On August 11, 2017, I resumed work on the Shelby Bly Project which is my so far untitled graphic novel project. I have since finished the third draft of the story, finished a new round of concept art, created a new promotional artwork, created a new website for the project, rewrote the story introduction and character synopsis for each character concept, and a lot of other stuff including behind the scenes work. I’m not sure why I’ve been so productive; perhaps it’s because my muse is back and I’m finally, properly inspired.

Today I’ll be finishing my review of the third of the story (I’m going over the third draft and taking notes on how to improve the story for when I write the fourth draft). Once I finish that review, I’ll begin work on the fourth draft. I want to write at least five drafts before I consider the story finished. When I get to that fifth draft (which is now unbelievably close) I’ll decide whether another draft is needed or if I can begin illustrations. Considering how few improvement notes I’ve need to make for the third draft, I will probably only need five total drafts.

I’ve also been working on the art side of things. I created a new promotional artwork called By Torchlight and a new round of almost finalized character concepts. Once I get a good start on the fourth draft of the story, I’ll go through my promotional art ideas and create another artwork or two to keep interest going in the project.

I’m still brainstorming new title ideas (the “Shelby Bly Project” has always just been a temporary name for it) but I haven’t come up with anything really good yet. I’ll keep on working on it and everything else to do with the novel. Remember to check out the official website at www.shelbynovel.com

Here is the new and improved, recently rewritten story introduction:

Shelby Bly is a twenty-something university student studying to be a simple historian with the goal of one day working in a temperature-controlled museum. Her father, Dr. Robert Bly, was once a globetrotting archaeologist and adventurer before his retirement but she never had plans to follow in his footsteps. This is mainly due to the very protective Dr. Bly always discouraging his daughter from doing anything remotely dangerous. The two plan to spend a quiet summer break at a dig site in Arizona to catch up on lost time but upon arriving at the site, all hell breaks loose.

Unknown to Shelby, Dr. Bly has recently come out of retirement to uncover the one discovery which always eluded him; Vril. Learning of his plans to continue their work, his former partner Blair Nimway has concocted a plan to abduct Dr. Bly and force him to tell her all he has learned of the Vril and the Vril-ya. Using resources and mercenaries from her company, GEEVA, Blair plans to find the Vril for herself, no matter the cost.

Refusing to sit by and do nothing after his abduction, Shelby decides to find the Vril Source herself and trade it for her father’s safe return. The truth is, although Shelby is determined, she has no idea what she’s doing out in the field. Luckily her father’s research assistant, Joel Rio, volunteers to help Shelby become the adventurer she never dreamed of becoming. Her best friend, Maia Avanti, will also aid Shelby by providing all the information Shelby will need by using the sources she has acquired since working to become a journalist. Shelby and her friends will have to outmaneuver the GEEVA mercenaries hired by Blair to get to the Vril first. Other interested parties whom have yet to reveal their true motives or identities are determined to either stop Shelby or help her for their own gain.

Is the mythical substance known as Vril, which is said to have the power to both destroy and replenish life, real and can it ever be found? Do the guardians of the Vril, the Vril-ya still exist? Who else besides GEEVA is on the quest for the Vril? Can Shelby discover the truth before time runs out for her and her father? Will Shelby be able to become an adventurer like her father before her? Shelby’s life and the lives of those she loves all depend on the answers.