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Hey all -

Just wanted to give you a heads up on a new project I'm working on inside of Patreon, Lumeria's Hive.

Lumeria's fate was sealed at the age of ten when her and her brothers were kidnapped by a hive of monsters. Now, long after their rescue, they are all discovering that those monsters did more than just take them from their homes. Visions of past and future collide as Lumeria desperately tries to change her fate into the destiny of an Empire.
I'm currently in the design phase as well as busily shaping up the first draft of this prose story. Whether the final remains in prose is another matter yet to be seen. But this is the fastest way, and easiest on my hand, to get the plot out of my head and onto paper. I'm also sketching out different character designs so I know what folks look and act like.

I'll be releasing the prose in scene chunks, serially, only to Pateron and SmudgeMarks & EngelWerks for Patrons/Subscribers. It's a first draft, it needs to stay locked until it's in shape to find a publisher. I will also be releasing the character designs to DeviantArt a month afterwards. Why not release to FurAffinity as well? Because they have no way of scheduling posts, at this time. And I'm not holding my breath for them to add it.

So wanna come along and follow what I'm working on as I write/draw it? Become my Patron on Patreon for a dollar a month!

And constructive comments and critiques are always welcomed!
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Mirrored from Smudge Marks & Engel Werks.

As most of you might remember, I actually sat down and sort-of/kind-of unofficially participated in NaNoWriMo this past year. While I didn’t follow the “must write 2K words a day” mantra, I did try and do something everyday until I felt the stories were done. The result was ‘The Keeper’s Warrior’ Novella, a fantasy romance between a half-elf Warrior and a Keeper, a male dryad.

Warrior in armor with weapons
Warrior in armor with weapons

Warrior Sketch (not final)
Warrior Sketch (not final)

Keeper Sketch (not final)
Keeper Sketch (not final)

After completing a series of three short stories, I was in a quandary of what to do with them. I don’t really know the writing market at all anymore, and the only publisher I do know, Sofawolf, would probably not be interested in them since it really isn’t “furry”. But now that I’ve gone though a 2nd draft after proofing, I really want to get it published/out there so that I can stick a fork in the project, call it done, then move on to other things; like back to Ebin & May.

This leaves me with one choice. Print on Demand/self-publishing. I can tell you after years of experience of putting graphic novels and comic books together, there is nothing like holding up a printed copy to feel like you’ve completed something. It’s something I don’t get from pure internet stuff like web-comics. It’s a tactile thing. And a since of closer. Something I’ve been missing in my own work for some time.

So, unless some publisher jumps outta the woodwork saying “Send us the manuscript!” I’m moving forward with printing up the short story series “The Keeper’s Warrior” as POD. I’m looking at two versions, one trade paperback with back and white interior art, the other will be a text only ebook. I have no clue how good, bad or indifferent this self-publishing experiment will be, but it’s worth trying.


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July 2017



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