Monday, July 1, 2013

About My Work

I am continuing to move forward on my projects, unless someone tells me differently.

Business as usual...for the time being.

I did learn that my first book, Dragonfly Warrior, is now scheduled for publication in October of this year. Hopefully there will be no more delays, and things work out for the best. For now, my publisher is moving full steam ahead.

This blog is a funny place, as there's really no central theme to it. I blogged about funny science stories for nearly six years. Oh, and August 3rd will be my EIGHTH YEAR BLOGIVERSARY. Crazy, huh? Anyhoo, these days, all kinds of stuff turn up on here.

I've blogged about the paranormal, writing, movies, music, and other weird stuff. Out of all the things I blog about, I really don't talk much about my own writing. So I just wanted to share that with you on this post.

My debut novel is titled, Dragonfly Warrior. It's the first book in my Mechanica Wars series. If I had to describe the genre, I'd call it in science-fantasy. It's Asian-inspired steampunk with some fantasy elements hovering in the background. Many of you know that I'm a big steampunk fan. But I started working on this book long before I knew there was even such a term. I grew up reading HG Wells and Jules Verne, so naturally I'm inspired by those kinds of stories in my own writing.

So in my series, you will find:

1) Lots of fun steampunk-goodness. Flying machines, steam cars, trains, tanks, and mechas.
2) Samurai warriors
3) Ninjas
4) Pirates (at sea, on land, and even in the air)
5) Gunslingers and pistoleers, mercenaries and privateers (yes, I did make that sing-songy on purpose)
6) Alternative history
7) Tons of action, interwoven subplots, and a bunch of literary elements (it's my English degree coming to the surface)
8) Influences from: Asian, Greek, and Arthurian mythology, some Shakespeare, Star Wars, Full Metal Alchemist, Seven Samurai, and of course, tons of Verne and Wells

I've always believed in the mantra that you should write what you love. And that's what I did. For better or for worse.

An amazing artist by the name of Enggar Adirasa is illustrating a few scenes from Dragonfly Warrior to be used in a book trailer and other promotional materials, so I wanted to share the sketches with you. Eventually (hopefully soon), they will be finalized and in color. Mr. Adirasa also did my cover, which is done except for the typesetting. Can't wait to do a cover reveal in the Fall!

Steam powered airships baby!
Cheng, a pirate leaping into the air, versus my protagonist, Zenjiro
Airship Captain Enapay. His tribe is located in what we'd call  "America" today. Isn't alternative history fun?
I hope you enjoyed a little sneak peak on what I'm working on. I've got a couple other projects in the works, and I look forward to sharing those with you too.

36 comments:

Sheena-kay Graham said...

Cheng looks like a badass. Your book sounds like an exciting movie put to paper. The pics are also great and I hope your book has no more delays. Best of luck Jay.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Sketches are great! They will look awesome in color. That's cool they are doing a trailer for you. I didn't realize how few publishers did trailers for their books. Look forward to seeing your cover art.
And hope October sticks as the release date!

Riann Colton said...

It's killing me waiting on a cover reveal more so now after I saw your sketches.

That's totally how I saw the Dragonfly! And I'm so not a steampunk-y girl, but that's how I saw the ship.

And Enapay...total bad ass. Total.

Jeepers...if it's you're 8th year...it's my 8th year. Though I think I started in October. It's hard to tell with all the multitude of blogs over the years.

Melanie Schulz said...

Can't wait to read your book!

Jay Noel said...

Sheena: I was really happy how he turned out. Their fight is pretty epic too.

Alex: Crossing fingers for October!

Riann: That's a relief about the Dragonfly. I edited the description for added clarity. 8 YEARS! We're dinosaurs in the blogosphere

Melanie: Feedback like that helps push me to continue. Thanks so much.

David P. King said...

Sweet! Your book is out in October? Mine too! Maybe we can double or tag team or something. Sounds exactly like my kind of read! :)

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

This is not really a genre I normally read, but it sounds awesome. And I love those sketches!

I try to remind myself to write the story or the book or the blog post I would like to read. Not in a selfish way, but in a way that makes sure I'm putting as much passion and creativity into it that I can. :)

Robin said...

You have been blogging 8 years. Wow. That is a seriously long time.

Congrats on your book. I am so glad that you didn't give up on it and now it is actually getting published. The cover sketches look amazing. Once they are finished... BAM. Wowza.

Jay Noel said...

David: Woo hoo! That would be great to team up with you to get the word out about our schtuff.

Madeline: Exactly right. It's hard to be passionate about something that you don't really care about.

Robin: I've seen a lot of changes around here too! People come and go, and what's sad is when a favorite blogger decides to quit. That stinks. Looking forward to finished illustrations!!!

Pat Dilloway said...

I'm not really into steampunk but those sketches look cool.

J.L. Campbell said...

Eight years blogging is impressive. All the elements you've mentioned that come together in your book makes it sound like it'll be an action-packed book. Haven't read any steampunk yet. I need to remedy that.

Jay Noel said...

PT: Thanks man!

J.L.: You won't find too many of us old-blogging-geezers left. And yeah, it's pretty action packed. Not a word wasted.

jaybird said...

Dude! Congrats. That is amazing. I am looking forward to October when your book comes out. I love me some steam punk. Steam punk with some ninjas up in it- whaaaa? Awe-some! Can't wait to read it!!

DEZMOND said...

oh, a cover reveal will be super exciting! Guess you will have to turn the focus of the blog into the upcoming book and make it a headquarters for DRAGONFLY WARRIOR :)

Jay Noel said...

jaybird: It's the stuff I love!

Dez: For sure. This will be DFW HQ

The Desert Rocks said...

Wow Jay, that's impressive and those pictures are mesmerizing. Congratulations on going full "steam" ahead!

farawayeyes said...

Wow! Nice to finally see some of what you are about. It looks fascinating. Those sketches are amazing. fingers crossed for that October release. You certainly have 'paid your dues'.

Congrats on the eight years in blogging. That is awesome.

Jay Noel said...

Eve: Wish I could draw like that! It's a wonderful talent to have. Thanks so much.

faraway: I agree, I'm such a visual person, and just having them helps me out. I should do something cool for my 8 year...

M Pax said...

8 years? Congrats. More so, congrats on Dragonfly coming out. Let me know how I can help promo.

It was fun to learn more about your book. I look forward to October then. :)

Michael Offutt, "Johnny on the Spot" said...

That's a very talented friend illustrating for you. I'm excited for your book. It has all the elements in it that I like.

David List said...

This sounds exciting! Best of luck to you. You've got yourself a great artist!

Brinda said...

Oh man! The illustrations are great. Lucky you. :) I can't wait to hear more and see the trailer.

Jay Noel said...

Mary: Thanks so much!

Michael: The guy is very talented. He's done other covers for my publisher, and I requested to have him do mine.

David: I appreciate it.

Brinda: Thanks Brinda!

Dana said...

Your book sounds fantastic! Congrats. :)

I'm also a believer in writing what you love. ☺

Christine Rains said...

Wow. Thanks for the peek! Your book sounds awesome. Congratulations!

Julie Dao said...

I agree with everyone above - your book sounds AWESOME. I love that the work has Asian and Greek mythological influences, and steampunk is always a plus! Those illustrations are pretty freaking cool. When you do your blog tour, definitely let me know if you're looking for stops to interview at or do giveaways.

Maurice Mitchell said...

Those illustrations look killer Jay! Airship Captain Enapay is my favorite since he looks so confident.

Morgan said...

Jay, your work sounds AMAZING!!! Keep pushing. You've got to share your talent with the world. :D

Pk Hrezo said...

Hi Jay!! Thos pics are badass! Oh man does it get any better than Wells and Verne?? They just blow me away. That's fab about your release date! You know I'd be happy to help spread the word whenever you're ready so don't hesitate to ask. ;)

J. A. Bennett said...

Eight years? That's crazysauce. And your book is coming out in October? Congrats! Looks like it's going to be epic.

Emily R. King said...

Your book sounds freaking awesome, Jay! I can't wait to read it!

Phats said...

What an exciting time for you, you should definitely talk about your own work!! Best of luck with it

Mr. Shife said...

Congrats Jay. So glad to hear it is all coming together and everything looks fantastic. Keep up the good work and best of luck with everything. Take care buddy.

Jay Noel said...

Thanks everyone! Gonna push to get this thing done for an October release.

Cynthia said...

Those illustrations look great! Good luck with the publication process.

I imagine it might be fun for you to look back at posts you did 8 years ago.

Jay Noel said...

Cynthia: Hopefully no more delays!
I will be bringing out some of my favorite posts going back to 2005.

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