Updates: Support Me at Patreon!

At the suggestion of some friends, I have created a Patreon account!  Patreon is essentially like Kickstarter in that it is crowdfunding, but in this case it also hearkens back to the old patronage system.  I’m asking my supporters for a monthly contribution to help me create my creative works, in return for perks and bonuses.

Of particular interest to Toy Soldier Saga fans:

  1. Even a $1 pledge gives you exclusive access to my Patron feed.  You get first notice for everything I produce: writing, music, YouTube videos, columns, books; you name it.  You also get exclusive behind-the-scenes information and patron-only video content.
  2. $5 gives you one of two options: a) In addition to exclusive access to my Patron feed, I will send you a free song of your choice.  I will need to know how to contact you. b) In addition to exclusive access to my Patron feed, I will send you a free e-copy of my fan-fiction book “A Few Good Elves.”  You will also be eligible to receive my print fan-fiction books when that milestone is reached.  I will need to know how to contact you.
  3. At $25: In addition to exclusive access to my Patron feed, and eligibility to receive my print fan-fiction books when that milestone is reached, I will send you mp3s of all of my current Pagan or filk music (please specify). I will need to know how to contact you.  Anyone who pledges at this level for at least three months will also receive mp3s of either the Gallows Hill goth rock EP (for the “Pagans”) or the Avalon Burning gothic metal EP (for the “filkers”).

 

Milestones:
  1. $100 per month: I will do a small, private print run of my fan-fiction books as I complete them.  This will help to cover printing costs and the cost of hiring an editor.  These will only be available to current Patrons as a special gift.
  2. $500 per month: I will make a radio play of my fan-fiction series the Toy Soldier Saga, including hiring voice actors and technicians. (Yes Cliff, that means you!)

Yes, this is my way of getting those print books out to you without challenging Wizards’ copyright.  Technically the borrowing of fan material like this is still not allowed, but note I’m not making any money on the books, nor do I intend to: this will be my way of personally thanking my Patrons, and they are gifts or milestone goals for Patrons only.  I was inspired to this idea by the plethora of amazing, professionally-produced Star Trek movies available through Kickstarter programs.  They are all not-for-profit endeavours, supported by fans and even the original Star Trek actors.  I figured this wasn’t any different!

In other updates, “A Few Good Elves” is currently undergoing a professional edit, and will be made available in chapters on FanFiction.net, where many other fanfic writers have tracked the interest of the professionals.  If I do, and if Wizards does decide they want to publish the Toy Soldier Saga, I will take it down everywhere it has appeared, so this may be your only opportunity to pick up the original.  Note that because of FanFiction.net’s policies, my infamous Chapter 15 will *not* be available on that site, and there may be other “edited for content” cuts.  I will let you know as soon as it’s posted!

In further updates, I have indeed decided to go ahead with Book Five, “The Mandate of Arvandor,” and am actively working on a promo Machinima video for it (which also helps me to clarify my thoughts and visualizations.)

Now, how’s the writing going?  Slow.  Slow because I find myself faced with the David Weber dilemma.  I am in position where it’s important to explain the nuts and bolts of the goings on of the War, but I want to avoid the tedious infodumps that Weber is infamous for.  Finding that balance is delicate, but I am plugging away at it.

That’s all the news that’s news for now. 🙂

Gallery

Gallery: Elves of the Elven Imperial Navy

This gallery contains 24 photos.

These pictures have all served as sources of inspiration for my image of the characters.  Source: Google, DeviantArt, Elfwood, Tumblr, Wizards Forums.  If you know who the artist is who created any of these images, please let me know so … Continue reading

The Unhuman Wars as Allegories of History, Part 2

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Elven Navy Officers.  Image from the Spelljammer comic. Elven Navy Officers. Image from the Spelljammer comic.

Since I have already likened the elves to the British in my first article in this series, which focused on the similarities between the Unhuman Wars and the World Wars, it would be consistent if I could say that the Elven Imperial Navy was an allegory for the British Royal Navy; and I believe I can.  The Unhuman Wars represent the major historical conflicts of the British Royal Navy; namely, the Anglo-Spanish War and the Napoleonic Wars.

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Toy Soldier Saga Update

I think it’s clear through recent posts that I am home again now and back to thinking about my novels.  I took the opportunity to catch up on cross-posting the relevant stuff from the Wildspace blog.  I am still involved in National Novel Writing Month and I am NOT writing Toy Soldier for that, but I will be back to work on the books again in a few days.  I’m not going to post any more chapters for Brothers in Arms until I am finished, however, since I have done several rewrites.  This will give me an opportunity to write the book in a different order and perhaps solve some of the difficulties I am having in bringing my disparate plot aspects together.

In other news, Spreecast is now charging per view to see old Spreecasts, so while it’s too much of a pain to take them all down, I think you should be aware of that.

I will be editing the books more thoroughly this winter and hope to progress to the audiobooks in the spring.  They are quite the undertaking and expect that it will be some time before you see them.

If you have any questions let me know!  I’ll keep plugging away at it . . . 🙂

Comet Song

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http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/comet-67p-song-captured-by-rosetta-spacecraft-1.2834947

If you’re a space science (and fantasy) nut like me, you’re sitting on the edge of your seat right now, reading everything coming out of the Philae and Rosetta spacecraft project.  This is what a comet sounds like; or at least, what this comet sounds like.  Do you think the starhands hear noises like this sailing in the cosmos?  I sure do!

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The Unhuman Wars as Allegories of History: Part 1

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Man-O-War vs. Mantis by Enildarion.  Source: http://www.http://lost.spelljammer.org/. Man-O-War vs. Mantis by Tilaurin. Source: http://www.http://lost.spelljammer.org/.

The Unhuman Wars are, in my opinion, some of the most interesting and sophisticated story elements ever to come out of D&D.  That’s because they are allegories for historical events.  One of the most significant allegories is the comparison between them and our World Wars.

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Scrospace (Dukagshspace)

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The following is a brief description of Scrospace, called Dukagshspace by its inhabitants, from my Toy Soldier Saga website:

Home sphere of the Scro Empire; burial site of Dukagsh, founder of the scro race, for whom the principle world of the sphere is named.  Our campaign had free license to do whatever we liked with this sphere, since the canon sources have limited themselves to describing Dukagsh as “a harsh world,” and explaining that the tomb of legendary hero Dukagsh is fixed in a stationary orbit around the planet Dukagsh’s North Pole.  Even fan material rarely mentions it; only a novel series called “The Bri’kerzz Sweep” touches on it at all, describing the destruction of Dukagsh’s Tomb by the protagonist’s ship, and there is nothing on the sphere’s statistics itself.  Hence, we were free to engage in full-fledged flights of fancy.  This sphere is the primary location of the events…

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Caer’Thunspace

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The following is a description of Caer’Thun space from the Toy Soldier Saga website.  It was created by Erin McRoy:

Caer’Thunspace is an ancient sphere which connects to Greyspace in a two-way flow, leads to Realmspace in a one-way flow, and is accessible from Spiralspace and Dragonspace.  It is the home to ancient elven cultures that may predate the Crown Wars of Toril and a variety of magically and technologically adept species and cultures.

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