Jesus, I’m terrible at this. November 2016 was my last blog post? Oops! But well I’ve been busy, what with the lack of motivation and other things…
But here we are! It’s spring 2017 and I have some exciting news – the cover art is done! Well the front anyway! =D
LOOK AT THAT BEAUTIFUL THING! LOOK. AT. IT! It was drawn by UK based Manga artist, Sonia Leong! You can find more of her amazing work here – www.fyredrake.net or if you’re more social media minded, you can find her on Twitter and Facebook respectively. The wording of the cover is being done by a chap called Ken Dawson of Phoenix Designs. The rear cover is also being designed by Sonia and should be with us very soon! I can’t wait to see it!
As for the book itself, the editing is coming along nicely, I’m aiming to have the next set done by the end of this week. That will then mean another step closer. I will apologise for taking an absolute age to get this done, but it’s not been an easy task. For those who have read the original publication, this time around, it’s a little different. Some things have fundamentally changed, but the premise is the same. But you have to understand when you change something so small in once place, it changes a lot of things elsewhere in the story, so you have to ensure it all ties up together. It WILL be a better book for it, but you can’t rush perfection, or even me it seems!
Now, moving onto the “something a little different” part. I’ve begun visiting two new ways of furthering myself as a creative individual. Firstly, I’ve begun a proof reading and editing course, run by Chapter House. This will hopefully allow me to become a better writer and help me self edit my work a lot better than I currently have done previously.
Secondly, now this may surprise some, I’ve decided to get back into the world of voice overs and voice acting! Seven years ago, I took a masterclass course with Gary Terzza (if you’ve ever watched Channel 4 at length, you’ve heard his voice). This allowed me to do some of my own voice over work and try and make a career out of it. It did land a few paid jobs, but unfortunately the relationship I was in at the time broke down and I had to move back home with the parents, it was only meant to be a short term thing. But fast forward seven years, I’m still there and my voice over work suffered for it. But I digress, in October 2016 at BristolCon, I met Diana Croft, a voice over artist who’s narrating some of my publisher’s audio books. We spoke very briefly, about VO and my work in the past and she encouraged me to join a programme called “Gravy for the Brain“, a voice over community run by Peter Dickson and Hugh Edwards. Now if you’ve ever watched X-Factor, you’ll know who Peter Dickson is. Maybe i’ll just type. “RHYYYDDDIIIAAAANN” and you’ll get it. The course is an absolute gold mine of information, I’ve learnt more in a week looking through this course than I ever did through a workshop. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not knocking the workshop, but I only had a few limited hours. Here, I’m getting everything I need! Thanks for the recommendation Di!
There we have it, Allan’s trying to make something of himself once more, let’s just hope that my parents can put up with me screaming into a microphone on a professional level, after all, they’ve done it during raid nights on Final Fantasy 14…..
Until Next time.