February 1

Bells and Ribbons

Bells and Ribbons is a short story set in my original world of Mega Burg, a setting where rats managed to survive and thrive in a vast tunnel complex right beneath a fast food restaurant known as Mega Burger. While I am still in the progress of writing my novel about the rats of Mega Burg and how it came to be I wanted to take some time to give all of you a glimpse into this curious world. A world that the rats have to build from the base up, forging their own laws, rules and beliefs, and facing many dangers on their own.

The reason I wrote this particular story is because Valentine’s Day is approaching! So I thought I could pour some romance ahead of time.

Enjoy!

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December 14

What is going on?

I know some people dropping by here might take a look at the date of my last posting and wonder whether I am dead, or otherwise unable to work at all. Nothing further from the truth! I am hard at work on another novel that I think I shall call (since a book’s title could be the very last thing an author will write) Mega Burg: Exodus.

Yes, I have finally decided to begin work on Mega Burg, my own original idea. Not only that, but unlike my previous works I intend to sell this one through Amazon. Why? I always wanted to be a professional writer, and you cannot call yourself a true professional unless your work actually earned a buck. The line between “Hobby” and “Professiona” might seem thin, but I do not wish to stop on just one novel. The world of Mega Burg has to be expanded.

At the same time more funds means more possibilities, including more free comics, stories and whatnot. I have ideas, but not the money to see them through.

Now, let’s talk a bit about Mega Burg: Exodus. The Novel will be focusing on the “birth” of the Mega Burg rats. How they ended up where they were, and the challenges they faced as their colony took its baby steps. Depending on how the writing goes, and how much I end up including in the novel itself, the final length (that I aim at) is aroudn 50,000 words. Furthermore I want to sell the novel as an E-Book on Amazon. The simple reason being low costs. As much as I would want to make prints of it for sale or find a publisher that might not be an option just yet.

And, in the end, if the book will be in its E-Book format it’s a short step from turning it into a physical novel, no?

The planned ETA for finishing the Novel is January, and if all goes well it will be published in February. As the situation develops I will post up updates (and maybe some cover art too!)

For now, enjoy your stay and be free to look through my already available stories and projects!

December 7

The Battle of Oakenfall is here!

After a month of mind numbing work I have decided that work on the Novel had to end… What? Oh! It’s finished. I just did not want to push it any further, and instead leave room, and time, to work on the second part, when I could eventually get to it. You see, the Battle of Oakenfall was meant to speak about a particular event in the Armello Civil War, and I successfully did that. What I wanted to leave all of you dear readers with is a sense of “Oh, what will happen next?”. I have ideas, lots of ideas, but aside from hobby writing I need to do some work that actually brings in a buck, so that I can then continue my “writing for pleasure”.

In any case, here is the full, free PDF of the Battle of Oakenfall. It might not be the longest (or best formatted or edited) book out there but it’s my own. The final word count is 21,700 words, so not at all shabby for a first timer, eh?

The Full Novel (in PDF)

Enjoy!

November 25

Another day, another two chapters

Progress is slow but I am getting somewhere. Work and my studies have been sapping my strength but I am sure that by the end of the year I will either finish the novel (time permit) or at least I will be close to finishing it.

In any case! You did not come to listen to me moping, so here’s Chapters 4 and 5. Enjoy!

And just in case you do not know what this is all about, check on the right under “Ongoing Projects” the Battle of Oakenfall Novel. There you can read all the previous chapters!

Chapters 4 and 5

Enjoy!

November 10

Progress Report – Battle of Oakenfall Novel (And a small preview)

Armello

While NaNoWriMo continues and I slowly progress through the novel (it will be tough as nails to get it all done by the end of the month) I wanted to share what I have prepared, to a greater or lesser extent, and that is the first two chapters of the novel.

While it’s just a small chunk of the whole novel, and we still have a way to go I think it’s a nice stopping point to introduce any and all those curious what this is all about.

So, if you wish to read the Novel in its current state (the first two chapters of it) follow the link below to the PDF and be free to download and print it as you see fit. Apologies for any mistakes in the text but I am not a great editor or even a spellchecker. I can at least hope it is readable.

Disclaimer(s): This novel will not be sold for any sum of money, it will be available for free download from this site. At the same time pleasure assume that the characters in the novel, how they are presented and how they act is not part of Armello canon/lore. It’s a work of fan-fiction, and as such I take some liberties in presenting the world in my own way (though hopefully close to the original).

http://smokingcatstories.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/Novel-The-Battle-of-Oakenfall-Chapter-1-and-2.pdf

Enjoy and expect more!

P.S. You can also see the tapestry of the Battle of Oakenfall here.

October 29

The Battle of Oakenfall is HERE!

Armello

A month of hard work and the Tapestry of the Battle of Oakenfall is finally FINISHED!

Oh, you hoped to see it here? Not so quickly!

Click here to go to the Battle of Oakenfall page, where you will get to see the final tapestry, poem and some more background information on the battle.

Or… click here to find out how the Tapestry was created, with a lot of sketches and drafts to keep you entertained.

Also, all of this would not be possible without the hard work and dedication of Travis Fam. Look at his Deviantart account, look at this work, and order commissions from him. I can be a starving writer but we cannot let the artists starve!

ENJOY!

September 10

What am I working on now?

If you are curious what I have been up to lately then here is the scoop:

I am planning a few 1-page comics, for now one will be set in Armello the other in Fallout. I do not want to spoil the details just yet.

Other than that, I am researching ways of funding something a bit larger, namely a full-sized 24 page comic (in some instances this is considered a full issue), but what the comic will be about is still not on the table. It’s more about the calculations of the costs, and thus the needed funds to make it happen. And, most importantly, how to get them.

Still a lot of time before September ends, so who knows what will happen? I sure don’t!