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Looks like I'm getting closer to completing my next project, a novella set in the Land of Mist and Dragons. It's a world that combines elements of all my favorite dinosaur adventure stories . . . everything from The Lost World and Journey to the Center of the Earth to Dinotopia.

This one will be the first in an ongoing series that chronicles the events surrounding Flight 706 and its survivors as they struggle to deal with all manner of prehistoric beasts and other dangers. However, in the Land of Mist and Dragons, dinosaurs are every bit as intelligent as humans, and many of them see us as good for little more than slave labor or food!

The cover was recently completed by Heraldo Mussolini, a very talented artist I found right here on Deviantart. You can view it in my gallery, and if you like it I encourage you to visit Heraldo's page and check out more of his awesome work: brokenmachine86.deviantart.com…

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brandon-bowling
Brandon Bowling
Canada
Brandon R.J. Bowling was born in Fredericton, New Brunswick, though he's spent most of his life in the environs of Corunna, Ontario.

When he isn’t writing about dinosaurs, zombies, apocalyptic wastelands or people with bizarre psychic powers, his time is divided between his girlfriend, son and four pet conures.

He also enjoys Magic the Gathering, a good game of Warhammer 40K and watching plenty of films. His favorites include Jurassic Park, Aliens and Akira. He also spends a lot of time reading fantasy and science fiction, along with the occasional bit of historical fiction.

His other passions include birds and ancient history.
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TyrannoNinja Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Happy birthday!
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brandon-bowling Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2018
Thanks! It was a very uneventful day, though I did get to watch Godzilla vs. Gigan with my son.
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Gilarah93 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hello, Brandon! I just finished reading your novel "Orishadaon: To the Ends of the Urth"! :)
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brandon-bowling Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2017
Hey, that's really cool! Did you enjoy it? Was there anything about it you particularly liked or disliked? I'm currently bumbling through parts of the sequel so I'm looking for as much feedback as I can get.
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Gilarah93 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Overall, yes. But since you asked I'll offer my two cents.

The one major issue I found within the story was a lack of descriptive detail. What do annaru look like, aside from humanoid reptiles? Could the spirit web have been described in greater detail - did it emit light, sounds, or even move when acted upon? How does an orishidai navigate it, and what do they sense when they do? Despite the lack of description I found the setting itself to be very compelling, even with a somewhat scarcity of dinosaurs aside from the bladenose karda. The addition of strangely-speeched nature spirits was intriguing from a world-building perspective, though they too lacked in physical description. The story itself was serviceable, nothing incredible, but I did like it. I did feel, however, that the amount of punishment Dayn took even with the healing aid of orishidai was hard to believe.

All in all I think your strengths in writing this story lay in the initial creative aspect, but you did not delve particularly deep once you put these ideas to text. From personal experience, I recommend you build the world further first, then write a story that fits this world. Hope this helps. :)
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brandon-bowling Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2018
First, thank you so much for taking the time to let me know what you think. It's obvious that you paid attention while reading and that means a great deal to me.

Second, I absolutely understand your criticism regarding the lack of detail. The scarcity was an intentional act on my part, as I prefer to offer up a framework of ideas while leaving as many blanks as possible to let the reader imagine whatever they want. Naturally, some will like this, others will not. Of the people who have specifically spoken to me about this, exactly half responded well to it, the other half, including you, wished for more. I know I will never please everyone, and until I hit my stride I'd much rather write using my own style and instincts. The plan is for each success novel in the series to build upon previous elements, rather than telling and explaining everything within a single book. Of course, if no one reads the sequel because the first book doesn't offer up enough the plan fails, so I completely get your perspective on this.

The general lack of dinosaurs will change in the sequel. As for Orishadaon, I didn't feel it needed more to function as a story and there weren't any situations that really could have used them without feeling forced. Sorry if this came as a bit of a disappointment. I wished to fill the book with prehistoric creatures, but aside from tossing a few into the background they just didn't need to be there, with the exception of the blade-nose, of course.

Thanks again, very much, for offering up the constructive criticism. Every little bit absolutely helps and I'll be considering what you've said here as I move forward.

Glad my humble efforts were able to entertain you!
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TyrannoNinja Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Happy birthday!
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brandon-bowling Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2017
Thanks! My girlfriend and I just had our second child on February 1st, so it's kept me pretty busy over the past few days. Just trying to adapt to having two boys in the house, in addition to our cat, dog, two conures and my first son's beta fish! Talk about full house, haha.
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Steampunk-FireFinch Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Hello there.
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brandon-bowling Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2016
And hello back. How's it going?
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