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Theme music

I added some theme music to the Trapper's Glen sidebar on my site, Selected Serials. It's a haunting piece by Kevin MacLeod at incompetec.com. He makes some great royalty free music that he allows you to use for any purpose as long as you credit him. If you're in need of some great music for a game or any type of interactive media, I highly recommend his stuff.

The piece I chose for Trapper's Glen is titled 'Deep Haze' and I think it captures the mood perfectly. If Trapper's Glen was a television show, this would be the opening music. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

By the way, chapter two of the serial is now live on WattPad and Selected Serials. I don't mind which platform you read it on as it is free on both. WattPad requires you to log in and has a pretty slick interface, but some people don't like to be forced to create a membership to read. I understand entirely. The main benefit to WattPad for me is it offers the opportunity to get the s…

Selected Serials Update

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I've updated my serial fiction site, Selected Serials, with a brand new look. I was using the free Weebly site builder provided by MacHighway to design the site, but I found it to be very buggy and clunky. Not to mention that it just didn't have all of the features I needed.

Luckily I got an email offer from Rapidweaver with a 40% discount coupon last week, so I went ahead and bought it, and used it to create the new site. I'm pretty impressed with its ease of use and functionality. If you have a Mac and you need to design and publish a website, it's a pretty good option.

Anyway, enough 'Geek Speak', I really just wanted to give an update on the new site. Both serials currently hosted on the site are free to read. Beyond the Gates of Övrigmark is completed, but it takes a while to format the chapters for HTML, so I'll continue to post the remaining chapters over the next few days. Trapper's Glen is a serial in progress, so I'll be posting new chapte…

Trapper's Glen

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I've posted the first chapter of Trapper's Glen to Wattpad. You can find it here...

Trapper's Glen 

Here's a map of the town...



Here's an advertisement from the local cafe in Trapper's Glen. The story is set in the 1980s, but most of the town is stuck in the 50s...

I'm also posting the story to my own site, Selected Serials, but the web host is taking a bit longer to post my updates than I'd like, so that's why I decided to post at Wattpad.

Map Demo

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I recently upgraded my Campaign Cartographer 3 software to CC3+, and I've been having quite a bit of fun experimenting with the new features. In case you've never heard of CC3, it's basically a brilliant piece of mapping software used for creating fantasy maps for tabletop games, posters, and even those wonderful maps one might find at the beginning of their favorite epic fantasy novel.

I've also been toying around with the idea of making a fantasy GIS (Geographic Information System) that one could use to pan and zoom around their favorite fictional locale. There are a few things out there that are capable of doing this in one way or another, including a Wordpress plugin called Mapplic, but I'm more of a visual person, so I settled on trying to make something using HTML5. The really cool thing is you can use another great piece of software called Hype that will allow you to make animations and presentations, and embed them in a webpage.

So here's a video I made…

Vellum 2.0 review

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Vellum 2.0, create beautiful books.
If you’re an indie author looking to self publish your own books, I think you owe it to yourself to download and try out Vellum 2.0. It just might become your new favorite tool in your writer’s toolbox. First, what is Vellum 2.0? Vellum is a WYSIWYG interior formatter for ebooks and now print books. It allows you to import your finished manuscript and style it using built in themes that can be used as they are, or mixed and matched, all in real time. If you make an edit to your manuscript, or change a chapter title, you see the revision automatically updated in the preview window using the currently selected template. I’ll go into more detail on how it all works later, but first I’ll explain why I decided to use Vellum.
Like many of you (I suspect), I use Scrivener to organize my writing and to craft my manuscript, and for those tasks, there are no finer software choices available (in my opinion). However, when it comes time to compile in Scrivener an…

Trapper's Glen

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Will he find her in the glen, or will he find something else there, something dark and primal? 
Old man Tallup might know, but he mostly speaks in riddles and myth, not the kind of language that private detective Charlie Marsh is used to.



“How can you be sure what is real and what is not? Are you sure coyote’s don’t talk in the real world?”  The old man took a long, slow drag on his cigarette. “Maybe they’re just silent in your dreams.”
Charlie waved away an errant ring of smoke. “I’m not sure of anything lately.”
“Don’t go tying yourself in knots now, Mr. Marsh. Some say I’m just full of shit.” 
“You wanna hear a story, Charlie?”
“Is it a true story?”
“Some say it is, some don’t.”
“What’s it about?”
“This place. The things that watch us from the edges of the forest.”
“What things?”
The old man ignored his question, blowing a few more smoke rings into the night air. “Some time ago when the stars could still be seen in every direction, and this place wasn’t on a map, a white man came to the glen.…

First two pages from the graphic novel

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