I’ve already decided on new pen names. Well, one is new, and the other is one I’ve been using for a while.
From now on, Lee Lacaille-Xing is the name I will be using for my science-fiction writing, and Li Zhilong is the name I will be using for fantasy writing.
With that has come a bunch of username changes! My Twitter is now @selenicseas instead of JayArgall, and most account names that were jayargall have been changed to selenicseas as well.
This website will stay jayargall.com for the time being. When it’s time to renew the domain, I will probably change it to something like paperdragonthoughts; I haven’t quite decided yet.
Over the past month, I took some time to draw the three most major characters of Samael: Samanta Liu-Rivera, Niklas Østergaard, and Tien Vo.
Samanta Liu-Rivera is the titular Samael, a well-known and widely feared assassin who tries to retire from the business, but ends up not being able to.
I’ve drawn her many times over the years and her design hasn’t changed all that much.
Niklas Østergaard is a guy who should have been a hardboiled detective but is stuck as a police detective. He is also a spy for Samanta and her assassin friends.
This was my second time drawing him – the first time was a sketch that’s since been deleted.
Tien Vo is a hacker and Sam’s best friend and mission control. She is Vietnamese-Australian and uses a wheelchair (which is why she’s sitting), which I did not draw here.
I’ve drawn Tien a couple of times before, but her previous design was pretty boring. I like this one a lot better.
I’ve written posts before where I talked about possibly changing my pen name. Back then, I wasn’t sure exactly what I’d change my pen name to, with Li Zhilong being the name that made the most sense.
Now, however, I am considering using multiple names: one name for my more science fiction works, one for my more fantasy works, and maybe one for my artwork. I think this may work better than trying to use one name for everything.
This is definitely something I’m going to be thinking over for the next couple of months.
Burying the Seeds of Spider Gods by Ted S. Bushman (Beneath Ceaseless Skies)
It Rises and Falls and Rises Again by RJ Taylor (Apex Magazine)
The Historiography of Loss by Julianna Baggott (Lightspeed Magazine)
I finished outlining Samael issue 14 and made good progress on issue 15. It’s about 2/3 of the way done. I’ve been too busy to outline very much in the past week – most of my writing was done on Sunday during on my NaNo region’s Discord server.
I also got some major news this week, so there’s a very good chance I’m going to be too busy to write in April. I completely unprepared for Camp NaNoWriMo, but I’m going to give it my best attempt anyway.