Archive for July, 2011

If you head over to Peter Jackson’s facebook page, he has added further material relating to the upcoming The Hobbit movies. In particular are two new production videos, and also photos of all thirteen dwarves – Thorin, Balin, Dwalin, Kili, Fili, Oin, Gloin, Ori, Nori, Dori, Bifur, Bofur and Bombur – in all their glory.

They are trying for a unique look for each of them, and there is debate about whether all of them are suitably dwarvish, especially regarding beards (or lack of length there of) and especially Kili. He seems to be getting the Legolas treatment, being the ‘pretty’ one of the dwarven band.

Dwarves have always been at the top of my favourite fantasy races (in the top four alongside minotaurs, trolls and phoenixes) so I’m very much looking forward to seeing them in action. It also has me hankering to write something with dwarves in it – proper bearded, hard as nails dwarves.

I noticed I haven’t posted for a while so it is about time to fix that. I recently fractured my right collarbone which hasn’t helped matters, and slows down writing given I am right handed.

I have actually finished the rewrites of the next two Nhaqosa short stories and at some stage need to get around to polishing and editing them. I am considering keeping them waiting until I’ve finished the others I’ve planned and releasing them – and the currently released ones – as a single compilation.

It has also come to mind that I’m not getting as much done as I should, and that is because I am spreading my time too thin between too many stories. I need to focus on just a few. Besides the Nhaqosa stories, the other one I’m working on is the Dawn of Wolves novella (currently up to 21K). Only once I’m, done with them will I consider which of the numerous other projects to work on – and I have a few. On the short list is actually sitting down and properly mapping out the maps and timelines for the setting. A lot of it is only rough at the moment, and that really needs to be fixed.