I'm at about the 110,000 word mark in Elf Righteous. It will be a bit longer than Elf Mastery and Elf Doubt, which are each about 120,000 words, but the last part of the book is already fairly planned out and I just need to get it down. I am house sitting and taking care of a dog for a few weeks. This means out of my own home and its distractions most of the day, but I have a little dog that needs some attention throughout the evening. Anyway cute little dog - she is old and missing some teeth so her tongue is constantly lolling out the side of her mouth. Also some leakage issues so there is often some clean-up when I get back to the house in the afternoon.
Anyway my goal is to have Book 3 finished by December, and be ready for beta reading by January.
Just thought I'd pop in and let you know how I'm progressing in Elf Righteous. I'm nearing the 100,000 word mark, but it's looking like this one might end up closer to 140,000 words (the others were about 120,000). I'm also making some pretty big (but I think exciting) changes. Would like to be ready for beta readers by January so I can have the book out in April, but we'll see. I have a bit of spare time at the moment to get more writing done, but may be looking at moving soon. We'll see. Will try to hammer out as much as I can while I can.
Also have hired someone to make Elf Mastery into an audiobook, so that's pretty exciting! Will post the link once it is available.
Well, I think the opening of the video I am working on came out pretty well so wanted to share it here:
I've been working on a side project trying to promote my books which involves creating Youtube videos. I will be doing some Elf Mastery videos, but am at the moment animating some GURPS campaigns I ran a few years back. Here is an image sampling the next episode in which the characters time-traveled to 1888 London to save Mary Jane Kelly and capture Jack the Ripper. Just wanted to post it because I think the team came out looking pretty sharp:
Not bad for someone who can't draw! I am learning, of course, but still limited to doing what I need to produce specifically for production. I draw the images in Photoshop, extrude them as 3D images and export them as Collada files, correct the Collada files in Blender, then import them into DAZ to apply the textures properly and set up and animate the scenes.
If you'd like to see the videos I've already created, here is the link to the first one:
Just had an author interview posted at https://eauthorresource.wordpress.com/.
I've been wanting to start a Youtube channel to talk about writing but didn't want to record myself talking into the character. So, I came up with a character named Professor Krag, an orc who teaches elements of writing. Curious for feedback if the character/content are engaging. Done in the style a lot of Youtubers use with the stillframe avatar. Anyway let me know what you think. Here's the link:
While I was recording audio for Elf Mastery I found a few spots with misplaced/omitted commas, awkward wording, etc. and decided to do another edit. I also changed the font of the body of text to Book Antiqua, so hopefully that's a little more pleasant for readers than Times New Roman. Should be up shortly on Amazon - I've uploaded it, but it needs to pass inspection.
Also looking for opportunities to promote my book! Will be sending a copy to CBC book division.
Taking a bit of a break but plan on recording Elf Doubt as well.
I've got a Wacom tablet and have decided to learn how to draw. I'd like to learn to sketch my own characters, and went looking for models online so I can get used to tracing their features. The first I found was bang-on for how I imagine Kyla (at least in Book One):
While Kyla's shirts would likely have fewer buttons, even the color scheme looks right. So, this girl's face is my new reference image for learning to draw Kyla. I haven't found reference images for the others yet. I feel like learning to draw is going to take some time.
I've spent the past few weeks recording Elf Mastery in an effort to distribute an audiobook to gain exposure. One reason it's free is because I recorded it in my living room, and I'm not a voice actor, but I think it actually came out pretty well. Anyway feel free to download it and have a listen. I would truly appreciate it if you'd leave a review for Elf Mastery on Amazon/Goodreads. Maybe even pick up the ebook or paperback on Amazon if you enjoyed the audiobook!
Due to the file size, I haven't found a way to upload it to either Weebly or Soundcloud, so for now I have placed the mp3 in Dropbox. Let me know if you have trouble accessing it. Just press the button below for the link, click the 'Open with' tab, press it, and there should be an option to download. File size is about 570 MB.
Audio is about 12 hours long - nice for a road trip or long flight!
EDIT: I was able to get it uploaded to soundcloud when I split it into 2 files (about 6 hours each). Here are links to those:
As I have likely mentioned before, Elf Mastery was originally intended as a cartoon. I had made a pitch bible and everything, and had several scripts written up, complete with accompanying songs. That plan was set aside after a discussion with someone in the animation industry, after which I decided to write it as a book first. Digging back into old files, I have found some of these old scripts and the lyrics to the songs and thought I would post them here.
To start, here is an early version of the script when the working title was Earth Unlimited.
Here are some songs I had written. One is a song between Kyla and her father as she is leaving home; another is Denzig the dragon's introduction to Kyla; one is a song explaining Lili's rationale to being mean to people; and one is a song sung by the people who spin the earth on its axis. Most of the scenes surrounding these songs were included in the book, save Lili's song. Her mindset is revealed much more slowly in the books, though I think it eventually gets there.
Just a little look back at the origins! I still like a lot of the ideas, and would love to try again to make this into a cartoon someday.
Bryant Reil currently resides in Kelowna, BC. Recent accomplishments include completing a Master's degree, and having finished two books, Elf Mastery and Elf Doubt. The third book, Elf Righteous, is underway.