I know I’ve been scarce this past month — alas! But there hasn’t been much to write about. The Book 4 cover continues to inch along. I’m 11 chapters into the Book 5 rough draft and feeling fairly confident, but with nothing I can show. I’ve started doing another paperdoll, but my wrist isn’t happy with me when I do too much mouse-based art so I haven’t gotten far.
On the plus side, today I started doing something I’d been planning to do for a while: start making character-specific pages. Made one for Firkad Sarovy today — not the main protagonist, I know, but I like him a lot and it was nice to finally get all his backstory down in one place. This version is spoiler-free; I might add one with post-Book 3 info later, but ehh, I don’t know if that’s necessary.
Anyway, I hope to do more soon, to expand on the thumbnail-info in my current Characters page.
Edit 2/24: Added Cobrin today!
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Two Steps from Hell — Cannon in D Minor. Orchestral combat music. From the album Battlecry.
I got this album for Xmas and haven’t stopped listening to it in the car. I feel like I should be writing a hardcore military fantasy with this on in the background, but I’ve never been an armies-on-the-field kinda gal, so I just have to adapt it to suit my mindspace.
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It’s time for my year-end wrap-up! Slightly late, alas, as it is now the new year, but then I tend to be late in most things. As always, these (generally) aren’t books that were published in 2016, since I make no effort to keep up with the times.
My goal for 2016 was to read more SF/F and graphic novels from female authors, since there were only ten women in my top 100 Most Read authors according to Goodreads at the start of the year — and one of them was Ann M. Martin, because I read so many Babysitters’ Club books as a kid. I managed to change the balance to 21 out of 100, but I still have only two women in my top 10 (25+ books read) — though C. J. Cherryh is closing in.
I read 344 books this year, though most were graphic novels or manga, but let’s see what was best!
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Just a little moment of back-patting for me, on finishing 2016’s NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month, for those not in the know) on the very last day with a final word-count of 50,253. Could’ve done better — but I also could have dropped the ball like I’ve done for the past ~ten years by either not bothering or by trying to start a new NaNo project while I was in the middle of working on a main novel project.
This makes three and a half chapters of the rough draft of my fifth novel, tentatively titled The Drowning Dark, in the War of Memory Cycle. The fourth, The Bloodied Army, is still unavoidably delayed, but hopefully 2017 will be a good publication year for me.
Cheers, all you NaNo successes and everyone who tried! Getting any creative endeavor done this month is a miracle in itself.
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