How the heck did we get to the end of the chapter already? And yet, here we are:
Chapter 13 is in the works, but it’s early days. I had to design a new environment which required researching some Things, and then figuring out how to retrofit those Things to the technology available to the fine folks in the Valley.
All for an element in the background that is unlikely to garner much notice, ha ha. BUT IT WILL BE A FUNCTIONAL BACKGROUND THING, OKAY.
Anyhow, thumbnailing has commenced. As per usual, I’ll be posting work-in-progress stuff for my $1+ Patrons, so if you want to follow along, a single dollar a month is all it takes.
See what you can learn by skimming the titles:
Fun fact: my model for Mx. Skeleton is a plastic, glow-in-the-dark Halloween decoration I have lying around.
With the right kind of fungus growing on it, the skeleton in this comic could also be glow-in-the-dark. The possibilities are endless!
Check back next week to find out what else might be happening in the dark …
MEANWHILE … let’s see how things are going with Chadsen, shall we? Discover the secrets here:
If you need a refresher on where Chadsen is and what xe’s been up to, point your eyeballs to Chapter 9.
Anyhow, it’s probably fine, nothing to worry about, really.
Check back next week to find out how really, truly fine and not worrisome it all is.
Let us see what appears in the distance:
This was my go-to page for posting work-in-progress images for my $1+ Patrons (you can find those posts here, here, and here). So if you enjoy that kind of thing and can spare a dollar a month, consider becoming a Patron!
If you’re thinking that landscape looks kinda familiar but you’re not sure why, you may wish to review Chapter 9. Could be relevant, I dunno ….
See if you can find it at one of these locations:
If you desire a refresher re: what the heck is going on here, please turn your attention to Chapter 7.
Something Tyv knows that perhaps you the reader might not (because it’s not SUPER important to the narrative, just a bit of background detail) is that Bantri’s big skill is disguise. Within Cobb’s crew, that largely amounted to pretending to be a traveling merchant (or, rather, several different traveling merchants, busting out a new costume as circumstances warranted).
Anyhow, the saga continues next week!
Check out the loot:
This chapter introduces some new characters, of whomst you shall glimpse one here. Tyv is something of a famous burglar, well-known across the Valley for deploying a dramatic flair when xe steals stuff. Hence the fan club of Bad Kids intent on making off with xer wanted poster as a souvenir.
Regarding one of the other posters in the background, imploring people to halt the spread of sweetberry bush, I just wanna say this was written pre-pandemic and is mere thematic coincidence. I’d already figured the Valley would have issues with people complying (sweetberry bush spreads because the berries are tasty, and if you’re hungry, what are you gonna do), but actually stropping the spread for real would require coordinated governmental action and can’t be left to individuals to stop. Didn’t expect that to be quite so on the nose, but here we are.
ANYWAY. The chapter continues next week!
The latest installment Chapter 11 seeks your indulgence. Grant it here:
That there Patreon post, by the way, has a short little world-building snippet regarding certain cosmetic products one might find in the Valley, should you be curious about such things.
Eventually I’d like to do a whole Appendix post about cosmetics and beauty products in the Valley, though it’s going to be a little bit of awhile before that happens. Just know it’s a thing I think about!
Also, I need to update my convention calendar for 2020, a task which is not particularly difficult, just never *quite* my top priority. I do really have shows coming up this year, though. I swaer.
Anyhow. Until next week!
Ah yes indeed, page 97 is here, and it is aquiver with consternation. Read it, if you dare:
If you missed any previous updates, you can read all the pages posted so far in Chapter 11 at this very link. (There’s only one other page so far, so you don’t have a lot of homework to do.)
If you’re needing even more of a refresher than that, might I suggest hitting The Valley of the Silk Sky landing page to start at the beginning or to choose a chapter at will.
That’s it for now. See you next week!
I know I haven’t updated on here recently, but it’s not for lack of working on things!
First up, you can now read an interview/discussion about queer and trans spec fic with myself, Melanie Gillman, and Blue Delliquanti, published by The Comics Journal. If you want a nerdy deep-dive on LGBTQIA SFF YA (how’s that for some acronyms), click on through!
I’ve also been posting short story comics to the Valley of the Silk Sky website. You can now read “Medicine; Run” in its entirety, as well as a one-pager I did for an anthology a few years ago.
Why am I not posting these comics here as well, you ask? The simple answer is I’m already pretty overwhelmed, and trying to build and maintain infrastructure on multiple websites is more than I have bandwidth for right now. Besides, the whole point of having a separate VotSS website was to allow for more VotSS-related content, instead of having Studio NDR become even more unwieldy than it already is.
That said, I am working on a couple of new projects I’ll be talking about more here in the weeks and months to come. They are not yet at the Ready to Be Announced stage, but know that I’m keeping busy behind the scenes.
Here I am, dragging my con-crud riddled body out of bed to update my webcomic. Read it here:
If you’re burning to know why Chadsen refers to Bors as “Skunk,” or why the customs officer has pierced ears but no earrings, these nerdy details and others like them are a bonus feature of my Patreon updates. A mere one dollar a month grants you access!
Thank you to everyone who dropped by the table at TCAF, or who came to the Queer Sci-Fi and Fantasy panel! If you were pondering picking up a print copy of Valley of the Silk Sky Part One but didn’t do it, Glad Day Bookshop may have it in stock. Go pester ’em for it!
Otherwise, you can snag it at this here link:
Valley of the Silk Sky Part One PRINT BOOK
Next up: WisCon! Further details on that next week.