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To save the life of his student, he must face the god of revenge…

“The Cursed Halls of Kalecen” is now available! 😀

When the student of a protective duelist foils a revenge plot and incurs the wrath of a deranged god of justice, can the duelist shield her from the god’s harsh judgment?

Explore the dark realm of one of Cirena’s not-so-pleasant gods in this exciting new short story…

“The Cursed Halls of Kalecen” is the fourth stand-alone story in the series and was written as part of my collaborative adventure Facebook group.

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The Cursed Halls of Kalecen

Fantasy Short Story

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Read The Cursed Halls of Kalecen today!

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Infinitas Publishing – Status Report

It’s that time again! 😀

And wow… February was a busy month. Between Winter Carnival festivities, plumbing issues, various freelance projects, and a couple unexpected deadlines, I didn’t get a whole lot of writing done.

But progress did get made, just not where intended.

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Starless Night: (Book 3 of the Distant Horizon series). Needs new outline and rough draft.

SBibb - Whispers in the Code Cover Version 3

The Glitch Saga (Distant Horizon spin-off series): Testing another cover idea to see how it does before deciding which one to go with– whether to stick with the older design for now or update the series with one of the new designs.

Galina’s Saga – Part Two (Distant Horizon spin-off series): Outline needs revision.

Lily’s Story: (Distant Horizon series spin-off/prequel novel) On hold. (Has outline).

Sky Runner: (Multiverse novel). On hold. (Has outline)

The Multiverse Chronicles: On hold. (Needs edits).

Little One: Needs Isaac’s notes added to manuscript, and then revised.

TWB 4: (Book Four of The Wishing Blade series). Needs rough draft written.

Runes and Ravens (Stone and String 3): Needs revision and rest of rough draft written.

The Secret in the Shadows: (Prequel novella for The Wishing Blade) On hold. Will likely remain on hold until The Wishing Blade series is complete, and possibly integrated with a storyline I have in mind that takes place after that series. (Alternatively, might get integrated as a prequel to Stone and String 3. Not sure yet).

The Legends of Cirena – Collaborative Adventure Facebook Group: Ro’nor-Zynia cross-over in progress. The last two episodes have been delayed due to various outside slow-downs, but will resume once I’ve finally reorganized everything.

The Cursed Halls of Kalecen (Hahven’s Story / A Legends of Cirena short story): Pre-orders are up! Releases March 22nd.

I’m currently in the process of reviewing beta-reader feedback and making revisions.

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Alia’s Story (A Legends of Cirena short story): This has a title, and pre-orders are live!

*Drumroll…*

The Scars of Her Past

Still needs a few more chapters to go through the read-aloud process before going out to beta-readers, but that’s the next step.

“MOG”: On hold. (Needs revisions)

Changeling: (Huntress #2) Needs formatted for print.

Huntress 3: Now around 25,000 words into the rough draft. Good news is that I now mostly know where the plot’s going. Bad news is that I have to finish catching up on everything that threw me for a loop in February before I can return to the rough draft.

Game Design: Currently on hold due to Isaac’s classes. We realized we need to take new product shots for Phalanx so we can get the updated Game Crafter version back up for sale.

Space Adventure Comic: Isaac has kit-bashed a few more ships and a character design for this, but it’s mostly on hold while we finish other projects.

Emberverse (Working Title): Made a little progress on revisions for the first short story in this series, but had to put it on hold for other projects. Starting to get ideas for where the next part of the story will go, but probably won’t get to write those for a while yet. Hoping to write the rough draft for that in April for Camp NaNo, but that depends on how much progress I can make on the active series that are currently awaiting completed rough drafts.

SBibb - Emberverse - Mallorie and the Cub

(Meet Mallie and Spots… a character who can speak to the various “monsters” in Emberverse, and her stuffed animal who became a lot more real).

(To see more sneak peeks from Emberverse, check out my Instagram account).

Marketing: Weekly promo highlights have been put in place for March! (Having reminders to schedule this in my monthly calendar is proving super useful). I still need to cull the Distant Horizon Universe mailing list for inactive subscribers. I won’t know if it helped the Wishing Blade Universe list for a while yet, since that’s a monthly newsletter with the exception of new release announcements.

Also…

One of the unexpected projects for the month ended up being a new website design for our main Infinitas Publishing site.

Long story short, we had planned on revamping it for a while, but then I got wind that Google Chrome has been phasing out how people see sites without a security certificate. Our previous host required a paid plan to get the SSL certificate working, and to have what we wanted (quite a few pages), we would have been paying a lot more than I would have preferred–especially when WordPress is cheaper and, if I’m being completely honest, a lot more user-friendly. (I did try to stick with the old host, but ultimately it was time to say “thanks for the good times” and move on. Hopefully I can use the original free plan as a backup, but I’m not sure how long that free plan will remain.

Anyway, I spent the past couple weeks between the two hosts figuring out what I wanted to do and finally getting everything switched, as well as trying to streamline everything for a sleeker look.

Overall, I’m fairly happy with the change. There’s still a few updates that still need happening–eventually I’d like to create series-specific banners–but it’s mostly complete.

(And it has a shiny security certificate and no ads… sweet!)

Check it out!

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LitRPG / GameLit Story: On hold. (Needs revisions and restructuring).

SBibb’s Photographic Illustration: Received notes on a proof for one project (now in finalizing stage) and I’m in the process of compiling proofreading notes for the other project and creating a cover proof.

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In other news, I’m thrilled to announce I got first place in the Storytelling Category of the It’s Raining Men contest over on the Daz art forums.

This one uses the Daz 3D studio program for 3D rendering and Daz assets, and the key requirements of the contest were that it needed to feature a man/men as the primary focus, and have a storytelling aspect.

Definitely made my day, and I wasn’t expecting it to place:

SBibb - Raining Men Contest - A Misstep in the Apple Grove

Story Concept for the image: The apple grove was technically open land, free for everybody’s use. But when a gnarly goblin made the grove his home, wandering travelers often found trouble if they took a juicy apple from the trees.

😀

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Happy writing and reading! 🙂

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Weekly Book Promotion Highlight

For this week’s ebook promotion highlight, I’m featuring the Short Month, Short Fiction ebook fair!

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Enjoy short stories and novellas? This book fair has all sorts of choices across several genres. Don’t miss these inexpensive options!

Short Month Short Fiction Ebook Fair

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I hope you find a good book! 😀

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Infinitas Publishing – Status Report

Time for the monthly Infinitas Publishing Status Report! 😀

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Starless Night: (Book 3 of the Distant Horizon series). Needs new outline and rough draft.

The Glitch Saga (Distant Horizon spin-off series): Debating trying one more cover design before switching out the covers on the rest of the series.

Galina’s Saga – Part Two (Distant Horizon spin-off series): Outline needs revision.

Lily’s Story: (Distant Horizon series spin-off/prequel novel) On hold. (Has outline).

Sky Runner: (Multiverse novel). On hold. (Has outline)

The Multiverse Chronicles: On hold. (Needs edits).

Little One: Needs Isaac’s notes added to manuscript, and then revised.

TWB 4: (Book Four of The Wishing Blade series). Needs rough draft written.

Runes and Ravens (Stone and String 3): Needs revision and rest of rough draft written. On the bright side, some of the recent Legends of Cirena stories have given me a better idea of where this needs to go.

The Secret in the Shadows: (Prequel novella for The Wishing Blade) On hold.

The Legends of Cirena – Collaborative Adventure Facebook Group: Hahven-Alia cross-over complete. We’re currently three episodes into the Ro’nor-Zynia cross-over.

The Cursed Halls of Kalecen - Book CoverThe Restless Sands of Neel (Ro’nor’s Story / A Legends of Cirena short story): Now available!

The Cursed Halls of Kalecen (Hahven’s Story / A Legends of Cirena short story): Scheduled for release on March 22nd. I’m currently getting feedback from beta-readers, and then I just need to make a few final touches before it’s complete.

Alia’s Story (A Legends of Cirena short story): Title to be announced. Book cover near-final complete. Most revisions are complete, though I need to do a preliminary read-aloud with Isaac for any plot holes before sending it to beta-readers. Expected publication is late May.

“MOG”: On hold. (Needs revisions)

Changeling: (Huntress #2) Needs to be formatted for print.

Huntress 3: Was hoping to have rough draft complete in January. That has been rescheduled for mid February. I’m currently 20,000 words into the rough draft. Realized I needed to combine two plot ideas into one, and now it’s been flowing a lot smoother.

Game Design: Currently on hold due to Isaac’s classes.

Space Adventure Comic: We’re in the brainstorming phase for individual story plots, with it on semi-hold while I try to finish some of the current lingering projects. That said, instead of starting with the larger arc, we’re debating trying to complete a smaller adventure first, to get a better feel for comic design and have a better chance of completing it.

Emberverse (Working Title): Somewhat on hold due to trying to prepare the Legends of Cirena stories for publication. I’ve input Isaac’s notes into the rough draft manuscripts. My next step will be to complete revisions to the already-written portions, make note of which pictures I want to illustrate for it in Daz, and then outline the next section to be drafted.

SBibb - Emberverse - Tea Time

(To see more sneak peeks from Emberverse, check out my Instagram account).

Marketing: I’ve gotten a routine set in place for BookFunnel promos and I’ve started to do the weekly promo highlight again. Also, I’ve culled inactive subscribers from my Wishing Blade Universe newsletter list. I plan on culling the Distant Horizon Universe list as well. (The goal is to lower cost of newsletter plans while improving open rates because the mail services see a higher rate of opens and are less likely to consider it as spam).

LitRPG / GameLit Story: On hold. (Needs revisions and restructuring).

SBibb’s Photographic Illustration: Near completion of formatting for one project, and need to compile proofreading notes for the other project.

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The Restless Sands of Neel – Now Available!

Troublesome raiders?
Horses can outrun a raider.

A kid with untamed beast magic whose fear of raiders frightens said horses?
One overturned cart, countless bruises, and a bill of property damage later…

Ro’nor really wishes he’d inherited wings from his ancestors.

You can now grab the next Legends of Cirena story as an ebook! 😀

The Restless Sands of Neel is the third story in the series (currently all stand-alones, though there will be crossovers later) and was written as part of my collaborative adventure Facebook group. This one is a novella.

Like “The Wind Mage of Maijev” and “The Gryphon and the Mountain Bear,” this one takes place approximately 200 years before the events of The Wishing Blade series and the Stone and String series.

In this one, a not-so-powerful descendant of dragons finds his calling in helping a young kid rescue their family from slavers… but will his scrying magic be enough?

Read The Restless Sands of Neel to find out! 😀

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The Restless Sands of Neel

Fantasy Novella

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Troublesome raiders?
Horses can outrun a raider.

A kid with untamed beast magic whose fear of raiders frightens said horses?

One overturned cart, countless bruises, and a bill of property damage later…

Ro’nor might have descended from dragons, but he wasn’t born with wings or special powers, and he can’t shift into their form. No bards will sing of his heroic deeds.

His only magic is a gift for scrying.

But his uneventful plans to foretell weather patterns in a distant desert are thrown from a far-too-literal cart when raiders spook his horses and he finds himself the de facto warden for a terrified kid only his guide can understand.

According to her, the kid’s family has been kidnapped by slavers.

But with Ro’nor’s scrying skills and a careful redirection of the kid’s beast magic, he might be able to track the slavers and rescue the kid’s family.

Can he evade the dangers of the desert, mount a perilous rescue, and earn a tale that rivals the songs of his ancestors?

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Adventure through the scorching deserts of Cirena in this exciting novella…

Read The Restless Sands of Neel today!

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Enjoy! 😀

P.S. These short stories and novellas will be coming out every other month, starting with The Restless Sands of Neel. If you’ve already grabbed this one, look for The Cursed Halls of Kalecen coming in March! 😀

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Infinitas Publishing – Status Report

It’s that time again! (Actually, it’s technically two months time again… so I’ll summarize the past two months).

First of all, Happy New Year! 😀

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Starless Night: (Book 3 of the Distant Horizon series). After discussing the plot with Isaac, we ultimately decided to cut a couple of the planned sub-plots in order to focus more specifically on what should be the stronger plot. Thanks to holiday travel, we now have quite a few ideas for the updated outline. I’m scrapping the original rough draft I did for this one and starting fresh.

The Glitch Saga (Distant Horizon spin-off series): Still not enough data to know for sure if the new cover is doing better, but it does look like a possibility. Ultimately, I plan to update the other two covers and see how those do.

Galina’s Saga – Part Two (Distant Horizon spin-off series): Outline needs revision.

Lily’s Story: (Distant Horizon series spin-off/prequel novel) On hold. (Has outline).

Sky Runner: (Multiverse novel). On hold. (Has outline)

The Multiverse Chronicles: On hold. (Needs edits). On the bright side, I’ve discovered that it might fit well into the gaslamp fantasy genre. I’ll be keeping that in mind once I return to revisions.

Little One: Needs Isaac’s notes added to manuscript, and then revised.

TWB 4: (Book Four of The Wishing Blade series). First few chapters need revisions, and then the rest of the rough draft needs to be written.

Runes and Ravens (Stone and String 3): First part of rough draft needs heavy revision, and then rest of rough draft needs written.

The Secret in the Shadows: (Prequel novella for The Wishing Blade) On hold.

The Legends of Cirena – Collaborative Adventure Facebook Group: Almost finished with the Hahven-Alia cross-over story. A new story will be starting soon.

The Restless Sands of Neel Book CoverThe Restless Sands of Neel (Ro’nor’s Story / A Legends of Cirena short story): The cover for this story is complete, and the title is The Restless Sands of Neel. It will be a novella, around 23,000 words. I have notes back from the beta-readers, so I’ll be applying their suggestions, doing the read-aloud, and then proofreading it. Release date is scheduled for late January, and the pre-orders are in the process of uploading to the various sites.

Next up for revision is Hahven’s story. The plan is to release a Legends of Cirena short story or novella every two months starting with The Restless Sands of Neel. 🙂

“MOG”: On hold. (Needs revisions)

Changeling: (Huntress #2) Needs to be formatted for print.

Huntress 3: I’m currently 8,000 words into the rough draft, and intend to finish it by the end of January.

Book four has a chosen fairy tale, but needs outlined.

Game Design: Currently on hold due to Isaac’s classes, though a bit of beta-testing occurred for one of the games during the holidays.

Space Adventure Comic: I had a little moment of productivity a couple months ago, which gave Isaac and me enough to work with in terms of ironing out a few more details regarding the presentation. I still need to apply those notes, though.

It’s quite a ways off from publication, but here’s another peek at one of the rough pages (still needs words added… and polishing for lighting…):

SBibb Space Comic Page Sneak Peek

 

Emberverse (Working Title): 71,000 words total complete for NaNoWriMo, for the first six short stories. Started as a for-fun project, but I’m really enjoying putting this one together. It’s a series of short stories, each one ranging between 8,000 to 15,000 words. I’m planning to release it as a serial, with each episode containing two of the short stories. They’ll also be illustrated using Daz renderings I’ve created:

SBibb - Emberverse - The Awakening

(To see more sneak peeks from Emberverse, check out my new Instagram account).

I’m pretty sure it’s going to be classified as gaslamp fantasy… sort of like steampunk, but with a heavier emphasis on the paranormal/magical.

It will likely be a while before it releases, since I want to get a few more of the short stories complete before beginning to release them.

Marketing: I’m planning to make a bit bigger push with the BookFunnel promos and tweaking my newsletters over the next few months. Probably not all at once, but I’m starting to look at how to improve those. In addition, I intend to return to doing the weekly book promo highlights on this blog.

I’ve also started an Instagram account which will primarily have short excerpts from work-in-progress projects and various renders I’ve been working on. At the moment, most of them are from the Emberverse project (so if you want to keep up with that project, definitely follow me there).

LitRPG / GameLit Story: On hold. (Needs revisions and restructuring).

SBibb’s Photographic Illustration: Proofreading a manuscript, and working on formatting/cover design for two separate projects.

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Infinitas Publishing – Status Report

Time for the Infinitas Publishing monthly status report! 😀

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Starless Night: (Book 3 of the Distant Horizon series). Outline needs review.

SBibb - Whispers in the Code - New Trial CoverThe Glitch Saga (Distant Horizon spin-off series): We’re temporarily testing a new cover for the series, starting with Whispers in the Code. If sales do better, then I’ll swap out the rest of the covers in the series. If not, then I’ll switch back to the original for the time being.

Also, Whispers in the Code is free from Oct 30th to Nov 3rd.

Afterward, it will be 99 cents throughout November.

If you haven’t already got a copy, now’s the time to grab it. 🙂

Galina’s Saga – Part Two (Distant Horizon spin-off series): With Deceived now published, it’s on to book two!

We’re expecting two or three more books in this series, and possibly a brief crossover between this series and Distant Horizon #3.

At the moment, we have a rough outline of book two, but the outline needs revision before we begin the rough draft.

Lily’s Story: (Distant Horizon series spin-off/prequel novel) On hold. (Has outline).

Sky Runner: (Multiverse novel). On hold. (Has outline)

The Multiverse Chronicles: On hold. (Needs edits).

Little One: I’ve managed to input a few more of Isaac’s notes into the manuscript between projects, though there are more to go.

Magebane: (Book Three of The Wishing Blade series) The print edition has been finalized! Click here to order the paperback!

Next up, writing book four.

TWB 4: (Book Four of The Wishing Blade series). The first chapter has been revised from Isaac’s notes and I have an idea of where additional revisions need to be remade for the next couple of chapters. Then I’ll need to continue writing the rough draft.

Runes and Ravens (Stone and String 3): I’ve got an idea for how this story is going to go, but I need to revise a few scenes and continue the rough draft. At the moment, I’m expecting this will be the final story in the series, but we’ll see.

The Secret in the Shadows: (Prequel novella for The Wishing Blade) On hold.

The Legends of Cirena – Collaborative Adventure Facebook Group: Recently finished the story of the Anethian priestess of Harethn, the god of travel, in the Darden Isles… though she might have gotten to travel a bit further than she expected.

Getting ready to start a new series. A cross-over has been voted on, so now we need to decide which characters will show up. 🙂

Ro’nor’s Story (A Legends of Cirena short story): I’ve almost finished revisions. Just a couple small polishing tweaks still need to be made, and then I’ll be sending it out to beta-readers. 🙂

I’m hoping to finish revisions on the next couple LoCCA stories before the end of the year, that way I can put them up for pre-order early next year.

I also have an idea of what the covers will look like, and I have a proof cover created for Ro’nor’s story.

“MOG”: On hold. (Needs revisions)

Changeling: (Huntress #2) Needs to be formatted for print.

Huntress 3: Now has an outline! Still needs a bit more detail, but there’s enough there that I can start the rough draft. I’m planning to write this in November for NaNoWriMo.

This one will focus on the fairy tale of Rumplestiltskin. 🙂

I also have ideas for book four, though it still needs an outline.

Game Design: Currently on hold now that Isaac’s classes have started back up.

Space Adventure Comic: I’ve begun rendering scenes for the comic, though it’s been a bit slow going since the scenes are fairly large.

Add having to send the new laptop in for repair earlier in the month, and progress has been slow.

However, there has been progress, so that’s a plus. 🙂

SBibb - Space Adventure Web Comic Sneak Peek

Marketing: In mid-September we had a booth at Geek U.P. in Houghton, MI. This was a blast, and we had a lot of fun. We had our books and games available for sale, played several rounds of Phalanx with con-goers, and I also offered a few of my Daz-creation prints for sale.

A friend snapped this photo for us while everyone was on dinner break, which is why you don’t see many people walking around behind us (and it was one of the few times we were free). There were several really awesome cosplays there, too. 😀

Geek UP 2019

LitRPG / GameLit Story: On hold. (Needs revisions and restructuring).

SBibb’s Photographic Illustration: Finished blurb work for one author and I’m now in the progress of proofreading a manuscript for another author.

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Happy writing and reading! 🙂

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