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Back In The Saddle: It’s 2016, And I Am With A Doll Named Vengeance

Dear Reader:

The new year is upon us. What will you do with it? What are your resolutions? I know what mine are. I’m going to share them with you so that I am more likely to meet them. When we tell others our hopes, dreams and goals, we are more likely to strive for them. It’s like we expect them to hold us accountable or something. I’m not sure why, but it’s true. It works.

So, what are my goals for 2016? Become better at illustrating, have a book of poetry and the second book of Nika’s tales in print, and finish Nanowrimo 2016 as a winner with the third book in Nika’s series. By the end of the year, if I do this, I want to start Ghisling’s tale, too. I plan to have a new blog entry once a week, and the entries will alternate between personal updates, book progress updates, reviews of steampunk or clockpunk media, and commentary on transgender issues worldwide.

I’ve kicked off my goals today by sifting through GIMP’s tutorial sections and some online galleries of some of my favorite artists. L. Frank Baum had W.W. Denslow and John Neill. All Nika has is me. Not saying her story is as grand as Oz, but it’s her story. It’s the only one she has. And it deserves something. So, for any of you that might have an eye for late 1800s-early 1900s eye candy, I’ll include a few links. W.W. Denslow and Winsor McCay were all about lines. Their drawings were simple, and beautiful, and whimsical and breathtaking (to me …). If you don’t know either of these men, who knows? Their drawings might catch your eye too.

And with that, I am off to work on the outline of my second book. Wherever you are and whatever you do on this first day of 2016, may your New Year be a good one, dear friends!


E.P. Isaacs