Thursday, February 1, 2018

On Twitter Again

My Twitter handle:  @plucas1000

I somewhat reluctantly reactivated my old Twitter account and want to give it a go again.  The account is mostly there to promote my books and artwork, though I imagine I'll tweet fun stuff I may find or do as well, like I do with my journals/blog posts.  I did try out Twitter back in 2013, and was less impressed with it as both a platform and as a promotional tool, so I stopped using it after a month or two.  But much to my surprise and chagrin, it's stuck around and is more popular than ever.  So I might as well use it if I can.

So follow me and I'll follow you, and all that stuff, as long as you aren't using your account to promote something really objectionable.  Twitter handle above.

I also plan on starting a bunch of various promotional efforts this month.  I'm sure some, or even most, probably won't work out, but I do want to do more raw promotional stuff in the future to reach more fans and readers.  If anyone has any suggestions along those lines, especially if it doesn't cost a whole lot of money, I'll certainly be willing to listen.

Thanks!

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Sweetness And Lightning Anime

A great little anime series I just recently wrapped up watching, and thought I'd share.

This 12-episode slice-of-life series came out in 2016.  It's about this young high school teaching assistant Kohei who lost his wife six months before, and has to raise their 5-year-old daughter Tsumugi on his own.  He does his best, but their busy schedule and his cooking lack of skill means the pair often relies on instant foods and take out to get by.  Kohei worries his daughter isn't eating right.

Then one day they meet Kotori, a high school senior in Kohei's class, and through various circumstances she invites them back to her family's small cafe-restaurant.  Kotori's mom is always busy with work, and the family restaurant is mostly closed, which saddens her.  So the three of them strike a deal; Kohei and Tsumugi will come over once in a while to eat with Kotori.  This way, Kohei learns to cook, Tsumugi gets some decent meals, and Kotori can breath some life back into the restaurant that was a big part of her childhood.

That's pretty much what constitutes the 'plot' for the show.  There are some minor dramas, like Tsumugi dealing with a mean girl in kindergarden or the dad struggling with a homemade recipe.  They always end up at the restaurant, where the show shows detailed instructions for cooking a particular dish, and then they have a delicious meal together.  That's it.   And holy crap is it an addictive, feel good kind of show.

I am not a fan of slice of life show, usually.   But this one has such great characters and a deceptively simple but appealing premise that it sucked me right in. The big strength is in the two main characters, the father and daughter, and their relationship.  Kohei is a befuddled, hard working, slightly nerdy dad, but his devotion to his daughter is never in doubt, even when he may have to yell at her and scold her.  Tusmugi, for her part, is a sweet but believable child character.  She's mostly well behaved, but there are time she throws tantrum or misbehaves or does stupid things because hey, she's 5 years old.

Kotori, the high school student, is a bit introverted but very well-meaning and warms up once she gets to know the Kohei and Tsumugi.  In most other shows, they'd play up the potential romance between her and Kohei, and though there are very broad subtle hints that may be where things go eventually, the show isn't concerned with that.  For the anime, she's still very much a student and he a teacher; they never go beyond being friends and if they bond over anything it's in cooking for Tsumugi.  It was a nice change of pace, actually.

The only real downside is that there are only 12 episodes.  The manga it's based on is still ongoing, but it needs to get some more chapters under its belt before it has enough material to adopt into a season 2.  But even if we don't get new episodes, I'm still very satisfied with the show.  It's a great optimistic and warm pick me up kind of series thats eems to be a real hidden treasure.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

New WORLDS OF TRANSFORMATION Anthologies In The Works!

A project long on the backburner is finally moving forward.

Back in the late 2000s and early 2010s, I did a bunch of story commissions for Phillip Velasquez, who was also my co-author for books such as DRYAD and SELKIE.  After I began doing ebooks, we talked about publishing those stories in the form of one or more anthologies.  However, Phil ran into some medical problems and contact between us was rather infrequent over the next few years.

However, recently things seemed to have cleared up for Phil, at least to the point that we're in regular communication again.  And we've been working steadily in clearing the way for the anthologies once again.  We are going to put up one stand alone book, AQUARIUM BLUES, then launch into the anthologies.

The stories almost exclusively focus on on of Phil's favorite themes, that of human transformation.  Some are science fiction, some are fantasy, some are horror, but I think they all turned out pretty good and should be interesting for people to read.  And I know some people are wonder:  No, these won't be erotica books, though a few of the stories are definitely 'R'-rated because of adult themes, violence, or explicit imagery.

The good news for me is that the stories are already written, though they will have to be reworked to make them presentable for publication (writing for a single client and writing for a general audience tends to have different demands.)  Also, the cover art is also mostly done, thanks to commission Phil had done, so I also don't have to worry about completing a cover from scratch for each one.  This should speed the process along for each of the books, so you'll likely see these sooner rather than later.   There will be some delays in some other projects, such as THE BUSTY ORC's CURSE, but hopefully not by too much.

Stay tuned!

Friday, December 29, 2017

Great Anime And Cartoons To Watch

It's no secret that I recently had to deal with some major medical problems, and during my convalescence I took it easy, only lightly doing work and spending way more time than I should have watching and binging various cartoons and anime (I am a HUGE animation buff, btw).  I thought I'd share the best of what I saw.  So if you're looking for things to watch, I can't recommend highly enough the following shows and movies.

COCO
Everything on this list ranges from darn good to excellent, and is definitely worth watching, But by far and away the very pinnacle of the things I've seen recently is Pixar's Coco.  There are plenty of critics who have been gushing about this film, and all of it is rightfully deserved.  Great characters, a compelling story, gorgeously lush animation and designs and colors, and emotional scenes that could wring tears from lifeless statues.

OBAN STAR RACERS

I didn't even know this 26-episode series ever existed.  It's a French/Japanese co-production that aired in the US back in 2006 on Toon Disney.  I was honestly surprised at how good this series turned out to be, having been alerted to it by youtube reviewer Rob The Wonderful.  In 2082 AD, an interstellar war threatening to destroy Earth is halted as a cosmic being called the Avatar (no, not THAT Avatar ...and not that one either) who imposes a temporary truce and invites all civilizations in the galaxy to participate in the Great Race of Oban, with the winner being rewarded any one wish they could imagine.  There are agendas and secrets aplenty among the many competitors, including the Avatar himself, as the fate of Earth and the galaxy itself rests with a single young woman called Molly who stowed away to Oban just to confront her deadbeat dad.

This has surprisingly good characters and a deep and somewhat dark story, and there's some genuinely good action and drama among all the spectacle.  France has really been putting out some great animation in the past decade or so, and this feels like another hidden French animated treasure (hidden in the US, anyway) similarly to Wakfu, Dofus, and Les Kassos, to name a few.

LEGEND QUEST

Currently available on Netflix, this is a 13-episode Mexican production originally called Las Leyendas and another show I got turned on to through Rob The Wonderful's reviews.  In the late 19th a boy named Leo in a small mexican town can see and talk to ghosts.  When his town is literally stolen away by the mad god Quetzalcoatl, he sets off on a quest around the world to find the means to defeat Quetzelcoatl and get his friends and family back, aided by two ghosts (one of a cowardly conquistador and another of a teen-age girl) and an Alebrije (one of those colorful animal spirit-guides you might have seen in Coco.)

This one is not that deep, but it is very imaginative (even if it does play very fast and loose with the various mythical world 'legends' they encounter) with interesting characters and a story that kept me tuning in (especially the big reveal about Teadora, the teen-age girl ghost) and it does get a little dark in places.  It's not perfect though--I think the first two episode kind of drag a bit, there is a little too much goofiness in some places, and it takes a while to really understand what's going on--but there's enough good stuff to keep it interesting and compelling.

GIRLS' LAST TOUR

A 12-episode anime that just wrapped up, this actually turned out to be an amazing little experience completely unlike any show I've ever watched.  Two teen-age girls, who may or may not be the last humans alive, wander a post-apocalypse snowy wasteland, trying to survive.  That's pretty much the entire plot.  But the way it's done is surprisingly deep and meditative and emotional and funny all at the same time.  Their cute character designs 
and playful interactions contrast immensely with the harsh and very depressing landscape they are constantly surrounded by, and they often deal with existential questions in a very innocent yet compelling way.  It's actually really hard to describe accurately, but it's definitely one of the best anime series of the past few years.

THE ANCIENT MAGUS' BRIDE

Another 24-episode anime that's still ongoing (at least for the english dub which I watch.) This is a visually gorgeous production steeped in a rich fantasy world.  An abandoned young woman named Chise is talked out of committing suicide so she could be sold into slavery--and is bought for an insane price by an ancient wizard cloaked in an animal-skull mask.  It turns out she's a sleigh beggy (I have no idea if that's spelled right), a rare person who can naturally draw upon immense magical energy.  The mage informs her that as she's now his property, he intends to make her his apprentice... and eventually, his bride.

This series is an animation fan's wet dream, given how just about every scene is a sumptuous feast for the eyes in terms of design and color and top-notch animation.  The magical world Chise finds herself in is steeped in western european folklore, all rendered beautifully and with great imagination, with secrets and wonder aplenty.  And oh yeah, there's some good story and characters as well.  Definitely a must-see if you like anime, fantasy, or both.

SPACE BATTLESHIP YAMATO 2199
This is the most recent series I picked up.  It originally aired back 2013 I think, but the english dub is only coming out now so that's what I've been catching.  There's been a bunch of different incarnations of this show going back decades.  I remember watching the original english dub (which renamed it Starblazers) as a kid back in 1980, and it's kind of awesome seeing this remake.  Not only for nostalgia's sake, but it's amazingly well done as well, superior to the original series, which was already quite good i its ow right.  The battle around Pluto in episodes 5-6 is the first time I got excited watching a  space battle in years.  I think it runs 26 episodes and is only on episode 9 as of this writing, so I'll be watching this one for months yet.

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And that's it.  I did watch some crappy things, some just okay things, but this was the stuff that made me keep coming back.  If you watch them I hope you enjoy them too!

Friday, September 29, 2017

Sexy Goblins, Orcs, Dragons, and More Coming Up!

Just a quick rundown on projects coming up!

I kind of had a 'lost' months of September due to a creative block hitting and other developments in real life.  However things seem to be on track for now, at least until the next set of disasters inevitably hit.  Plus it's not as if I got no work done, it only really slowed down more that I would have liked for a few weeks. 

First up on my roster of big projects is the Fantasy Erotica book HOT GOBLIN GIRLS 4, which is well into it's first draft.  This one focuses on the older goblin ladies Hemlock and Black Ember and their relationship, both sexual and otherwise.  Visiting the corrupt, exotic city of Linlea, the pair end up trying to rescue fellow goblins from forced sexual slavery in an exotic brothel.  Lots of adventure and fun, with a bunch of steamy monster girl sex  thrown in as well.  = )

After that will be a brand new Fantasy Erotica ebooks called THE BUSTY ORC'S CURSE.  One of the things I tried to break my creative block was working on a brand-new project, and I had this one in mind for a while.  As a result, its already well on its way with several chapters already in the pocket, so I might as well go ahead and try and finish it. A female Orc warrior runs afoul of a jealous shaman and receives a most unusual breast-centric curse, and has only a human war prisoner to turn to for help.  Should be a fun little sexy tale,.

Plus when I get THE BUSTY ORC'S CURSE done, I can combine it with DEEP DELVE and THE VIRGIN ORC'S FIRST KISS for an Orc-centric monster girl collected volume.  I'll probably call it simply HOT ORC GIRLS with maybe throw in an extra bonus short story if I can.

Also in the works is THE COLLECTED HOT DRAGON GIRLS VOLUME 2 which will collect volumes 4 thru 6 of the series and feature a bonus short story featuring sexy marriage proposals.

I'd like to have HOT GOBLIN GIRLS 4 and THE COLLECTED HOT DRAGON GIRLS VOL 2 out by November, and THE BUSTY ORC'S CURSE by the end of the year, The HOT ORC GIRLS collection would likely come a few months later.

I WILL get to other projects I've talked to, only I also have to keep an eye on what sells and generates money so I can keep on being not homeless

Also, as a reminder, I am open for ART COMMISSIONS.  Right now I just finished a sexy dino girl pin-up, and started another with a client's character having fun in the surf with Lorika from HOT DINO GIRLS.  If you're interested in seeing your own project come to life, send me a note and we can get started!

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Art Commissions Re-Opened!

If you like the art I do for my various book covers, now's the time to hire me to create some for yourself!  I am now available on a freelance basis to book covers, digital paintings, and other artwork for various paying clients!

Just want to stress up front that this is for ART commissions only.  I am still closed to writing commissions for the foreseeable future.  And no, I don't know when or if that will change.  Sorry!

These are Digital Artwork ONLY at this time as well.  No natural media on paper for the foreseeable future.

PRICE RANGE:

-- Rough single character Sketch: $15
-- Refined single character Inks: $25
-- Single Character Flat Colors: $35
-- Cel Shading/Coloring : N/A at this time
-- Multiple-Panel Comic Pages: N/A at this time
-- Hi res single character Digital Painting: $80+
-- Book Cover(Can include up to 2-3 chars + detailed background + Text): $200+

-- Add additional characters, Add detailed background, Add complex character action/interaction (such as fighting/sex/dancing/etc), Add Alternate versions (such as clothed/nude):  Negotiable, but each option can add 50% to 200%+ onto the base price.

-- Contact: plucas1@hotmail.com

For full details, follow the link below:


https://sta.sh/0nymhzeprhr


The guidelines are there in case of the rare event of a misunderstanding.  Really, it's just as simple as contacting me and us casually working out the details.

If you're an older client of mine, please note some things may have changed to keep up with various necessities and expenses.  Prices by necessity have had to go up for high-end works, for example, and I'm also ending no-show provisions.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

So Who Wants To See a HOT DINO GIRLS 4?

I was working on the bonus short story intended for The Collected Hot Dino Girls.  However, what I intended to be a short 3000 word story balloon to over 7000 words in the course of writing it.
I was thinking that was a lot for what was just supposed to be a little bonus tale.  Then I got to thinking about the other short story ideas I had for the collection I didn't go with, and wondering if I did them all if it would be enough to fill out a whole book to make a $2.99 purchase price worth it.  And I think they will.
So if I do a Volume 4, it will essentially be an anthology of four short stories.  Two of them will be set between Books 2 and 3, and the other two will take place after Book 3.   So that little bit I had at the end of the last book about that probably being the last story chronologically involving those characters, just ignore.  I honestly thought at the time I wouldn't be able to think of more erotica stories worth reading for them, but apparently I was wrong.
I will probably use a modified version of this artwork for the cover:
So is HOT DINO GIRLS 4 something you guys would like to see?