New Projects and Recharging Batteries!

I watch all these other authors take advantage of their stay at home time during the Covid-19 crisis and all I can do is applaud their work. Because I haven’t done much! I’ve spent time recharging my creative batteries. Before Covid-19, I spent a lot of creative energy releasing Absolute Essence. Since then, I’ve been reading The Shadow Rising by Robert Jordan (Book four in the Wheel of Time series). I’ve also read a screenplay a friend of mine wrote, hung out at home, and played some video games (Animal Crossing: New Horizons, Cuphead, Pokemon Go, Luigi’s Mansion 3, and Shadow of the Tomb Raider). It’s been fun! And relaxing. Especially since I’ll be a first time father by the end of fall and moving into a new house by the end of summer. It’s been and will be quite a year!

But it hasn’t been very productive author-wise. But that’s okay. I’ve lightly been coming up with new projects. Some that are more of what I’ve been doing, some I’ve been wanting to do for a while, and some that are brand new to me!

DESCENT, the Karxen Chronicles novella about Zoe, is done but needs revision. I’ve gotten some early developmental feedback, so I need to take that and make a few changes.

I had a dream about a month ago of a water world type setting and an island community that is constantly hit by torrential waves. This community hunts for massive water beasts during these storms. My idea will center around a young man coming of age in this community, and he realizes that he has a special connection to the water. A connection, that if strong enough, can save the island after the waves suddenly stop.

This next idea is really special. I’ve been doing my research, reading, and practicing, but I’ve still got a long way to go. I’ve been a manga fan for quite some time, and I’m thinking of diving into the medium. There’s an idea I have that is near and dear to me about a group of breakers (breakdancers) that travel to an alternate dimension with their mysterious new teacher, Mage. In this world everything is heightened, senses, colors, sounds, everything! And the world uses breaking as a source of euphoria and ecstasy. That’s all I’ll say about it, but here’s a little illustration I drew in Clip Studio Paint. This was mostly to practice and get used to digital art and figure out how to use the program. I’ll keep on practicing and work on some practice panels next as well as illustrations of the other characters. I’ve been breaking for about twenty years now, and to say it’s been a major part of my life during that time is an understatement.

This is Vivid, a b-girl with a chip on her shoulder

Let me know what you think of the idea! As big of a task as it is, I wouldn’t expect me to get it done any time soon, but as short as each comic would be I may release each chapter online before I release printed volumes. I’m still finding my style, but I have a loose outline for volume one (just want to have an idea of where I can go in the future with this story).

That’s about all I’ve got! I’m gonna go ahead and get back to reading Wheel of Time and playing Pokemon Go and generally just hanging out at home with my wife and pup as we await our little guy’s arrival. Stay safe out there, everyone!

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