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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...

🗓 20 Aug 2021
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Website Design & Logo Updates!

Website Design & Logo Updates!

If you’ve been on the Spine recently, you may have noticed that things are very different now in terms of design. The Spine has has a pretty major face lift. I received some advice from a designer friend of mine, Kelly Rauwerdink, on The Spine of the Empire’s website design, mostly focused on the home page. There was a lot to take in and a lot to improve. The Major Design Changes The home page, save some copy, was gutted...

🗓 20 Feb 2021
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2020 in Review

2020 in Review

2020 was…well, it was quite something. But it really was a big year for the Spine of the Empire and my world. It felt like this was the year I just committed to…just going out there and doing things. Patreon was a big reason for this. A few of these accomplishments below were driven by having a Patreon page and communicating with you all. This post itself is because of that pressure to actually produce. And so this post is...

🗓 24 Dec 2020
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Emerald Haze Print Copy

Emerald Haze Print Copy

The print proof copy of Emerald Haze has arrived! I am very pleased with how it turned out. This was the first copy I ordered using Lulu’s new interface and option set. The new Lulu interface was SO easy to use and the new options were fantastic. If anyone from Lulu is reading, thank you for all your hard work! It came together really well and so Emerald Haze’s print form has. Behold! The cover spine looks nice Title Page...

🗓 06 Jun 2020
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Emerald Haze RELEASED!

Emerald Haze RELEASED!

Emerald Haze, the ninth book in the series, is done and ‘released’! It has been a long, strange journey getting here. It tested me and the characters in ways never before experienced. It was intense…very intense. But it’s over now. It is ready for consumption. I imagine there will be much discussion from Emerald Haze, and it will all be due for it. It’s a very…character driven book, despite it also existing at the ‘apex’ of a certain quest. The...

🗓 03 Jun 2020
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Emerald Haze Cover

Emerald Haze Cover

After mulling over the top fractals I recently generated, the rejects you can see here, I settled on one fractal to use. It was the fractal that I deep-down knew was going to be the Emerald Haze cover art the moment I saw it generate. Any hesitation I had towards using the fractal medium once more for a book cover was shattered by this fractal. This fractal…its entire composition is so apt for the book contents. It is almost like...

🗓 14 Apr 2020
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Emerald Haze Cover Art Attempts

Emerald Haze Cover Art Attempts

I wasn’t sure exactly what I wanted for the Emerald Haze cover art, but I knew it had to be green. I played around with the Apple Pencil and the Sketchbook app, but I wasn’t too fond of the above results (the art is the post thumbnail). It lacked punch and texture. It needed something more dynamic to convey the themes present in the book. After some thought, I decided to spin up the JWildfire Fractal Generator again. I used...

🗓 10 Apr 2020
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Moved The Recordings Series to The Spine

Moved The Recordings Series to The Spine

Just a quick update regarding some website house keeping: I gutted my old Github Pages website and moved the Recordings to the Spine and the rest of the technical blog posts over to my personal website. Basically…consolidating my digital footprint. The Recordings series was written as a technical blog post series, but it does involve races and things from the world so it belongs here and now it’s finally home! It IS unfinished, but still a fun read, I think....

🗓 29 Feb 2020
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New Website Landing Page!

New Website Landing Page!

I realized that the website wasn’t easy for newcomers. The main site url would just go to the blog roll. Which is not that helpful for people who have no idea what is going on. So I’ve made basically a home page for the website—specifically for people new to the series and my world. It explains high-level what’s up, the characters, and includes four recent posts. The blog lives here now. Hopefully this helps people get familiar with the series...

🗓 20 Dec 2019
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Patreon Opened UP!

Patreon Opened UP!

I’ve setup a Patreon! If you don’t know, Patreon is a way to support creators by subscribing to them. I’ve been intrigued with it for awhile. I don’t expect much to come from it, but hey, since it’s easy, I’ve made one. The only tier right now is $1/month. I’m debating on adding more tiers with some benefits to force me to do stuff, but I’ll wait until I get some interest before diving in further. So no patron-only content…same...

🗓 26 Nov 2019
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New Database

New Database

I’ve cleaned up the Database…again. It’s faster now. New information. Cleaned up old bits and slimmed it down. Added more images. It’ll be a bit easier to manage going forward, I think.

🗓 16 Sep 2019
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New Website

New Website

I recently updated the entire website. I rebuilt it practically from scratch. Re-did the categories and tags, tweaked images, added more art, and so on. Should be a lot faster. I have a few more ideas and things to do with it, but for the most part it is settled! Take it in…take it in… Next up is the Database, that old thing…

🗓 26 Aug 2019
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