When Mierna first peers in at the back of a performance…
New face model created in Blender 2.9. I like this one so much better than the other two attempts. He’s ready to be painted into any drawing now 🙂
Book One of Red Moon Rising Trilogy
Part II ~ Chapter 14 (Snippet)
“Jen?” Shafari held up a vial containing pink sand, rotating it slightly so that the nearby candlelight reflected off its inner contents. The sand slightly glistened with a multicolor radiance when illumined just right. He then removed its cap and took a sniff. At the first hint of drowsiness, he quickly held it away. “You are a legend, my friend.”
“More like an accident waiting to happen.” Jenario crossed his arms and glanced between the tent flaps toward the front entrance of their progressing city. The approach of night sent several individuals hurrying to light lanterns set up along the streets. As each was lit, their warm glow wavered along the stone walls that marked the perimeters of the city. “I only keep my stuff here because I didn’t want Abraham getting into anything. He’s been a handful lately.”
“He just needs room to grow.” With a sigh, Shafari set the vial back with a few other containers that Jenario had managed to scrounge together. “You know what your problem is? You don’t take enough credit for the things you do. Where would Nickademis be without all his medicines, hmm? It was you who made them.”
“But what?” Shafari stared hard at him. “Do you have any idea what this could mean? You’re not just some ordinary alchemist, Jen. There’re plenty who can throw some flowers in a pot of boiling water and call it an herbal concoction. But this? You actually changed the chemical properties of the sand itself. It’s now something completely different.”
“I don’t see how that’s possible.” Jenario picked up the same vial to examine it. “It fell over and broke, which wasn’t even my doing. And it’s not like I wasn’t doing what any other alchemist does. Throw plants in a pot!”
Breathes both above and below water. Concept creature for the novels.
Created for writing references for the novel.
Finally finished another chapter in the No’va Book IV. Phew! This one took a while to get done and also gave me the hardest time trying to decide on an ending. Now that I’m ready to move into the next chapter, I’ve got to stop and think about where the characters stand and what will be the next course of action. I’m thinking of pausing to go back to the ones in the prologue who are being shown everything so we can briefly reflect, take a break, tie up loose ends, then dive back into it!
Finally, chapter 13 in the second part of No’va, Book IV is about to be complete. Here’s a snippet.
It was not the swift rise of muddy water white-capping from the corner of his eye, but the building sound of something rushing forward that exploited his inner fear. He could do little else but raise his arms in the act of defense as a gnash of teeth snapped shut inches from his body. A thud, followed by the crack of what sounded like bone snapping echoed within the confines of the mist. Ahead of him, his companions turned to look. In the few moments it took for Phine to realize he had never been touched, and at a shout from another, he lowered his arms to see why the pause.
Phine recoiled in shock at a long snout, filled with sharp teeth, seeming to grin up at him. The head was motionless, suspended from a body that appeared to be skewered into the mud from a mysterious pole. It was only when he sought where that pole came from that he understood the reason for the shout. The “pole”, or what he had assumed was one, slowly withdrew, lifting its dripping prey along with it like a spindly spider’s leg. The water’s tarnished surface reminded him of rust on dirty metal, only the rust was the blood of a large crocodile being pulled under.
In the next Mierna book, I had originally titled it “Mierna & the Fae of Chance” because it represented a second chance for those who did not survive in the modern world. I’m thinking of renaming it to “Mierna & the Keeper of Nightmares” because it’s all about Talia’s control of nightmares and how she becomes ensnared in the Nightmare Incubus’ plans to expand its growth and power.
Along the way, Mierna meets a curious little púca known as Wexel. She learns he was given a second chance after his science project exploded at school, disintegrating him in the moment.
From “No’va” Part 2, Chapter 12
In a crouched position, her eyes opened wide in both fear and awe at the largest bear she had ever witnessed. The sound she had heard was its claws digging into the bark of a tree where honeybees had made a nest. She could hear the buzzing of its angry keepers swarming around the animal. At last, after making a large enough opening, it dipped a paw inside and withdrew a chunk of honeycomb. A thick mesh of mossy colored fur made it hard to pick out a vulnerable place to strike. Still, she began to ready her crossbow when a hand suddenly stopped her.
In surprise, she looked up to find Thomas Gracie standing over her. He held a finger to his lips and just shook his head.
“Don’t,” he whispered harshly and crouched next to her.
“A coat like that would be useful during the winter months,” she defended.
“You’d make Nathan proud, but even if you did kill it, we’re still far from our destination.” He nodded toward the water. “And we didn’t bring anything to really wrap precious goods to keep from getting wet, either.”
The young Trapper sighed. “Supposing you’re right. I would still try it on the way back.”
They looked again toward the place of swarming bees and ripped tree bark only to find it empty. They never heard it move on until a pound of large footsteps and snarls came charging at them.
Thomas Gracie flung the female aside as the giant Rubark bear plowed through the foliage, briers clinging to its bedraggled fur in clumps. As the leader nearly fell over backwards in attempts to get away himself, it stood on its hind legs, opened a set of jaws filled with sharp teeth, and let out a spittle-flying roar.
I’m planning to have this top image toward the end of the first Mierna book. These were the different poses I created using Blender. I was able to rig the body so it’s now posable, which is great for action shots in future illustrations.