Custom Funkos From The Locked Tomb Trilogy By Tamsyn Muir

Here are my custom Funkos that I made to show my love for Tamsyn Muir’s Locked Tomb trilogy. Tamsyn Muir creates a beautifully haunting story of sci-fi necromancers and sneaky politics. Loved Gideon the Ninth so much, and I highly recommend this as an audio book. Gideon was just a fun character, so I had to create a Funko pop.

Then I read Harrow the Ninth, and O-M-G! Harrowhark’s story continues the theme of LGBTQ necromancers in space, but this was such an intriguing story of murder, magic, and mystery. This was one of the most well-crafted and beautifully written stories that I’ve read in a very long time. Tamsyn Muir is freakin’ brilliant. Highly recommend these books in audio book form, as narrator Moira Quirk brings the story to life in a completely haunting way. I read the hardcovers, but then listening to Moira read the audiobooks was another whole experience.

Both Gideon and Harrow’s Funkos were created by adding polymer clay details over existing Funko pop pieces. I did my best to simplify their looks from the covers for a Funko style. I gave them both cohesive tomb-inspired bases made of stone and bone. You can watch the time-lapse creation of Harrow’s Funko HERE, and subscribe to my YouTube channel for more custom book Funkos!

I can’t wait to see the Alecto the Ninth cover, and I’m so anxious for the story, obviously!

My Custom Book Funkos from L.L. McKinney’s Nightmare-verse Series

Since I’m not really blogging about my own writing right now, I’ve decided to start sharing some book Funkos I created. Funko is totally sleeping on the book community, especially the YA community. Last year was a rough year for many of us, and I used art and books to help survive the stay at home orders. Actually, the world still isn’t right in 2021. And I’m still here listening to audiobooks and creating art. Occasionally, I like to combine my passions to create Funkos of book characters or scenes that helped me get lost for a bit.

The first book Funko I created was Alice from L.L. McKinney’s A Blade So Black, which is a must read YA fantasy that mixes elements of Buffy the Vampire Slayer with Alice in Wonderland. Huge Buffy fan and it delivers! This is a must read if you like to be teleported to magical worlds with strong characters and some girl power. The sequel, A Dream So Dark, is also available.

I mixed and matched Funko pieces to capture the style I wanted, and then used polymer clay to sculpt extra details and the bases. I created Alice on a heart shaped base to match the cover of A Blade So Black, but then later in 2020, I created the pair of Hatta and Alice with matching bases. Hatta’s look is inspired by his first meeting with Alice in book one, but Alice takes more inspiration from the cover of book two.

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L.L. McKinney is also the author of the DC’s Nubia: Real One. I hope you’ll consider grabbing a copy of A Blade So Black to support this wonderful author. Don’t forget to support your local bookstores, if you can. IndieBound is a great way to find your local shop.

This is my first Book Funko post, so feel free to let me know what you’d want to see from future posts. More of a book review style post? More behind the scenes of the creation? If you’re interested in more behind the scenes with the Nightmare-verse Funkos, my Geeky Acrylics YouTube channel has the full time-lapse and commentary of these custom Funkos.

#PimpMyBio Pitch Wars 2017

#Pimp My Bio

It’s Pitch Wars time! Third time’s the charm, right?

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My Manuscript is HEROES meets THE DRESDEN FILES

FATE OF ALL WORLDS is an #ownvoices YA Contemporary Fantasy

As a powerful meta-human who can regenerate and teleport, seventeen-year-old Kat Reese is a soldier tasked with preventing a supernatural war, but the job becomes complicated when her forbidden girlfriend gets caught in the uprising.

FATE OF ALL WORLDS has superpowers inspired by my love of X-Men, Heroes, and Marvel’s Runaways mixed with the massive supernatural worlds found in Supernatural, The Dresden Files, The Vampire Diaries, and Teen Wolf.

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ON DIVERSITY

This features f/f romance (not HEA) and other LGBTQ characters, and the cast reflects the diversity found in my own life.

MENTOR-MENTEE RELATIONSHIP

I’m dedicated and ready to work! I take constructive criticism really well, and I’m pretty much down for whatever communication methods you want to use. Skype, text, email, phone, raven, or owl.*

We can be all business or bombard each other with GIFs of shared fandoms.

*I don’t have any messenger birds, but you’re welcome to use your own.

TEAM PEETA OR GAIL?

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ME

My name is Summer, and I’m a freelance writer. I write about Call of Duty and Ghost Recon: Wildlands for Kotaku, and I create eSports content for Gfinity. You can find me on Twitter, where I’m usually fangirling about books or games.

If I’m not writing, I’m usually painting fantasy landscapes, gaming, or reading. Or perhaps Netflix binging. What is sleep?

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I love video games with open worlds and loveable characters. Zombies are a bonus. I love Mass Effect, Dragon Age, Fallout, Skyrim, Borderlands, Life is Strange, and I play way too much Call of Duty.

I rep too many fandoms to name them all. Some top picks include: Buffy, Firefly, Supernatural, The 100, BSG, Teen Wolf, The Walking Dead, GoT, and I love X-men. I love comics. I am Groot.

I try so hard to be sorted into Gryffindor, but online quizzes and Pottermore really want me to be Hufflepuff.

Huge thanks to Brenda Drake and the entire Pitch Wars team for all their hard work. Love this community. ❤

You can find more awesome mentee bios here.

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The Hiatus Is Over

Apologies for the lack of content. The site has been quiet over these past eight months as I dealt with a horrific loss. I’m finally back to the grind.

I’m going to do my best to bring more consistent content and updates with both art and writing. I’ve spent the last few months reviewing some of old projects and letting myself be motivated by my progression. My art has improved so much since the day I decide to buy some art supplies and paint a James Marsters/Spike portrait. And my writing has most definitely improved since the very first draft of The Alliance: Bloodlines.

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I’ll post more about my art in an upcoming post, but for now I wanted to give an update on my writing projects.

First, thank you to all the fans of my Alliance series. The third Alliance book is currently stuck in limbo while I make plans for editing. The book needs another pass of revisions and then editing. I just want to make sure I have a solid game plan before launching the Indiegogo campaign. If you want to continue to support the series, reviews are still one of the best way to show your love for the Alliance. Reviews on Goodreads and Amazon will help fight the good fight.

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The self-publishing route has been a great learning experience for my Alliance series, but I’ve decided to focus on a traditional approach for Sacrifice. I’m entering Twitter pitch contests and querying agents to hopefully find representation for the LGBT fantasy novel. The manuscript has evolved from a NA fantasy novel to a YA fantasy with really strong revisions, and I couldn’t be more proud of the growth of this story.

Seriously, the Twitter pitch contests have helped so much. So. Much. I’ve learned a ton about writing and publishing since I first discovered Brenda Drake on Twitter. Her contests will help you find more motivation, improve your craft, and welcome you into an amazing and supportive writing community. Here’s a piece on my first Pitch Wars experience and why you should enter. Also, follow her on Twitter and check out her books. She’s amazing!

With Alliance #3 on the backburner and Sacrifice looking for a home, I’m currently working on a really fun MG superhero novel. I don’t really want to give too much info yet, but my MC lives in a world where comic books are nonfiction, and she’s superhero obsessed.

Again, thanks for all the support I’ve received through social media these last 8 months. More content is coming real soon. ❤

RIP My Dearest Friend

RIP my dearest friend. There’s a special bond created with a pet, and a dog truly is a human’s best friend. Draco wasn’t just a dog. Or a pet. He was my oldest and dearest friend. My most loyal homie. He was cuddled beside me for every novel i’ve ever written.  For every good moment and bad.

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Getting Draco in 2004 was the best decision I’d ever made, but twelve years just doesn’t seem long enough. One of my friends explained it best the other day. This is one of life’s cruelest ways…to create and give the most loyal and perfect companion with too short a life to live.

If I’ve learned anything over these last 12 years, it’s that people can be cruel, selfish and just plain gross. A human bond whether by blood or by friendship is one that can be broken. A human can walk away at any time, but you know your furry companion will never abuse you, judge you, or leave you. An unconditional bond of love. And with that bond you always have the perfect companion, so even while the rest of the world is busy and moving, you are never alone.

Artists and writers can often find themselves in solitude. While the world sleeps, we create. Being an artist and writer often proves to be lonely, but an animal companion counters that feeling.

I’ve had other pets and met many other dogs throughout my life, but Draco was special in many ways.

When I was told his birthday was August 22nd, I knew he was meant to be my special little guy. My birthday is the 23rd, and we celebrated both days together every year.

His name was supposed Gryffindor, but he was a tiny lil black puffball with a solid white goatee. The tips of his paws were also white and a stripe down his belly. The white patches made me think of the Malfoys with their dark robes and white hair, so I switched his name. Draco is also latin for dragon, and he has his own constellation. So, a powerful name to counter the fact that Draco Malfoy was actually a cowardly jerk in HP.

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I called him my Little Pumpkin because I got him shortly before Halloween of ’04 and stuffed him in a pumpkin costume like three sizes too big. Adorable. I hope I can find the pictures. 😦

Draco didn’t lick anyone. Ever. Maybe he would if you had Dorito cheese or peanut butter on your finger, but the act was rare. He never licked anyone just to lick. Instead he would get close and give “sniff” kisses.

He never jumped. He’d paw at my shoe and let out one lil growl or “ruff” if he wanted to cuddle and watch tv. I’d scoop him up at bedtime, and since 2004 I never had to sleep alone. His little legs just never really made it far off the ground.

I probably had one of the only dogs who didn’t lick or like bowls. He was scared of bowls and would only drink out of certain ones. His food was served on a placemat of his preference. His last food mat was Star Wars because Draco was a geek like me.

Draco loved music. If I turned on music to clean or brainstorm, he would dance around and smack his paws on the floor until I grabbed a toy to play. He was a rocker dog and perked up most for Papa Roach and Disturbed. He also had a soft spot for Glee soundtrack mashups and I won’t let you judge him for that.

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Plushies were his favorite toy, and he loved to play fetch and a mild game of tug.

Even as a pup, Draco was well behaved and chill. He always knew which toys were his and which were not. You could leave anything in the floor and he wouldn’t touch it. Shoes, phones, or whatever. I’ve sat drinks next to me while sitting on the floor and walked away, but Draco never touched them. Most dogs I know would run over and start drinking.

I’ve never met such a well behaved dog, and I’m not saying that because I’m biased. I’ve loved other pets before, but none were as chill and well behaved. The only bad thing he ever did was pee on my bed once as a puppy, and who can really be mad at that?

He truly was the best in every way. He was the most loving lil guy with a big heart—apparently too big for his tiny body.

RIP lil man ❤ If there is an otherside, I hope to see you there. Twelve years could never be enough. If I discover a TARDIS, I’ll go back and we’ll become Time Lord and Companion.

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