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Okay, okay. So I haven’t been posting.  I have to say that I am not very good at the blogging thing.  One of my writer friends is always telling me “consistency is the key”, but apparently I am no good at it.  I run two blogs; this one that is solely dedicated to Hammertown and all the odds and ends I generate while creating the world of Sebastion Locke, and my Heavy Metal Cowboy blog that I use as a life lesson journal of sorts.  I was posting pretty regular on that one until recently.  My (mundane) work schedule has changed and this is forcing me to adjust the way I do things.  Maybe I can use this time of change to force me to post regularly here as well.  Anyway, for those of you still interested, here are a few pictures of my daughter cosplaying as…well herself.  I created the character of Talim Kender, modeling her from the inspiration of my daughter.  She makes a perfect elf. A good one, not one of the Nazi kind…

 

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Back Burner Items

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I know I haven’t been posting a lot here.  It is not because I am any less enthusiastic about my Hammertown world.  It is more often than not that I don’t have ‘enough’ to make a decent post.  I do a bit here and a bit there, but that ‘bit’ isn’t quite enough for me to wave the flag for.  I turned ‘There Shouldn’t Be Elves In Hammertown’ into an Audio Drama and posted that everywhere I could.  I was also working on turning it into a graphic novel, but I don’t think the people reading my stuff want to see me tell the same story a different way (although it adds a little extra).  That being the case, I have put it on the back burner for a while now.  I have decided to post some of what I have and drop a link here for those would enjoy seeing it.  Enjoy.

http://hmcowboy.deviantart.com/gallery/56988559/Steampunk-Graphic-Novel

Book Update

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Just an update on my writing; I’m still not famous. I blame you people, but I forgive you, because you keep coming back to read my stuff. On a happier note, I have finished the 1st draft of my fifth book. It is in the hands of test readers, and after that will have to go through the editors (groan), but I hope to have it out in the next few months. With that being said, my writing will be slowing down a bit now as I try to sort out and finish up other side projects that I am working on. I hope to get back to it soon, but only time can tell. Keep your eyes out for new stuff, here, at my website, and on Facebook. Especially on Facebook (easiest to update.) Thanks again for reading and keeping (putting?) up with me.

Trouble For Hammertown

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Due to the technical problems beyond my control. (namely my motherboard crashing in my laptop) I will be unable to share more of the pictures of Hammertown this week.  The good news is that I have it all saved and backed up on another drive, I am just unable to access it with my limited tech gadgetry at this time.  Hopefully I will have this problem corrected in the next two weeks.  Until then, I got nothing for this blog (nothing I can post without spoiling my newest Alongrid story.) Sorry. =(

New Page for the Graphic Novel

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I do apologize for not posting last week. I have been a little under the weather lately, and feeling a little overwhelmed with all thats going on in my life.  I didn’t get a chance to do anything much this week either, but I thought I would add another page from the graphic novel.  Like I said, I’m not posting it all.  I think I’ve skipped a fe.  Anyway, here it is. Hopefully, I’ll be back on track in the next few weeks.  pg7

Voice Over Casting Call

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You all know I have been working on making ‘There Shouldn’t Be Elves In Hammertown’ into a graphic novel, what you didn’t know was that I was also working on turning it into an audio book. I’ve actually done the recording and am adding sound effects and music before I upload it on the web. That being said, as I have been reviewing the sound files, I think I have decided to move bump it up a notch. In stead of just me doing the reading, I think I will do a theatrical production of it. I have voice actors to cover most of the main characters, but I’m still needing some ‘extras’. If any of you are interested, drop me a line at hvymtl_cowboy (@) hotmail.com. The story is still free for download at my smashwords page (www.smashwords.com/books/view/250640) if you want to review it. If no one steps up, I will still publish it as audio, but I would love some help from you all to make it a better production!

Author Update…and an excerpt.

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I have been working on the first full length ‘Alongrid’ story and I haven’t really had a whole lot of time to do any ‘other’ writing. So I thought I’d share an excerpt from what I have written. Just to set the scene, VanDarn and Locke are sneaking into the Waterworks. They are trying to avoid being seen to keep questions to a minimum. Our favorite gnomish brothers, Jim and Coop Tucker are distracting the security guards.

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VanDarn pulled the car over on the side of the road with a hiss of vented steam. We were close to the guard shack, but we would walk the rest of the way to keep the guard from seeing our vehicle. If everything went as planned, the Tucker brothers would have their truck waiting for us.
“We need to hurry. They were only going to distract the guard for half an hour, and that started about ten minutes ago.” I said goodbye to Yon, and accompanied by VanDarn continued on foot down the road. VanDarn gripped my arm as I stumbled, keeping me from tumbling headlong down the embankment as we came in sight of the guard shack. The Tucker brother’s truck waited in the parking lot. It didn’t take us long to creep over and climb up in the back. We ha d just gotten settled down when I heard the two gnomes come out, their voices getting louder as they approached the truck.
“Really? What a beautiful ashtray? What was that?” Coop Tucker was saying.
“Shutup! He was headin’ outside to check on that noise he heard. I kept him from going ta look! Besides, I didn’t hear you coming up with anything better.” Jim Tucker’s voice was deeper than his brother’s, but they still sounded alike.
“I could’ve, but I was too busy trying to keep from laughing at you as you fawned all over that ashtray. Sheesh.”
The truck shifted as the two climbed in.
“Locke?”
“We’re here. Just go.” I whispered just loud enough for the two of them to hear. I heard the engine gurgle as the steam from the boiler turned the drive train. The tough construction of the truck made it heavier than a civilian vehicle, so the drive system had to work harder to get all that weight moving. Weight that included an extra dwarf and a human.
“Guys! Guys!” I could hear an out of breath voice calling over the rattling of the engine. It was the guard from the guard shack. “Here.”
“What’s this?” I heard Jim say.
“Well, you liked that ashtray so much I thought I’d just give it to ya.”
“Ya really don’t have to.” I heard Coop stifling a laugh as best as he could.
“It’s no problem really. I got three or four more just like these at home. Real wood. Hand carved.”
“Thanks, Smiley. I don’t know what to say.” This brought another muffled giggle from Coop.
“Don’t mention it. I hope you enjoy it for a long time. You boys be careful now.”
“We will, and thanks again.” The engine cycled up and we started moving. As we pulled away, Coop let out an unrestrained guffaw.
“Here, have this ashtray! “ He chortled. “You don’t even smoke!”
There was a hollow thunk from the cab, and a groan from Coop. It took me a minute to figure out Jim must have hit his brother with his new wooden ashtray.