Jan/Feb: School and Busy Things


January kinda blasted by and I can’t remember a lot of what happened, except that CoSine was a blast, and also very chill! I submitted a quick bit of writing to the “slush pile” (which is a panel of Professional Editors trained to critique written works) and they managed to get all the way through with only one hand raised. It was for the word “mumble,” which I used way too often. Much like real life. ūüėÄ So that was gratifying!

School started in January, I was worried, and now I’m not. I’m only taking one class, an English class, and you can imagine how that’s going for someone who has written eight books.

Speaking of which! I’m working on formatting and releasing paperback versions again for at least the Tales of Esper Ravenwood trilogy – which is why I have a new site banner now, that’s the cover for¬†Revenant – and perhaps the others as well. I’d love to see the Redgate Chronicles in paper, but that’s a ways off. I’ve currently got the proof of Scourgemarked sitting on my bed, and am slowly chunking away at it between keeping up with school, Skyrim, and commissions. My goal is to get all the paperbacks out before the end of 2018, but we’ll see how that goes.¬†Revenant¬†is currently available, and if you want to find the link through this blog, it’s under “The Five Realms” and “Novels.”

I’m also working on a bit of a website overhaul, wherein I’m adding the “About the Realms” post as pages under “The Five Realms,” with updated information and satellite-style maps, now that I know a bit more about how climates work with air and ocean currents and whatnot. Omnia’s page is currently complete, for the most part, and Oberun’s is next, after I get a commission or two done. So if you want to know a thing or three about the setting but don’t necessarily want to dive into the novels, that’s the place to go!

On the topic of new books, I’ve kinda been working on two side-by-side, but neither of them are working? One of them was a continuation of the little snippet that got through the slush pile, and is I guess the newest iteration of All’s Well in Asgard, aka the Cursed Story That Will Not Work With Me. The other is Oisinson, which is the working title and is subject to change, which¬†also hasn’t been working with me. I think I know why, though, and it’s because it’s an Esper Ravenwood (sorta) book that’s written in third-person rather than first. And I think Esper needs to be a first-person character for the later books in the Raven-Friend’s saga to work. Which means I have to rewrite it. Oh well. Let it never be said that authors don’t screw up sometimes.

So that’s where I’m at! There are a lot of moving parts going on right now, but my next paper isn’t due until the middle of March, so hopefully I can get my crap together-ish before then. See you soon!


Character Profile: Ingrath

Given Name: Ingrath StormsongSP - Ingrath

Alias: Caiman

Premise: Hunter; of both game and heads

Combat Style: Blood/ice magic, one-handed axe, and archery

Race: Bosmer (Wood Elf) / Vampire

Homeland: Woodhearth, Greenshade, Valenwood

Birth Date & Sign: 23rd of Evening Star, 4E 87 РSign of the Theif

Family: None on record

Friends & Allies: The Dark Brotherhood (formerly), the Brazen Clan (formerly), Zaytest

Enemies & Rivals:¬†Many of Skyrim’s vampire population, the Thalmor, the Silver Hand, Thorina’s Cutters

A Brief Overview

Valenwood is a land that grows three things in abundance: game, hunters, and plentiful opportunities for disappearing. A young Ingrath took full advantage of all three of those things, having learned to track and take down game from black bear to crocodile in the forests, swamps, and rivers of the Greenshade. Knowing the land so well, it was easy for him to vanish when an accident left his training officer dead, and his supervisors flailing to figure out what happened.

Ingrath showed up in Thalmor records once again after that, in the midst of the Great War. He reported for duty as a supposed member of the Scout Corps in Leywiin, and disappeared once again on a mission into the Nibenay basin. This time, the only evidence of his departure from service was, “a mangled Argonian, an unfortunate dearth of blood, and a severed eye, obviously having belonged to a mer at one point recent to their search.”

After that, he became a ghost. Nothing but a rumor, outside of Cyrodiil’s Dark Brotherhood and those that hired them. He rose the ranks to Executioner before the Bruma sanctuary was sacked in 4E 186. After that he vanished once again, finding his way into a new family in the form of a bandit clan. There, all rumor of a one-eyed hunter ceased, until the death of a Thalmor agent in Falkreath under suspicious circumstances made its way to the keen ears of Elenwen.

Ingrath’s last known location is a mystery, though some rumors mention a hooded horseman, riding by night out of the Rift, with a half-dead khajiit in his arms.

Character Profile: Arden Whelk

Given Name: Ardenius Perseus Whelk

SP - Arden

Alias: N/A

Premise: Scholar / Explorer

Combat Style: Runes and Sword (and occasionally a torch)

Race: Imperial

Homeland: Chorrol, Colovian Highlands, Cyrodiil

Birth Sign & Date: 22nd of Hearth Fire, 4E 167 РSign of the Lady

Family: Saladin Desolaron Whelk (father; MIA, presumed dead) & Danae Tryphosa Argent (mother; deceased)

Friends & Allies: The College of Whispers (formerly), the College of Winterhold

Enemies & Rivals: His ex.

A Brief Overview

Arden was born into a Tamriel in the throes of war, and for the first decade or so of his life, wasn’t allowed out much. His mother, Danae, feared his safety with Aldmeri forces so close to the Imperial City, especially when his father, Saladin, was off fighting them back in Hammerfell. When Arden was eight, his father returned for a brief time, only for his legion to march on the Aldmeri-controlled Imperial City at the Battle of the Red ring. Saladin Whelk never returned. A story many imperials of his age share.

Still, for all the tragedy in his young life, Arden turned out to be possessing of a remarkably cheerful disposition, a passion for learning, and a curious streak that would put even the most wily khajiit to shame. As he grew older he turned more to books than friends for company, and eventually Danae convinced him to join the College of Whispers and become a mage. Only a year into his studies, she lost her life to illness, and Arden’s proclivity for study turned into an obsession. His shy-but-friendly personality turned inward so far that he became an outcast, cold and uncaring. It was only after meeting and helping an altmer and fellow outcast – by virtue of race rather than disposition – that he began to open up a bit more. The two of them became research partners, and went on several expeditions and digs together over the years, while the nature of their relationship slowly evolved. Sadly, their time together was cut short, when the high-elf’s travel permit expired, and he had to return to the Aldmeri Dominion. Arden finished his thesis project alone, and left the College shortly thereafter.

Now, Arden is back to his quirky – albeit much more subdued – ways, and has followed his studies and experiments north into Skyrim, where the expedition at Saarthal promises insight never before put to paper by an imperial scholar, and Dwemer ruins hold secrets about tonal architecture and the structure of the universe itself… assuming he can decipher them.

December: Silently Screaming


It’s beginning to look a lot like Skyrim outside and I’ve still got a waiting list of art to take care of, but here I am! Dragging myself through into the new year with a smile on my face, hopefully.

Most of December has been trying to get yuletide commissions done before the Day – which I did, though I’ve still got several more with no deadlines – trying to keep up with Vagrant,¬†and trying to get all my red tape sorted out for college next semester. I’m only taking one class because the last time I tried to get a degree of any sort things went pear-shaped pretty fast, and I’m not about to commit myself to this at the expense of the things that are currently earning money and providing a service to others – namely, art and entertainment – if it turns out things are just going to go bum-over-teacups again. I’ve also got CoSine Con coming up in January, right as the semester will be starting, thankfully, so there’s also¬†that to keep track of.

The prequels are still slogging along, though my focus has been pretty heavily centered on art and sanity the past month or so. I’m in the swampy middle bit of the book where things need to happen in order to get the characters where they need to be psychologically for the rest of it to make any sense. Esper is turning into a very different young man than I thought he was! Which is good, since he’s got a lot of time and a lot of tragedy to go through in the next four books after¬†Oisinson. (I really do have to rename that but whatever.) Speaking of which, next year is the 5th anniversary of¬†Revenant, and to celebrate, I’m thinking of reworking the covers and actually re-learning Lyx so that I can have shiny new physical copies of at least the Tales of Esper Ravenwood before Mile-High Con in October. That’s my goal, anyway. I might do the same with the Redgate Chronicles, but we’ll see.

On a less-stressful note, Ingrath was a complete surprise! I honestly didn’t expect to be able to do his voice, let alone have a video of him up, ever, but it happened. With how important he is going to be in the story down the road, I probably should have expected it, but he’s now got two more – at least – in the works. Dunno when they’ll go up, I do rather have to take care of Vagrant first, but it is what it is. It’s actually quite nice having one character I can just pop in with whenever I need a break from someone else. I’ll have to go update the Table of Contents to include him now.

And with that, I have to go continue kicking butt and taking names because my commissions list is¬†long and full of backgrounds. All the best to ya’ll!

– Ej

November: Of Cons and Cruds


Late on the update this month but it has been rather a busy one, yet again. As it turns out, Halloween is rather a busy time for people wanting character illustrations! Which, I finally have a break from now that everything’s done.

At the end of last month, I got my first introduction to the writing world as a whole via my dad taking me to Mile High Con. As one might imagine, it’s a writing convention down in Denver, and let me just say that wandering around such a Con with someone who is basically considered the “Indie Author Guru” is rather an enlightening experience. I shook a lot of hands and learned a lot of things, not the least of which being that I’m actually a better writer than I gave myself credit for! (Or at least that I’m a more uptight editor than the folks on the Slush Pile Panel.¬†That was an experience.) Now that I know how things work, I’m looking forward to¬†maybe being on a panel next year, rather than being in the audience. I’ve also got another even lined up for January – CoSine Con! We’ll see how that goes.

Weirdly enough I didn’t actually catch a con crud from that, but I¬†did manage to get a wee bit froggy after having gotten The Nerds together for the first time in a while. Scheduling is rather finicky when four adults in different jobs are involved. Then I had some very lovely allergies thanks to my delightful cat (I love her but she make-a me sneeze) so right at the moment I could probably sing baritone if I wanted to. It’s making recording voice work for a certain tiny Khajiit very difficult.

Speaking of which,¬†Vagrant started today! This is the story of Zaytest, a khajiit rogue – original, I know – and her partner-in-crime Inigo! There’s actually another character attached to this series, who may or may not end up writing or showing up. I have plans for him, as well as for Zaytest. Obviously. Otherwise I wouldn’t be doing this! The video links are, as always, on the Table of Contents page if anyone is interested, along with all the links to Arden’s story,¬†Intonation, which completed its second chapter about a week and a half ago. I’m really starting to get excited about all the ways I can weave these plots through each other, as well as perhaps introducing some go-between characters that can carry messages, travel with, and talk to the main characters from each quarter of the story. That’s a bit of a long-term plan, but it’s there!

Also: NaNoWriMo has been one huge nope this year, sadly.¬†Oisinson¬†is slogging along, but the key word there is slogging. It’s rather frustrating trying to get the story to do what it needs to do in order to get the characters where they need to be at the end. It’s almost tempting to write the prequels backwards, as in start with the fifth one and work my way back. Oh well. It’ll come, I just need to distract myself for a while so the plot doesn’t know I’m looking for it!

I think that about covers it. I’ll probably see ya’ll on YouTube if you want to come watch me tell stories with Skyrim – it’s not your usual yelling at things and getting salty let’s plays, it’s legit storytelling – but if not then I’ll see you next month and hopefully I have more to say about¬†Oisinson!

Have a good one!
– Ej

October: The Month of Many Things


We’ve officially come to the completion of¬†Intonation, Chapter One! Arden Whelk, the imperial archaeologist, is finally headed out of Bruma and into Skyrim. Chapter Two, “Vile” will begin on Monday, October 16th, and continue until sometime in November. After that, We’ll start in on the rambling tale of Zaytest, the khajiit mercenary.

Big news, though! I’ll be at Mile High Con with my father – a rather prestigious space opera author – this year! So I’ll be working extra hard to get all my ducks in a cube before then. Which means you probably won’t hear much from me until November. As always, all my books are in the “Get the Books” section of my site, and the Skyrim roleplays are in the “Skyrim” tab.

See you when I see you, sorry for the short update!


September: Oot and Aboot

Autumn starts officially in two days and I am¬†hyped. Mostly I’ll be glad that the sun’s path across the sky is a little less directly overhead. High altitude summers are not nice.

It’s been a bit jarring since August, and I think I speak for a lot of people when I say that. I managed to get a bit of a reprieve – not really, it was exhausting, honestly – when I went up with my dear Moose’s family to the Scottish-Irish Highlands Festival. His family uses it as a kind of reunion time, and it’s always good to see everyone, but holy¬†Zeus¬†I do not do well when surrounded by people non-stop for three days straight. Overwhelm is real. Thankfully, I have ways of springing back to my feet, and Skyrim is one of them. Speaking of which…

This month I’ve mostly been cracking away on Arden Whelk’s story, Intonation,¬†which I mentioned in the last update. The entire first half of chapter one, “Bruma,” is up on YouTube, and the links to each episode – there are currently seventeen planned for both chapters one and two, eight of which are available at the time of typing – can be found under Skyrim > Table of Contents on my blog. Arden is irreverent, quirky, a bit awkward, and¬†hates the Thalmor with every molecule of his being because of what they stole from him. The story doesn’t really pick up much until episode three, but after that it chugs right along. You can watch episode one right here, if you’d like!

For those of you wondering what’s going on in the Five Realms,¬†Oisinson is still in progress. I’m currently stuck again, thankfully not hanging off the side of a tower this time. Trying to get the boys to cooperate with me – and each other – is being a bit tricky. At least, the planning phase is. Once they get going it’s obvious they’re brothers.

With all that said, I do have plans coming up in October that don’t have much to do with producing stories: I’ll be at Mile-High Con this year! First time ever! I’m not speaking or anything, just showing up and casing the joint – as Ettien Jorel would say. I have plans to speak¬†next¬†year. A local author of some renown tells me I’m more than qualified to do so, I just have to get my courage all together in one place. Apparently not many writers actually¬†write, so much as they make plans. Which is. Weird, to me. I guess we’ll see.

See you next month! Unless you’re actually subscribed on YouTube, in which case, see you on Friday!