More Fox/V8

I’ve put together a small collection of some more Fox concept art I produced since I got the V8 version together. There’s not a bad pinup there, but for the digital art, “wow, that looks real” guys it’s also a great close-up of her face so you can see things like the tiny hairs along her jaw and ears which just add a hint of realism. Not sure why I bother with that kind of thing, tbh, because the book covers are usually rendered at a distance where you can’t tell… I didn’t think I was that much of a perfectionist.

You can find the pictures here. They are not suitable for work.

Hot; too hot

The United Kingdom has a unique climate. Our weather tends to avoid the extremes you see in Europe. We don’t (usually) get the real highs or lows. I’ve sat in summer temperatures in the Netherlands which were over 30C (86F) while the UK was in the 20s. This is great, most of the time, but it means that when we do get extremes, we aren’t set up to cope.

We don’t get real highs, so we don’t have air conditioning. Oh, I could really go for air conditioning right now. I was cooler in Arizona in the summer.

Hot… Too hot…

Genesis 8

Genesis 8 (female) is out with a load of clever new stuff… Usual marketing blurb… What can I do with it?

Well, Fox was my first G3/V7 character, so I figured I’d see if I could recreate her using G8/V8. It took… quite a while, but I got this in the end…

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Looks pretty much like her, I think. I’ll probably play more tomorrow.

If you’re interested in how easy it was to build that (it wasn’t especially), the image links to DeviantArt, and there are more details in the comments under the picture there.

Wild Speculation

There is now a page on the site which I will be barely looking at the Wild Speculation page. This is basically a place to post spoilers and speculations based on those spoilers. Big warning: DON’T GO NEAR IT unless you’ve read the books (or the ones you want to anyway).

This page is for you guys to post whatever you like in the way of theories and guesses about my books, the characters, the hanging threads you think I’ll pick up, the little hints you think I’ve left… Whatever. I am going to avoid responding unless something is so outrageously wrong I think it could actually hurt the plots, or I think someone’s wandered into “I’m not comfortable with that kind of behaviour” territory.

Get speculating.

Not Wild Speculation

In the not wild speculation category, I have been updating the What I’m Working On page. I think it’s about accurate now.

The big news there, really, is that I’ll be doing another Fox Meridian book once Misfit Witchcraft is in the proverbial can. This one will be called Eden Burning, and will feature the usual blend of technological crime and kickass heroine. Though this one is a little more action-packed than some of the others (I think, haven’t written it yet) and will, once again, result in a major upheaval in Fox’s life. I think I might be sending her to Mars in the book after this one (whenever that happens), to hunt for Martians. I just can’t let the girl have time off…

Misfit Magic

Okay, it’s out.

 

 

Some Notes on Draconia

These are a few things to know about the world Misfit Magic is set in before you dive in. Well, to be honest, you can likely get away with not knowing any of this, but maybe it adds a little colour.

Draconia is about 2% smaller than the Earth and it’s average distance from its star (a G2V, just like our Sun) is 0.93AU. It has one moon, which is tide-locked to the planet (like ours) so that you always see the same face, but that moon takes 12 days to orbit Draconia.

The 12-day lunar cycle is reflected in a 12-month year of 328 days. Most months are 27 days, except for the three summer months and the last month of the year, which have 28 days. Weeks are seven days long (because there are seven colours of dragons). Days are 24 hours in length (actually; I did the maths).

As far as seasons go, Draconia diverges from Earth in a couple of ways. Earth has quite a pronounced axial tilt and a fairly circular orbit. This means that our seasons are largely governed by our axial tilt: summer when our hemisphere has longer days, winter when they are shorter. Draconia has, basically, the same seasons in both hemispheres because its orbital eccentricity dominates. The average surface temperature in summer is 52.6C/126.6F, while in winter this falls to 6.9C/44.4F. The axial tilt is also smaller than Earth’s and faces ‘the other way.’ Winter days in the northern hemisphere are longer than summer days, but the differences are smaller overall.

There are two (known) major continents and one fairly large island on the planet. In the north is Frostfall, noted for having a number of fairly tall mountains and a region of permafrost up around the pole. In the south is Greenland, a continent largely composed of savannah, forest, and jungle. Greenland tends to get more extremes of weather since the axial tilt adds to the effect of the orbital eccentricity. Between Frostfall and Greenland lies Concordance, and on Concordance is Concord City, which is where our story will unfold. Concordance is an island about 620 miles east-west and 510 miles north-south. It’s just north of the equator, which makes for a fairly equitable climate, though it can get pretty hot in summer.

Concordance used to be the home of one of the royal dragon families until the Majesty War almost 1000 years ago. Following that war, the other families decided that they needed to settle their differences without (too much) bloodshed, and since they had wiped out the rulers of the island, they would make the newly renamed Concordance the place to meet and discuss problems. Concord City was created specifically as a meeting place and the island’s government is more or less democratic since none of the families wanted any of the others owning the place. Thus Concordance has a fairly liberal legal system, fairly just taxes, actual representation for all dragons on the ruling counsel, etc.

Under the True Freedom For Women Act of 634, all bra manufacturing on Concordance was made punishable by hanging and all female dragons under the age of 600 were banned from wearing bras. After 600, scaffolding was made a state medical benefit. The legal system is that good.

One of the paragraphs above is a joke. Which one is left as an exercise to the reader. I’m trying to do a map of the planet, though you won’t really need it for this book. Fantasy worlds are supposed to have maps. If I can get the software to do what I tell it to do.

Additional: I was asked for the days and month names. This is copied straight from my OneNote reference.

Weekdays: Royalday, Indigoday, Redday, Blueday, Greenday, Yellowday, Silverday.

Months

  • Snowfall, 27 days.
  • Springate, 27 days.
  • Planting, 27 days.
  • Newling, 27 days.
  • Summergate, 28 days.
  • Midsummer, 28 days. Leap years add an extra day.
  • Highsummer, 28 days.
  • Autumngate, 27 days.
  • Harvest, 27 days.
  • Autumn, 27 days.
  • Wintergate, 27 days.
  • Midwinter, 28 days. Leap years add an extra day during the midwinter festival.

Misfits Character Art

I’ve put some of the character concept artwork I did for the Misfits books up on ArtStation. Later today I should be doing a post about the setting (yet another attempt to provide useful information for readers) and the book itself should appear either late tonight or early tomorrow. I’m going through it one last time to check some dates I had to alter at the last minute.

You can find the pictures here.

But here’s one as a preview.

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