Latest Goings On

Before I get into the latest on me, let me take a moment to thank those of you that read, and have started following me. I’ve noticed a bit of higher traffic even though my posts are sporadic. I appreciate that some folks can put up with that.

On to the latest.

Firstly, you may notice a change to the website theme, and that it is no longer so dark. I had to realize at some point that reading light colored text on black background isn’t easy on the eyes. So, I switched to a much clearer and crisp layout to help avoid that.

In the meantime, I have been reworking and fleshing out a longtime project that really needs to be finished sooner than later. I found this site to be very helpful in fleshing out plots, characters, and acts in a story.

Writing A Novel Using The Snowflake Method

There is a book being sold on the subject as well at this site, but I found using just the outlines on that page to be helpful enough. I definitely recommend using this method, since it has greatly helped me get my ideas straight.

Besides writing, I have also been reading a great deal again. Just recently got into British author Neal Asher’s work, and I can’t get enough. The Polity novels have been my favorite. I really found myself loving the Transformation series. Dark Intelligence, and War Factory were amazing reads. I’m awaiting the third installment, Infinity Engine, when it releases in the US. I strongly recommend this author for those of you who love aliens, A.I.s, and far advanced tech.

The Transformation series of books is the only book I’ve ever done fan art for. I love the war drones, and a few of the alien creatures. I’ve only done two so far, but I plan to do others soon.

This one is of the war drone ‘Riss’. She was deliberately designed like a parasite that once plagued the ruthless Prador species. Just so happens that said parasites resemble a Terran snake.

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“Riss, The War Drone”

 

The second piece is of the monstrous ‘Hooder’, and bio-mechincal war machines designed by an ancient alien race. They are like a horrible version of a millipede, with a front end with slicing/dicing ‘manipulators’ that pretty much dissect prey alive. I doubt I added enough of the appendages that do all that work, considering the scenes I read. It’s pretty brutal.

"The Hooder"
“The Hooder”

I’ll not spoil anymore for you. Be back soon.

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Random Character Chat 1

Before I start with some new content, I’d like to share an awesome web comic I found recently.  http://falsepositivecomic.com/

It is an anthology of fantasy & science fiction accompanied by gorgeous artwork and great storytelling. The stories have a Philip K. Dick feel to them while still being pretty original. Some storylines and characters end up intertwining throughout the anthology. I recommend it, and I’m subscribed and awaiting more.

 

In the meantime, I’ve been fairly busy with my day job, and finding time to get writing or even artwork done is left only so much time during the week. I got the idea to have a few of my characters to have philosophical discussions as a serial feature on the blog. These chats may or may not end up in the novel project they’re associated with, but it gives a bit of insight into the thoughts of the characters themselves and how they interact with each other. Some discussions reflect my own meanderings on certain topics, as well as events the characters may be enduring.

 

So I give you the first iteration of Random Character Chats.

 

This chat occurs between two characters; Daya, a female operative trained since childhood, and Tark, a genetically engineered male chimpanzee operative.

 

Daya:  “Why do you think it is we choose savagery even when we know better? Even when we have all the foresight to see where it leads?”

 

Tark:  *Shrugs*  “Because we’re still animals. The only real difference being that we mask our savagery with subtlety, under the guise of being ‘civilized’. Even as a genetically altered chimpanzee, I’m still given to moments of heightened aggression. Though, I probably have a little more impulse control than my wild cousins.  I think it’s in the wiring. Not much can undo millions of years of evolution, and aggression is a key part of why both our species got this far.”

 

Daya:  “So, in other words, we’re doomed because we’re aggressive assholes?” *Laughs dryly*

 

Tark:  “Yep, pretty much.”

 

Daya:  “Gives me such hope for the future…”

 

Tark:  “Don’t give up, Sunshine. There’s still a slim chance that at some point someone could change the game. Someone who makes a sacrifice to transcend biological constraints, and maybe lead us all to become something better. Hopefully, something with the conviction to heed its own foresight.”

 

Daya:  “That’s a hell of a thought.” *Stares at Tark*

 

Tark:  “What?”

 

Daya:  “You really are the most insightful ape I know.”

 

Tark:  *Grunts sarcastically at Daya*  “Shut it. I’m the ONLY insightful ape you know.”

 

 

That’s all for now. Will get more chats up soon, maybe some artwork if I can. Thanks for reading!