm writing the second book, which in my mind I am calling 'The Trade.' It probably is going to be titled something else, but that is the tentative title. I wrote most of the draft while editing How to Stop Wildfire so all I am really doing is editing it and fleshing out. Nice and easy. I am so grateful that I hated editing HTSW and was writing this one. Most of the work is done.
For some reason I think I will spend less time agonizing over it.
Feelings on Faces (King's and Mine)
Throughout my journeys with commissioning character portraits, a failure of mine has been put out into the open: my failure to really ‘see’ some of my characters faces (the Humanoid ones especially). This is a weakness of my visualization and my mind’s eye. I know it and accept it, but it’s also relatively well hidden. This weakness is hidden well because the original main characters don’t have ‘normal’ faces. Cyclone’s head is a skull that is underneath a striking helmet....
Commissioned Artwork of Marcus and Jessica!
So I finally decided to cross this bridge. As in, commissioning artwork by someone who can actually…do art. Not at all like my amateur attempts. My search for willing and able artists took me to Tumblr. I used searches such as ‘commissions open’ to find artists who were available and with styles that I thought could fit the world. I narrowed down the list and eventually reached out to Reiesu. Reiesu’s style was very distinct and I think captures the...