Category: News

Update from Zora Marie

First off, I apologize for skipping some posts a couple of weeks ago, final portfolios and finals just happened to sneak up on me when I wasn’t looking. A lot has happened the last several months and I figure it is about time I give an update on all the happenings. You know, little things like what’s going on with my writing, why I haven’t published it yet, and what is running around in the realm of art.

After a really long semester and tough reminders of why I write, I’ve decided to do a few more passes of edits on my Zelia the Phoenix of Hope series. My lovely critique group has nudged me along and opened my eyes to several places I can improve the series as a whole, so that’ll be my big project for the summer when I’m not at work. If time allows I hope to go through the entire series before setting to work with an editor again that way we can poke holes in the overall work this time.

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Fun Update!

It has been a while since I’ve given an update on my progress, so I thought I’d pop in. I’ve been very busy over this lovely December. I’ve taken finals, passed classes with flying colors, edited, written, sketched out ideas for some fun design projects, reconfigured the art and web design branches of my website, and lost my sanity. Oh, wait, I lost my sanity sometime last summer when me leprechaun up and took off with it. If you happen to see the little bugger, let me know as at least a bit of sanity back would be nice. 😉

So, you want to hear exactly what’s going on in the book department, do ya? Well, here it is:

  • It appears that Zelia the Phoenix of Hope: Free of Asenten (Book 1) will go off to its last round of beta readers mid-January.
  • Zelia the Phoenix of Hope: To and From Dragon Island (Book 2) is finally seeing the light of day and has been sent off for a second set of eyes with a lovely beta reader (I teased him that he’s my test dummy, even gave him a virtual helmet).
  • Then we have Book 3 of the series (final name is yet to come). Book 3 is in the stew pot getting cooked up a bit.
  • I also have another story that was supposed to be a short story, but it up and turned into the beginning of yet another magic series on me! Yeah, please refer back to me leprechaun…

Hm, that makes four books running around in various stages of development, some interviews to schedule for the blog, a bunch of design ideas patiently waiting for my next fall semester (or not so patiently as I keep coming up with more), and a whole semester of drawing, design, and 3D art classes on my plate! Oh yeah, and I have some random art pieces I made that I need to sell to make room for more. Guess I should get back to work!

Catch ya on the flip side, whatever realm that may be in.

My lovely professor posing as a drunken cowboy.

News from Zora Marie

Hey, everyone! Today we’re deviating from our usual schedule to bring you news from the other part of my life, you know, that college. And no, it’s not as boring as it sounds.

You see, I’ve just started my journey to become a graphic designer. Before I can delve into the actual graphic design, I have to sharpen my skills in the basics. So, here I bring you a few of the pieces I’ve made in Drawing I and Design I so far this semester.

My lovely professor posing as a drunken cowboy.

My lovely professor posing as a drunken cowboy. He brought his son’s cowboy hat in one day and we liked it so much that we made him use it in most of our gesture drawings for the next few classes. 

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News on the Horizon

I’m willing to bet that some of you have noticed that I haven’t been overly active on social media and I’ve decided it’s high time I made all the exciting news known! As some of you know, I’ve changed career paths and I’m now in the beginnings of a graphic design program. Why you may ask, well, I can’t go into details on that for a variety of reasons, just know that I plan to put the skills I learn to good use here in the writing community.

In other but related news, I picked up a part-time job at an art gallery on campus. The last few weeks we’ve been in limbo as we set up the ceramics gallery, which once it’s finished you just might be privy to photos of if I get the okay.

Why am I tell you all this? Well, why other than to say that it’s amazing what can be accomplished on lunch breaks and between classes. I’ve been running through edits every chance I get and I’m growing near the end of editing book one. With a bit of luck and the grace of the all mighty Gods, my editor and I just may finish editing in time for (update, life and a few, or rather several, papers have set us back a bit) the new year!

The Map!

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How was this map made you may wonder, well wonder no more! I made the map by starting with a rough sketch in pencil as I decided what I wanted it to look like. Then I drew it out a second time and went over it with pen after I made an outline box for that nice finished look. After that I looked back at my past calligraphy skills and pulled them out to play in teeny-tiny form as the entire map is on one sheet of sketch book paper. I practiced writing the words once then wrote it on the final map. A couple hours of work and I have a finished map!

Zora’s Interviews

Learn more about Zora Marie and Zelia in their interviews~
Pukah Works (What tips would you pass along to other up-and-coming authors?)
The Protagonist Speaks (Zelia’s interview)
The Antrim Cycle (New Release Post) 
The Write Styles (Author Interview)

Thanks again to the blogs that were so kind as to have me as a guest!