Story Writing Status
I wrote up to the middle of Chapter 4 of Draft #3 back in March 2017 but then I got stuck on a scene and decided to take a short break. Obviously, the “short break” was a lot longer than I would have liked. No matter, not only am I back to work on the story but I now have Draft #3 finished. I have printed out all 80 pages and am now in the process of reviewing the draft and taking notes on how to improve the story when I write Draft #4. I will begin on Draft #4 once I finish reviewing and taking notes. I expect to start work on writing Draft #4 later today or tomorrow.
The story is really taking shape in a great way, if I do say so myself. I can hardly wait to finish it so I can begin the illustrations and then share the novel with you all. I’m not yet sure how many drafts I will go through for the story before I begin illustrations. I want to have at least a total of five drafts but that will depend on how I feel about the story when I get to that fifth draft.
Promotional Art Debut
I have created a new promotional artwork entitled By Torchlight. The new artwork can be found on the Promotional Art page.
I will be creating more new promotional artworks soon including artworks which feature characters from the novel other than Shelby plus more with Shelby.
So far all of the posted promotional artworks are spoiler-free. Some of the artworks I have planned include spoilers but I will figure out something so that those who don’t want to see any spoilers can skip seeing those artworks and only see the non-spoiler artworks. Stay tuned!
New Website Updates
The Shelby Bly Project now has a brand new and improved website! If you’ve been here before, what do you think of the changes? Leave a comment on this news post to let me know what you think! I re-coded and rewrote the entire site from scratch.
I will be adding new content to the site soon including a “Behind the Scenes” section where I’ll discuss things like the facts behind the fiction, etc. You can probably expect to see that new section in my next site update.
The Donate page has been updated with new tiers and donation gifts.
If you have any suggestions on how I can improve this website, please let me know by leaving a comment below or sending me a message.
Concept Art Creation
The Concept Art currently on the site is from January of this year. I am, right now, working on a brand new round of concept art. The new round will include all previously published characters, a few new characters, object concepts, and maybe some location concepts. I expect to upload the new round of concept art in the next site update.
Many of the character concepts will be the “final” versions including Shelby’s concept. I will also be writing new character synopsis for those that don’t have one yet and updating the old ones as needed. I plan to do at least three new object concepts and at least two new location concepts for the next update.
Since I have or am about to finalize most of the characters, I will soon begin work on the official Shelby Bly Project ACEO trading cards. These cards will be available for sale here on this site and at the D9S Art Shop plus they will be offered as donation gifts.
I am also brainstorming for a short story that I will illustrate as a one-shot online comic to help “sell” the Shelby Bly Project. It will hopefully give you an idea of what the novel will be, what I am capable of in terms of art and story, etc. I have a general idea for it but I still need to narrow it down and then flesh it out to a full short story. I want it to be a standalone story that will fit with the novel but not be an actual part of the novel. Did that make sense? I hope to have the online comic done by the end of this year if possible.
I’m not the only one with a project like this in the works! Check out my good friend Angelika’s project at the following link: Anglu’s Sci-Fi Project. FYI: the site is in German.