June news — Time for winter writing spells

The Ruon Chronicles

Finally the first draft of the new first chapter of The Knowledge Stones is finished! Huzzah! Basically the first and third chapters are brand new in order to flesh out the story and and characters and, you know, not pants the whole novel. I’m posting the first part on Patreon tomorrow, so if you’re a Patron, you’ll have access to that post of many others that are only available to read there.

Winter is (more) properly here now

With it being nearly mid-winter, the days are now getting colder (Well, colder for me. Apparently I have anti-freeze in my blood and basically live in my summer clothes right through the year). But, with the longer evenings and dark mornings come some vacation days that I’ve taken around my birthday and which I am planning to spend writing and crafting and just resting.

That said, I am busy designing some more charms for The Ruon Chronicles that I will embroider throughout June and post here and on Instagram. Now I just need to figure out what all the charms mean…

Pain and fever Ruon charm combined

Maps! And moar maps!

While the main map for the world of Airtha-Eyrassa has already been drawn by hand, I’m now digitising the map and some of the other maps that go with The Knowledge Stones. Well, okay, doing it with software rather than just scanning the map into a PDF and working from there. I do prefer drawing with pencil and paper still, though. I very much doubt that I will suddenly turn into a digital art maestro! I don’t mind importing it afterwards and making it a more crisp image that I can use otherwise, however.

Here’s an example of one of the maps I have tried digitising:

By Carin Marais

Bibliophile, writer of speculative fiction, non-fiction, and maybe-fiction, language practitioner, doer of stuff.

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