Monday, February 13, 2012

H.E.R.O. - Paragon graphics, shoulder

H.E.R.O. - Paragon has been off to the editors for half a week or so.  It'll be anywhere from a week to a month or so to get the copies back and make adjustments to the novel.  I'm hoping before March, since I'm strongly considering having a booth at a convention and would like to have time to order copies and receive them prior to it.

I completed the graphics on one of the antagonists in H.E.R.O. - Paragon.  His name is Atomizer.  There are pics available both on my website at and also on the H.E.R.O. Facebook page (in the photos section) at

Working on the next character from the novel now.  Then onto either one more, or to the cover for H.E.R.O. - Paragon.

On a completely different note, I hit 335 pounds on my bench press last week.  I'm pleased with that, but my chest/triceps/shoulder lifting days are causing the topmost part of my left shoulder muscle to either tear away from the bone, or at the very least straining it right at the point where the shoulder muscle is closest to the trapezius muscle on either side of the neck.  It's painful.  Not that I mind pain on a normal basis, but when I'm up a chunk of the night thinking about how wonderful the sensation in the shoulder is rather than sleeping that I really become annoyed with it.  This morning I'm only jogging - I'll give it a little more time to heal before I push it again.

'Til next time.


Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Book 6, Twitter, FB

H.E.R.O. - Paragon (Book 6 in the series) is in my edit phase now, meaning that I go through it, tweak the story, correct spelling and grammar and generally polish the story.  After that I'll run it through some software tools to help search for more grammar issues (repetitive word use and such).  Then I'll hand it over to my editors to dig into.  While they do their thing, I'll switch over to making a new 3D character or two for my website (and cover use).  Then I'll do the cover art for the novel.

I've got the Facebook page for H.E.R.O. setup - feel free to peruse it, and "Like" it if you do!  H.E.R.O. Superhero Novels on FB  I've got most of the character images from my website up on that FB page now for those who prefer staying on FB.

Last night I joined Twitter.  It's the first time I've ever looked at it, so I'm a bit of a noob.  My handle is kevin_rau in case you're interested.

I've modified to have a place for people to fill in their email address, and it'll be added to my database.  The only purpose for this will be notifications of when a new book is being released.

My thoughts right now are to split out information into how much people want to see:
1.  Only new book notifications - fill out the tiny form on the website with your email address and click Submit.
2.  View only occasional/rare posts by me about random topics (not always related to the novels).  Subscribe to this blog.
3.  See when I add pictures, character art or occasional updates on book progress - Like the Facebook page listed above.
4.  Get random sayings "from" my characters, and probably daily plugs for my website - follow kevin_rau on Twitter.

Hopefully that batch of options covers most people who are interested in what's happening with the H.E.R.O. universe.  Note that #4 is the only one where I'll try out the idea of random sayings.  We'll see how that works.

Okay, back to editing H.E.R.O. - Paragon.

'Til next time.