A Map, a Map, a Map!
First, thanks to Md Shah Alom of fiverr.com for making this map, which will be located at the front of Skate the Seeker. Book two covers a lot of ground, and I wanted to give readers a visual way to keep track of where everyone was going to and coming from. The artist does lots of good work - not just maps - so you should go check him out if you're in the market for just about anything design-related.
I've always been drawn to maps. If there were maps in my textbooks at school, those were what drew my attention before, during, and after the accompanying text. When it comes to fiction, the maps that accompany the sprawling worlds of writers like Tolkien, Martin, and Sanderson were always easy wins for me as a reader.
Skate the Seeker
Proofreads have been sent back to the publisher. I think we'll be ready after one more round, with plenty of time before the September 12 release. The nuts and bolts are done, for the most part. Nothing else to report here, yet. If you haven't read book 1, I guess now's the time before the sequel hits you.
There's been so much, all of it good.
The Super Mario movie was fun. It was pretty much what a movie about Mario ought to be, really. Is there some deep message to it? Not particularly, but there doesn't need to be. Sometimes a movie can just be flashy, silly, and colorful, and that's okay.
I also watched most of the second season of Star Wars: Visions, and "Screecher's Reach" may be the single best slice of Star Wars I have ever seen. I will spoil nothing. I will only say that the mood of this episode is phenomenal and the plot made me feel more than any Star Wars media has in at least a decade. When I think of great episodes of a series, this one will rank the top of the list for a while. Absolutely phenomenal work.
The thing that has eaten up most of my free time by far has been Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Since the day it came out, I've managed to log about fifty hours, and I feel I've barel scratched the surface of what I can do and see. The scope of this game is insane, and the new enemies and abilities make for a very different experience than its predecessor. I love this game, and it's another example of something that's made me feel things for media that I haven't in years. I like digital skydiving, but I have no desire for the real thing. Weird.
There's not more to report on my side project yet. Skate's been front and center since I got it back from the publisher. Now that summer is upon us, I don't know when I'll be able to reliably get back to the daily work the Rainbow invites.
Skate has a TV Tropes page now.
I've got loads to get ready for next year's teaching schedule. I finally get to teach creative writing! How great is that! This wonderful opportunity does mean a lot of planning required on my part. There's also Quiz Bowl and Chess Club to consider. Keep an eye out for the occasional bonus post like the one I shot out a week ago. Busy, busy.
That's all from me, for now.
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-J. E. Ayers
Jeff Ayers writes books that are pretty good.