Updated Publishing Schedule

Once again, I am updating this list of releases. I recently found out that the anthology Dogs of War Vol. 2 will release the end of this month. Here’s the cover from FurPlanet’s website:

Dogs of War Volume 2: Aftermath

My short story, “My Brother’s Shadow” is included in this volume. The story stars Cortraire, a minor character in my Silver Foxes series and is Marviot’s brother. Sick of being in his brother’s shadow, he has to decide if he will handle the assignment he’s been “given” the way he would or the way his brother would. It takes place between the past scenes of Prelude to War.

In my experience, FurPlanet likes to make their anthologies available first during conventions  before making it available to the public on amazon, etc. Apparently, it will be available sometime late Dec. 2017 or Jan. 2018. I think you can make pre-orders now which will ship Dec. 26, 2017 (according to their website).

So here’s my updated publishing schedule:

  • Prince of the Sun, Princess of the Moon releases Feb. 20, 2018
  • Extinct?, an anthology that contains one of my stories, will release on Nov. 17, 2017.
  • Dogs of War Vol. 2, another anthology containing my work, will release to the public around January 2018.
  • Planned re-release of Silver Foxes #1 May 2018.
  • Planned release of Six Weeks (Silver Foxes #7) late 2018.

I hope you will check my books out.

-*heart* M.R. Anglin

My Lush Outdoor Oasis

Okay, that’s a bit of a stretch. What I have is three potted plants. But you have to start somewhere, right?

I posted on my Facebook page earlier this week about my disgust with the bane of the tomato plant, the hornworm. *shudder* Just thinking about that thing sends chills up my spine. It’s actually a moth larvae that is a beautiful green but chomps relentlessly on my poor tomato plant. What’s worse it can grow up to 5 inches long and has a huge horn on one end.

hornworm
Pic taken from: http://masterofhort.com/tag/hornworm/

The stuff of horrors. Thankfully, I’ve never seen one that big.

So I thought that since I’ve rid my plant of them for now, I’ll give a little tour of my “garden.”

This is my tomato plant.

Tomato plant
My Tomato plant–really, it was a Mother’s Day present, but I take care of it.

I’ve been cultivating it since last year Mother’s Day with some success. But I’m finding that these plants are pretty particular. Can’t use too little fertilizer or too much. Can’t water too little or too much. Everything stresses them out (or maybe I’m a bad gardener). For example, see my tomatoes?

Tomatoes
Scarred up tomatoes, but perfectly okay.

See those marks? They’ll be perfectly okay to eat, but we had about three or four days of non-stop rain about a week ago, and the tomato plant decided it did not like that. So those tomatoes are scarred and one has split on the side. *sigh* I’ve been plagued by pest infestations, no blooms, and blossom drops since I got the thing. But the tomatoes will ripen soon, so that’s a good thing.

Apple Tree
An Etioti Apple Tree.

This is my prized Etioti Apple tree—also called a Malay apple or Mountain apple or Rose apple or Jamaican apple. I grew it from a seed I got from someone at my mom’s church. They have a tree so every year we get a couple of those delicious fruits to eat. These apples are the most amazing things you will ever taste! Sort of like a rose and a pear had a baby. Soooo good! This is the inspiration of the BomBase fruit in my Silver Foxes series. I can’t wait 7 years until it bears . . . 7 years . . .

Bouvenvillia
My bougainvillea plant . . . actually, my mother’s.

And here is my bougainvillea plant—a little baby I got at Walmart. Not much to say about it yet. It seems to be just coasting along with whatever nature (and me) throws at it. I need more low maintenance plants like this—since I have a black thumb. Well, I suppose it’s a dark green thumb now since I’m having some success at growing.

-*heart* M.R. Anglin

It’s Beginning . . .

So this week, I completed the first 11 pages of my graphic novel rendering of Silver Foxes Vol. 1. Lettering, toning . . . it’s all complete. So my plan is to start uploading it on deviantart here: Silver Foxes GN starting on Monday, April 3, 2017.

My plan is to update every Monday and Thursday.

In the meantime, I’m working on chapter two in the background while getting back to writing a novel as my main focus. If I do an average of two pages a week, I’ll always be a head of the game.

I hope you all enjoy it when it comes.

Oh, and Celebrity Dish is coming. E-book pre-orders are open!

-:heart: M.R. Anglin

Book Cover Reveal

Well, it’s that time. Time for book cover reveals!

This is the cover for the 6th story in the Silver Foxes series: Celebrity Dish. Here it comes!

© 2017 M.R. Anglin. Cover Font © 2017 Corel Corp. and its Licensors

It may look different from the others because I did the art myself this time. Think it’s rather nice.

Book is coming April 7, 2017!

BTW: Still working on the graphic novel version of Vol. 1. I’ve inked up to page 9. Two more pages to ink and I’m off to toning. After that, I’ll start uploading it while I work on the second chapter.

Love ya!

-:heart: M.R. Anglin

A Brief SetBack (And GN Update)

A lot of times when I am following what God has told me to do, I feel like it will be easy or it will be successful. That’s not necessarily the case. Just because you’re obedient, doesn’t mean you’re not going to fail. For example, when Jesus sent out the disciples in Matt. 10, He told them what to do if people didn’t accept their message. In fact, He was up front with them and told them that they would be persecuted and arrested. Obedience didn’t keep them from getting hurt.

So when I started on this Graphic Novel project, I had to remind myself that it wasn’t going to be easy and it may not be successful.

I started out well, the first few pages were beautiful, and I was pleased that I was able to draw a decent ruined Jelu. But then came pages 8 and 9. I guess part of it was that I wasn’t feeling well, but my drawing that day was awful! AWFUL! Later that day I went back to it, and I was appalled. Every panel had something I had to fix, and one panel had to be completely redrawn from scratch. All my old insecurities flooded back to me: What am I doing? Why am I trying to do this? I can’t do this.

I was obedient, but not successful.

But instead of giving up . . . with all my insecurities ringing in my ears . . . I prayed for strength and ability, sucked it up, and tried again. My redrawn sections were much better. Not perfect, but my best. And no, I still can’t draw a speeder. Though I tried. I imagine that when I get better at drawing, I’ll come back and redraw what I have right now. But what I have will have to do.

So I’ve moved forward. I’ve finished penciling the first 11 pages of the GN–that’s Chapter 1. Next week comes inking.

On a more positive note, I got me a dip pen set. And I LOVE it. I drew and inked the GN’s cover for practice, and it’s the first time I’ve ever liked my line art. Oh, those crisp, beautiful, black lines! I love them. I also got my proof copy for Celebrity Dish so I’ll be working on that too.

Anyway, that is all.

-:heart: M.R. Anglin

GN Update

Well, It’s happening.

I’ve started on the Silver Foxes Graphic Novel. I’m going through one chapter at a time–revising, making a script, and drawing, inking, and toning. I’m up to penciling page 5.

The first chapter will be 11 pages . . . so it’s going to be a looong ride.

The old Chapter 1 started off as two pages. It was surprisingly good for adapting in GN form, and I didn’t change much during revisions. After I finished revising it, it turned into 3 pages of prose. Not bad.

However, I consider this the easy part. While I’m only going to revise and draw one chapter at a time, I have already finished the overhauling the plot. And not much is the same.

**SPOILERS AHEAD**

If you haven’t read the first Silver Foxes book, the following does contain spoilers.

While the revision I’m planning still has J.R. meeting Xena, taking her home, Max kidnapping and experimenting on her and such, the way in which I go about it is completely different. For instance, Chapters 2 and 4 go into how Celeste escaped Terrance Claybourne. J.R. no longer threatens a bulldog in Chapter 3 nor flirts with the store clerks to get free stuff. And he no longer experiments with tech in his basement. And those are just a few examples. So yeah . . . lots of changes. I think they’re for the better, though; they make more sense.

***END SPOILERS***

My plan is to separate this GN into three parts–because of the length and to keep my sanity. I plan to upload the pages after I’ve finished them, but I’m toying with the idea of releasing them in book form for purchase as well. When I’m finished the entire revision of the story, I may also release an update of the book. We’ll see. That’s still far, far away.

I hope this will turn out well. My ambitions sometimes get away from me. But either way, this is a project I must see to completion.

Even if I can’t draw a speeder . . . yet!

I also couldn’t draw a ruined city up until 3 days ago. =)

-:heart: M.R. Anglin

A Test of Obedience

A few weeks ago I posted on “Obedience in All Things.” I attempted to be real and talk about an area where I had failed. Well, I am making progress on doing those three things I referred to—the three things that I had neglected for so long. But now here comes the test of that resolve.

One of the things that I had neglected was working on my drawing skills. I’ve never described myself as an artist. I’ve always said, I am a writer who draws, nothing more. Truth is, I had given in to comparing myself to others who have much more talent than I do . . . people I can never hope to catch up to. In essence, I ignored God’s command to use His gifts for His glory. Instead I thought to myself, “There are much better artists than me out there, so let them handle it. After all, the Church is one body, right? We’re supposed to encourage and support one another. They can do the art, and I can do the writing. Win-win.”

Sometimes the greatest lies are near-truths.

While it’s true that the Church is all one body and we are called to help and support each other, nowhere does that give us license to neglect whatever gifts God has given us. Five talents or one—He decides who gets what, and I have no right to call what I have “not good enough.”

So anyway, I’ve been drawing again, and I’ve made progress. Now here comes the test: I feel God is leading me to draw my series, Silver Foxes in comic format.

Me.

Myself.

My art.

My goodness!

My usual excuses disappear in light of the things I’ve learned over the last few weeks. “I’m not good enough”—no excuse. “I can’t draw it as well as so an so” —no excuse. “No one will read it”—no excuse. “It’ll be a downgrade in quality to what people have seen on my book covers before”—no excuse.  “So and so can do a much better job than I can”—no excuse. “But I’m not good at comics”—no excuse. All I can do is my best to God’s glory. Anything less is not good enough.

No excuses, Mich.

I am scared stiff as I write this. Tears are coming to my eyes as I reflect on the magnitude of the project and the insecurities I will face and am facing right now. But obedience knows no fear—or rather fear and obedience have nothing to do with each other. I may fear, but I am committing myself to being obedient. The project may end up failing, but I will push forward.

To prepare myself, I’ve been working on a short, wordless comic featuring Max and Celeste. It’ll help me familiarize myself with how best to ink and draw backgrounds and such. It’ll also help me learn my photo editing software, and it will be an introduction into toning. (I thought about making it in color because color hides drawing mistakes, but I don’t want to hide my flaws in this case. I want to expose them in order to learn how to fix them).

This will also be an opportunity to revise Silver Foxes Vol 1. Let’s be honest, that one is not my best work. It was at the time, but now . . . I cringe. I haven’t read it since I released it in book format because I don’t want to face it. But once I let myself believe that maybe I can be my own artist after all, so many ideas on how to fix it flowed into my mind.

You probably won’t hear much about this for a year or so . . . (maybe sooner, who knows?), but I plan to keep working on it behind the scenes. In the meantime, pray for me and keep me in your thoughts. I’ll be moving forward with fear and trembling.

-:heart: M.R. Anglin

Jessica!!–New Book Art.

So I’m in the middle of revising the next book in my Silver Foxes series: Celebrity Dish. It features pop singer, Jessica! I’ve started drawing again and so I came up with this:

(The blue of her tail feathers are a bit off, so I’ll have to adjust the colors)

Jessica is a bird of indeterminate species. She loves to take inspiration from all bird species and put them into her in-public costumes. This particular costume is her new look that will be unveiled in the book. It’s based off of the peacock, the male Spatuletail hummingbird, and the female Raggiana Bird of Paradise. Here are some links to pics of each of those birds.

http://www.bitlanders.com/blogs/marvellous-spatuletail/3130378

http://www.peafowl.org/

https://www.beautyofbirds.com/raggianabirdofparadise.html  –> Scroll down until you find the female one.

I love the pic, and I think it will make a perfect book cover. In the past, I’ve had Tazia Hall help me, but I’ll be tackling this one myself—with my own art. Sort of a leap for me. I want to make this cover look like it’s the cover of a magazine.

One problem: I’m not so good with my photo editing software. I’m passable, but . . .

My vision for Jessica is to have her outfit all sparkly. I’m not sure how I’m going to accomplish that.

But that’s a post for another day.

Book 6 will be coming soon. Stay tuned!

-:heart: M.R. Anglin