Friday, July 15, 2005

Fantasy Grounds

I've recently begun using Fantasy Grounds to run an online d20 session in my Land of Caern campaign setting. I have several players that have created characters and we are currently playing through some single player modules in preparation for when the players all come together.

More details about this can be found and the website I am contributing to, Adventuresome Dreams.This is allowing me to flesh out events that will take place during books 4, 5 and 6 in my series (nothing like having a plan for the future, eh?). I've already made some major changes to Caern's history, magic system, and pantheon based on the work I've done for this campaign.

Thursday, July 07, 2005

First Map of Caern

Well, I recently purchased Campaign Cartographer Pro 2, an awesome mapping program. I'm learning a little bit at a time. Here's an early version of the first map within my campaign setting. It is an image of Western Yew, which makes up approximately 1/16 of the world map.

Every good fantasy book needs a map or two. I plan on delivering at least that part of the deal.

Monday, July 04, 2005

Submission sent in...

Book News - this month I completed and sent off a submission for Murder at Avedon Hill to Tor Books. I would like to thank my wife Liza and my friends Scott Neilson and Matt Sanner for their editing help. While I am planning on self-publishing Murder at Avedon Hill, I had to make the attempt with Tor. Wish me luck.

The submission contained the prologue, the first three chapters, and a synopsis of the book. Going through this process forced me to address some problems with character development that I had previously identified; I believe the overall start of the book is much stronger now. I am still worried that the submission doesn't have as much "action" as a publisher might want to see. Hopefully though my writing style will be noticed (and loved).