Under the deluge

 

Yes, under a deluge, and I don’t just mean the tail end of Hurricane Gert putting a few drops of rain over Ireland at the moment and sending temperatures up to the balmy heights of 23C (74F). Next thing you know, the grey squirrels will be passed out from the humidity and the red squirrels will take back their country… but that’s another story for another day and another age group!

Writing of ‘Midland’ has been progressing, but this week it will come to a temporary slow-down. I spent several days in Berlin last week for my daughter’s birthday and to get my travel fix in before the school year starts again over here. Now, I’m in the middle of doing some big artwork commissions that need to be completed by the end of the month and unfortunately they have to take priority over writing.

The good news is, it will only be for the week, and then I can finish the last parts of ‘Midland’ and get that out to you folks once final editing has signed off on it. Added to that is school goes back in this part of the world next week, giving me more freedom and not having to entertain my little one for most of the day (does that make me a terrible parent for saying that)?

Now back to the art (with some writing in between renders)… considering each render can take between 2 – 12 hours, with the majority close to 4 hours followed by an hour or so of postwork, I can still get in some writing. Just not as much as before while I work through the commissions for interior illustrations, cover art, and a convention poster.

 

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A mini-update

 

The writing continues and it is getting closer to a release of ‘Ensign Vanderbilt 02 – Midland’ later this month.

As an aside, I’ve been playing with some ship models when circumstances haven’t given me opportunity to write. This is a version of the ship I am using on the covers these days, and the image below gives you a good impression of the scale and size of an Artemis Class vessel.

The model is not by me, but by a 3d Artist called Rane at Daz3d. I’ve simply rendered the model and added the extra scenery. In time, I’ll get around to re-skinning the ship away from the green and camouflage. Down the road (probably September), I’ll also look at putting some deckplans up here for anyone interested.

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A long overdue update

As the title says, it’s time for a long overdue update.

I’ve changed countries from Ireland to going home to Australia, and then returning to live in Ireland again after a few years in Oz. In between changing jobs and  supporting a young family… everything came to a stop until this year. It’s been an interesting few years, to say the least but I won’t bore you with those details. I’ve wanted to write and continue the stories I’ve begun to share, but… but there is no excuse. It never happened.

For anyone reading this that has been waiting all that time and wondering if I had kicked the bucket over the years, you have my sincerest apologies. Real world problems and challenges got in the way and I’m sorry about that… at least things are back on the right path of creativity and innovation again.

Suffice to say, my writing is back on track and books are forming up in an orderly queue to be finished and released, with ‘Ensign Vanderbilt 01: Georgia’ first off the rank at the end of June 2017.

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Other books are in progress this very minute, including the long awaited ‘The Artemis Files Book 4: Liberty’ and two more ‘Ensign Vanderbilt’ books. The original list of books planned back in 2013, four of which have already been written are on the back-burner. Reading through them now, the quality is not something I could unleash on the public, not honestly! I still want to release them, but they need serious re-writing and tidying up before seeing the light of day and getting published. Those books were written more than ten years ago, and as the saying goes until you have written a million words, you need to keep writing are true… I cringe when I see what I wrote then, but at the core is a thrilling saga I want to refine.

The funny thing is that the original Artemis Files series was meant to be a lead-in to that epic saga… but it will now star a different protagonist. As The Artemis Files gained traction, and a certain character from the FSA took hold in the series, I wasn’t able to reconcile what would happen to them in that big unpublished saga… she was never in it. Rather than kill her off, it’s easier to change the protagonist to fit the saga, something which will work for a stronger series when it is cleaned up. ETA – I wouldn’t even want to guess at this stage, there are other books I need to do first including several books completely outside my normal setting as a tie-in to a 3rd Party Publisher (more on that as it develops).

Over the coming days, this site will be getting a revamp and tidy up to match my current art & illustration skills. So stay tuned, and thanks for reading. More to come!

If you haven’t read Georgia yet and you’re browsing this page for some curious reason, here is the link. It is available at all good ebook websites. This is the Amazon link (I will add others later when I start work on the site tidy up): https://www.amazon.com/Bradley-Warnes/e/B009LKVURM/

No rest for the writer…

Now that Durendal is finished and available at the usual outlets, I should be resting and gathering my strength for the next few books. However, there’s never any true rest for a writer and so here we go…  a sneak peak at the cover for one of the next books coming down the line in Spring/Summer.

If you’ve read Durendal, it will take one of the characters from that book  on further adventures of their own. It’s going through outline and preparation at the moment, and I’ll post updates as it nears the light of day. There are sure to be a few surprises in store for you in ‘Bedel’s Honour’, as well as expanding more on the Durendal system for a time… (if you’ve ever done RPG’ing & Traveller or D&D, this is where the GM/Referee would cue his evil laughter).