Amazon is going to launch a new publishing platform called Kindle Vella. The stories posted on there will be serialized shorts from 600 to 5,000 words per episode. My stories for Two Page Tuesdays won’t be eligible for the new platform as one of the rules is that you can’t post episodes freely available from another site. I don’t want to make people start paying for Shadow-Blessed. It started free, and that’s the way it’s gonna stay. Still, I’m excited to try out the Kindle Vella. If you’re up to all caught up on Shadow-Blessed, you may remember Storm Ryder, the actor who revealed his magic on camera. Before I knew it, I started thinking about stories revolving around him. Kindle Vella feels like a great opportunity to explore his character and the lighter side of magic. Moon Witch Taken, Moon Witch Lost, and Shadow-Blessed all explore higher-stake situations than I want to explore in this new series, Dramamancer. Long story short, I’ve designed the “cover” art for Dramamancer this week. I’m pretty happy with how it turned out.
Hey Fans, Friends, and Fellows,
I have a couple of friends who are big-time RuPaul Drag Race fans. I don’t share their level of enthusiasm for the show. I love seeing the queens’ craft/skill, but the drama of reality tv isn’t my jam. Anyway, I had this idea of a gift for my friends. Turning the board game Guess Who? into Guess Ru? (I’ve recently learned that this isn’t actually a brilliantly original idea only I thought of and there are actually Guess Ru? Sets on Etsy.)
I’m pretty proud of the way my version turned out, and I had fun making it. I started my friends’ boxes off with the queens from the first three seasons. I’m planning to add to their collections throughout the year. If you like this idea and want a copy for yourself, I’ve put up my files for download and a step-by-step guide on a new page here on my website: Digital Downloads.
Hey Friends, Fans, and Fellows,
I’ve been playing with the different brushes available in Autodesk Sketchbook and made a temporary book cover for my current work in progress. When the book is ready, I’ll hopefully get the cover art done by the artist who made the covers of Moon Witch Taken and Moon Witch Lost. This will be a nice placeholder for now. Plus it was pretty fun to make. Autodesk Sketchbook is a free app in the Apple app store by the way. If you’re an Apple user who wants to work on their digital art skills it is a good place to start.