April 9, 2018
First I lost my daily word count streak, and now my weekly word count streak tumbles.
There’s just been too much going on. So I must learn from this experience and move on. It’s all I can do.
What did I learn? Mostly that when I plan a publication date, I really have to look at other factors in my life that can put me behind. Even though I’d set the publication date for Prince far enough in the future, I didn’t think about having extra work hours, taxes for three people, and having to put my book back together because I couldn’t trust my instincts about the story to begin with and what a landmine that would be. Okay, that last one I couldn’t have foreseen, but it should have been a “what if” factor. Read the rest of this entry »
February 15, 2018
This is actually the end page of the book, though I am not to the end. Please don’t take that as me having finished. (grin) I merely had finished inking it and jumped right into coloring it.
It looks kind of weird in my thumbnail panel because I have all these colored pages, a few inked pages, and then the one final colored page. Makes me laugh to myself. And I think back to when I started this and only had a few pages inked and those last few pages were blank. It felt like forever away. But just working on it steadily, I can’t believe I’m now nearing the end and I’m starting to wonder how the process to getting it published is going to work. Novels, short stories, no problem, but I’ve never done a book with pictures before.
I am looking forward to learning though. It will be a process and I’m sure I’ll get frustrated in it, but I will figure it out. The obstacle before me is not that big; I just have to keep walking through it. Quite frankly, it, like all other “obstacles” people think are huge insurmountable things that one has to climb over, is really a tunnel that just must be tread. You can either go through it and enjoy the journey, or you can stand outside wondering how you will ever get to the other side. Too many people turn back. (I’m thinking this needs to be a Rockin’ Life post — grin!).
Here’s the final page:
February 12, 2018
I have to wonder what I was thinking with Onesong. Really!?! Let’s take a story that I know has to happen before the Sacred Knight series and make it into a novel. Brilliant idea. Not! It’s like taking a skeleton you found lying around and deciding to put muscles and flesh on it.
Yeah, can you say, “Frankenstein’s monster”?
I must be just as mad as the good doctor.
Now here’s what may really surprise some of you: this story should have been told from Alityka’s point of view. I really intended on it being her story. I have no bloody idea why I started telling it from Rivic’s vantage. None. Well, okay, maybe an inkling. I remember thinking that I needed to tell the story of how Rivic build Lilinar. I honest thought it was going to be something like this: drop Rivic in Gohaldinest, destroy Gohaldinest, begin Rivic’s wandering. Read the rest of this entry »
February 8, 2018
I thought you might be interested to see how a page develops as i color it.
Here’s the page as just inks (digital of course because I’m working in Clip Studio Paint – though I will always call it Manga Studio):
Then I put my color layer on top on the inks and begin to have fun. It always looks like a mess at the end, but I know that’s part of the process. Read the rest of this entry »
February 1, 2018
I finally finished up my two page spread:
I just noticed that the branches of my tree are missing. Hmmm, I wonder what layer they are hiding on.
Also, as I was coloring these pages, I had the thought that I always imagined this story to be taking place in the middle of the night. But if that’s a window above the sink (I suppose it could be a picture), then it’s clearly daytime. Read the rest of this entry »