A GUARD’S WEAPON

In my fantasy series, the emperor will have highly trained and fanatically loyal bodyguards that are armed to the teeth. One of the standard issue weapons of the emperor’s personal guard will be the guandao. Just as the Pope’s Swiss Guard’s standard issue polearm is the halberd, the Imperial Guard’s polearm will be the guandao.

FEE FI FO FUM

As my new fantasy series progresses, I will feature my own unique breed of giants. They will not be as big as the one in Jack and the Beanstalk, but they will still be a respectable size. I also intend to make my giants more inhuman in appearance. In general, these giants will look like a combination between all the images below. Giants will play a similar role in my fantasy books as the Ents in The Lord of the Rings.

FIRST FANTASY ILLUSTRATION BEGINS

The illustration process for my new fantasy book has begun. My new illustrator is working surprisingly fast. This morning, she provided the rough sketch of the general shape of the dragon in the story. It was just as I envisioned it. If the rough sketch is this good, I cannot wait until the final version comes out. I will keep you updated on any new developments. Wish me luck!