Imagine Spice and Wolf as Heron and Cardinal in a Fantasy Romance where the word "Love" doesn't exist. Fly an ancient sky alongside them as their world comes crashing down.
If you listen closely to the birdsong, you will hear a story in their words of a time, of a place, of a world high in the sky.
So-Rin has lived in the Grotto Isla for as long as he can remember. It's a peaceful life, with days spent flying the sky, hunting, and living just as his Teacher taught him. But when forces beyond his control suddenly find their way into So-Rin's Eden in the sky, he must make a choice. Will So-Rin have what it takes to leave his peaceful life behind and risk it all for something more?
About the writer (that's me!):
I'm an Otaku who loves stories so much, I got myself a Creative Writing Masters degree and now love reading, writing, editing and publishing more than ever!
Some of my likes and hobbies include writings by Flannery O'Connor, Light Novels, playing with my dog, gardening, and cooking! I'm also somewhat of an otaku and do go to a variety of literature and anime/gaming conventions in the midwestern United States, so if you have any of the same interests I would love to chat!
My goals for my writing right now include publishing stories of illustrated fiction aimed at a New Adult audience, especially in the Fiction, Fantasy, Adventure, Romance, Psychological, and Tragedy genres.
A little bit of sweet paired with just a splash of darkness... you'll find it all mixed together in a feels-inducing story when you read my work.
Jamie Johns (aka "BlackManaBurning" or just "Mana" for short ^^)
Contact me via email: [email protected]
Twitter : @ManaKawena
~Works-in-Progress~ *All working titles subject to change
Brainstorming - This is the idea phase. I might have a few notes, but that's about it.
Planning - I've sat down with it and might be as far as an outline, but it's still pretty rough and in its infancy yet.
Drafting - I'm finally writing the story/drawing - yay!
Revising - *Writing only.* This is probably the longest phase. I'm expanding scenes, cutting others, doing continuity checks... all that good stuff that takes the basic awesomeness of a draft and makes it even better.
Editing - *Writing only.* I'll be going through the draft making it post-ready with a last bit of polish before release.
Sketching - *Drawing only* I'm knee-deep in pencils and eraser shavings! *I hope you like it when it's done~*
Kawena Chapters - Volume 2 "Student and Teacher" (So-Rin's Friends+):
Kawena Volume 2 Epilogue/Volume 3 Preview - Drafting
Volume 3 - "Insert Spoiler-Free Working Title Here" ;p
Kawena Chapter 13 - Brainstorming
Kawena Chapter 14 - Brainstorming
Kawena Chapter 15 - Brainstorming
Kawena Chapter 16 - Brainstorming
Kawena Chapter 17 - Drafting
Side and Short Stories:
Skylight Stories: Corona* *Vignette Series
These bright souls rippling at the edge of darkness - may they illuminate your path, and guide you toward the light.
"See You Later"
"If Things Had Been Different..."
"My Only Child"
Avin Life Stages 4 - Writing portion revising; brainstorming accompanying drawings
Nuva Isla Avin Clothing - Drafting / Sketching
Boreal Isla Avin Clothing - brainstorming
Islas and Places, Parts 1, 2, and 3 - Revising
Islas and Places, Parts 18 and 19 - Revising
Red Wingfall - Writing: Brainstorming
Leadership, Society, and Family Organization - Planning
Jobs - Warrior - Drafting
Jobs - Caretaker - Drafting
Nuva Isla "Family homes" Architecture - drafting/sketching
Boreal Isla "Cityscape" Architecture - brainstorming
The Zaigatz - Writing: Drafting
Avin Weapons - Writing: Brainstorming
Drawings / Sketch:
River's Drawings/WIPs List:
"Sora" Character Bio Sketch - Brainstorming
"Calais" - Character Bio Sketch - Brainstorming
Nestlings (Life Stages)
Juveniles (Life Stages)
Adults (Life Stages)
Males Vs. Females (anatomical study) - Sketching
KotaVa's Drawings/WIPs List:
Ba'al / Cray / Ruppell Character Reference
Volume 1 Black and White Illustrations List:
1 - "Let's Have a Race!" - Draft Sketched
2 - "First Meeting" - Draft Sketched
3: "Fallon Eating Fish" - Draft Sketched
4: "Feed a Mouse a Blueberry" -Draft Sketched
5: "Night High Flying" - Draft Sketched
6: "Rescue!" - Draft Sketched
Thanks so much again all my lovely patrons for your continuing support of this series-in-the-making! *hugz*
Cons I'll be attending will be in bold as they are confirmed*
The following monthly breakdowns include all my basic goals for each month, in no particular order, which will release at a rate of about 1 per week (unless dated)
* New *Mystery* Character Artwork! (So-Rin's Friend +)
* Zilpha's Journal Entry; Job: Warrior and Avin Weapons (Fallon's Friend +)
* Kawena Volume 2 Epilogue/Volume 3 Preview *projected final chapter of volume 2* ("So-Rin's Friend" +)
***** Contest Entry Short Story, from Fallon's POV (So-Rin's Friend +)
* So-Rin's Room - Picture Journal Entry ("Fallon's Friend" +)
* Luminous World Stories Collection: Land of Light and Shade Prologue Chapter Draft - May 4 (available to all "So-Rin's Friend" + through May 11, thereafter only to "Cressa's Kin" +)
Work on revising Kawena Volume 1 for publication later this year!!! :D - Get ready for some draft art and sneak peeks at the final version!
* Patrons-only Giveaway! Stay tuned for more info! (All Patrons during the months of May, and/or June are eligible to win)
* Nuva Isla "Family Homes"/Architecture Journal Entry ("Fallon's Friend" +)
Continue work on revising Kawena Volume 1 for publication later this year!!! :D
* Calais Character Sketch + Short Bio ("So-Rin's Friend" +)
* Journal Entry - Jobs - Caretaker ("Fallon's Friend" +)
* Kawena Chapter 13 ("So-Rin's Friend" +)
Work on editing and formatting Kawena Volume 1 for publication later this year!!! :D - Get ready for some more official art and sneak peeks at the final version!
* Patrons-only Giveaway Drawing! Stay tuned for more info! (All Patrons during the months of May and/or June are eligible to win)
* Kotava WIPs Cover Color Illustration
* Kawena Chapter 14 ("So-Rin's Friend" +)
* Nuva Isla Journal Entry ("Fallon's Friend" +)
******* See you at Kitsune Kon July 20-22 ! *******
Journal Entry - Jobs - Warrior (Fallon's Friends+)
Kawena Chapter 15 (So-Rin's Friends+)
Sora Character Sketch + Short Bio(So-Rin's Friends+)
Character Design Contest (Deviantart) Stay tuned for more info!
Book and E-Book Release Schedule - It's going to be here before you know it! :D
Volume 1: Child of the Sky - Winter 2018
Volume 2: Student and Teacher - Spring/Summer 2019
Volume 3: Traversing the Open Sky - Fall 2019
Volume 4: "Insert Title Here" - ? 2020