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.
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.
Containment Collapse is massive. So massive, I had to increase the size of the book to fit all the pages in it—either that, or decrease font-size which I didn't like. So it's the largest size Lulu offers. It had to use white for the page color which was meh but not foreign to me.
Containment Collapse is fully done/released. Today is my call-date even though I finished it awhile ago by now and because I received the print version of it....I'll be posting about that shortly.
Swapped to using Edo to match Expansion Expression's cover and the print version. I like it more.
...And here's the cover for the eighth book, Containment Collapse! Containment Collapse's cover is pretty straight forward, like Expansion Expression's. It's basically the 'inverse' of that cover. Expansion Expression had a pale background with the Scorpion right at the center and front bleeding into that void. Containment Collapse is a really bold and busy space with the Clam eating at it, glowing in it and stripping the color away from it. Which makes sense, considering one is expansion and the other is containment/contraction... The artwork itself was made using oil pastels of various brands/types and some colored pencils. I futzed with the fonts and the text decoration for awhile. The sort of cracked and 'faded' text seemed appropriate for the novel. Like it's being disintegrated. Which is kind of what happens with everything...quite relevant. I felt some angst over it, not sure why, but seeing it next to EE's cover...
The Corruption of Dark, book 7, is released! Or rather, I got my proof copy and it looked good so there we go. It's different, though. How, you may ask, when I said that the TCOD cover was easy? Because print is different. It's different because it's lengthwise and I needed the Spiders facing each other when the books are laid out properly. Summary: The title cover page is on the back and vice-versa. I'll have a different post with pictures to explain. Right now... I'm admiring how cramped my shelf is.
The Madness of Light was about the Essence of Light/Order, which takes the form of a white Spider. The Corruption of Dark is about the Essence of Dark/Chaos, which takes the form of a black Spider. Perfectly balanced, as all things should be. - Thanos Following from that, the covers are opposite and not quite equal to each other. Aye, the covers aren't complete white-black mirrors...one, because the backgrounds are deliberately different. TMOL had a yellow-ish/coppery tone to it and TCOD has a redder tone. And there's the size of the (original) spiders. I messed up the proportions on the black one, or well, I made the white one too small compared to what I wanted them to be. Looking at the two OG art pieces next to each other you can see the difference in sizes.
The Madness of Light has formally been released. By formally, I mean, I've put up the links to buy it on Lulu and I'm saying if you want an electronic copy, I'll give it to you. That is all, carry on.
So...long story short: TMOL was so long that I couldn't make a normal paperback copy. So I had to make a hardcover copy. That messed things up a bit with getting the book finished as I had to figure out how to make a hardcover cover. The 'bleed' areas are much larger with a hardcover version so I had to move text around and make it smaller against the artwork. I found my way, though. The final version is going to have slightly modified spine and back text, but here is my first ever hardcover copy of my books!'
I've pulled my stuff together, guys. I'm so close to finishing The Madness of Light I can taste it. And I finished the blurb so the page is up. It'll be ready to share in a few weeks. Also, teaser: This one necessitates a hard cover copy so at least for a little while one could buy hard cover copies of it once I get it done. BE PREPARED.
Book six. I'm really getting there. Before the first draft was even finished, I did the cover. I've been sitting on this post for a few months now because The Madness of Light is proving to be as complex and tricky as I knew it would. I also knew exactly what I wanted out of the cover for this work. Which was a far simpler task than actually writing the thing. Like Expansion Expression, the cover is concrete. What is being represented is a stylistic interpretation of one of the Primordial Essences. This one is the Spider of Light. A representation of order. Maybe. It's all a blur. The original artwork, before filters/text additions:
It took me awhile, but I got my act together in making a print copy of Expansion Expression. After my exciting divorce with Amazon, I decided to try new things with medium. Yada yada. I bound my own book. I pimped out my e copy. Who cares? It's very froo-froo. What's the basic version of this freedom? Well. That's where I went looking. I still wanted simple print copies of the series to put on my shelf/shrine. That used to be CreateSpace....I was thinking about using again, but I reconsidered. It's a time for change. So I went looking for different print on-demand services. Various articles and short videos were watched to figure out which service was one that I was going to try. This piece, a breakdown of four major POD services, was very helpful. I ended up with Lulu because: No ISBN required. The idea of getting another...
I bring to you what I've mocked up as the e-cover for Expansion Expression (Book Five). It's very minimalist–most of the power comes from the art. Like How to Stop Wildfire. The process of how I made this one: To start, I used water colors to give the paper a yellow-y-coppery background. Then, once it dried, I took oil pastels and sketched out the 'Scorpion' (the orange pincer). I used two different types of pastels and I smeared them all a little bit. After that settled, I made these little flicks off to the sides of it with a colored pencil and pastel. I scanned it in and did some color balance modifications with GIMP in addition to adding a Bump Map.
Of Fractured Edges released! Sorry, I just had to use make it big and bold. It is just so exciting for me. The first four books of The Adventures of the Trinity and the One are out. This is a big milestone for the journey I began many years ago when I first began work on How to Stop Wildfire. When I first started my writing adventure. This marks the end of an era. Red, blue, yellow, green. The color motif has concluded. Fire, water, air, earth. No more simple elemental themes. We are done with that. These four stories, ending with Of Fractured Edges, were the beginnings. The defining of each of the four core members of the Trinity and the One: Cyclone, King, Spellbinder, and Farrco. Of Fractured Edges is the sweet, expected end to things started in How to Stop Wildfire. To everything that has happened in...