A break down of the art I did in 2016. A best approximation of it, anyway. Went off of when I scanned it in because I had no other way to figure out when I actually drew it.

January

None.

February

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March

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April

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May

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June

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July

None.

August

The spike in art is because I started carrying around my sketch notebook on my daily train ride. I tried to keep up with it but I stopped when I water spilt on the sketchbook. Nothing was damaged too bad but I lost the motivation.

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September

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October

None.

November

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December

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Conclusion

So there we go. Kind of interesting what months were popular drawing months and which ones were dead. I’m actually pleased with how much art I did. I’m not sure if I’ve already done more this year. I’m planning on doing more art recaps to trace my progress as an artist. I can definitely see some vague form of improvement over 2016. I think. I …

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I’ve been radio silent lately on most things related to fiction writing. I’ve been the occasional review on food and whatever movie and TV show I happened to have words about, but as far as fiction goes, I’ve been dead. That has primarily to do with pulling in as far as publishing for the public and instead focusing inward.

So what that means to say is that I haven’t stopped writing completely. Editing has been slow on Expansion Expression,  but my focus really hasn’t been attuned to it. It’s been on the formatting of the other books and on a massive personal project I’ve always wanted to do.

That project has been creating a cohesive internal wiki of notes and information. I have an excellent memory so I don’t need to write down much of anything, but having a few notes and wiki allows me to keep track of canon details and plot out well everything.

How I’m creating this wiki is by using TiddlyWiki, a program for taking notes and other stuff. It is very low key, which is what I like about it. I could have used something like Emacs org mode I suppose but I’m allergic …

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My day-job is software development and as part of my rite-of-passage to attain that position I had to start a programming blog and write posts about it. For awhile I wrote plain posts doing just that. Vaguely snarky things just going over what I had learned and all that dull jazz.

Then I read a series of programming posts called the The Craftsman Articles.

I was inspired, which is never a good thing. A devious idea came to my Neraq (mind) that was rather insane but totally me. That idea was to write a series about Empirians (aliens) that pretend to be Human on Earth and learn the Human art of programming. Other crazy stuff happens along the way and it gets derailed as usual, but there is code there! Some nuggets of actual wisdom! Personal experiences in the land of software woven into a sci-fi/fantasy/comedy narrative.

The result was The Recordings.

The Recordings are perfectly canon to everything else in my glorious world. It is not set at the same time of the main series–actually in the future, but I won’t reveal too much. The Recordings also add some new details and flesh out the mindset of the …

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And another Character Interview! Feels belated, but Of Fractured Edges had some intense stuff going on in it and I couldn’t just ask Farrco for an interview so soon after it. I had to give him some time. This is set sometime after Of Fractured Edges, but does not directly reference anything so no hard spoilers. Some allusions, but that is about it.


Interviewer: Shalaeyah, Farrco.

Farrco: Shalaeyah.

So how has the Trinity and the One been doing? After all the events of a few months ago there seems to have been a lull in your activities.

Aye. We are still currently in that lull. We were left in a position where we felt a time of training and inward insight would proven valuable to us.

Is it proving itself to be valuable?

Not as much as we had hoped, but the experience of a lack of immediate purpose and being able to be and enrich ourselves is valuable in a different sense.

Has anything interesting happened? Asides from the fallout of the events of late?

Nothing that I would think the Empire would find interesting. However, King is learning to use his sword and armor. Cyclone has been teaching …

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I’m a Harry Potter fan. Proud Slytherin. I enjoy the mental quest of sorting characters into Hogwarts Houses. So how could I not want to sort my own characters into the Hogwarts houses? I couldn’t! So I went ahead and sorted them into their respective houses.

Short Primer for Non-Harry Potter Fans:

The Houses to be sorted into are Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw, and Slytherin. They correspond to the general traits of bravery, loyalty, curiosity, and ambition. There are more nuances to them, but I’m not going to go into that much detail on them because that’d be for a different post on a completely different blog or something.

Anyway, onto what this post is designed for! Sorting my characters!

Actual Sorting


slytherin

Cyclone – Slytherin

Cyclone is pretty much a no-brainer. At face, anyway. Slytherin is for the cunning, loyal, and ambitious. Cyclone is all of those things. He is a genius, sly, thinks quickly, and certainly ambitious. Like a Slytherin, he has a strong sense of loyalty to those he calls friends. The strong inclination towards duty, however, may make him seem a bit odd for Slytherin, maybe more like a Gryffindor at times. His intelligence, …

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Warning: Some Threads that Bind the Tempest allusions

For the first four books in the series, there were clear elemental and color themes. How to Stop Wildfire was red and fire, Harmonic Waves was blue and water, Threads that Bind the Tempest was yellow and wind, and Of Fractured Edges was green and earth. But those are the first four themes: What are the The Adventures of the Trinity and the Ones themes moving forward?

The answer lies clearly within the text of Threads that Bind the Tempest. Four objects, the presumed next major quest of the Trinity and the One, are introduced. If you have read the book and are up to date you know what they are, if not I will not go into much detail. These four objects have a concept attached to them. Not something so concrete like an element, but an idea. These ideas are more readily convertible into the themes moving forward for the series and are more ‘free’ to interpretation.

These ideas are:

Book 5 Book 6 Book 7 Book 8
Expansion Light (Lesser Order) Dark (Lesser Chaos) Containment/Contraction

So how the themes play through in the book are going to …

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I’m a bit of a history buff. Egypt was one of my first interests and because of that the series has a variety of Egyptian influences sprinkled throughout it.

Scion of Anubis

A Scion of Anubis

Religion is a large point where I draw from Egyptian mythology. A few of the Gods in the pantheon of my series are Egyptian in origin. Ra. Osiris. Isis. Anubis. And so on. They function similarly to their Earth counterparts, but with my own take on them, of course. My own spin and madness thrown at them to make them fully my own interpretation. My mind’s eye picture of them is kind of the same as how the Egyptians saw them. The Scion’s of Anubis, Anubis’s guards, basically, look like the typical depictions of Anubis.

But that is just for the pantheon of Gods. There are other parts of Egyptian mythology and philosophy that I was inspired from. One of them is the Egyptian parts of being, which are the heart, shadow, name, soul, will, more divine/ethereal soul part, a lesser soul, and a body. There are many ways of interpreting them.

I took the idea of many abstract parts of being and transformed them into …

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Warning: Harmonic Waves spoilers!

Harmonic Waves, book two of the The Adventures of the Trinity and the One introduces a brand new concept, both to the readers and to the world itself. That concept is resonance. Resonance being the term attributed to the technique of a Kharat harmonizing with another part, a Vacore, laying its will and ethereal form on top of it and making it conform to that will. This may seem a bit redundant as a person’s body is probably what their soul is shaped like. But it is not redundant if the resonance is with another person’s Vacore. Which is what we see in Harmonic Waves.

How I envision this resonance, from both perspectives:

The being with the Kharat resonating on top of another Vacore is like entering a mech or some suit they control. They are in sync with it, however. There isn’t a disconnect. There are there and they are not. They still have their Vacore, unless they are dead or in special circumstances. When the connection gets severed they experience great pain, but, if they are alive, they do not die. That fate befalls upon the host.

The host body’s soul is …

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There are times when I hit a snag along the line. The internal version, updated every moment, of the world and the events spirals along and maybe goes against what I’ve put forth as canon so far. What I believe is canon conflicts slightly with what is canon in the print. It is never a hard conflict; just like a phrasing stumble that has put me in a bit of a corner.

I get extremely frustrated when this happens. Part of me wants to go back through the already published works and make those tiny spots clearer to what I currently think it should be, but that isn’t a solution–it is a patch up. I don’t work with patches, I work with a continuous narrative. These edges can’t be smoothed out. They need to be worked with to create the entire whole that is the mosaic of my world. Having to work with two ideas, not necessarily mutually exclusive, creates a variety of opportunities for advancement in my own world building and the world itself. I have to flesh out the world to be more than just a few details, to create a whole narrative that encompasses both points and …

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Another lovely character interview, this time from Spellbinder, member of the Trinity and the One and only known robot to be able to use magic. Set after the second book, Harmonic Waves, but before the third, Threads that Bind the Tempest.


Interviewer: So! The Trinity and the One has started off great with dealing with that little incident with Sargon.

Spellbinder: It has, has it not? That was certainly a feat we pulled off. Although the matter is still being dealt with on the side of the Grim Reaper and Sargon, we have assisted in retaining Empirian honor and face.

Something important. The Empire thanks you, Spellbinder, and the rest of the Trinity and the One.

The Empire should especially thank Cyclone, he was the primary agent in dealing with Sargon. Yet-

He needs no thanks, the glory is all he needs. How is it working with him? He is even more famous now than he was before.

It is…interesting. We are growing to understand each other. It is an honor to be in the presence of such a pious and devoted Empirian. His skill set is also quite interesting.

The Spine has him listed as the leader of

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