Children’s Book Progress – January 19, 2018

January 19, 2018

More pages done this week. Here’s one of them:

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I am currently over halfway done with the book. I think I have eleven pages left to complete, with four of them needing the rough sketches done. I’m hoping I can get those completed this weekend, but I recall that there was a reason I stopped doing the thumbnail sketches with these last four pages undone. It was probably fear — if I had finished the pages, then I would have had to get to inking and coloring. But now that I’ve been doing just that and have over half the book completed, I hope that I can push through to the finish. I’m excited to get started on my next kids’ book too.

Comics? Ummm, you mean like getting back to Weblinks and Rockin’ Life? Those other projects I’ve started and worked on sporadically.  Um, you mean like working on those too? Okay, yes, I hope I can do that too. I thought I might try rotating my morning time between these three things: kids’ books, Weblinks, and Rockin’ Life — when I finish with this book. I don’t know how my child artist self will handle that (probably happily — she’s already been struggling with focusing on this one project, but  COLORING ! That’s always good for her). So yes, I figure by mid-February, I’ll be done with this project and seeing what hack I can do that that I can keep this up with consistency.

Stay tuned this weekend for some paintings!

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Children’s Book Progress – January 13, 2018

January 13, 2018

The last couple of pages I’ve done have been dark in coloring because, as the page says, things are starting to look grim.

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I just noticed the place settings — my parents would not be very happy with my table setting skills. (grin)

I could switch it. We’ll see what ends up in the final book.

And let’s not even ask why the fork looks like a pitchfork. (double grin)


Progress – January 8, 2018

January 8, 2018

Well, we survived the first week of 2018. Personally (and honestly), I’m ready to throw this year back into the river and hope we catch a better one.

Yet, I trust that there is balance in all things, so I know some good will come for the sh’tuff I had to deal with last week.

It felt really hard to get back in my groove. The dust irritation which gave me a cold left me hardly able to do any audio editing because I knew I wasn’t hearing everything correctly. I also forced myself to admit to myself (yes, some of my self talk goes just like that) that I needed to get some sleep and that pushing myself, especially when I wasn’t feeling 100%, was really not healthy physically or mentally. So, I let myself sleep in for a couple days. Yep, that threw off my morning groove. As a result, I didn’t get much audio work or illustration work done. Oh well, healing is important too.

I also had my quarterly publishing business meeting with myself. I write out what I’ve done in the last quarter and what I want to get done in the next quarter so that I can build a picture of where I’m at and where I want to go. Generally I leave these “meetings” feeling optimistic. This time, I just felt overwhelmed. Not because I have so much to do (which I do — I’m not trying to close any gap — I have a lot of projects I want to do and the Universe keeps serving me up with new ones, which I’m glad for because I love starting new stories), but because… well, I’m not really sure. I had hoped writing out the sentence would clue me in, but I still don’t know.

WARNING: authenticity ahead! Tread carefully. The waters will get murky.

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Children’s Book Progress – January 4, 2018

January 5, 2018

Here’s another page from the children’s book I’m working on.

I am nearly done with page 14 – which means I’m close to the halfway point.

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Progress – 2017 official report

January 4, 2018

I have finally gotten caught up on sleep and my word count for the last two weeks of 2017. As promised, I’m ready to give my official wrap-up of 2017.

Fiction words written in the last week of December: 1,747 words

Blogs/Newsletter articles/non-fiction written:  175 words

Writing month to date total:  18,228 words – this does have some words scattered through the middle of December that I had written but not logged (or those ones I’d referenced that I’d dictated but not transcribed — I went back and placed them on the actual day for a more accurate count.

Drawing/painting last week: I spent 4 hours working on my kids’ book.

Audio: I spent 4 hours recording and editing audio.

So how did the year turn out overall?

Writing year to date total: 373,833 words. I don’t know if I mentioned it anywhere along the way, but my writing goal for 2017 had been to do 500,000 words. I knew that writing half a million words would be a stretch when I started, but I wanted something that would push me. By October, I was hoping to get to 400,000 words at least. I fell short of that too, but I still averaged over 31,000 each month so I think that’s pretty spectacular, especially all considering what happened in 2017. Talk about failing forward. I honestly think that having this huge goal kept me focused and in my habit of writing when my dad died. Without it, I would have stopped writing any probably wouldn’t have gotten back to it yet. It would be the middle of 2018 probably before I thought about writing again.

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Children’s Book Page

December 23, 2017

Here’s a page done on my children’s book this week. 


I have changed the color of the counters throughout the story. More changes will be coming in sure. 

Have a happy and safe weekend as you get ready for the holidays. 


Children’s Book – more progress

December 16, 2017

I thought I’d show another page from the children’s book I’m currently working on.

 

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Yes, I’m having fun with this. I love the little egg on the left who’s screaming so much you can see all the way to his yolk. Probably a bad joke, but it’s mine.

I’m also enjoying see all the colors come into the illustrations. Since my program lets me see the thumbnails to the pages, I can get a glimpse of what the pages are going to look like all together.

Best yet, I’ve only been working on this for about half an hour each weekday so far and I’m glad to see the progress. Splitting my time between audio work and illustration first thing in the morning is letting me get a lot accomplished. Yes, scheduling the time to work on this has been the best thing.  Little by little, my massive recording project and my children’s book will get done!