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Camp NaNo Goes on with Grumpy Cover Art

2112 words written and 3 pages drawn for Camp NaNo so far.  I stalled over cover design, but at this point I’m willing to use a bit of filler work just so I can get to the actual comic without worrying about getting the perfect image in my head.

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And it shows.

They are too cartoony.  And also conveying my reaction to realizing I had drawn the sun icon on top of the text outline in the same layer, so I wouldn’t be able to easily edit and save them for later (to develop my own title font for SoA), thus I kinda lost interest in making it look great for now.  But the mood is conveyed and Tristan and Dhelran’s typical attitudes in this book are accurately portrayed.  Some success then.

I’m over-achieving my tiny Camp NaNo goal, but I really want to draw a lot more pages then my current rate.  Someday I’ll have to update the cover, but not during Camp!

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An Illustration of a Storyteller at Work

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My Frustration Personified

Basically, I feel like I’m overthinking Spectra and ought to get started on the comic version (the novels are absolutely not ready to be shared though), however it’s still intimidating.  And man, I want to draw quick simple comics like this instead of proper ones.  I have no idea what to do.  I’m better off drawing something than only overthinking…but I don’t want my stories all reduced to silly comics.

 

100 for 100 Update

I failed that “write 100 words a day for 100 days” challenge.  Rather expected that to happen.  I wrote about 4,000 words for Spectra (a lot of it plans, not purely narrative), so that was good.  Except I had a habit of not writing out my ideas fully when I had them because I wanted to have an idea for tomorrow to work with.  I kept halting myself too much.

Plus, comics are where it’s at for me.

I think what I really want is to have some fun comics with my characters so you can see them in action instead of only being told about them.  I don’t have any ideas for a premise though, since the idea of a non-canon practice comic just seems to take away from finally getting to the real story.

I keep re-outlining and making outlines in new systems, but maybe I need to just draw the comic…but it would be so much more simplistic than I want and I’d have to redraw it later.  Basically a roughdraft.  Is it better to share the rough version of a comic with readers now, or keep waiting around till I somehow feel ready for it…?

Possible Website?

Oh, yeah, and this last week I looked into website stuff for comics.  I got a Wix account and I’m seeing if it could work for my comics.  I’d consider using one of the webcomic hosting sites out there except I want a bunch of comics online that I’d update sporadically.  I figure it would be too unusual for a normal comic site.

But I’m still learning how to use Wix, so I don’t know if I’ll be able to move forward with it yet.  It would be nice to have a centralized cyber home.  Mostly I have to figure out databases and dynamic pages so I can easily upload new comic pages without manually creating a new webpage for each one.

Art · Spectra · Stories · Uncategorized · writing

The End of April Camp 2019 – Success

I met my goal of 75 pages and then some, for a total of 80 pages.  The beginning started out fairly well, the middle stagnated, and the end I pulled through because of my cabin member’s exhortations to fulfill the cabin stats!

I worked on Spectra at the beginning…

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…and then ditched it and most of camp for a long while.

Until about the last week I caught up by sketching a lot of pages each day.  Pages that were no longer Spectra.

But this instead:

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A fairy tale.

However, these last couple of days I edited Spectra 1 enough to share with friends, so I did write for it here and there.  I’m excited to share it and figure out the best ways to revise it.  I typed 1,319 words for it, and one of the middle weeks I had to write and draw by hand, so I need to add that to my revision document.

This version of Spectra 1 is only 11,490 words so far.  It’s so tiny because I took only what I wrote from Sheyla’s perspective, I call it Just Sheyla for now.  Meanwhile, Spectra 1 as a whole is at 39,763 words.  Still small, but definitely possible to turn into a novel.  If even after adding more to Just Sheyla it’s still too tiny, maybe I’ll work on the other POVs till they’re shiny and sorted out and I’ll combine them all in one, big novel.

I suppose writing the POVs one at a time makes sense.  Each character’s tale can be tight and clearly laid out, and then I can see if they’re able to stand alone as novels, or if they need to go together, and it’ll be easier to see how to put them together.  And it’s extra nice, because I can probably get a novella length story polished up and ready to show the world, even if the others will be worked on a bit longer…

All in all, the month ended on a pretty good note and I hope May will be even better now that I have this clear goal in mind.

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Camp NaNo: Week 1

I’m 12 pages in so far and I need about 6 pages to catch up.  Which will be fairly easy tonight.  Also, yesterday was my blog’s 2 year anniversary, so that’s cool.

Here are two of the nicer pages I drafted this week:

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I need to work on the look of the magic a bit more…and this is why I’m rough drafting the art layer of the story!

Except I plan on tweaking the beginning a bit, skipping a lot of stuff that’s unnecessary in this iteration, so…I’m gonna have to novelize that part.  Which is good because I’m going on a little trip and I won’t have access to my computer so it’s all about paper and pencil!

Good thing my goal is a page count, nice and flexible that way.