Yes, that’s the print version of eggs at play. I have some changes to make on the back cover, but I’m happy with the way it looks overall. Hope I can be clicking the button to make it live very soon.
I’m taking the day off from writing a long post because I’m currently away wi-if service for the post part and writing this on my phone.
My boys and I have spent the weekend at Anime Oasis in Boise, Idaho. It’s been our annual family trip for several years now.
This year, before the convention started on Saturday, we walked along part of the Boise Greenbelt and saw part of a memorial.
It was a firefighter memorial centered around the World Trade Center. They have a section of a beam from one of the towers.
I finished my children’s book. It’s really amazing to think that this day is here.
Here’s one more page from the book:
As you’ll see below, this page also became the cover for the book. I haven’t decided yet if I want this to be the actual cover or if it’s just temporary. Decisions, decisions.
I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing these pages each week. As of my writing this, I haven’t decided what I want to work on next, so I might just spend a little time working on Weblinks and Rockin’ Life.
More links coming soon.
Last year, I really began to see how discipline (yes, I know I used a bad word) and routing could keep someone on track to at least continue doing a little bit every day. Those habits are once again serving me well as my non-artistic life kicks into overdrive. I’ve had so much going on this week, yet I’ve also gotten a lot done. I admit, I’ve kind of amazed myself.
I finished my children’s story — more on that later in the week. I even made several corrections to things I didn’t like, as well as some color changes. Now that I’m done with that, I’m going to turn my attention to my next children’s book, though I haven’t made a commitment yet. Part of me thinks I should do this one story involving a dragon because I have so many young kids who see the Stardust cover shout at me that they love dragons. They are disappointed when they find out that Stardust doesn’t have pictures. It makes me sad. But, I really want to do a story about a wizard and his dog. It’s just flat out cute and I’ve lived with this story for so long that I want to get it done. Both stories are written, and I’d need to do page breakdowns on both of them. So, it’s not like either of them have an advantage right now.
I did also spend some time working on the next page of my Weblinks comic. Now I begin my rotation of working on different illustration projects. This should be interesting. I’m excited to see what happens.
Onesong is growing. OMG, it is so developing and at the moment I’m wondering if I’m reaching for three books. A trilogy wouldn’t be too bad, I suppose. Okay, I can’t even go there right now because that though scares me. Any yet…
Yeah, more on this later too.
I am now halfway done editing the audio for Quest for the Three Books. I also have only 6 more chapters to record. Yes, this project is coming along nicely too.
Speaking of Sacred Knight, I have a big announcement. Yes, you guessed it: later this week. Sorry. I feel like such a tease today, but I just don’t want to give it all up at once. (grin)
Well, let’s get to the numbers.
Fiction words written last week: 5.217 words
Blogs/Newsletter articles/non-fiction written: 3.857 words
Writing month to date total: 20,690 words – my writing streak for hitting my daily word goal is now at 47 days and hitting the weekly goal for the last 7 weeks.
Writing year to date total: 56,984 words
Drawing/painting last week: I spent about 5 hours working on my kids’ book and Weblinks. No painting this week.
Audio: I spent 5 hours recording and editing audio.
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:
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.
I survived last week.
That is amazing on so many levels that it’s not even funny.
My brain just kept wanting to work on stories and jumped around like a monkey. Every time I would start to pin it down to work on Prince of the Ruined Land or Onesong, it would remind me that I had other things I needed to be taking care of before I could continue. It was right. I really needed to start to make a list of all the leaps in time. There’s a lot of them and I have them all in my head, which is getting to be a bad place for them. So I started a list. I was surprised at how many their were already, not to mention the ones that I know that have to happen. Good grief! Kids, don’t write time travel; it just messes everything up. (grin)
Then there was Stonecharmer. For as fast as that story had been going, the scene I’m working on now feels like it is taking forever. I swear I’ve dedicated three different writing sessions to it and I’m still not getting my main character any further along. She’s developing her abilities, so I realize it’s going to take awhile.
Then, Loki. I had one evening where I needed to get my words done fast in a short amount of time. I hear him tell me, “Yeah, you only work on me when you need to get your writing done fast. What do I look like to you?” The rest of what he added is not fit for blogging. I just told him to shut up and start telling me the story. (grin) I’m sure I’ll pay for that soon. We pumped out over 900 words in 45 minutes. That’s really the top of my time to word production. Yes, Loki, I do write fast when I’m working on your stories. They just roll. Thank you!
I also got so much done on Onesong this week that I really think I’m going to have to divide it into two books. More to come on that later.
On to the numbers:
Fiction words written last week: 6.530 words
Blogs/Newsletter articles/non-fiction written: 1,219 words
Writing month to date total: 36,294 words for January and February is currently at 4.181 words – I currently have a writing streak of hitting my daily word goal for 33 days and hitting the weekly goal for the last 5 weeks.
Writing year to date total: 40,475 words
Drawing/painting last week: I spent about 3 hours working on my kids’ book. It is now completely sketched out. I only spent 1 hour painting last week, which is less than I wanted to do, but my Saturday got weird on me. The weather was nice, so I took the paintings I brought back from Nevada outside to really give them a good cleaning and after that my throat started to get sore again. Dang dust. I didn’t think I was allergic to it, but I must be. It just made me feel not quite right all day and I couldn’t bring myself to get to painting after that.
Audio: I spent 4 and a half hours recording and editing audio. I am nearly to the halfway point in Quest for the Three Books.
It feels like “slow but steady” is my motto for right now.