Cover Reveal for FROM UNSEEN FIRE

It's here, it's here! At long, long last, I can reveal the cover for From Unseen Fire: Isn't it gorgeous? I'm totally in love with it. Thanks to artist Tran Nguyen, who really nailed a fantastic look, and to the whole team at DAW for getting this put together. And, thanks to Unbound Worlds for hosting … Continue reading Cover Reveal for FROM UNSEEN FIRE

Visualizing FROM UNSEEN FIRE

Tonight's #17Scribes Twitter chat (and yes, I'm still part of that group even though my debut got moved two days into 2018 -- they refused to part with me!) was focused on visualizing elements of our novels. I put together some image sets, and I thought I'd share them with y'all! First off, how I … Continue reading Visualizing FROM UNSEEN FIRE

The Charms of Cartography

I mention all of this because, when you're writing a fantasy historical epic, having maps is rather crucial to keeping one's head in place and places in one's head.

Word Cloud for the Current Draft

New Draft, New Word Cloud

The Cast of Aven: The Vitelliae

There's a lovely Roman women dollmaker, and I like to play dress-up sometimes. Because I'm an adult. The male dollmaker isn't quite as good, since it pretty well only works for military costume, not casual or senatorial, but since Gaius here is a tribune, it'll do.  The lack of togate options did mean I had to … Continue reading The Cast of Aven: The Vitelliae

Pinterest Inspiration Board for Aven

Aven Inspiration Board -- Also a great way to catalog bits of research to keep in mind.

Word Clouds for ‘Aven’ Manuscript

I love word clouds. There's just something mesmerizing about them, and they can be so weirdly artistic, too. I got sort of addicted to them at work, actually, because we use them for various teaching purposes. I've done them for Aven three times now: once right after I finished the first draft, once after I'd done … Continue reading Word Clouds for ‘Aven’ Manuscript

The Painting That Started It

Before I began work on Aven, I had been entertaining the idea of a Roman-set fantasy for a while. It seemed to me that there was so much untapped potential there. Since so many fantasies get the typical western-European medieval/early-Renaissance treatment, but with Rome, you get so many different things -- a more diverse population (not … Continue reading The Painting That Started It

Introducing the Ladies of The Antares Project

The clothing is a little more fanciful and a little less historically-sound than I'm really imagining, but all the same, these are reasonable approximations. Haven't yet found a steampunk dollmaker I like well enough for menfolk, so I can't introduce you to the gents yet. 😉