I'm just starting Draft 3. I wanted to do beta reading after Draft 2, but the ends of Acts I and III still need work. I'm hoping that reviewing the story will help organize my thoughts on those sections, which are proving a challenge. Still shooting for an April release date, though may be later in the month rather than earlier. I have already started work on the cover, and have contacted the artist and provided a mock-up of what I'm hoping to do, though we can't finish the cover design completely until the book is complete and formatted for print, as the width of the spine is determined by the final page count. But we can get most of the work done.
Audio book for Elf Mastery should be ready to go in the next couple weeks as well, so I'm excited to see how that turns out! Voices provided by Merphy Napier, who has a channel on Youtube.
There is a chance I may get a job that will require me to move, which may provide some delays here and there, but the competition has been running so long I'm hoping to finish everything before that happens.
I'm nearing the end of the second draft of Elf Righteous, but truth to tell I'm not actually done the book's ending. I wanted to fix up some elements in the middle of the book and had to do that first as they affected the end. I'm nearly at 130,000 words - already longer than Elf Mastery or Elf Doubt, and was expecting to get to 140,000. I think it may go longer than that, though I do usually have an edit where I excise any extra material. Anyway was hoping to get into beta reading right in the New Year, but may be a couple weeks yet. Overall though I've made some changes that I really enjoy so I think it was worth it.
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.
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.