TWIP: Cats, ties, and random crap (long post to catch up!)

Some weeks in photos

Paperback now available

The proof copies came a lot sooner than I expected (that is, than Amazon originally said they would), and I love they way they look. I think for a future edition I will make the gutter margins a little wider, and there is at least one spot where the word processor did that thing it sometimes does with the text justification where it separates the words out all widely. These are minor concerns, though, so I went ahead and made the print edition available.

I dreamed that the binding was so poor that half the pages were coming detached at the first readthrough XD But in reality I have read quite a bit of it (random segments) in the proof copy I’ve been carrying around with me like a security blanket, and it feels sturdy enough. The matte cover is gorgeous.

I asked my parents (literally the only persons that have read this book all the way through as yet) to seed the official website with questions/comments I would want to answer publicly so as to show future visitors how that works, but so far only one question has been forthcoming, and it happens to need the same post image as the very previous post -__- But the kids don’t have their copy yet, so there’s still some time.

I ordered 10 copies at cost. I’ll sign one for the two distant families (and see if brother wants a signed official copy, since I gave him one of the proofs already), and send those off, and then keep the rest around for anyone that wants to buy one directly from me instead of ordering online. Oh, I suppose I’d better sign one for grandma too.

Anyway, this is all still extremely exciting and delightful for me. Here are the informative images again, if anyone around here is interested:


Yes, that’s right: my darling sister finished drawing the cover illustration for this novel, which is now in the process of publication. The link above leads to the official site, where there are purchase links to Amazon and Barnes & Noble. At the moment only the ebook versions are available; paperbacks will be out in the next couple of weeks.

The reason I’m using images rather than text here is that the book (and its series and its website) are PG-rated and dedicated to my young nephews and niece. Not like it’s a big huge secret that I’ve also written less family-safe stuff over here; I just don’t want some kid to go searching for the series or book title and turn up this archive. There’ll be plenty of opportunity for that when they’re older XD

So this book is YA portal fantasy. Yeah, it’s pretty much what I always write: a focus on character interaction and introspection against a backdrop of fantasy adventure. Fans of swashbuckling action may be disappointed, and the very nephews and niece to whom it’s dedicated may not like it, but I love it to pieces. And obviously I’ll be happy if anyone else reads and enjoys it!

Though I’m extremely happy as it is. The cover art is freaking gorgeous, and at the very least the Kindle ebook looks fantastic. Also? I’ve mentioned Alexa reads Kindle books aloud, right? I’ve been having her read mah very own novel to me from my Echo Dot lately, and it’s so much fun.

I’m still working on filling the official website with commissioned art; it’s been somewhat difficult, since the majority of the characters are non-human (and of those only a few of them even qualify as “anthro”), so a lot of artists aren’t up to drawing them. But it’s working out, and that’s exciting. I’ll draw some more art of my own for it eventually, too.

Anyway, I’m working on the second book, and eagerly awaiting the proof copies for the paperback editions. I’m ecstatic about this; it’s a project that’s been extremely long in the making, and now it’s finally in its final stage!

Productivity Log Lite (a.k.a. What’s Going On Around Here)

1 week ’til I turn 38!

Yes, I’ve barely posted anything lately, even non-artistic stuff like photo logs. There’s a great big fat reason for this, and that is TLY.

This book is a hair’s breadth from being finished. In fact the edits I’m making at this point are so minor I could easily declare the book done, but I haven’t yet because I’m still waiting on the cover illustration my sister is drawing. As soon as that’s ready, though, it’s puuuuuublication time.

And I can’t think about anything else, much less spend free time (such as might be used on photo posts and real PL’s and shit) on aaaaaanything ellllllllllse. I’m only even making this entry here as a break between bouts of editing.

So, yeah. Regularly scheduled program will recommence as soon as this thing is released. Oh, and then there’ll also be a new book available. So there.