Happy Bastille Day.
Also known as the day Lady Oscar single-handedly shot down a jail with a bunch of cannons, if I know my history…
Have you ever wondered what the difference between The Ghostgloam and Twilight Veil was, but didn’t know who to ask?
Have you ever wanted to know when the perfect time to plant shadow-tomatoes is, but The Consortium of Agronomic Lore refuses to share divulge their secrets?
Lorn, stop doing the thing the guy just said you weren’t even gonna do!
(Hey everyone, the new website is mostly up and running! You may need to update your RSS if you use stuff like that! Thanks your patience as we work through this transition!)
Psst You. Yeah You.
How long does your shadow cast?
Do ravens croak mysteries to you in the wind?
Does the moon reveal to you sights unseen?
Do you wish to escape the oppressive heat of the Day Star?
…if so, I suggest you check out Astral Aves
The story is about Astra The Black and her…
I was asked to do a Guest Tuesday spot by the awesome peeps at Countershot Press! They do a bunch of really awesome comics. It’s also probably the first coherent pitch for Astral Aves. Anyway, check it out, and share with your friends!
Anonymous asked: So my dream is to write my own webcomic and eventually turn it into its very own cartoon. I was wondering do you have any advice when it comes to developing the world or setting for a story? And how do you make it unique? Such as yours from astral aves.
Hi Anon! That’s a really tough question. I’m probably not an authority on this subject, but I’ll try to share a few tidbits that helped me when developing the setting for Astral Aves.
I try to treat a setting as character in its own right. It’s there to help generate your story, to be a mechanic to develop plot, and to facilitate concepts along the way. It’ll have its own personality and internal logic, and it’s your job as the author to make that consistent.
Like any character, however, it can grow, and change. You don’t want to tell your reader what your setting is (something I see a lot, especially in fantasy), you want to show them. Just like you shouldn’t dictate to a reader how a character is, you shouldn’t dictate your entire setting to a reader. Let the reader decide for themselves.
Make sure, as an author, you have a firm grip on how your setting works, and then, you can work in references, terms, imagery that gives your setting a consistent feel, even if the reader might not quite have all the pieces to the puzzle yet. I’ve always been a fan of stories that do that, at least!
Anyway, I hope that helps!