Page 665: Fire -29-

In which Naomi reminds the reader that she has poor impulse control. Of course she’s going to take a pot shot at the Oberon. Anything else would be out of character.


It’s the final day of August, and this is the final page of the scene. Of course it’s a cliffhanger – this thread resolves in a future installment. That was a hazard I willingly accepted when I decided to cut an entire book out of the series – the net result is Transitional Voices gets a little more suspenseful, book four gets a little more complicated, what would have been book six disappears completely and things flow from five to the new six without coming back to Earth to pick up the Doom Cube. Heck yeah!

This scene is done. After quite a bit of effort the next scene has been completely rendered. It took a few continuity edits to get there – a re-rendering of the cargo bay, a full replacement and re-render of the Quantum Analogue Relay, and last but not least the replacement of Jason’s background in Fire -12- and Fire -13-. The old placeholder background has been replaced with the originally scripted backdrop, which became the final asset to be modeled for the book. You’ll see why that was necessary in a few pages. The important thing is this: effective this past Sunday rendering of Transitional Voices is a thing that is done. My neighborhood celebrated with a 13 hour power outage, and I celebrated by polishing the scene with a three panel reshoot early in the week, cutting the number of panels in the scene from 55 to 54. The scene has been polished, shots have stabilized, and it’s about time to start drawing again.

The final scene enters line art prep this week, and pencilling begins this weekend or early next week. My goal is to get all of the line art drawn, inked, cleaned up, flat colored and assembled in September, or at the very least no longer dependent on physical media. With September dedicated to line art production it’s looking like new pages will start showing up in October – maybe earlier if things go smoothly.

Things are going to be quiet here for awhile. New pages will appear on Patreon well before they appear here, so now is a great time to pledge if you haven’t already.

Transitional Voices is finally entering the home stretch!

Blog: Send Me Your Money!

In early May I created a Patreon account. I’ve made it thirteen years without asking for help, and if I want ATC to keep going, well… I’m gonna need all the help I can get. I’m gonna need you to send me your money!

Apologies to Suicidal Tendencies – the song popped into my head while writing copy for Patreon and it seemed like a great opener for the related ATC blog post (this bit here), so I ran with it.

This post establishes the existence of the Patreon account and firms up the ATC production roadmap. The roadmap is planned to be the first blog post to the account once I take it live. I feel that it reads a lot like a pitch for a fixed amount of funding – a budget, if you will – and in some ways it is. While ATC was planned as a seven book thing and for a very long time was dreamed of as an ongoing series, I can’t see past the end of the current book. It has been in production since 2007. ATC is a trilogy until it’s done. I have to finish it; I can’t move on with my life until I do. I can not see or plan for what comes after it until I, myself, am after it. I am Ahab. Creative fatigue and financial stress have really put the zap on me. My costs are fixed. My freelance income is not. Freelance is a fickle beast – on the one hand pants are optional on the other the work commands and utterly exhausts the creative impulse. I am asking you to buy time. The more you pledge the more time I’ll have to spend on ATC instead of some hungrier thing. The faster this particular leg of the project isĀ done the faster we’ll get to see what comes next.

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