ETA: All problems with the site have been worked out. You can view the comic at www.olympia-heights.com/comic
We’ve had a little stumble launching the Olympia Heights comic. My hosting provider has been slipping considerably over the past few years, and last night’s issue was timed horribly because an issue with our previous site design wasn’t discovered until launch. While I wait for customer service (it literally could be a week, it was last time I dealt with them) I can’t do anything. I’ve been through all of my steps to troubleshoot and now a server admin is required.
So what about the Olympia Heights comic? Well, the site just keeps shooting off 500 Internal Server Errors, but that doesn’t mean you can’t read it. The comic is also being updated weekly by email. You can sign up here to get the new 2-page spread in your inbox on Fridays.
Below I’ve attached the starting pages so you can read them now. Hopefully once I get the kinks worked out the rest of the comic’s run will go smoothly. This is why I’ll be hosting my fanfiction on Tumblr.
I have been writing this series since 2007, and now I am putting the finishing touches on book four. It seems surreal. Some things have changed since my original plans (such as Jason) and some things have stayed the same (such as the character names and book titles). In a few months I will be publishing the last novel in the Olympia Heights series and working on plans for a comic adaptation/reboot with my brother.
If you follow me on Tumblr or Twitter or Facebook you may have seen a link to the Olympia Heights Tumblr. It’s a blog where I post Greek mythology stuff—some of it my own, some of it reblogs from other Tumblrs. I have been posting Olympia Heights model sheets (designs for characters) up there and you can head on over to olympiaheights.tumblr.com to check those out.
In addition to critiquing designs and editing the fourth book, and in addition to running a Kickstarter for The Indie Guide to Indie Publishing, I have also released the synopsis for the final book. So, without further ado, the description for Olympia Heights: The Cult of Kronos.
Five months ago, Zach Jacobs received a postcard from his oldest enemy. Now, Kronos’ arrival in Olympia Heights is having deadly consequences. College plans are derailed as The Pantheon switches into survival mode, and an old ally is pulled back into the fray by tragedy. As Kronos’ return threatens the very heart of humanity, the Olympians are faced with a choice: to surrender to his will or to leave their mortal lives behind. The stakes are high when anyone could be a servant of the enemy.
The final chapter of the Olympia Heights saga promises death, danger, and the answer to the most important questions of all. What caused the Olympians to be locked away all those years ago? And can they be trusted with humanity now?
Read excerpts at www.olympia-heights.com
This is an update for my readers to let you know when to expect upcoming work. The cover of Olympia Heights: The Cult of Kronos was released on Wednesday, September 4 and received positive feedback. Before the release of the book I will be sending out an official synopsis (the back of book text), and I will release an excerpt shortly before the book launches.
Just to give you a rough idea of the timeline, my long-term substitute teaching gig ends October 18. I plan to buckle down on revising my draft at that point, then it goes to Kyle, my cliche-finder and plot-hole hound, and after I make his changes, it goes off to three rounds of spelling and grammar edits. I expect the book to be ready for end of winter 2014.
What About That Comic Thing?
Previously I teased a possible OH comic. Here is the latest development on that. If it happens, and it is still an IF at this point, the comic would be an AU relaunch of the series with slower introduction of characters, more monsters, and a few changes to the character back-stories and traits. This project is still in preliminary planning stages, and it would rely (most likely) on a Kickstarter or Indie Go-Go to pay my artist. If you would like to read an Olympia Heights comic, your words of encouragement would make this project more likely to happen. Tweet at me, comment here, or like relevant updates on my Facebook page to show your support.
Rescue OR, Royer Goldhawk’s Remarkable Journal was part 1 of 2 in the Royer Goldhawk series. If you haven’t read it, check it out. It’s an alternate-history Steampunk adventure with a bit of magic and a bit of retro sci-fi and the reviews are really positive. If you have read it, please take a moment to rate it on Amazon to help word-of-mouth grow the sales.
The sequel, tentatively titled Escape OR, Major Bedloe’s Cold Iron War Machine will be release late spring 2014. I’m still working on the draft, but I hope to finish it up and send it to an editor for first feedback by Christmas.
The Indie Guide to Indie Publishing
This book has been pushed back due to lack of funding, but we’re going to try again in November alongside NaNoWriMo. If you are interested in supporting the project, sign-up for one of these lists. Backers of the last drive will automatically be notified via Kickstarter backer update when the new attempt launches.
Bloggers and journalists who would like to feature the project in an October/November news story can sign-up here to get notified prior to the launch.
Authors who are interested in donating digital books (perhaps a first book in an ongoing series?) as backer rewards can sign-up here.
As always, you can follow me on Twitter @Nimbuschick and check my blog for updates.
A previous post told y’all that Olympia Heights book 4 is called Olympia Heights: The Cult of Kronos. My designer is on the job for the cover, which I’ll reveal in about a month. Today’s big reveal is for the logo that I use in the print edition. First, let’s recap some old logos.
The first logo was designed by me back in 2011. I used some different brushes and a slightly different base color than in later logos, so this logo jives the least with the rest of the set. As Zeus was on the cover, I thought it appropriate to use a hand clutching a lightning bolt. The line art for the key frame will be reused for all the other logos.
The Weight of the World
Olympia Heights: The Weight of the World features Aphrodite holding the golden apple of chaos on the cover. I wanted that apple of discord to be the icon for the book, as the story focused on temptation, misbehaving, jealousy, and the conflict caused by their rivalries. Also, it’s a reference to a particular plot-line.
The Blood of Athens
By now you’re probably seeing a connection between the cover art and the logos. This is Hades’ helm. In myth, the helm gives him the power of invisibility. Of course, as Minnie discusses in The Weight of the World, the myths conflict so much that it’s up to The Pantheon to decide what’s true. To remember. Peter doesn’t need a helmet to turn invisible, but the icon of battle with the skull face seemed appropriate for this book.
The Cult of Kronos
I won’t explain this one, because, spoilers, but here is the logo for The Cult of Kronos.
Tuesday I had the honor of appearing on the second episode of YA|Podcast, the new podcast by author Amy Jones. On the podcast I talked about Olympia Heights, Kickstarter, and why I love fantasy. You can listen by downloading the podcast on iTunes or here: http://yapodcasts.com/?p=66
I’ve been working hard on Olympia Heights: The Cult of Kronos, and I’ve come to the point in writing where I remember that I have to go back and write odes (those poems in between the chapters that tell the myths.) However, one ode will not fit, and so I’ve decided to share it here.
In which I explain a long absence, tease a new project, and reveal the title of the fourth Olympia Heights novel.