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Also, this is an update of the original post about the blog moving. (August 26, 2015)
First, the important information! Head over to Jonathan Fesmire’s Blog, now hosted directly on my website.
My site, Jonathan Fesmire, Author, is hosted at Wix. Back in May, I discovered that Wix has its own excellent blog platform, which allowed me to start blogging there. The one thing it didn’t have was a way to import the contents of this blog. So, it simply continues where this left off.
I have also added quite a bit to it. I’ve been interviewing steampunk cosplayers, and plan to interview makers, authors, artists, and others involved in the genre. As always, I discuss the development of Bodsious Creed and many things related to steampunk, writing, and fantasy.
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I count myself lucky that I found this link via a Facebook posting today.
Samuraiguitarist on YouTube takes the theme song from Game of Thrones and makes it so incredibly Wild West, so incredibly Steampunk, that how could I not share it here? I started listening and just heard Bodacious Creed all over it. I may have to listen to this as I write, make it part of a playlist, to continually inspire me. I’m almost sorry that Game of Thrones already has this awesome theme. (Not really. I love Game of Thrones. I’ve read all the books and seen every episode.)
So, here it is! I hope it gets samuraiguitarist a ton of new subscribers!
I’m glad people enjoyed my El Tiburon digital sculpture that I shared in the last blog! I posted the image to several Steampunk groups and a Western group on Facebook and received lots of likes and some nice comments.
Yesterday, I did my best to 3D print it on my Cube 3 printer. I had the software itself generate the supports. In 3D extrusion printing, the print nozzles lay down one thin layer of plastic at a time, and each layer builds on the last. Thanks to gravity, everything has to be supported, especially objects that have nothing underneath them, hence the removable supports.
Everything went great until it got to his hands, which mysteriously had no supports, so they came out as ugly strings of plastic.
For reference, here’s the character sheet of the digital model, from Zbrush.
Here’s how the print turned out, with most of the supports removed. (Note that I printed the figure in blue, and the supports in neon green, so it would be easier to see what needed to be removed.)
I had forgotten how fun 3D sculpting is! With all the job hunting, freelance work, and school work I’ve been doing, I haven’t had a lot of time to just sculpt in Zbrush. I did work on a World of Warcraft style orc when I was planning on applying to Blizzard, but I made this new figure entirely to be a sculpture rather than an animated figure and it was just really fun.
So, I present the new figure, El Tiburon!
Here’s the real-world history of this character.
When I ran the Bodacious Creed Kickstarter, I wanted to do something special, so I made it possible for high-level backers to create characters for the story. The highest backer wanted a character based entirely on him, basically a Creedverse version of himself as a bounty hunter. Since I had only the basics of the story planned, I was able to plot the book with him as a major character. I do use his real name in the novel, and you’ll have to wait to find out who he is, but many call him El Tiburon.
The only really clear steampunk element in this image is the metal ball on his back. I’m not giving away what that is, either. It’s in the novel. The gun on his left hip is holstered, so you can’t really tell what it is, but it’s a steampunk technology weapon.
The next step is to try to 3D print this model. I’ve already created a base that the figure is standing on, and will have to use supports on my printer to make this work. I’ve set it at 5.2″ tall, so hopefully there will be no material thickness issues.
Oh, this gentleman also helped my son and me move last year, and this sculpture is my thank-you to him. Hopefully the print will go well so I can send it to him!
For now, I have a long break from school, and am basically concentrating on getting other aspects of my life in place. For instance, I’m looking for a good day job, as freelancing is just not cutting it.
Somehow, in between everything else I need to get done, I have republished my first two novels! Here’s what the new editions look like:
Though I think that Bodacious Creed is going to be my best novel once it’s finished, my best published novel to date, in my opinion, is Tamshi’s Imp.
For the next two months–so, from this moment until midnight on April 6, all profits for Tamshi’s Imp will go to Wolf Pac! The book is just $2.99 for Kindle, and I will donate the profits from the print versions as well.
What is Wolf Pac?
The first question should really be, “What is The Young Turks?” That’s where this all starts. I’ll make this brief.
The Young Turks is the world’s largest online news organization. This creator of this progressive news outlet, Cenk Uygur (pronounced “Jenk You-gur”) saw that the biggest threat to U.S. democracy today is the fact that the very rich can, and do, buy representatives. Most members of Congress no longer represent the people. They are almost completely owned by conservative, crony-capitalist corporations.
Uygur created Wolf Pac to get money out of politics. Usually it takes Congress to pass an amendment to the Constitution, but there’s no way Congressmen are going to vote to give up the donor money they receive. Fortunately, the states can call for a Constitutional convention to pass a new amendment, and several states have already signed on for this, thanks to Wolf Pac. We are making progress.
Getting money out of politics will mean that our representatives are beholden to us, the people of the United States, and not to corporate interests.
Why Wolf Pac?
The root problem with U.S. politics is that our government does not respect our wishes or needs due to being bought off by the very wealthy. Cure the disease, and you’ll remove the symptoms. That’s why I’ve wanted to support Wolf Pac for a long time. It finally struck me today that I had a ready-made way to do so: by donating the profits from one of my novels to the cause.
You can also always donate to Wolf Pac directly! If you buy my book though, you’ll also be getting a great read.
Oh, I also recommend watching The Young Turks, which you can catch on YouTube, for frank, unscripted news.
Tonight, I discovered a site called If List, that allows anyone to put up a proposal for a film and to then cast that movie. I just had a lot of fun casting what I believe is my best novel so far, Tamshi’s Imp, the story of a woman who discovers a cult bent on taking over the world and destroying the gods of her world. Most of the people who have read my books agree that it is my best so far (I plan for Bodacious Creed to surpass it), so I figured it would be fun to come up with a cast and filmmakers, and it definitely was.
You can check that out at Tamshi’s Imp on If List. If you’ve read it, feel free to cast who you think would most appropriately fill the roles! If not, you can buy it on Amazon in print or Kindle format. Look, I’m not great at marketing my own books. Not yet, anyway. But this is a damned good read if I do say so myself and I just want people to enjoy it. Even James Rollins, writing under his pseudonym James Clemens, endorsed it.
Once I finally finish and publish Bodacious Creed, I plan to set up an If List page for it as well. I mean, this is just too damned fun!
On a final note for this post, I have been extraordinarily busy recently with school (have I mentioned I’m working on my M.S. in Special Education?), 3D printing, looking for a new office job (I’m having nerve problems in my right leg, and any job for which I have to stand up for very long causes more damage), and spending time with my son. I’m going to create some new posts about the printer, work on Bodacious Creed, and more soon. Today was the final day of my current class (well, technically yesterday, as it’s 12:11 am now), so I anticipate some time to write some more posts.