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Friday, September 20, 2013

Transition Progress

I wrote earlier in the week on my desire to work up a consistent blogging schedule.  Today, in order to start getting into the habit of blogging every Monday and Friday, I want to give an update on my progress.

I started writing a handful of short stories this week.  I plan most Fridays to include story posts for your reading pleasure.  The class I am taking from Holly Lisle is really helping, and requires that I write five short stories (flash fiction) as a part of the class.  I will write the beginnings for all five, then the middles, then the ends.  I completed the beginnings for two of the stories, and have ideas for the other three.  I plan to finish the beginnings by early next week in order to start on the middles.

I plan to have all the stories take place in Ryndaria (though that might not be clear in the story itself due to the 500 word confines of flash fiction).  They will further flesh out the world and give me a number of new characters to build off of.  So far, writing these stories has been a lot of fun, and I am excited to show them to you when they are finished.

I plan for Monday posts to be a mix of posts like this one, where I share what is going on with my writing (and painting... more on that in a moment) and reviews of other works.  I want to support fellow indie authors out there by letting you know about them and what they are writing.  I currently have three books I am reading and hope to review when they are complete:

  • The Legend of Finndragon's Curse by Richie Earl.  He also runs a fantastic blog: 1000 Worlds in 1000 Words ( where he posts the first 1000 words of fellow indie authors' books.  I highly recommend checking the blog out and I will have more thoughts on the book soon enough.
  • ANTics by Dakota Douglas.  This is a children's story set in the world of ants.  I met Dakota on twitter this week, and this book looks fun.  It is our next story time book with me and the kids, so the review will include their opinions as well.
  • The Black Collar by @OfTheWilds.  This is fantasy fiction posted on a blog about a dragon, from the dragon's point of view. 

The final update for today is on miniature painting.  I hope to paint a mini for each short story I post on the blog, but I will not hold stories back waiting for time to paint.  I am currently working on this frost giant general for one of the flash fiction stories I am working on.

As you can see, he is still very much a work in progress.  First, he is a much larger mini than the others.  He's a giant!  The figure is at least four times the size of the others I painted.  This means a lot more paint, and a lot more potential detail.  So painting him is slower than I expected.
Second, I wanted him to have blue skin, as frost giants tend to have.  This meant mixing colors to try and get the right tone for his skin.  I think it turned out pretty well, but it is a little uneven as I had to mix several separate times to make enough paint to cover his skin.  I should be able to clean that up with the final coat.


Since he lives in the frozen mountains of the north, I hope to be able to add an icy look to him in the end.  I expect I will do that with a lot of dry brush at the end after I complete the base coat and give him a good coat of wash.

Any suggestions on what colors to use for his clothes and weapons?  Please feel free to comment below.  I am open to suggestions on how to finish him!

Oh, before I forget, I have one more item on my painting.  I hope to convince my wife to help me out with pictures of the minis in the future.  She is an amateur photographer (gaining experience and taking classes herself), and I would love to feature some of her talent on the blog.  Those of you that know her, maybe you could put in an encouraging word for me?  :-)

Thanks again for reading.  I am excited for what's to come with and I hope you are as well.  Please, leave a comment or two down below.  I would love to hear your thoughts.

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