A Big Update for a Changing Site

Hello everyone, and welcome back to another site update. A BIG update for my book fans today, and a lot of information about what can be expected in days to come, so let’s just get right to it.

First of all, the site itself. I have removed the ART and TIBBOLD SIGHTINGS tabs, as they were currently serving little purpose. Instead, they have been replaced with the LCoA LORE and SECRETS tabs respectively. LCoA LORE is where I’m going to put all my extra lore entries concerning The Last Chronicle of Azurden, including maps, character profiles, coats of arms, and any other tidbits I decide to reveal, or others want to see. Currently I have put up a map of Loringlund, the country featured in “A Deal in the Darkness” and have had Archimede give brief explanations of several locations referenced in the story. Archimede is a bit of a… character, but I felt he’d be more appropriate for the task than I. Here is a picture of the map so as to get a glimpse of just how in depth I intend the lore section to become.

Map

The map was made with an online program called Inkarnate, a fantasy map making software I decided to use largely because I didn’t want to create all my own assets. (That takes a TON of time I simply do not have). Everything else about the map however, was hand crafted, and I think I got as close to a likeness of Loinglund as I can get without being a full on cartographer. To see closeups of the map, as well as the descriptions of some of the places, just click on that LCoA LORE link up top.

SECRETS is a bit of a new approach to an old idea. TIBBOLD SIGHTINGS wasn’t expanding as I would have liked it to, and I thought it likely there would be other stories I wanted to add that had nothing to do with the mercenary werewolf. Tibbold is still there, but now that section has a wider range of possibilities, from short stories I just feel like posting, to secret little plot points and asides concerning my main body of work. It’s intended to be a little gold nugget for devout readers who want more, and that is what I want to make it. Currently, only the first story, The Princess and the Wolf is available, but I intend to add others in the future.

Now, a little update on the progress of Book 2. Book 2 IS continuing but there’s little more I can say on it currently. My hope is to have it out by the end of this year, or early next. When it arrives, you’ll be sure to know. In the meantime I will also be announcing other books from Ellysian Press authors, and perhaps even conducting a few interviews for those interested. Keep checking back each week, as now that I’ve laid some framework for creating content, this site is just going to keep getting more and more of it.

That’s it for today. Check back Friday for a Hobby Corner update. I’m not sure what I will reveal yet, but I can tell you it’s going to be big.

TGIF

Just a quick update to let you guys know that, yes I’m still here, and yes, I’m still updating. There are just a lot of things I’m trying to get ready so I can update the site more frequently. I have coats of arms to do, maps to design, models to get ready, and… a lot more. In many ways it seems overwhelming. With spring and summer in full swing there is also a lot of upkeep to do on the house, and I am years behind. Yes, I said years.

Anyway, I will try to put up a new model display this weekend, but note, there is a lot of other work to do, and I don’t know what I’ll put up. Anyone interested in seeing some elves? Oh, wait… I meant aelves? No… no it was definitely elves.

Time for an Update

*Blows off Dust*

*Cough* *Cough*

Oh, dear, has it really been over half a year since I last updated? Shame on me. Here I am paying for a blog, and I’m not using it! That has to change…

I know this is the third time I’ve come back from a long absence. This was the result of a variety of personal reasons, most notably the fact that I almost lost most of my immediate family to a variety of health problems, both physical and mental. They would appreciate if I kept the details to myself, but there were a few times over the last several months I thought I might not be seeing either my mother or my sister again. That time is not over, and probably never will be, but it is certainly a lot better now than it was, and I have been able to get more work done on my writing as a result.

Now, for those wondering about The Last Chronicle of Azurden: book two, I hit a MAJOR issue that has taken me a very long time to work out, and so many rewrites I could fill up a whole flash drive with written and cut content. I’ve written entire chapters, only to decide they were garbage. Scenes and events that seemed… okayish before, turned to absolute tripe under a different pair of eyes. The characters, the places, the events, they just weren’t adding up, and I wrote and wrote and wrote to try and force them together, largely to no avail. Every writer goes through this. It’s quite common and has to do with a potent cocktail consisting of ‘lack of confidence’ mixed with a dash of ‘writers block’; but, combined with the issues above, it made working on book two a nightmare, and there were many days I just couldn’t bring myself to write another page because I knew it would just be deleted later. That time IS over. I just recently finished one of the most important chapters in the entire series, and I am finally happy with it. The rest of the book should be pretty straightforward, save for the finale (which will be even more epic than part one I might add) but that is a battle to be fought at a later date.

So then, what is going to happen to the site going forward. Am I still going to show off my Warhammer armies? Am I still going to discuss my books? What about artwork? Or character bios? Am I just going to disappear again in three weeks? Well, truth be told, I don’t know. It is more my nature to observe as opposed to proclaim, and so I do not often talk about things I find insignificant, or just plain don’t want to talk about, no matter how much it may be impacting my work. This has to change, but I have no idea what the best way to do so is. Do I discuss every movie I go to see? Do I talk about the book I read? Do I show off my latest model? Or do I do something on Azurden (or other) characters? I guess the real question is, what do you want to see from me? I will experiment with a few things, but regardless, now that book two for The Last Chronicle of Azurden series is underway again, changes are coming; new, interesting changes. But you’ll just have to visit again soon to find out what those changes are 🙂

By the way, I appreciate feedback, and have a comment section. If you liked any of my books and want to see more, had some opinions on my latest tabletop peice, or simply wish to say hi, please leave a comment.

Also, if anyone is interested in doing artwork of characters from any of my books, not just The Last Chronicle of Azurden I would be proud to post it, so long as its not lewd. I intend to keep this a family friendly site.

 

Ellysian Press and Upcoming Author Weeks

Okay, so that didn’t work. Character rebellions aside, I somehow knew it wouldn’t before I even started. This doesn’t mean I won’t update, or that I won’t update semi-regularly. It just means like I said before. I will update when there is something to say. Sometimes that will be the following day. Others it may be a month. Regardless, know that I am not abandoning my series or my writing. No matter how long it may seem I’m away. I am going to try (no promises) to update this more frequently, but when I don’t have anything to say, I… just don’t have anything to say.

But, as I’m here, that must mean things are going on, Right? Well, yes! A lot actually! However, it just so happens to have all started coming to a head at this very point. Hence the latest update to Another Fox’s Hideaway 🙂

First Ellysian Press is now operating a You Tube Channel for all readers, authors, and interested parties alike. It is done in open discussion format between the many talented authors of Ellysian Press, featuring topics such as writing/marketing strategies, world building, movie tie-ins, plotting, character development, and so much more from a variety of different perspectives and experiences. I highly encourage anyone interested in the world of books to take a look. You won’t regret it.

Next. Ellysian Press is also kicking off AUTHOR WEEKS. Where each author is featured prominently on the press’s Facebook group page The Ellysians for one week. This week is yours truly! But I will be updating the site each week with the next author on the featured list. During these weeks, you will be able to ask the authors of your favorite Ellysian Books any question pertaining to their stories, writing, or general experiences, and they will be around to answer them for you. Be sure to take advantage, I know I will.

Third. Anyone who has been paying attention to Games Workshop and the tabletop gaming industry will know that they are releasing the eighth edition of 40K VERY soon. Though I still abhore Age of Sigmar, the new 40K looks like it’s a step in the right direction for the hobby. Guess time will tell in the end.

And last, but certainly not least. Work on The Last Chronicle of Azurden “The Journey Made Twice” (tentative title) is in the works. Know that I will devote a lot of time to this to ensure the same standard of quality and pacing that I strive for in all of my works, and to ensure the complex world Renard exists in remains easy to understand. So far, it starts off with a roller coaster ride of an opening, so keep your eyes open for future updates on its progress.

Expect more frequent updates soon, as a lot is happening with Ellysian Press and The Last Chronicle of Azurden. As a final note. If you enjoy my books and stories, share this site, and Ellysian Press, with your friends. Having more people involved certainly helps when it comes to doing updates, and I am willing to answer questions about almost anything whether poster here, or on my FB feed. (It’s also a great way to formulate more topics in the future.)

 

What is Enavordin?

Late update today, but I’m determined to stay on schedule so here we go. As I said last time Archimede is better at this stuff than I am, so here he is to briefly discuss the second world in The Last Chronicle of Azurden series. Take it away.

“Is this really necessary? You know only a few people are even going to see this.”

Ha ha, Archimede, these get archived. Future readers will want-

“Oh yes, they’ll want to dig through long lists of old posts to see the one you happened to write today. As a historian, I’ll tell you that’s incredibly unlikely.”

He’s just a little distracted everyone, he wants to get back to-

“Don’t tell them how I feel. This is a waste of my time and you know it! I have a million other things to do aside from coming out on your version of Free Haven’s Linked Network and updating your social page. Besides from what’s going on in this ‘Face Book’ I see your world is well on it’s way to following in the footsteps of ou-”

Anyway! I suppose I’ll take the reigns again and give a brief introduction to the continent of Enavordin and some of the places that inhabit it.

“Humph! Rude.”

First of all, unlike Azurden, Enavordin is a continent, not the world. This might cause some confusion for the first book as-

“That is terrible. Is that how you described Azurden?”

Well, yes, kinda. But-

“Oh move over. Enavordin is a large continent consisting of the lands of Loringlund, Atlia, Stratholme, and the two independent settlements of Dawnfire Keep and Brione. There are, other, smaller independent entities, but for the sake of the one who demanded I update this page for him, and my sanity, I cannot discuss them just yet.”

You know, I’m right here.

“As they read, one might realize that Enavordin is… more mature, than the smaller world of Azurden. It was discovered long after the events of Azurden came to an end, and as a result, carries with it more complex entities, such as a developed feudal system, established networks of trade, more natural geographic features, and, what I can assume to be a magic system based more in ancient traditions rather than the ‘point point pew pew’ nonsense I see all over Free Haven’s data vids.”

To be fair. There wasn’t much pew pew nonsense in Azurden either.

“Are you kidding? It was all over the place. Was rather fun too, until you decided to-”

Ha Ha, that was only because I didn’t understand how electronics and pyrotechnics worked yet. Azurden is actually very scientifi-

“You had a villain that could shoot fireballs. A giant bull with a magic axe. A dolphin that could control plants. And a fox from outer space that could make death rays and turn herself into a crystal statue.”

. . . No I didn’t.

“I wrote it all down. In fact, I used to have a partner. Do tell me what happened to-”

And will you look at that! Almost out of time. I’ll have to work some things out with Archimede as to Azurden’s history as it’s obvious he doesn’t quite remember how some things happened correctly.

“I’m not going to let you just leave them out you know. I’ll find a way to bring them back. As a historian it’s my duty to tell the whole story, and I am writing the books.”

*Feed Terminated*

“That won’t work. This wasn’t a video interview.”

So, What is Azurden?

It’s Monday! And according to my previous post, that means its time to start discussing some of the background behind my first series “The Last Chronicle of Azurden”.

So why Azurden in the first place? Why not call it “The First Chronicle of Enavordin”? as that’s the continent most of the story takes place. Well, first, Enavordin didn’t “start” when Renard got pulled into it by Adriana. It already had a rich history that Archimede was, at the time, unaware of. Second, it’s also because the series isn’t so much about the events transpiring on Enavordin as it is about how Azurden met the fate hinted at in the preface of Book One, A Deal in the Darkness, and how the two worlds of Azurden and Enavordin end up affecting each other. Finally, Azurden is the oldest of my many worlds, and as such it only seemed fitting it be one of the first  I write about, even if it is from a “looking back” perspective.

To clarify what I mean, I must first point out that unlike some of my other works, this series isn’t something I came up with over a week of brainstorming, or a month of “wild ideas”. It is, in fact, a story that has been twenty six years in the making, and it has been in the making for so long because Azurden was the world of my childhood. It was an escape from the many pressures of adolescent life, a playground for my mind to throw together whatever it wanted, and a place where that pesky “logic” couldn’t pull things down. It had flying whales, a futuristic domed city, gardens that came to life, lands that floated over the ocean, magical gods, and its own fair share of talking animals. Perhaps this will make it quirky for some, thinking they are reading a child’s fantasy, but I did say it has been twenty six years, and a lot of nasty things can happen to a, supposedly, innocent place in that amount of time. In Azurden, the heroes didn’t always win, the villains weren’t always incompetent, and the cities and nations did not always get along. That’s right, even in my imagination, my mind forced me to face some harsh realities. Some would say its a coping mechanism, others would insist I was just abnormal. Whatever the case, as I grew older, Azurden became a darker and more intimidating world, until a time came, at about sixteen years old, I decided something needed to change. What was that change? Well, that will have to be revealed at a far later time, as it has very much to do with the current story. I’m sure there will also be those that notice sixteen does not equate to twenty six. And I certainly wasn’t coming up with this stuff as an infant. That is where next week’s discussion will begin.

Unfortunately, that’s about all I can say at this point and time, as much of Azurden’s existence, and it’s fate, is left up for the book series to reveal. However, we are not done with this place. Far from it. As I highlight characters and places over the coming weeks and months, I will also discuss more of the world around them and reveal bits and pieces of the story that simply aren’t, or can’t, be covered in the scope of the books. I also think I will let Archimede handle the discussions, as he’s much better and more prolific with these things than I am. I’ll instead focus on the upcoming hobby corner discussion on Thursday, as I haven’t made up my mind yet as to where to start with that.

Sincerely,

-Allan B. Anderson

P.S. watching the Atlanta Falcons choke in the final quarter of the Super Bowl is not a great way to start off the week.

 

 

Watch This Space

For a while, I’ve been trying to decide what to do with this blog. I can’t simply use it for book promotion. That’s what everyone else already does, generally to a low degrees of success. At the same time, I can’t leave it empty while waiting for the next big announcement to come along either. This has gotten me really thinking and I took a look around other blogs (not just authors) to figure out how I can use my own blog best.

First, the page needs more work. I keep saying this, but it remains true. Right now it’s nice and simple, but also a bit generic. The few people that actually visit are no doubt unimpressed and happy to move on to more flashy pages. I don’t blame them, I’m the same way. The problem with that is I lack the resources to make this page shine, or, I thought I did, until I remembered that I have a degree in graphics arts and, time permitting, can create my own artwork. On top of that I already have artwork I can show off, some of which has taken me years to create. I am going to start posting it, as well as go into discussions about other things not related to Azureden or my books, which includes my modeling hobby. Don’t roll your eyes just yet. I’ve put a lot of work into this hobby and what’s come out of it has been nothing short of impressive for all but the most jaded of fellow hobbyists, and I will be happy to share it with you all. I will also discuss my current ‘place’ within the hobby as well as my past experiences and even some things about when I worked for one of the companies. I hope it will be enlightening. For now, if you are into modeling or miniature wargaming, feel free to friend me on FB as I always enjoy discussing it with other enthusiasts.

Second, I would like to “grow” the world of the Azurden series and my other works to help foster interest in the series as a whole, and the entirety of the lore it represents. Therefore I’m going to post things about my universe, where I got the inspiration, and why certain characters are who they are, hopefully with some artwork. In time I hope this encompasses a HUGE literary universe akin to Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, or Game of Thrones, but only time will tell. Until then, I hope you at least enjoy the tidbits about my story and how such elements came to be. Also, in case you’re wondering, there will be no plot reveals, sorry.

Finally, in order for this all to work I will need to schedule how I update this blog. This is something I have been putting off as I don’t like to be tied down to social media outlets, but if it represents something I enjoy and can be involved with, then it shouldn’t be a problem to update at least once a week. Right now, I’m toying with the idea of doing Azurden and other works one day a week, while doing my hobbies and interests on another day of the week. Which days, I haven’t decided yet, but I’m thinking Monday and Thursday respectively. If this turns out to be too much, or if I’m eating through material too quickly, I may cut it back to Wednesday only, as was my original intention. Until then, expect this site to get some new things added once I can manage it. Also, you can expect announcements and shout outs to keep coming as normal, or I should say, as sporadically as they happen. (which I hope will be more often). Stay well everyone. Change is coming.

Sincerely,

Allan B. Anderson