I’ve been writing a good bit. At this moment (day, week, month, year), that’s what matters. You’ll notice a lack of content from the blog, FB, Twitter, and the Compendium. That’s because those distract me. I’m busy with what matters. The steak. Fixin’s can come later. If it’s not for actual published novels the blog, FB, Twitter and the Compendium are all pointless.
I’ve had a breakthrough with Turesia (current story in progress). Certain aspects of the plot weren’t working. I didn’t like our protagonist. He was frightened and, frankly, boring. I didn’t like our antagonist. His motivations weren’t realistic. He felt cliche-wizardy. I wasn’t in love with the magic system, largely because it wasn’t definable enough. It was too hocus-pocus. Too “Expeli-plot-us.” Too “You shall not pass.”
But I’ll be gorram’ed if I didn’t have a brainial breakthrough and discover Consonance.
I can’t wait to show you.
Summertime is my favorite. I like rivering and woodsing and campfire + guitaring. I like sweating and smacking mosquitoes. I like smelling like sunscreen and picking sticks and stones out of my Chacos. I like all those things. What I don’t like is being cold.
Happy April to you. Did you know April means to open? I don’t know about you but I’m looking forward to April’ing a cold one next to an evening campfire after kayaking the Broad River.
As of March 31st 2015, Jason Tasi’s debut art collection is published. Here’s the link to its page on Sky Island Publishing. It has not yet made its way to online stores but keep an eye on that link, I’ll be posting more as soon as there is more to post.
Good day to you all and welcome to March 2015. Tasi’s book, available soon by Sky Island Publishing, is being reviewed by IngramSpark right now. Assuming all is well it will be available in the next couple of weeks. Finally!
As you can see, web innovations are still under way. This is because…
My computer broke!
Well, the motherboard did.
A good bit of variety was added to the Compendium this month. First things first –
Turesia – This is a story about magic, monsters and war. And it will be one hell of a convoluted story. Too much so for one book. And although I’d like to avoid the necessity of a true sequel in any sense (I’d prefer people be able to read any book in any order) I don’t know that it will be possible with this one. So my idea for this story, currently, is to have two books, to be read in either order, and a third finale. I’ll iron out the drafts to determine whether I should stand by this.
Elibubo – Pencil 1 – Jason Tasi. I love this one. Elly’s expression perfectly captures that indifference you might find on a domesticated cat. It never gets old, seeing a new artist’s interpretation of a creature from Silexare.
Angry Mer – Tracy E Flynn – Tracy captured this scene well. I especially like the mer’s shadow on the water. For me it adds a sense of imminent despair.
Mer – I could spend a day or even a few days with these guys. So long as there’s an exit strategy.
Uergatas – I’ve been waiting a long time to introduce this race. Of all creatures, races, deities, or sub-deities on Silexare, the Uergatas are among my favorite. I can’t wait to populate the art.
Ideally this month will see the release of Jason Tasi’s debut art book, full of his own creations. It will release as hardback only, available in online stores and wherever Tasi might be found. This endeavor, like so many of late, is new territory for me and for him and for Sky Island Publishing. But all pieces are in place to make this project a success.
A bleak month on the blog. Only one entry to speak of.
Introducing Jason Tasi & the Latest on Sky Island Publishing. I felt it was high time to share my excitement with you all. As usual, you’ll find more enthusiasm in that blog than here.
I’ve become a bit enamored of The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth (on PS4, as it were). It’s a roguelike dungeon explorer, inspired by the original Legend of Zelda, but all in fast forward, and with more powerups, collectables and upgrades than you can shake a bloody, severed limb at. The levels are randomly generated and all creatures and items are randomly rolled and so you’re guaranteed never play the exact same game twice. If you’re going to embark on this seriously, I recommend having an item guide handy.
Obviously, it’s my intent to unveil Tasi’s debut. It’s also my intent to have a completed Turesia draft. Time will tell.
Stay safe and warm during the holidays. Calm the hell down about blowing all your money during Christmas. Don’t get carried away with your fireworks.
I’m writing once more. And at a decent clip. 1,000 + words a day is good for me, considering everything else going on. For this I’ve been neglecting blog and video games. Last month I mentioned that the first draft would be done. It’s not. But I feel pretty good about the current momentum and energy and direction.
Artwork added this month by
Entries added this month
I’ve been wondering how exactly to release the story I’m working on. What I’m leaning toward is a three-book set. Diventae’s story will be first. Then Odesta’s. Then the rest… from the point that they meet forward. I like the idea of releasing shorter books more often than huger books every year or two.
Also in the planning stages is a book of art by Mr. Tasi himself. I’m not going to go into further detail until he and I have ironed out more details. This will be the first of several collaborations. We’ve also mentioned bringing to life the “Mythic Bestiary of Tiasa” as mentioned in ASH. THAT would be amhazzing. (And by ‘would be’ I mean ‘will be’)
Only one blog this month. Again, I’ve been writing story. If I have to choose one, story will come first.
Jonny Atma – On a really good friend of mine and fellow rocker / video game soundtrack enthusiast. One day we’ll meet, then he’ll know I exist.
I’m writing in Turesia!
Still grinding at Destiny occasionally. It’s fun still. Intense. But the leveling system past level 20 could use an overhaul. It’s entirely possible to play for a couple of hours and get nowhere at all.
The Walking Dead is amazing this season.
It’s hard to continue to like SOA. Everyone just kills at will, not even for justifiable reasons, then lies about it. There’s a place for that, I think, but not the final season. It’s just making me not care.
I’m going to let Nanowrimo fuel my progress with the book. If I complete 50k words this month, I’ll have a first draft. There’s my most concrete goal.
See you guys
The Compendium became live late August, but I figure I should drop a line or two here about the content that was added throughout the month.
Artwork was all Tracy this month. We have Setuar Concept Art, and Crossing the Trevet Concept Art.
Entries – Setuar, The Trevet River, and The Imalasial.
Still marching forward on Turesia.
Also, I’ve added a new section to this very website called Short Stories. I added three stories in September – The Other Cemetery, Pier 27, and The Last Mail (stupid title, I know. But you know what? I don’t care).
Only one this month.
Turesia – This one sheds some light on Turesia’s progress and has a video of the map creation (along with some sweet tunes).
I’m not going to lie. I’ve been playing mucho games lately.
The Last of Us. This is an amazing game and probably among my top ten of all time. I’ve never been this gripped by a story in a video game before. The voice acting and motion capture acting are unparalleled. The music and sound help create the most immersive post-apocalyptic world I’ve ever explored. I hate that it’s exclusively Sony. But if you were on the fence about which latest gen console to buy… this would be a deciding factor for me.
Destiny. I was a huge Halo fan when Martin and Michael were composing for it. Then Halo got old. Long story short, Destiny is an invigoration of Halo games. If you liked Halo, you’ll love it. ASSUMING you don’t mind teaming up with like-minded warriors to battle huge monstrosities on the moon or Venus. And I don’t mind that at all.
Shovel Knight. A blast-from-the-past sort of game. It has characteristics from the best NES titles; Mega Man, Super Mario 3, Ducktales, and more. The chiptune soundtrack is amazing. It was composed by Jake Kaufman (aka Virt) and I happily purchased it from his Bandcamp site.
It’s high time I set a solid goal. I tend to wander without one. Therefore –
By this time next month, the first draft of Turesia will be done.
Hopefully more than the first but we’ll see. Hopefully I’ll even have some excerpts to post.
If you haven’t seen my debut, A Sawmill’s Hope, check out a sample here.
It’s a good book, if I do say so. I’m not being haughty. I had to hear that from several unlikely sources before I admitted it myself. And it’s a healthy thing to admit, considering the time and effort that went into it.
See you guys soon.