So here it is. Some of it will give you a slight hint at what's to come, some of it...no so much. The ordering may change a little, but in no way will it matter for the content.
3. Religion and Society
5. The Expedition
6. Journey's End
9. Balor the Evil Eye
11. The Fifty Years Siege
12. The Death Squad
13. The Giants and the Elites
14. Tommy Rawhead and Bloody Bones
15. The Red Caps
17. The Leperchaun
I may end up adding another chapter or two, but we'll see.
I've been hitting the writing a bit less than I like, but it's coming. Part of it is trying to research something properly. I couldn't tell you exactly how I came across Up Helly Aa, but after reading into it (and numerous youtube videos) I decided I'd use it as a backdrop to one of the stories. However, I want to get it right. Since I can't afford to fly to the Shetland Islands and experience the event personally, I'm doing the next best thing: I'm absorbing everything I can get a hold of on the subject.
This is a fantastic resource put together by the Up Helly Aa Committee. Check it out, it looks like a fun time to be had.
I'll find some pics of the event and post it on my Pinterest account as well. For those of you who don't know, the Pinterest account sort of teases at what is/will be in the books. I also have a "silly things" section that's completely unrelated.
I also started working on the next section which may or may not be the last chapter of the book. I suspect this book will end up around 50k words, which doesn't sound like a lot, but keep in mind what's being written here. This isn't some usual fantasy book. This is a series of short story/mythological tales that detail the history of an entire race. That means it's nothing except content. The second half of the book reads more like modern short stories (details, subplots, etc) but it's still just that, short stories. I'm hoping you'll agree with me that content supersedes length. If I wrote this well enough, you'll pick it up, read it and by the end you'll be satisfied. If I remember, I'll post the chapter names. Think of it as a teaser...idk. If it goes over well I'll probably do it with each book.
So, this is the "working" cover for book #5. For the most part, I'm pretty happy with it. I wanted to keep with the wall art theme that I started with book #4. The only part I'm not real happy with is the "Chronicles of M" part. Where the rest blends into wall texture and looks like graffiti, CoM does not. I'll probably pull everything apart a bit (it seems a bit squished to me)....anyways, I thought I'd show what I've got so far.
A friend of mine (Damont Jordan) is making a new cover for Hitori and for the Five Man Midget Death Squad. You can find examples of his work under "Artist's Corner".
Okay, so they don't know jack about this website, but it does sound more interesting that "bla bla bla updates".
If you flip around the website, you'll see a number of changes have been made. It's all aesthetics at this point, but I think it's for the better. If you've never been here before (shame on you) then make sure to check out the pages. Artist Alley is a slowly growing section of artists that I know and have taken an interest in, as is the Other Authors section. Don't know anything about my books, check out the About section. Okay, on to the good stuff.
For the past couple days I've been cranking away at the Death Squad book. I believe the title will be "The Five Man Midget Death Squad: A partial history of the Tungri Clan". I decided to add another layer to the writing that I think will be very entertaining for fans of the CoM series, as well as newcomers.
Throughout the first third of the book, which is all pre-Death Squad stories: why the dwarves moved from ancient Germany, how they met Balor the Evil Eye... I have introductions written by the author of the book, Charles Uhler. These intros do a couple of things. They explain the slight changes in writing style from one story to the next (think of it as going from old folk tales to more historical accounts) and to also explain just how he got the information.
The rest of the book, where the Death Squad takes over, the introductions have been replaced with Q&A sessions with the Five Man Midget Death Squad. As far as the man CoM series goes, they will become important characters from book 5 on. Not simply because they help the main characters to deal with situations, but also their importance to the Tungri clan and their impact on human culture as well. These Q&A sessions also open something else.
To the reader who has never read the CoM series, this will seem simply like a documentary style concept. Think of World War Z (book), or Band of Brothers, where through the present day interviews the reader gets a better grasp of the past, which is really the meat of the story.
To those people who've read the series, this not only explains this book's stories a bit more, but it also hints at the direction the main series will be taking. We aren't talking spoilers here, but more of a...a light sketching of the background to the world canvas that is CoM.
So, what you have here is a book, written by a main character from CoM, about another set of main characters and their race, written from the future (for the CoM series as it stands), about situations that happened from pre-Germanic tribes to modern day (which is ~2025AD in the CoM series). It sounds far more confusing than it really is. Just think of it as a History Channel special about...idk...World War 2, with interviews from the people who lived through it.