I’m hardly the first to say this, but 2016 has been a crappy year in many respects — and October has been the worst for my little circle of gaming/art/writing friends. On October 8th, we lost Rena Phillips to the cancer she’d been fighting for….I’m not even sure how long, as it stealthily metastasized while we thought she was recovering.
With the beta readers at work and the cover art being produced, the time has come for me to work on my maps again. This damn book covers almost the whole of the north, plus it hangs around in Bahlaer for a while too, which means I have to provide more and larger maps than previous. These, therefore, are my first cuts — the final versions depending on fitting them into the dimensions of the print books, which I won’t muck around with until the editing is complete.
That being said, here’s the main map for the print book:
And the color version for the e-book:
I’ve also needed to finish up the Bahlaer city map, and while I’m still not satisfied with it, this should do for a broad area-view of it:
And the box shown above is the area of main action, as shown below:
I’m sure I could do the city maps better, but I’m still struggling as to how. Still, this should mostly get the point across.
It’s been approximately a million years since I did art-related things, despite the fact that I have a to-do list with half a dozen maps and far more paperdolls to work on. However, it takes me almost a day per paperdoll, because I’m bad at designing so I’m constantly deleting and retrying things, plus struggling to figure out how to actually draw them.
Just a quick update here! Rewrites are almost complete — I’m up to chapter 29 of 30, about 20 pages from the end. Meanwhile, my alpha reader Erica is up to chapter 10 for the intensive editing. I’m not foreseeing many big changes; the main issue now is cleaning up some character problems so you only want to strangle them when you’re supposed to want to.
Beta readers should be getting the full text within a week or two.
Cover art is still stalled — artist has been having the shittiest of years. Crossing fingers that no new disasters crop up. No ETA because of that.
Posted in Writing
Just a quick update/state of the book post. I’ve recently come back from two weeks of visiting relatives on the east coast, and as always when I go on vacay, I got very little writing/editing done. I did manage to go through a chapter and a half, but upon looking it over after getting home, I decided it needed more editing…so I’m still at it.