Updates on life and my novel

I haven’t updated the blog in more than a month. As usual, life has been hectic. I got twice sick -once with a cold, another with a stomach flu-. I’m in the last stages of my research project at my day job -with very interesting results- and need to prepare a conference presentation about it.

And of course, I’ve been writing and promoting said writing. It takes time. In 2 days, a new Inklings anthology will be released: “Tales of Magic & Destiny“, with a story of mine that links with Tempest Blades.

And in a month and a half, “Tempest Blades: The Withered King” will be released into the wider world with the hope that people like it. So far, the book has gotten great advanced reviews. Some are already available at the Goodreads page for the book, another is in the Booklist website, and a couple are at the reviewers’ respective blogs, here at Altered Instinct and at Witty & Sarcastic Bookclub. There is hope for more reviews coming in the following days. And with luck, they will be good.

Meanwhile, I’ve been taking a  few lines from each review to use in these images (the Alex one still has room for more lines though):

Reviews FionnReviews GabyReviews Alex

And working in the sequel of Tempest Blades. I already have the prologue and the epilogue done. I just need to write the middle part. Easy! *sarcasm*.

So yeah, it has been a couple of tiring but fruitful months. I just need a holiday break to take it all in.

Inside Inklings Tower or when fantasy meets industrial design 

I usually prefer to keep my day job (lecturer at a design school) and my other job (superhero vigilante by night… I mean writer) separated, except when I’m thinking on a particular object (like Alex’s collapsing bow) and try to describe it as feasible as possible, inner workings included. The other moments is when my writing job spills into my day job like today. Well more the work at the writers’ collective of which I’m part, Inklings Press

As you have heard we talk about the inner workings of Inklings Press as the ‘Tower’ (hence the name of the new book). And we have a mascot of sorts, enforcer and manservant Herc the Orc: 

Herc knows his best angles for being drawn as French fries.

Now, last semester, two students selected me as their final year project advisor. They were hopeful I would be open to their ideas for project (at my work they are usually ‘encouraged’ to do boring design as furniture). When they told me they wanted to create sets and creatures for a stop motion film I accepted right away( “finally an entertaining project to supervise,” I said). Then Inklings Press jumped in as client for the project and they started to develop the material for a short promo film (think the Pixar lamp animation at the start of their films). They took the drawing of Herc and created a setting and the characters (that can double as collectors’ action figures) for a film inside the Inklings Tower.

Today, these two gifted students, Alanna & Montserrat brought for a midterm evaluation their work and this is the result:










They will start shooting the film soon.

Meanwhile I’m feeling very proud of them.

This is why I studied design. This is why I’m a design teacher now. For times when my students do things like this. Well done girls! 

Big news! A new paperback in town. 


Inklings Press, the writers’ collective were my shorts stories are appearing in anthologies is finally releasing the first two,  Tales of the Tavern & Tales from the Mist,  fantasy & horror respectively, as a single paperback & ebook under the KDP system at Amazon. It will cost  $8.99 and will feature 10 stories, five for each genre. It was decided to create one book out of two smaller anthologies due the size.
My stories featured there are:

“Silver Horn”: a young man has a simple mission that takes a somewhat humorous bent. I wrote that story when I was in college and *shameless plug* won 1st place at a contest.

“Bone Peyote”: cosmic horror in the venue of Cthulhu Mythos, but taking place in Mexico City during the Day of the Dead. There is a reason you don’t mix hallucinating drugs, forbidden rituals and a  celebration when the dead come to visit in a country that had strange gods.

You can buy the paperback already here.

I already ordered my copies. Yes, plural. Have you? If not, stop reading and go to buy it now.