The Emerald Coast

I was on the road for my day job this past week and spent four days on the Florida panhandle in the area, which I just found out, is called the Emerald Coast. We went down by the beach one evening and got a good view of why it was called that. The water at the end of very white sand, is an emerald green until it gets deep at which point it faded into a dark blue. My phone’s battery decided to give out after the long day, so I couldn’t get a picture!

You can get a little of the idea from this picture of me that one of my travel companions took, but the green in the background does not give justice to the actual emerald green.

As you notice, we got there about sunset. It had to be the whitest and finest beach sand I’d ever seen.

This does go along with the writing for book 4 of Raven of Iskandar. A minor spoiler but Necris will be getting emerald green seas.

Sources of Inspiration

I think writers are more adept about taking various things and combining them into a new and strange configuration. Of course, writer’s experiences generally come out all over the place in their writing.

I was thinking about this because I remembered an incident from the first Raven of Iskandar book: Raven: The Call from Central. Not really a spoiler, but at one point, Raven describes the harpsichord that Grabby buys. In it, she describes how the two lowest keys are split horizontally, so that you can play two different notes in the same location. This description is what I actually saw way back in college (at the dawn of the Cretaceous) when my music teacher brought in her personal harpsichord to show the class.

The rest of the description of the harpsichord was due to research. Even when creating a society from scratch, you still have to do some research.

Identifying Demons?

The following cartoon is from the strip ‘Pibgorn’ by Brooke McEldowney. This is a fantasy comic that features an odd alliance between a formerly dewdrop-carrying fairy (Pibgorn or Pib) and a succubus (Drusilla or Dru) who unite to save the world from demons.

This cartoon is really for a friend of mine down in Florida who is a lawyer.

You can read Pibgorn here:

Just a disclaimer: I don’t know Brooke McEldowney or have any associated with him or gocomics, I just think the guy has a great sense of humor.

New Raven of Iskandar Website!

I’ve revamped the website for the Raven of Iskandar book series. Never did really like the old webpage navigation. Now the navigation is a lot simpler. I’ve added all the images and videos that I’ve posted to Facebook in the past.

Finally I can get back to writing book 4. Tentative title is Raven: Necris. I had been in a bit of a lull of inspiration, but I’ve got a direction now. If you’ve read some of the stuff I’ve said in interviews, you might remember that I had mentioned an overall story arc in the books. I originally said it would ‘hit you in the face’ in book 5, but now it’ll be moved up to book 4 in a violent way.

The website now also has its own domain: