Making Monsters, and Other Pandemic Activities

Long time no see, dear readers! At least, that’s how it feels, given that time has lost all meaning this year. Worry not, for I’ve been busy these past few…let me check the calendar…months, with all manners of projects.

First off, I have a guest post over at the Creator’s Roulette, which you can check out here! If you’ve ever wondered how to go about creating monsters, either completely new ones or adaptations of pre-existing myths, this post shows my process for how I make monsters for my stories. It even has examples from my own work, resources for inspiration, and some art by yours truly! I had a lot of fun writing it up, so I hope you’ll give it a read.

A recent illustration of a dragon-man I played in a Changeling the Lost campaign.

Connected to the art in that post; I’ve recently acquired a new art tablet, and have practiced digital illustrations in my free time. Not only will it be easier to add concept art and such to my books, but I hope to eventually provide more illustrations for you all, be it through Patreon or other avenues. My goal is to eventually branch into creating my own comics or games (along with writing more books, of course!), so keep your eyes peeled. I may also stream some more art on Twitch in the future, but that’ll wait until after edits.

Now for the update on “Corpses and Cognac”, second book in the Deadly Drinks¬†series. Don’t worry, you haven’t missed it: I’m still hard at work editing the book. Having realized that my own editing standards are stricter than my previous press, I’m in the middle of extensive edits and rewrites to make sure “Corpses and Cognac” is a sequel that’ll knock everyone’s socks off. This means it likely won’t release this Summer as I’d planned, but come Autumn, we should have a spooky sequel full of leviathan ghosts, haunted carnivals, and motorcycling minotaurs ready for our bookshelves.

Once those edits are done, I’ll be bouncing between the third Deadly Drinks¬†book and a couple of other new projects. One’s a high fantasy, DnD-esque tale I’ve mentioned here before, while the other is a cyberpunk/cosmic horror mashup. All of these are still in the first-draft stage, so it will take some time before they see the light of day, but I’m excited for all three of them. (And now that I’ve got this new tablet, expect to see more concept illustrations like this one below for the cyberpunk story.)

Concept art for one of the cyberpunk characters, a trans witch cyborg.

Oh, and I almost forgot to mention one other new feature for this site: a Contact Form! If you ever wanted to send me a message, but don’t want to hassle with comments or social media messaging channels, use the contact form to send me a message, and it’ll show up straightaway in my inbox. It sometimes takes me a couple days to respond if I’m busy (as I’m not only deep in edits, but also have a full time day job), but I’ll get to you as soon as I can. I have a couple other exciting updates planned for the site too, but with everything else going on right now, we’ll see when I get around to those.

Hope you’re all staying safe and sane as you can, dear readers! Every day is another victory against all the obstacles that spite you, so keep your chin up. As for me, it’s back to edits I go!

~Dorian