Food Tour – Day 7

So… Kemin’s having some trouble crossing the Aturan border. Despite bribing the border patrol with delicious deep-fried spicy meat rolls, he is stuck in Mierat for the time being. Must be something going on in the nation’s capitol.

Unfortunately, that means our food tour must be delayed until another time.

Stay tuned however, for other goodies!

Food Tour – Day 5

“Brissel, a close cousin to the hybrid plant broccolini, is one of Mierat’s prized crops, and pairs nicely with a white tea poached salmon as seen here, purchased from one of Mierat’s many street vendors. That’s right, you can get fine dining from a street shop!”

Here’s the process video:

Food Tour – Day 4

“The Bergamot orange is a revered delicacy in all of Kanvala, as it is grown only in Mierat… specifically in the Earl of Bergamot’s orchard. Because they’ve kind of cornered the market on Bergamot. And by kind of, I mean they’ve totally monopolized the crops. I’m not into politics, but there must be a reason why Regan Holdana won’t bust the House of Bergamot…

Anyway, aside from it’s use in brewing a mean cup of Earl Grey tea, the fruit gives a nice tangy twist to a hearty Mieratan stew.”

~Editor’s Note: There’s a reason the phrase “Beware the Bergamot” is heard frequently in Mierat.

Food Tour – Day 3

“Ice cream tea is an interesting treat. Much like chocolate-dipped cones, or fried ice cream… You have to act fast! The interior of the waffle cone is coated, typically in a white chocolate, then a mild, grassy green tea on the lines of a Cloud and Mist blend is poured in. This is quickly topped with a plop of ice cream!”

A Launch and an Explanation

The Bellmage Kickstarter has launched!

I have a tendency to mention that I’m working on things without actually detailing what’s going on! Moving forward with Woolmancy, that will change. So what is Bellmage all about?

What?

Bellmage is a 37-page graphic novel about an apprentice bell-crafter who is booted out of the academy with a challenge to make her stone bell ring. Unfortunately she’s yet to have any training. She’s also not sure where to turn now. So like all trainees in a crisis, she bravely… returns home to her parents. Great situation right?

Why?

Frankly, because I want to. But let me explain.

Last year I wrote and published Style Quest. While I still take delight in the story, and think the information is helpful, I really didn’t write it for myself.

So this year I decided to produce a story for me. It has silly bits and introspective bits. It has musical notation and footnotes; maps, new languages, fancy endpapers, visual guides and I’m seriously, seriously thinking of adding an endnotes section. In fact, just consider it done.

In being excited to work on something that contains a lot of what I love, I excite others. By writing stories about struggles and triumphs I’ve faced, I can bond with and inspire others.

I say that’s a pretty good reason.

How?

Kickstarter.

What it is: Think of it as a fancy pre-order system. The book is finished (aside from that endnotes section) so now I’m asking for help to print it.

How it works: Over the course of one month, you can sign up to pre-order a book, or one of a few other goodies that I’m offering
> I hit my goal of $800 (or over fund even)
> I get the money
> I print the books and ship them out to you

What if I don’t hit my goal? I get nothing, your card doesn’t get charged and Bellmage will be printed in a distant future.

Let me be clear in saying that you don’t have to pledge. If you think the project seems fun, or if you want to donate without anything in return, fantastic. I really appreciate it.

But if you don’t, or can’t, I really won’t hold it against you at all. Really.

 

With that being said… Go check out the Bellmage Kickstarter page!