Being off beat (and loving it.)
So, How to Stop Wildfire was reviewed by T.R Briar, an author of a series called Realm Wraith that I liked a lot. The point that really stuck with me was how he said the book was off beat. Which is kind of obvious if you have read it. But it wasn't really that obvious to me. I mean, I knew it was out there, but sometimes I forget how...bizarre it is to the uninitiated. Off beat. I'm so used to it because I have been dreaming it up and imagining it for a decade, but others are not.
The stories really are a blend of well, everything. Comedy. Tragedy. Science-fiction. Fantasy. Thriller. Mythology. Little bit of everything in it. Magic, tech, gods, history, and so on. All tied together under my massive world-building. It's probably a lot to take in and acclimate to. Hard to pin down the tone to explain it to someone.
I mean, How to Stop Wildfire, is about the last of a race trying to get revenge essentially for his people, but it is told wryly and has Cyclone, a walking snark machine. There are so many different things happening in it, and it is hard to explain that.
But off beat is a good description. It isn't like any other genre. I should put it into 'unclassifiable.' It transcends genre expectations and definitions. I never thought about such things when I wrote it. This story and what happens is what happened in the world to me. It is told how I would tell. Not any other. There is humor and sadness in life, and so in my world. These ideas come to me. They are what they are, and if other people can't see the value in them that is their issue. I can, and that is all that matters.
Commissioned Art of King in an Action Pose!
Now that the Zfnoctewoohi family is done (for now), I was free to pursue other commission ideas. I wanted to have another core cast member done by Erika Hollice. This was narrowed down to either King or Cyclone and my Patrons voted for King! This was even though King already been done by another artist, Malgamma, late last year. It was a simple piece of him just chilling. And it was more of a cartoon-y style. This time, I was...
Commissioned Art of Malcolm Zfnoc!
Behold, Malcolm Zfnoc! He was the reason I said Paewar Zfnoc was a ‘test’ of dark effects and Zfnoc looks. Because Malcolm Zfnoc is all that, effectively. He’s basically all black or close to it. It was definitely going to be a challenge to render into art form but, of course, Erika Hollice totally knocked it out of the park.