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Amethyst Shards Afterword: Burnout

Amethyst Shards Afterword: Burnout

This afterword is about, well, the burnout I experienced around the time I began Amethyst Shards and how it impacted the book itself.

Amethyst Shards Print Copy

Amethyst Shards Print Copy

Finally, Amethyst Shards is here in print form! It’s the same print style as Emerald Haze’s print copy. Had to be consistent for these two. The interesting thing to note is that, since this is the tenth book, the Tyra Tarkush Spine number is two digits. It stands out. The entire spine is bold and tight. Print spine Title Page First page of chapters It meets my approval so now you can pick up Amethyst Shards in print form from...

Balon Character Development Spotlight

Balon Character Development Spotlight

Since Amethyst Shards is (finally) out, I wanted to talk about Balon Zfnoctewoohi. Balon, Balon, Balon. Balon who is the only member of the Trinity and the One to debut mid-series (excluding Dien who is like an evolution of Hequera). Balon who has only been in five books (half of the series) thus far but has has dominated so throughly thematically and plot-wise since her debut.

Commissioned Art of Cyclone!

Commissioned Art of Cyclone!

As King was drawn by Erika Hollice, the same had to be done with Cyclone. The art drove what I wanted out of this commission was this piece of Cyclone looking awesome that I did many years ago. I wanted Cyclone with his Scythe, cape, and dark in a powerful pose. The whole package! And the whole package includes his helmet. His helmet…well, it’s been an internally contentious point for me since I moved on from LEGO as a primary...

Amethyst Shards Cover Reveal

Amethyst Shards Cover Reveal

This has been a long time coming but it’s finally here! The cover for Amethyst Shards. If you look closely, parts of it may seem familiar. That’s because it’s actually a blend of the other book covers. I wasn’t originally going to do this, but the idea came to me and it clicked. I originally had two other directions for Amethyst Shards’: Another fractal, like Emerald Haze. I even had fractal candidates set aside for this route. Physical art like...

Sticker Mule: King and Malcolm Zfnoc

Sticker Mule: King and Malcolm Zfnoc

The commissions of King in his action pose and Malcolm Zfnoc from Erika Hollice made into stickers from Sticker Mule. They look awesome. The photos really don’t do them justice. If you’re interested in trying Sticker Mule, you can use my referral link to get some credit: