Some bad news
Today artist Ron Cobb passed away.
Ron Cobb is, without any hyperbole, one of the most influential artists in my life. He worked on too many film projects to count, but is especially known for his work on both Ridley Scott's Alien as well as the James Cameron sequel. More than any other person, his drafts and drawings captured precisely the kind of environments that I always imagined when reading my SF stories and also while creating my own. His work - his attention to detail and thoughtful design considerations - is of such a skill and level that I could only aspire to. And, I still hope to attain a fraction of the respect and recognition that this man earned throughout his incredible career.
2020 has been a rough year and this one really caught me off guard. I wish that I could have met this man in person and told him how much his work has inspired me. I want to honor his legacy by remembering him, his work, and trying to take my own art to the next level. I think and hope that he would have liked that and I can't think of a better way to celebrate his rich and fruitful life. RIP.
Meet the 2021
Hello again everyone. I have just a few updates for this month of September.
Firstly, yes - you didn't read that wrong. One of the latest developments is that I have officially been moved from a 2020 release date to 2021. This was expected due to the pandemic and related complications. I will keep you all appraised as I learn more details. We are aiming for an early 2021 (January-March) debut.
I'm still working away on book 3 of the Gordian Knot trilogy. I've switched from writing to revising and aim to get at least ten pages done a day, which means I should be able to turn in a completed draft to my editors rather soon.
My latest article with Tor is up and I have resubmitted my latest short to James Gunn's Ad Astra which, if accepted, would be my first ever published story.
As promised, I have a new blog on Frank Herbert's Dune which I hope you'll enjoy. It's specifically about why some of the themes in the classic are especially relevant today.
Yours truly is now also on Instagram, so you can check out my profile if you'd like to see more of my musings, and me (and ALOT of Jonesy).
Otherwise, you can catch me here, on social media, and see all of these developments and more by signing up for my newsletter. This month, I have included part 2 of a short that ties in directly with the Gordian Knot trilogy and obviously takes place in the same rich universe. I'm sharing it only with subscribers.
That's all for now. Be good to yourselves and to each other.