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Laura Hepworth
Laura Hepworth
I'm a varied artist and a self-published, young adult science fiction and fantasy author. I also create fantasy and historically inspired jewellery and digital illustrations & concept art.
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Laura Hepworth
Hi, everyone! Thank you for visiting and considering partnering with me on Subscribe Star!

Who Am I:


I am a varied artist. I write, design/create jewellery, and I love to create illustration and concept art. Some of you may even know me elsewhere online: I'm the artist behind Handmaden Designs LLC, the illustrator/concept artist Rilaiss Art, and the indieauthor Laura R. Hepworth. You can expect to see all three of my art loves here on Subscribe Star. A lot of my work (all mediums) is inspired by two things: history and fantasy.

What is my story? I'm the youngest of three and was born in Cork City, Ireland where my parents served as missionaries for 13 years. My artistic journey began when I was 6 and my parents and grandparents gave me a couple of bead kits for Christmas that year. Of all the 'hobbies' my parents had tried to introduce to me, jewellery making was the only one that took hold. It was my love of jewellery that lead me to enroll in GIA's (the Gemological Institute of America) distance learning courses for my Graduate Gemologist and Graduate of Pearls diplomas (both, I'm pleased to say, are very close to completion). I began writing during a difficult time in my life (both physically and emotionally) where I needed an escape, and the Lord gave me that escape through writing Miss Gemquist and the Pearl of Peking allowing me to use jewellery knowledge in a way I'd never before considered. It helped me cope where everyday at my part-time job had become a living nightmare. It allowed me to forget my pain for awhile and set aside the pressures at work from those that seemed unable, or unwilling, to understand the physical limitations I experience as someone who struggles with severe hip dysplasia in both of my hips. It was this writing adventure that then led me to fall in love with digital painting, an art form I'd barely heard of before and previously bluffed my way through years ago in college. Three very different art forms, yet all interwoven.

My goal:


Life as an artist has always been difficult and it's not any different today than it's ever been. There is a very good reason for the well known adage 'starving artist.' It is the rare artist, and only after years of struggle, that can make their living wholly from their work without needing the proverbial 'day-job' to make ends meet. However, that is always the dream. 

I would love to have more time to dedicate to my writing and artistic pursuits, with less time spent stressing over bills, looking for 'regular' jobs, or wrapping my head around the ever changing intricacies that is social media and internet marketing. Your support would go a long ways to helping me with this. It would help take some of the pressure off of the 'everyday' needs and allow me more time and freedom to simply create. It means fewer hours spent looking for a day-job my hip dysplasia will allow me to handle, and more hours doing what I love. It means just a little bit more financial stability so that I can continue to bring you more jewellery, more artwork and even art resources, and more stories and worlds for you to explore.

You've got my interest, but how does this work:


So what does this supporting me on Subscribe Star mean for you? Besides my most sincere gratitude and the knowledge that, no matter how small your pledge, that you are helping me to reach for my dreams, you will also get inside access to all sorts of fun content. My Subscribe Star page acts as a blog of sorts for my art/writing and my life as an artist. It is somewhere where I'd also like to build a community with you through the sharing of my work and growing as an artist with your support and ideas.

So how does this work? It's easy! Just pick whichever support level you would like feel works best for you. For that support, you will get to see all sorts of content that I don't share with the public, along with, early access to news and new works! Here's some more of what you can expect if you partner with me in my artistic life journey!

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Weekly Update: #26


Morning all! Hope everyone's doing well!
Made a little more progress on the creature paint on Monday! I've almost finished the rough paint of the scales on the tail and then I can move on to another area to rough in. I will be very, very happy to move on to another area! These scales have been tormenting me for months which is why I had to set the project aside for a while so that I didn't accidentally ruin it because of frustration.
Other than doing some more work on the painting, the rest of this week has been spent writing. I added 2,240 more words to An Inkling of Magic I'm very pleased (and relieved) to report that I've finished writing October's chapter draft! 
Also, coming next week, is the next chapter draft of From the Ashes. I have seven and a partial chapters finished for this one so far; so, that gives me a good bit of breathing space before I have to stock-pile more chapters for releasing them here. 
That means it's now full-speed ahead on the book resurrection project! I still have a lot of ground to make up on this one, but I'm determined to do it.
Well, that's about it for this week. As always, thanks for reading and for your support!
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WIP: Creature Paint Update

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Weekly Update: #25


Hi, all! Welcome back for another weekly update!
No writing progress so far this week as I've mostly been working on one of my digital paintings.
On that front, I'm back to working on the creature painting and, by working, I mean staring endlessly at reference photos and then back at my painting to try and figure out how to paint what I'm needing to paint. I did, eventually, manage to put drawing pen to tablet and start painting, but not before I wasted hours by trying to redo something that didn't actually need to be redone, they just needed me to refine them more. If anyone tries to tell you that scales are easy to paint, laugh at them! They look a lot simpler than they actually are. I'm starting to lose count of the number of times I've restarted the scales on this creature because something of other didn't look right. The first time, they weren't uniform enough and they didn't contour properly to the creatures body. So, after taking a sanity break, I did some research on advice for painting scales so that I didn't make that same mistake again. They still didn't look quite right, but, now, after looking at a whole host of reference images of different scale types, I think I know better of what I need to do to fix that. First though, I need to get the scales all roughed in and then I'll be able to shade and detail better to give them dimension. I have the tendency to want to jump ahead too quickly to the rendering stage and want to skip all the rough paint stages. I'm working on that though and I am making progress. 
Speaking of progress, I did eventually end up getting some actual work done of the painting besides staring endlessly at references. In fact, I made more progress than what my current file shows, the reason being, my program shut down suddenly when it encountered a slight glitch and I'd not saved the newest changes yet. Yes, yes, I know. A silly mistake to make, but I was trying to finish roughing in this one section and planning to save afterwards. Only the glitch occurred before I got to that point and I had to start over. However, that at least means I've sorted out some of my problems so I know how to paint that area.
Once I get past all these scales, I'm fairly hopeful that the rest of the painting won't take as long to finish. I do still have another part of the creature that I'm redesigning, well, not so much redesigning as repositioning, so that might take a little bit to problem solve. However, once it's been repositioned, the actual rendering should be a lot more straightforward than with scales. 
New work-in-progress screenshots coming soon for patrons!
I did try to work on my writing on Wednesday, but, unfortunately, it was one of those days where the mind just refused to cooperate with my plans. Sometimes, you just can't push through brain fog. 
Well, that's all for this week! Thanks for reading!




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I have some new stones to play with!


All my stone packages have arrived from India!! Some even came much, much earlier than expected. I am so excited to get to use them, it almost hurts to have to wait until after my jewellery hiatus is over! Anyway, I said in last week's update post that I would share a photo of what I bought, so here it is!
New gemstone purchases


The stones in order from top to bottom: left column - Ethiopian Opal, Rhodolite Garnet, Black Spinel, Amethyst ;right column - Carnelian, Peridot, Hessonite Garnet, and Kyanite

I also bought a new tool to help me with setting them as 3mm stones are a pain to tube set!
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Weekly Update: #24



Happy Friday (or whatever day it is for you depending on your time zone)!  Hope your week's been going well, mine has been busy with writing, writing, writing.
Between last week and early this week, I had written a bit over 1,500 words for chapter 8 of An Inkling of Magic, however, Wednesday came, and I was about to start a new scene in that chapter, but, upon rereading, the ending of the previous scene read more like a chapter ending than just a scene break. So, I decided to erase the chapter heading and add it onto chapter 7 and start over for chapter 8. It's set me back a little in getting October's chapter finished, but I have plenty of time yet for that and, this way, I think I chapters will flow better. I've already written another 980 words on the new chapter since rearranging things.
Speaking of chapter 7, it released today (yesterday on Patreon, but I didn't have time to get it up here until today)! It'll switch to public on Patreon on September 23. However, if you don't want to wait that long, you can always choose any supper tier on either Subscribe Star, Patreon, or Buy Me a Coffee (or make a custom pledge on Patreon) and get to read the chapter drafts as soon as they're released. On occasion, I will also be sharing research notes from my various story projects which will be posted as patron/subscriber-only bonus content.
With the shows over for the summer, I've finally been able to get back to the book resurrection project! So far this week, I've added another 407 words to book two of The Gemquist Chronicles and I'm hoping/planning to add a bunch more.  One of my goals for this month is to write at have added at least another 8k words to the book by the end of the month, preferably more. At the time of the laptop malfunction, I'd been regularly writing about 10k words a week so this should be a very achievable goal if I don't run into any writer's block issues (sometimes, a scene or scene transition just likes to give trouble when it comes to wording it right).
This week was mostly focused on writing, so I haven't done any digital art this week, but next week I plan to pick one of my in-progress paintings to work on and see if I can't get one of them finished soon as I have many more waiting in the wings to get started. 
The last of the new stones I ordered has arrived!! I won't be using them quite yet as the jewellery is on hiatus, but I'll be taking a picture of the new stones and sharing that with you sometime next week.  Some of these stones I'm particularly excited about as, besides being gorgeous, they were rather dear to get and I've been eyeing them for a long time. I'm still waiting on an order of some sterling silver lever-back earring findings to arrive (it's a couple weeks late) so I can do some earring restocking later this winter, but that's going to be some time yet before they get here as the company has to send out a replacement order because the first package has been lost and is listed as having 'visible damage.' Praying there won't be any issues with the new package as this particular style of lever-back is hard to come by as my regular supplier has discontinued them.
That's about it for this week, so, back to writing for me, and thanks for reading!



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An Inkling of Magic - Chapter 7: Ledgers and Letters

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Plans for September:


At long last, August is over! Usually, I'm wondering how a month went by so quickly (which the exception of the winters months that always seem to just drag), but, after the craziness of this last month, I'm really just relieved and looking forward to a less frantic pace.

So, with that in mind and the shows over for the summer, here's my tentative plans for September:

Jewellery Goals:

  • I'm not planning to do a lot of jewellery work for at least the next month-and-a-half, but I will likely do at  least a little dabbling with it. Possibly just some sketch work or some simpler projects like making more of the components I introduced in one of my newer lines of bracelets and earrings (see picture below) as these pieces have been really well received at my shows. Another possibility is to start work on a more personal project. There's something that I've been wanting to make as a gift for one of my cousins, but is rather complicated so I haven't begun the actual construction of it yet, only researched and brainstormed how to do it. So, I might start drawing out the template for it.
Sterling silver jewellery links

Art Goals:

  • Finish at least one of my current digital painting projects.
  • Finally start that second character portrait.
  • Play around with Blender.
  • Start putting together the next texture/reference pack for either a September or October release.

Writing Goals:

  • Release chapter (draft) 7 of An Inkling of Magic. (Coming tomorrow!)
  • Finish writing October's chapter of An Inkling of Magic.
  • Add at least another 8k-10k words on the book resurrection project.
  • Share the third chapter (draft) of From the Ashes.
  • Finish writing chapter 8 of From the Ashes.
  • Start on chapter 9 for both An Inkling of Magic and From the Ashes (if previous writing goals are met early).
  • Possibly enter SFF's September's 75 Word Writing Challenge. (I still have a couple previous entries to share here sometime! I was just planning to do some artwork to accompany them. If I do enter it this month though, it may be a little bit before I share it here unless it's one that I don't feel lends itself to artwork.)

So, these are my plans for the month as they appear right now. Writing is my primary focus for the month with a secondary focus on the digital art. Jewellery will be taking a backseat for at least this month and, likely, partly into next unless I get contacted for custom work (which does happen).

On top of these plans, I have lots of other projects floating around in the back of my head (particularly as regards to my artwork), but I'm trying to make sure I finish (or at least make significant progress) on the ones I've already committed myself to before I start too many more. 

With my changing focus for the next little while, my usual schedule for balancing everything (art, jewellery, writing) is going to be changing. I had been dedicating at least one day for each type of work with the remainder of the week being an ever changing free-for-all. Not quite sure what the new tentative schedule will be yet, but I'll figure it out as I go along. 

As always, if there is something you're especially looking forward to seeing this month, please let me know! My plans, as you may know by now, are always very flexible so if there's something you'd like to see pushed closer to the top of my writing or art priorities feel free to share it with me! 
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Weekly Update: #23

Happy Friday! Welcome back for another weekly update.
First off, I am so, so sorry for getting my dates mixed up in last week's update post! I looked at the calendar wrong and got next Thursday mixed up with last Thursday (have I said that August has been a super crazy month?). Anyway, it's this coming Thursday (September 2), when the next chapter draft from An Inkling of Magic will be posting. 
So, last weekend was my very last show for the summer which is a huge relief as I very much ready for a break! Sadly, it didn't do well at all as it was just far too hot for anyone to come out to it. Still, some business cards went out and who knows what those will lead to in future. Also, it was really exciting there for a while as someone was very interested in my most expensive piece having asked the price and saying they'd need to think about it; alas, they must have talked themselves out of it as they didn't come back, but it's still nice to have had that level of interest in it. And, as I said, who knows in future, maybe they'll be back! Although a little disappointed in how the show went, I can't say that I'm surprised. It wasn't a fine art show like what I usually do, but just a small, local festival with mostly small crafts and MLMs. I don't generally do the local shows for that very reason (they're just not the right type of show for my work), but last year it was the only thing available as everything else canceled and it actually didn't do too badly. So, I decided to give it another try this year, however, given how it went and how much they raised their booth fee, I rather doubt that anyone in my family (we all had booths) will be back for another year.
Speaking of shows, I've applied to my last one for the year! This one is an actual art show and one I've done many times before, so I'm hopeful I'll get back in this year. They do have more limited spaces than normal due to ongoing repair from last year's floods, so we'll see. My mom and I even managed to talk my dad into applying to it this year! However, this show, should we get in, isn't until mid/late November giving me plenty of time to set the jewellery work aside so I can focus on my writing and digital art for a bit.
Which is precisely what I've already started working on! Between trying to put some things back in order and finishing one last project for a customer, I've been getting a start on October's chapter of An Inkling of Magic. I'm currently only a few hundred words in, but I'm confident that I'll have it finished in plenty of time. It's also now full speed ahead on the book resurrection project as I'm hoping/praying to  be able to release it sometime next summer.
I'm also going to be putting a big push into getting a few of my digital painting projects finished off so that I can start working on new ones. More on that later though when I post my project goals for September as I need to figure out which ones to finish off first.
Well, I think that about wraps up this week's update! Thanks for reading, and see you next week!
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Weekly Update: #22



Happy Friday all! Not a whole lot to say about this week, so this will be a short post.

This weekend is my last show for the summer, so with getting ready for it and helping my family get their own stuff ready for it, I didn't even attempt to do any writing or artwork this week as it would be difficult to focus on it. Next week though, things will be getting back to normal on that front and I'll be back at the digital art and writing and really pushing to get a lot done (especially on the writing).

However, as promised, the third chapter draft of From the Ashes posted on Monday! I'm probably close to half-way through writing chapter 8 and I've been aiming for 15-20 written I start posting them publicly on Royal Road. Considering I just started writing this one in early May, I'd say it's been coming along fairly well. Once my shows are behind me though and I switch gears back to focusing on writing, I expect it won't be terribly long before I reach my backlog goal.

August's chapter draft of An Inkling of Magic goes public on Monday! If you've been reading   along with the public releases, you only have to wait a few more days to read chapter 6. September's chapter is already saved in my post drafts and will be posting for patrons to read this coming Thursday. And October's, I still have to write and, but it will be one of the first things I work on after this weekend's show.

I've been in a serious rockhounding mood lately, but all of the good spots to go picking up rocks are 1+ hours away from me. So, to pacify it a bit, I went through my stash of already found rocks and picked out a few to polish up for jewellery use. Here's how they turned out! 

Polished Petoskey Stones, Charlevoix Stones, and other fossils.
The tiny one in the upper right hand corner is a little shell fossil, the little one in the middle is a favosite coral fossil known as a Charlevoix Stone, and the rest are Petoskey Stones (another type of coral fossil). I hand polished them all with sandpaper ranging from 120 grit all the way up to 15,000 grit before finishing off with tin oxide. Needless to say, my hands seriously hurt now! It's been so long since I did any hand polishing I forgot how much work it is! I'll definitely be taking a break before polishing up a new batch.

Well, that's all for this week! Like I said, not a whole lot to update on this week, but, next week, it's back at the proverbial grindstone!

See ya then, and thanks for reading!

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From the Ashes: Chapter 3

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Esmerelda:


So sorry this is posting later than I'd said! I would have been sharing this last Friday, but then ended up being gone all day with setting up for last weekend's show and, this week, well, if you've read my weekly update post for this week you know what went on there. Anyway, here they are at long last!

"Esmerelda" by Laura Hepworth (Handmaden Designs LLC)

They are copper and enameled copper (purple, medium orchid, army green, and teal) Romanov and Half Byzantine chainmaille earrings with peacock pearls (likely treated as most pearls are) and purple anodized titanium scales. 
They measure at 2 inches long.

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Weekly Update: #21


Good morning! And happy Friday! 
This week has been an odd one, and, for a while, I didn't know if I would be able to write an update post this week. Tuesday night, we had a sever storm go through the area and leave massive tree carnage (I have never seen so many trees/parts of trees down at one time in this town in all the years we've been living here!!). There isn't a single road through town that doesn't have tree branches or entire trees down. We lost parts off of several in our own backyard which, thankfully, did not land on anything important. Most of town was without power and, for a while, we thought we were fine as we were on a different grid than the rest of town. However, around 4pm Wednesday, our power went out also and was out for over 24hrs. They finally got it back on last night, for which we are extremely thankful as the power company had been saying they wouldn't be able to get it back up until late afternoon Monday!!
So, as you can probably guess, I didn't get a whole lot done this week. Though I did manage a couple hundred more words on From the Ashes before we lost power. Like last week, much of this week had been preparing for next week's show, though this time it wasn't for getting myself ready for it but helping my mom get her own stuff ready. Next week's show is just a really small local event and I'm pretty much all ready for it, however, I'm not the only on in the family doing that show. My mom, dad, and sister will all be there as well with their work  which means I'm having to make a hoard of product labels for my mom (she makes all-natural soaps, lotions, beard oils/balms, etc.) which was what I was working on when the power went out and now I have to rush to get them all ready in time.
Speaking of shows, last weekend's art show went extremely well!! The first day was absolutely beautiful and I made in just the first day what I usually do for the entire two days! The second day started of with a colossal deluge of rain but, after much praying, finally cleared off about an hour to two into the show and was beautiful for the rest of the day. In the end, even with the moment of rain, the second day ended up be almost as busy and brisk in sales as the first day! Even during the rain, people still came out. 
Looking forward to being back there again next year, but, right now, I'm really looking forward to the nice break I have before my last show in November so I can focus on making some really good writing progress on everything!
Speaking of writing, next week is the third week of August! On Monday, the I'll be posting the next chapter draft of From the Ashes!
And I think that about wraps up another update! 
As always, thanks for reading and for your support!




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Dragon Wings (Copper/Two-Tone Blue)


Yet another new pair of earrings that listed this week! I promise there is only one more left to post which I'll be sharing tomorrow.
Copper and enameled copper Dragonscale 'dragon wings' chainmaille earrings. About 2 1/8 inches long from the bottom of the earhooks.
$55 (plus shipping) Subscribers get early access with a 15% discount when they make a 'first dibs' claim! Available here.
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Muireall:


Another new pair of earrings that just hit the store this week!
"Muireall" by Laura Hepworth (Handmaden Designs LLC)

Copper 'Byzantine Torus' chainmaille earrings with (titanized) shells. Measure at nearly 2 1/4 inches long from the bottom of the earhooks.

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Aderyn:


Another new pair of earrings that was just listed!
Copper Uruk-Hai Chain (segments) chainmaille earrings with Amethyst and (titanized) shells. They measure at nearly 3 inches long from the bottom of the earhooks.
Uruk-Hai Chain is one of my own weaves.
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Liana:


Another new pair of earrings! This pair won't be making the trip to my show this weekend though as it's already sold
Copper and enameled copper, Open Romanov chainmaille earrings with Russian Amazonite and Apatite.
SOLD
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Ania:

Lots of new earrings listed this week on my website! I have a show coming up this weekend in Tawas, Michigan so have been restocking my copper earrings. Here's another of the new pairs!
Copper and Kyanite, Romanov chainmaille earrings with anodized titanium scales. They measure at just about 1.5 inches long from the bottom of the earhook.
SOLD

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Tried something new with my jewellery! Hope you like it!
Copper and purple (dyed) Mojave Turquoise, Half Byzantine chainmaille and metalsmithing hybrid earrings. Measure at nearly 2 1/4 inches long.

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An Inkling of Magic - Chapter 6: Grimm and Barrett

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Plans for August


Welcome to August, everyone! With two shows this month, August will probably be a bit quieter than normal on Subscribe Star, but I still have things planned.
Art Goals:
  • Make more progress on the creature concept. I've started painting the scales, but they still need a fair bit of refining and there are still some alterations to the creature's form that I need to make.
  • Finish (or come close to it) the other WIP painting I started around the end of June.
  • Start work on a couple new texture/texture reference packs. I started doing the photographing yesterday for a new pack, but overestimated how much battery life I had left so didn't get to finish the shoot. Depending on how many photos I end up with, I may split them into multiple packs, but, the first, will likely not be out for another month or two.

Jewellery Goals:
  • As far as my jewellery is concerned, my goal is just making sure I'm ready for all my shows. If you've never done a show before, let me just tell you that they are exhausting! Besides all the work of the actual show day(s) from setup to takedown, there is so much prep that goes into a show before you even get there. It's great getting to show off my work all day for a day or two, but, by the end of it, I am absolutely beat and often physically hurting because of my hip problems.

Writing Goals:
  • Share the sixth chapter draft for An Inkling of Magic (coming tomorrow!).
  • Start writing October's chapter installment.
  • Progress on the book resurrection project has been pretty slow lately (just haven't had much time for it this past month), but I'd still like to see at least another 5k words added by the end of August.
  • Share the third chapter draft of From the Ashes (this will be in the third week of August).
  • Finish writing chapter eight of From the Ashes and at least get a start on chapter nine.
There are some other things (particularly regarding my digital art) that I'd love to see happen this month, but they're not likely to happen just yet. However, once my shows are done for the summer, I will be hitting the writing and digital painting hard!
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Weekly Update: #20


Happy Friday, all! Hope your week's been going well!
As for me, I've been in show prep mode getting more jewellery made for next months shows. I've gotten seven new pairs of copper earrings finished which I shared yesterday, but still would like to get a few pairs of sterling silver earrings made before I have to pack everything up to take to the show. 
So, despite the mad dash to get jewellery made, I did actually manage to sneak in a bit of writing too! I finished writing chapter seven of From the Ashes and I've already started on chapter eight. No further work on either the book resurrection or An Inkling of Magic this week so far, but, if show prep doesn't get in the way, I'm still going to try to write at least a bit more on each this week.
My other artwork is completely on hold until after this upcoming show, but, depending on whether I need to do a major restock afterwards, I may be able to get back to my paintings the following week despite still having one more show to go. Once both are finished though, I'll be hitting both the writing and digital art pretty hard as I have several goals I would like to make. Specifically, that I would like to finish the book resurrection, if not by the end of the year, than early next to aim for a summer release. If I can regain the writing momentum I had before the laptop gremlins ate the book, that should be very doable (I was writing about 10k+ words a week).
This coming Monday, the next chapter draft of An Inkling of Magic comes out for subscribers to read! September's chapter is also all ready to go and, once my shows are over, I'll be starting work on October's installment. 
I'm still debating what sort of schedule will be best for when I start sharing chapters on Royal Road, so, any input of your thoughts or what you'd like to see would be appreciated. I had been planning on a one chapter a week per story, but, for all the reasons mentioned in last week's update post, I'm now thinking about an every other week schedule. Possibly, posting one chapter draft a week, but alternating between stories. I'd like to maintain at least a five chapter advance for patrons, so it may still take a bit of trial and error to find what sort of posting schedule (both on RR and here) will work best to achieve that.
And about wraps up this week!
Thank you all for reading and for your support and I'll see you back next week!
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Jewellery Share: New Earrings

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Weekly Update: #19


I'm back! Sorry for no update last week, but I was on a short vacation with my family. We were renting an Airbnb with my brother and his family out of state. Usually, our vacations are all around what kind of rocks we can find or what antique stores are in the area, but, this time, it was largely to make sure we got down to see my grandmother who turned 97 this year. Our visit with her was really short as she tires out easily, but it was great to see her again as I haven't had the chance to in a few years!
However, despite it not being a vacation with rockhounding in mind, I still managed to do some anyway! Turned out that the creek blow the house we were staying in had loads of deep green and purple slag (a glass byproduct from the metal smelting process) and I can't wait until I'm able to get them cut for jewellery.
Speaking of jewellery, I have two shows coming up in August so I'm working to restock my earring inventory. If you're a subscriber, I posted a sneak peek, work-in-progress pic of the pair I'm working on right now. I've made some more progress though since that post. The soldering is now all complete and, though it did give me some grief, I've gotten both stones set. Later today, I'll give them one more round through my tumbler to really polish them up and remove any surface tarnish (copper oxidizes so quickly!) and then start applying the sealant I bought to help keep them staying shiny. It's a wax sealant which, over time, will eventually wear off and need to be reapplied, but, as these are earrings, it should last a lot longer since they won't be in direct contact with skin oils very much.
Last week, I released the fire reference image/texture pack with the pictures my dad gave me. If you missed the announcement post with store link, you can find them here. Like all of my resources, it's also available for free download to subscribers (all tier levels). There are no restrictions on how to use them other than don't redistribute them or claim them as your own. Credit, while always appreciated, is not required unless someone asks you about them.
I'm still working on another Photoshop brush pack, but I'm not sure when it will be ready for release. All the brushes are made, I'm just working on an example artwork using them and deciding on which brushes to put in that pack and with ones to save for another. In the meantime, I have several more texture/reference packs I'm planning on making and will be starting to take those photographs over the next week or so.
I made a little bit of progress on the creature concept paint last week, but it still has a long ways to go. Why does painting reptile scales have to be so tedious? 
Sadly, I've not had the time yet to start the second character portrait, so that will probably get delayed until after the shows that I have coming up. With needing to get more jewellery made and start the rest of my show prep routine, digital art and writing are going to be put on the low-priority list for the moment (one show is just two weeks away!). However, after the shows are over, that will be changing and I'll be side-lining the jewellery for a few months (after August, I won't have any shows until November). That will let me concentrate a lot more on my writing and digital art as I really want to put a push on getting this book resurrection finished (my goal, if at all possible, is to have book 2 of The Gemquist Chronicles finished and ready for release next summer), as well as, get all my current WIP digital paintings finished so I can start some new ones.
If you've been reading the chapter drafts of An Inkling of Magic  that I've been sharing each month, this month's chapter installment goes public on my Patreon on Saturday! August's chapter will be up for subscribers to read on August 2nd and I already have September's chapter draft finished and ready to go as well.
From the Ashes is still just subscriber-only, but two chapter drafts have now been posted and I'm currently working on chapter seven. I'm aiming for a backlog of fifteen to twenty chapters with at least half of it shared here (as well as Patreon and Buy Me a Coffee) to give subscribers a good advance on chapters before I start posting them publicly on Royal Road. Once I do start posting them on RR, it may mean I need to adjust my posting schedule here to make sure I can maintain that balance of advanced chapters to public ones (and the same is true for An Inkling of Magic). 
Right now, I share one chapter draft a month of both stories, An Inkling of Magic posts in the first week of the month and From the Ashes in the third week, but my plan was to post one chapter a week on RR of the backlog to make it more visible. However, while that does give me a good lead to keep writing for here, eventually, it will catch up. So, this leads me to a few questions: 
  • How many advance chapters would you like to have?
  • Are you fine with just one chapter draft per book a month, or would you like to see this increased to two?
  • Or, do you not care at all about either of the first two questions so long as I just keep posting new chapters?

Thanks in advance for your answers! This will help me decide how best to move forward once posting on RR begins (whether to slow down chapter releases on RR, or increase chapter releases here). 
Well, I think that's all for this week! 
Thanks for reading and for your input as to my questions and I hope to see you all back next week's update!
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