Wednesday, August 22, 2007 - 12:05 AM
I should be asleep right now. True story.
The piece of Michellethemit's that I linked back before I left for Blizzcon is finished. Michelle has done a spate of line drawings for me - very character-centric stuff. Here, she branched out into Photoshop, teaching herself on the fly as I understand it, and what she's come up with is absolutely marvelous. Here is Michelle's sixth piece, and her first one with this much detail - I will tantalizingly refer to it as Page One.
I'm hard at work on the next chapter - the last of the Part, if you're counting. Its name is "The Scourge Attacks". So, that's pretty cool. Don't expect it immediately, but, y'know, not nine months from now neither.
Slight Chapter 9 brushup
Saturday, August 18, 2007 - 5:45 PM
This was a busy week - a good buddy of mine moved away from Boston for good, so now all I've got of him is IMs and a place to crash in DC.
So now that I've gotten some time to myself, I settled down at my computer and brought Tasunke (lvl 65 - for shame!) in from Outland to wander around the Scarlet Monastery for some research. My vision of the Monastery has changed slightly, so I did a slight brushup of a couple of paragraphs. The main reason I'm posing is so that you-all know why I'm suddenly referring to it as a chapel instead of a cathedral; if you want to read the new stuff (two paragraphs became four), it's here.
Fun fact: I did the math, and "Into the Scarlet Monastery" is the longest chapter in TMiL so far.
Blizzcon Writeup 2
Thursday, August 16, 2007 - 12:30 AM
My Blizzcon Coverage Assistant, forum-ninja Heloly, has submitted his write-up for the convention. (He would probably appreciate it if I mention that I was actually the limiting factor in getting it posted.) He covers Starcraft (about which he knows a great deal more than me), including a full report of the Terran race, which was unveiled in the game at Blizzcon. He also rhapsodizes his WC3 tournament which he rocked (and everyone should go say grats). He's also got pictures, which I did not. So click on over and have a look at Heloly's writeup of Blizzcon 2007!
Thursday, August 9, 2007 - 6:15 PM
Here it is, the chapter you've all been waiting for, the reason I had to go back and rewrite everything that went before - I'm proud and excited to present the first new chapter of The Murloc is Lonely in nine months: Chapter IX of The Emerald Queen - Into the Scarlet Monastery. It's a long one - took me the better part of a month to write - but I believe that it will have been worth it.
There's a moment in this chapter which you'll recognize if you've ever zoned in. If you haven't, this is what you see while the area is loading.
Monday, August 6, 2007 - 2:20 PM
Blizzcon, as you might imagine, was fantastic - I got to check out and play both of the upcoming announced Blizzard games, I got to hang out with some fantastic people, and I got to meet the community team along with my (freakin) hero.
For the full write-up, click here.
Off to see teh Blizzard
Wednesday, August 1, 2007 - 11:55 PM
I'm packing tonight, rolling out the door on a jet plane at 6:45 tomorrow morning, off to Blizzcon! Apparently, for going, Horse will now be able to turn into a murloc. Forum-ninja Heloly will be coming too, helping me out with the coverage. I didn't have as much time to focus on getting a kickass production together before I left - but most of the stuff I was gonna develop was back-end stuff you guys wouldn't've notice anyway, that like displayed every picture in a folder on a page or something. I'll be posting stuff by hand instead.
I'm going to be visiting a bunch of the panels at Blizzcon - check out the list here. I'll be trending heavily towards the lore ones, of course, but there's plenty of time to get to a number of them, and if there are any that you guys are particularly interested in hearing reporting from, or if you have any questions you want me to try to post to the panelists, you should let me know in this post's discussion thread, and I will do my dutiful best! I'm really excited for this, and excited to be your eyes and ears at Blizzcon.
I've got a couple of things for you guys right now, while you're waiting for Friday to roll around. The first thing is the first of the promised honorable mentions from the Blizzcon short-story contest. It's a missive on being Forsaken, by CRI, and it's called The Awakening. The Forsaken are one of my favorite literary thought experiments to come out of the Warcraft world (as my fondness for Rhy might suggest), and I like what he's done with it here. I almost want the story to go on from here - I think CRI has started something here that deserves more than 500 or 1500 words, and I'd like to see him continue it at some point.
The other thing is a great new bit of fan-art from fan-art rockstar Michellethemit. She's tackled Horse and Fang's Fight Club scene this time, and I think it came out great! You can gawk at it (and all my other fan-art... preciousss) here. (Michelle has posted an early snapshot of a commissioned piece set in Northrend - it's laid out suspiciously like a comic book, which is very exciting to me.)
And now back to packing, and then to sleep for five hours, and then to Blizzcon! I've got my laptop along for the ride, and with all that travel time, I might even be able to put the last couple of scenes together for the next chapter...