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Yeah, Yeah, Updates

Hello, Internet Hive MInd.

Yeah, I mentioned Nanowrimo. Here’s my profile, so far.

https://nanowrimo.org/participants/scott-story

Here’s my project. It was going to be a superhero story, but now it’s medieval fantasy. A dark, grim, medieval, low fantasy, if you must know.

https://nanowrimo.org/participants/scott-story/projects

I haven’t made any writing buddies yet, but if you want to buddy up (and who wouldn’t?) then you can find me.

OK, News Item no. 1–I’ve ordered the author’s proof for Name of the Shadow. This is always exciting! I am so ready for this novel to be in readers’ hands.

OK, News Item no. 2–I watched season 2 of “The Boys,” and it was glorious and insane. I still like it more than I did the comic upon which it was based. Yes, I read all the comics, and enjoyed them too, but the show is even better, in my opinion,.

What medieval podcasts am I watching? I know you’ve asked yourself this question again and again, and it’s not fair to keep it to myself. So:

  • Tod’s Workshop
  • Skallagrim
  • Shadiversity
  • Modern History TV
  • Metatron
  • Scholagladitoria
  • Lindybeige

I don’t like all these guys equally, and over time some have risen to the surface, and others not so much.

It’s also fair to say that lately I’ve been obsessed with the History Channel’s “Knight Fight,” and “Forged in Fire.” I had written off the History Channel some years ago as history made for video game crazed teenagers, but I have since revised that opinion a bit. It’s still got a male demographic in mind, but I really like these shows.

I have not kept up with sparring with HEMA (“Historical European Martials Arts”) since the pandemic took hold of the planet. I hope to return to it when the world gets better.

I have been listening to a string of great audiobooks and courses, with subjects including Medieval Europe, Medieval Britain, Arthurian Britain, Vikings, Craft, Tudor Life, and Byzantium. If I got college credits for these, I’d probably have another bachelors degree by now.

I Took the Plunge!

Yes, I am doing Nanowrimo 2020. It’s my declaration to make writing regularly and often a major component of the rest of my life.

https://nanowrimo.org/participants/scott-story/projects/the-black-dirigible

I’ll be returning to superheroes and science fiction for this project, creating a prose version of my story “The Black Dirigible.”

Medieval Styled Cloth!

Lots of neat stuff is going, but first up I want t show you the new varieties of cloth available from our Spoonflower store:

Are they not cool? And we’re just getting going.

Go here

There be dragons here, and here, and here . . .

Hi, All!

For the past thirteen months I’ve been hard at work world-building for the next series of novels I’m putting out. Part of said world-building has been establishing heraldry for all the various places and families in my setting, and I wanted to do something special for that.

Rather that simply draw new art for the crests, I opted to reuse and re-purpose existing medieval art. It makes everything seem so much more authentic, and it’s been a fun deep-dive into this historical skill.

Of course we re-purposed the art for multiple uses, because it had become a thing of it’s own.

Go here! https://www.spoonflower.com/profiles/thefiberpusher

Virtual Panel of Writers

Last night I had the pleasure to take part in a panel of superhero writers discussing antiheroes and fallen heroes. Enjoy!

Review, Shall We?

Life moves more slowly in the era of Quarantine, but stuff is still happening. On a personal level, Benita and I have been working on our house, planting trees, and catching up on projects. The medieval library is almost done, the stairs are almost done, and it’s time to fix up the garage and get my shop out there functional.

I haven’t been writing or drawing, and that weighs on my soul, but it just hasn’t felt right for a while. I think the tension in the world is getting to me a bit. Well, a lot, but that doesn’t make me unique by any measure. I have been editing on Name of the Shadow, which is almost there, and I plan for it to come out this Autumn. I’ve also been hard at work on fantasy cartography, labeling and detailing the the giant (3′ x 5′!) Aorlis map. I’m taking my time and doing it right, because I believe it will be a masterpiece.

I recently did an extended and very candid interview with B.W. Morris on his site. You can read it here. I’ve put up several new videos on my Youtube channel. For the time being, I’ve ceased writing articles on Shoutfyre, because my creative wells on the comic book front have run dry.

Blacksmithing and longsword training both got stopped by the pandemic. I’ll probably not pick up any blacksmithing courses until next year, and I’m not sure about time on the longsword. I was stretched a little thin when I was doing all of it at the same time, I suppose.

This time has really reinforced what introverts Benita and I are. We can both be outgoing, we both make friends easily, but being to ourselves comes so much more naturally. Having said that, last Sunday we did go visit my mom. I was really missing her, but I’m glad to say that she and Floyd are looking great. I didn’t get to see my sister, because she was busy elsewhere helping one of her friends.

While we were out, Benita and I went to a Half-Price Books in Avon. We didn’t buy anything, because they were pretty sold down, but getting out and getting some “bookstore therapy” was exactly what our hearts needed. That’s a feeling that the internet can never replace.

Our air conditioner is out, probably low on freon, so we’ve lived the last three days without it. Luckily, the temperatures have been low, but it’s still humid. It’s strange, because it all reminds me of my youth on the farm. It makes me think of green grass, bumblebees, the musty smell of barns, and open fields that reach into the horizon. It also makes it hard to sleep, because we are use to keeping the house cool. Thank goodness for ceiling fans.

The weight loss journey took a few bumps, and I’m sad to say that for a little while Benita and I cheated on our diet. It was a weird combination of boredom, frustration with the world situation, and opportunity, I guess. I’m not making excuses, it just is what it is. My weight fluctuated up about five lbs, although since then we have reset our systems with an egg fast, and I’m now back to my lowest weight. I need to walk more, and I’ve still got 42 lbs to go to reach my goal weight. I’ve lost 48 lbs. in the last six months.

What else? Well, I’ve gotten a copy of the Deryni Role Playing Game, and the Codex Derynianus, both are amazing products, and they make me appreciate the amazing Deryni world of Katherine Kurtz more than ever.

I got a Peter Ginn book on Slow Tech, which is beautiful and full of amazing information. You may know Peter from War Time Farm, or Secrets of the Castle, or other BBC shows. He’s an archeologist and presenter, and I’ve valued his work for a long time now.

I finished reading the first book in the Song of Fire and Ice series by George R.R. Martin, and I was hugely entertained. It has really reinvigorated my desire to be world building and writing low fantasy historical-themed fiction. I’ve begun the second book in the series.

We’ve also watched a lot of Ghost Hunter type shows, because that’s a genre we love. And, we’ve watched quite a few Tony Robinson walk-with-history type of shows. Love that guy.

New Interview with Me–Writing, Art, & More

You can find the interview here, on B.W. Morris website. Enjoy!

Blacksmithing Adventure Begins

New Video–Medieval Shutters!

New Art Video–Color Study!

Color Study! Painting Benita’s Portrait!

New Video!

In this video, I show off the art included in our new anthology Story Studios Presents Changing of the Guard, explain some of my art techniques, and show who the characters in the book are.

Witty Title Placed Here

I’m back to editing my next book. It’s almost done, and it’s big.

I’m not going to mention it again until its done and ready to go. One thing I’ve learned in the last couple of years is don’t show off work, be it art or writing, until it’s done. Don’t use up people’s energy and interest for a project, and don’t make them invested and then take forever to get the project done. Hard lesson learned.

I am also not going to bother with all the “surefire” methods and master classes and books on the foolproof ways to self-publish. Been there, and now I’ve seen through it. I will promote, and I will be even better at it, but ultimately writers should deliver a product that readers want. You don’t have to be a hack, and jump on every bandwagon for a quick buck, but the work needs to be good.

Having said that, I can see how my work, and my storytelling, could be improved. No, I’m not saying how, nor offering a masterclass, or foolproof method, or a surefire program. I simply am going to tell the best story I can. I have some personal writing mentors, I guess you could say, and I can see how they structure their promotions, and that’s what I will do. Maybe I’ll even try to get my next book published through traditional publishers rather than do it all myself.

I haven’t been blogging lately, and haven’t inaugurated that newsletter I promised. I should, but I haven’t. I guess I’m still dealing with burn out from my days of having a web comic. Taking that step forward fills me with trepidation. (OK, it’s more like PTSD, but you get the idea.

I haven’t spoken here about the Diamond Distribution shutdown because I don’t personally have a horse in that race. I do have friends in the industry who are very much impacted, though. I feel for them, and hope they all make it through this time. I guess we’ll all be interested to see what the general lay of the land is at the end of the pandemic.

Scott.