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I'm very much a latecomer to deviantART despite my occasionally using it as a source of reference material.  As you may have gathered from my deviantART posts (and Facebook and Twitter, if we're connected via those) I'm writing/illustrating a book on the late Cretaceous pterosaur, Nyctosaurus gracilis.  The book comprises two parts: an initial explanatory section, exploring the history of the animal's discovery, its biology and its behaviour, and the second section takes the form of a graphic novel, showing the birth, life and death of the animal.  Hatching, a brief spell of parental care, development, disease, hunting, courtship and mating are all covered, as is predation and also the killer which has plagued life since its very start: simple bad luck.

Uploading to deviantART seems like a good way to reach a wider audience with some of the work whilst the book is in-progress, and hopefully I can correct any errors or omissions as they are pointed out to me.  I notice that it is customary to thank people for 'faves' and adding work to collections, but those came in pretty thick and fast, and between parental duties, the day job and writing the book, there doesn't seem to be much time for anything else.  So I figured I should make use of this journal feature to thank everyone for their 'favouriting' and for their comments.  The encouragement is seriously appreciated.  I've never undertaken a project like this before; it's not a commissioned book and there is no financial backing.  I have no idea if it will prove commercially viable, by which I mean that I don't know if I will make enough to cover the time I'm putting in. But that's not the point of the book, which will hopefully serve as another means of reaching that hallowed 'wider audience' and may lead to better things, commercially-speaking.  So, yeah, thanks everyone!
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spinosaurus1 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I look forward to your book. I too wish you luck on this project
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GaffaMondo Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! There's not much riding on this, so I can afford to take a few risks. Hopefully it'll make for a more interesting book!
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yoult Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2014  Professional General Artist
I wish you much luck and patience for your project!
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GaffaMondo Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks.  I'll direct all that luck at the whole 'meeting the deadline' bit!
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