Monday, January 27, 2014

Time to get real...about Fantasy.


I figured since I just did another "sorry for my absence" post I should do an update post. I have some—maybe lofty—goals set for this year. I am very confident that I will accomplish them though.

First, I am planning to release the next Light Bringer book, actually titled, Light Bringer, in late April early May. I got my cover artist working with me again and can't wait to do a reveal soon. 

Second, is a book I have been working on while revising the Light Bringer books. Its working title is, The Andious Seed. I am hoping to finish this and have it out by August. This book has been really fun to work on and I can't wait to see what people think. I did an excerpt from it a bit back for Lucky Sevens. You can read that here.

I am extremely excited for these to come out. They have been challenging at times, but always fun. 

Next on the list is the illustrations I'm working on. They are for a chapter book about a worm named Dirt. It has really been a great experience. I really like trying to add a bit of flavor to someone else's writing. If you want to know more about DiRT, go here.

Last on my list of planned works is something close to my heart. It prompted me to draw the "serious" picture of Bax and Axie above. Anything we write should be something we treasure and be almost like a child to us. Still, for over fifteen years I have worked on building and cultivating a world for me to write epic fantasy books in.  I talked about feeling unworthy of writing the books in my first IWSG post. This past year taught me that the only way to get where you want in your writing is to write. 

This year will see the first completed MS for this world. I am super nervous, but so far writing in this world has felt like coming home. I am not ready to share any details yet, but as the year progresses I hope to add some drawings and maybe some excerpts from the story. 

Somewhere in there a baby will be born and most likely many curve balls thrown my way. Still, I can't be more excited for this year. I truly believe this will be the year I become what I have always hoped to be.

One more thing. If you love giveaways there are some cool prizes over at Easy Reader. Also a pretty fun coffee chat happening there as well. 

Now I got to go see all your wonderful blogs and say hi.

Anyway, what is the year looking like for you guys? As always have fun and keep writing. 



26 comments:

  1. I'm so impressed by your hard work and commitment to writing.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. Thank you. It is a love of mine and we all know you can't stay away from your love.

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  2. You have a lot of exciting things happening on so many fronts, and that's a wonderful thing. There's nothing like a new path or two to pep things up a bit, right?

    I so enjoy your drawings, by the way.

    And thanks for the promo! I think this week's Coffee Chat will feature muffins, so bring your food-of-the-week thoughts with you on Thursday. :)

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    1. I will have to think of a good one. It is nice to have a lot going on makes me feel like I'm going somewhere.

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  3. You can do it!
    Late April would be a good time. Catch the tail end of the A to Z frenzy before everyone goes on break for May.

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    1. That is a good idea. I think I have my theme for A-Z.

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  4. Ditto what Alex said - you can do it. Although I find these days setting lofty goals is a set up for me, but i'm much older than you. Rather, I set an intention. Then I don't feel like a failure if I don't meet my deadline. Good luck. And a baby? How exciting.

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    1. It truly will be a lot of work,but deadlines tend to push me. Let's see how far I can push lol.

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  5. What an exciting year. Lots of hard work, diapers, writing, illustrations, and book releases coming up, how awesome! I almost feel like taking a nap in your honor… lol

    FANTASTIC drawing, by the way. So intrigued to learn about this fantasy world!

    And, and, and thanks for sharing the giveaway ;)

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    1. Yes you may take all my naps I have a feeling I wont find them in my future lol.

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  6. You do have a lot on your plate. Maybe those goals are lofty, but it is better to aim high and fall short than the reverse.

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    1. I agree. If I let myself be happy with smaller goals I would never see what I'm capable of.

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  7. Write write write! You're so freaking write! (right?) And amidst all the stuff I have going on I haven't had time to stop and write lately... Let me rephrase. I haven't been willing to sacrifice precious moments of chill time to write instead.
    You have lots of WIPs. That's awesome. The very best thing you can do is just keep producing. The worst thing would be to stop!
    Going to check out your excerpt now!

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    1. Yeah I for sure am just pushing ahead with it all.

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  8. Congrats on both of your babies. I myself just had a little one last Spring. It's been a delight.

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    1. I love being a dad, it is one of my favorite things in my life. I can't wait to hold him and have him just be around me all day.

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  9. I see you're keeping yourself hyper-busy and it sounds you're having a great time. Good for you, Brandon! Keep writing, keep drawing and keep living!

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    1. I'm trying Al. I figured it was time for me to stop waiting you know? I have to get by your blog I feel I am falling off getting around to everyone.

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  10. Brandon, you are SO VERY talented. Very. Love the drawing. And I can't wait to hear about this new world... I'm sure it's epic! :)

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    1. Thank you, it is nice to hear. I can't wait to share more about it.

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  11. You have always inspired me, and this post just inspires me all over again. Sending good energy for all your stuffs going on this year. Each thing is it's own rush -- thank whatever ancients you believe in for that, eh?

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    1. Hey, I just re-posted not to long ago, the guest spot I did on your blog. It is nice to see you back and blogging. Thank you for the energy I will need it.

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  12. Aloha!

    Dude, I *know* you can do it... but get as MUCH done as you can before Baby comes... 'cos for at least the first few weeks/months, you'll be a Zombie wannabe due to lack of sleep :)

    GOOD LUCK - and best wishes for an awesome 2014 :)

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    1. Thank you. I am trying hard to make sure as much is done. It has been a while but I remember the brain dead months that follow a new born, lol.

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  13. you got this "bro". I want to sound cool like Mark, even though he's so not. hahahaha... I love the artwork. It's amazing!!!

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    1. Thank you. And come on he is pretty cool.

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