Hope everyone is having a fine day, hope this year was good, and next will be better!
I don't usually make resolutions, but I will say what I'd like to accomplish in the next year: get another novel under contract--hopefully more than one. Sell more short stories, and I'm really going to try to get some art published.
Anyone planning/hoping/resolving to complete novels, stories, or art, and get them published in 2009?
I just posted another set of pages for Saltwater Witch (graphic novel or web comic, whatever you want to call it). Check it out here:
The latest is Set 5, pages 47, 48, 49.
This a detail out of the panel for page 48, with Kassandra getting defiant and doing long division in her head...with a little help.
A little late getting this post up, but here it is. Hope everyone's having a happy and/or productive holiday. We've had a couple good snowfalls in the last week, although it's high 30s today and raining.
Alice took the kids to see Yes Man with Jim Carrey the night of the 26th, and I spent the time reading Neil Gaiman's Graveyard Book--very cool story. I've also done quite a bit of writing and drawing.
Hope everyone's doing well and being creative!
I managed to get another six pages complete and up. The start of chapter 2. Go check them out:
I've been exploring ways to visually convey the idea that one character in a graphic novel has several voices inside her head--real people who speak to her, advise her, argue among themselves, threaten each other and my character. Last night I posted the first set with one of these characters inside another character. After trying all kinds of interesting ways to do this, I've settled on a simple thought bubble that's different from any others--unique to that individual inside character. There's only one instance of this so far, but I'd love some feedback.
Here's the link to Saltwater Witch, with the complete chapter 1 and the first six pages of chapter 2 online:
Here are a couple pages with a new voice in her head (2nd panel below), but go read from the beginning to see what's really going on. Click for the full view:
I started blogging in October of 2004 with something custom on an old web site, but quickly--a couple months later--jumped on a subscription to Typepad. I've been here ever since. (I actually kept an online daily journal of my son's premature birth and 2 1/2 month journey through the NICU at Valley Children's Hospital in 1996, but that wasn't quite blogging because there was no such thing as RSS).
What's weird is looking back and realizing I hadn't published a thing then...nothing, not one story. But I was trying. My first post was about a reject I'd just received from Strange Horizons. I was finishing up the novel Nanowhere, which I eventually posted complete online.
I've completed three more novels, and at least a dozen short stories since I started blogging. One novel has been published, and a handful of shorts have appeared in various zines, mostly online.
Looking back gives me a sense of how much time it actually takes to get things from my head into print. Years. I started writing about Kassandra and the Seaborn in 2003! Juno Books picked it up in 2007, and it went on store shelves in July 2008. I posted quite a bit about finding an agent and submitting manuscripts. I have an agent now. I used to post my rejects. I have so many now, that I don't bother.
I don't think my posting volume has changed, but I think the subjects have changed. I used to post a lot more about Aritstotle and Aristotelian philosophy--a hobby of mine. I certainly post a lot more art now than I did back then. I've started another blog around a graphic novel project of mine, Saltwater Witch.
Wonder what this blog will look like in 2012?
I just did another Wordle-dump for the site, and I'm glad "Witch" is so prominent, but even better is the notion of a "Cash Witch."
Here's an ink and watercolor I started a few days ago, finished up last night. (There's still some tweaking to do, like the lack of a doorknob on the door, other things I'm not going to bother with because I'm way past this).
But I think this is one my favorite scenes so far, Kassandra looking back at Matrothy--the angry woman who runs this part of the Center. Kassandra's wondering if there's anything different about her, the day after being eaten by a demon and then spit up--and then her memory of the event erased. The girls with Kassandra are--if you've read Seaborn--Jill on her right, Nicole on her left. They're on their way to the school wing, hence the text books.
I haven't done layouts yet--this weekend when I get some time, but this will probably be the opening scene for chapter 2 - The Math King.
See all of chapter 1 here:
Click for the full view