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I wasn’t going to blog for a while, but today I needed too, just for the sheer heck of writing. My WIP isn’t going to be finished for some time and it’s all editing, I love the story, but sometimes it’s just nice to write for the sake of seeing new words.
So, whilst I’m here I might as well tell you my PLAN. I PLAN to stop creating art for the time being, in order to practice some more. I have a load of ideas, but I want to refine my skills before I take them any further.
I also plan to finish my fantasy WIP this year, it won’t be published, not until at least two of the three main books are written. (That’s three central books, and seven books in total that will precede and come after the main three)
Why not just start from the beginning you may ask, well, there is a reason for that, not a very good one I’ll admit, but I’ve only recently formed the idea for the others, and the first of the main three is nearly written, so I don’t see any reason to drop it to start from the beginning.
So that’s my PLAN, loosely anyway, I’ve set myself goals, and a to do list and everything.
Wish me luck, and see you on the other side!
I’ve been reading around recently, trying out new authors, new genres, seeing what fits. Part of my “emptying the kindle” strategy.
I used to be of a mind where when you got a book, no matter how bad it was, you don’t give up. Now though, there are some that test that strength. It’s gotten to the point where there are books that are good, but written so badly I have to give up. It seems to be a more and more common experience, and so I’ve had to say no to continuing with a lot of books.
I’m starting to fall back and read books I ‘know’ are good, rather than seeking out new ones.
There have been one or two that I would happily recommend this year, Dust by Arthur Slade, and Luther. M. Siler does a good sci fi/ fantasy series are just two that immediately come to mind.
But I’ve found myself reading old classics, currently it’s the Three Muskateers, which I have about three hours of reading left, it’s a seven hour book. I liked the book for the first three and a half hours worth of reading, but now I’m starting to dislike the Muskateers as characters and it’s becoming harder to finish because of it.
So to help me through this tough period I’ve started to reread The Witches by Terry Pratchett. I’d quite like to work through The Witches series, but they aren’t new reads to me either.
I seem to be becoming more reluctant to seek out new books because, although there seem to be many new books, I rarely seem to find one that grabs me.
Anyone else have this issue?
It appears that whilst last week was an editing week, this week has been an arty week.
Here are my offerings. The one above was inspired the fact that my other half and I managed to go through 2 boxes of cookies in about 3 days. I have no regrets.
The sloth one was inspired by a friend of mine, who says that her favourite animal is a sloth, partly in admiration of how much it can sleep. This little guy was drawn in pen and ink, scanned in, and coloured in photoshop.
These two came about after I came across those facebook posts that throw out obscure words that no-one hardly uses. I thought I’d bring it back with these two designs.
My Aaargh moments are usually about plant life. In my WIP there are woods nestled at the foot of a mountain range, I dislike conifers, so I’ve tried to steer away from them, but in so doing I’ve made life harder for myself. I would have given up on the idea of avoiding conifers if my MC didn’t need to hide so much. Conifers generally make the soil acidic and there’s very little growth underneath them.
I had to do a lot of research about the types of trees and shrubs that would survive in mountainous area. I also needed to find trees that would provide cover to hide in. All of this is a bit headache inducing, so I didn’t edit as much as I had planned, but it’s more info to add to the world building guide, so there is that.
Luckily I have friends on the webs who have been kind enough to throw information my way.
Thank you internet friends!
I’m scaring myself this week with being organised. I finally got fed up with having scraps of information scattered around in word docs, and so I decided to amalgamate them into an… *drum roll* excel spreadsheet!
That’s right, all my character descriptions, time lines, sayings, history, and general world building will now be in one single excel spreadsheet, spread over several pages. Not a medium you’d perhaps thought of using for world building, but it seems to be working.
It means I don’t have to have umpteen word docs open that I have to scroll through, it means I can easily search for the info I’m looking for, easily reacquaint myself with my story after the long breaks, which seem to accompany my writing. I can use hyperlinks and colour coding, I know right? The utter excitement.
However, once I have the spreadsheet set up I can make it blank and save it out for other projects.
The story I’m using it for is a trilogy with two spin off stories, and putting this sheet together has given me an idea of how to write the sequels I’ve had in mind. So it’s already been worth the time to construct it.
It’s also helping me stick it all together so that the world won’t be inconsistent.
What world building methods do you use?
I’ve been a very bad Bee, my last post was before halloween, I have had a good reason though. Moving house. We moved ourselves, which means it took us over a week to physically move between places, and we’re still in slight disarray.
As a result I have done zero art. However, this weekend I have managed to do some beta reading for a writerly friend of mine, and I also edited a bit of one of my WIP’s yesterday.
Over the weeks since I last posted I have also done a fair amount of reading, which has helped in me emptying my Kindle.
Tess of the Durbervilles, which was incredibly depressing, and hard work, but it did have its moments.
A Sudden Gust of Gravity by Laurie Boris, which was magical.
Confessions of an Internet Pornographer, which I thought was based on a true story, but it turned out not to be.
Dust by Arthur Slade, a tale set in a depression era on a Canadian farm, which I loved from the very beginning.
I am now reading The Three Muskateers.
I have created other skulls to go with my flame coloured one, the Metal Skull is totally metal, and the Optical Skull is not what it seems. I’ve already spoken about Death in Red in the last blog, but he was the catalyst for the others, so it seems fitting that he’s in this one, next to his skull brothers.
I had a lot of fun playing around with the settings in photoshop for these guys, I played around with textures, lighting and gradients to get just the right feel for each skull. I’m really pleased with how they’ve turned out.
I also added these two to society6. The countryside shot is of an old, derelict settlement on English moorland, complete with the obligatory sheep of course. It’s hard to imagine anyone live there to be honest, the whole area is very spongey, and boggy in places.
The bee shot I took on a walk by the river last year, it was just begging to have its photo taken, so I obliged. When I say begging, it landed and stayed there long enough for me to catch this rather lovely shot.
A couple of weeks ago I submitted a short story to a be included in a halloween compilation, I heard back a few days ago, they love the story, which gladdened my bones. The proceeds of the book will go to 22 Kill, which is a charity that is trying to eradicate veteran suicide through treatment and preventative measures.
I do have a few tweaks to make, but once the book is out it’ll be my first published piece, and for a worthy cause too. I’ll post more about this, and give it it’s own blog nearer the publish date, but for now, I know too little to tell you much.
I’ve missed a few days of blogging, again, so I’ve made a decision to blog once a week instead of twice, in the hopes that I’ll be better at sticking to it. Although I might do a cheeky bonus blog if I have something to talk about.
That being said, I have been unwell, so my brain’s not really been working and all you’d have gotten was a string of gibberish anyways.
I have achieved some things this past week and a bit though.
Here’s where I have actually done something. I created a Halloween/ Horror piece that I love. It was taken from a photograph of a resin skull, called Uncle Arthur, and reworked into something spooktakular.
The piece on the right is a photograph, the piece on the left has been reworked into a piece of art, and made much bigger.
This meant that when it came to towels I could have two types of design.
When you click Links to the art work, the other available products are shown below. I’d love to go trick or Treating with that tote I have to admit!
I have also put up a few photographs to society6 it didn’t take long, and I absolutely love their new system, there are a few things lacking that I’d like, but overall a huge improvement.
I came across a chapter that needed a complete rehashing, what I tend to to in those situations is create a whole new word doc just for that chapter. That way if I mess it up, or lose something I later need, it’s still there.
I haven’t done as much to it as I would have liked, but I’ve started…