A Rather Twisted Tree

Another bit of artwork has been added to the SHATTERSCALE page.  This is what I refer to as my “hero tree”.  That is, the primary species you will read about in “Broken Guardian”.

As an added bonus, included in the full illustration is a tiny glimpse at what my primary race looks like as well as one of the Forest’s many insectine beasts.  Enjoy responsibly.

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Realistic Fake Nature

When laying the ground work for this series, I decided early on to go about things logically–or rather biologically.  My mantra when coming up with some weird new aspect of the world was to force myself to answer “BECAUSE WHY” instead of constantly relying on “JUST BECAUSE”.

In other words… if I wanted a tree or creature to look a certain way, then it had to look that way for a reason.  Waffle-birds with sails on their backs?  COOL.  But why are these birds waffle-shaped?  What do they prey upon?  And why the heck do they have  sails on their backs?  Maybe the sail helps them regulate their body temperature?  Or perhaps the creatures can flush blood into the sail for an impressive mating display?  Basically, if I could explain the feature away as a logical adaptation that evolution may have granted the “whatever”, then it could stay.  If not–if I just liked it JUST BECAUSE but it felt too fantastical… it had to go.

NOTE: There are no sail bearing waffle-birds in “Shatterscale”.

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Building the Green

Worldbuilding” also known as “Thinking up a totally fake place for your story to take place in” has become a fairly common aspect of fiction writing.   It’s a thing.

There was no question–I knew I would have to invent some sort of original place for my creatures and my weirdo story to inhabit.  I wanted my people (the Pangols) to be intelligent but primitive and practical perhaps to a fault.  Therefor, I reasoned, their world should be a place that would not only reflect but actually facilitate and encourage these traits. 

But what sort of place could that be…?

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Primeval Beginnings

The genesis of a thing can be weird.  Sometimes where you end up is nowhere near where you might have imagined.


FAST FACT #1: My book has a name.  It is named “Broken Guardian” and that is its name.


Took me a while to write the darn thing, but hey… it’s done now and I’m feeling good.  Funny thing though, the earliest version of my weird concept of humanoid pangolins who stalked a great forest world whilst hunting gargantuan insects was never intended to be a novel at all.   After coming up with the initial concept in 2004, I fully intended my main protagonist Tangle to be the hero of a Playstation 2 (state of the art in 2004), third person action video game which I called “Primeval”.

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Internet is a fickle beast

I’m not sure why the starting is so difficult.

After writing an entire novel, you’d think some silly blog post would be easy-shmeasy. So why then does it feel like I’m standing on the high-dive for the first time–standing and staring down my certain and well-chlorinated doom some 2 million feet below??

Alright, you need to stow that negative stuff and stow it now. Stop procrastinating and JUMP. Here goes…

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