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WIP Potential Cover Design

Here’s another quick update, showing off a work-in-progress potential-cover design. Exciting!

Volume 1_03

I rather want to avoid the potential infamy of getting featured here D:

Meanwhile, writing continues. I’ve had to write some difficult stuff recently, so I’ll have to find some comedy highlights to lighten the mood…

Mid-March update

Kinda weirded out that it’s almost two weeks since I made that last post. Maybe I should post a PROJECT UPDATE?

I finished the second draft of the second episode yesterday. It turned out longer than expected – almost 30k words, when the target I set was 15-20k per episode – so I’ll have to do some editing. You might think “but, if it’s almost two episodes long, why not make it two episodes?”, but I very much want to cut down on my narrative meanderings, and there is a core theme running through the episode that I would rather remained contained in a single instalment.

If only I took my writing so seriously a few years back, I might not have been forced into this whole massive revision process XD

Apologies for not having much interesting to blog about – presently there just isn’t the time in the day for me to do much else :S

Top 5 Tips for Writing Top 5 Lists of Top 5 Tips

Yo, Dawg!

In all seriousness, it seems every writer’s blog I’ve come across in my travels/research is stuffed with these ‘Top X Tips’ lists, and more often than not they don’t tell you anything new. “Don’t use adverbs!”, “Don’t use adjectives!”, “Always use ‘said’!”, “Write every day!”, etcetera. And if they’re not doing that, they’re linking to articles doing the same thing. I guess it’s all part of the social-networking-blogging sphere I can’t get my head around. Write a post, get ‘likes’ and ‘shares’, grow popular! Or something to that effect.

I should probably look up some Top Ten Blogging Tips.

…okay, that just reaffirmed my belief it’s all a bit dull and far too Serious Business for my liking. KEYWORD RICH? Sod that. And far, far too many portraits of smiley smiley people. I don’t trust those people. They look like someone off camera is threatening to shoot a kitten if they don’t show the whites of their teeth. And everything – everything – is about search engines and ad revenue and driving figures to achieve you goals. Or, in other words, MONEY, and that talk just makes me think of salesmen with furious, cocaine-wide eyes, punctuating every exuberant sentence with hand gestures that would make even the hammiest of Shakespearean actors blush. No, I don’t trust those people either.

So, I believe it fair to conclude that I will never gain entry to this frightful club of overjoyed bloggerati and their plentiful top tips. However, just so you don’t feel short-changed by the lack of advertised tips, here are some to tide you over.

1. DODONGO DISLIKES SMOKE
2. SHOOT THE CYBERDEMON UNTIL IT DIES
3. GET UP ON THE HYDRA’S BACK!
4. UP UP DOWN DOWN LEFT RIGHT LEFT RIGHT B A START

A View with a Moon

Just (3.30am!) reached the end of the first episode. At 25,000 words it’s a bit more than planned, but I’m letting it slide as it’s effectively the ‘hook’/’pilot’. Although how well it will work, given that the central character’s name isn’t even mentioned until the last page, is debatable XD

I had hoped to have it written and edited, so I could get some people to test it out, but the aforementioned length had put paid to that. I’ll be putting it aside for a few weeks now, while I concentrate on redrafting the next batch of episodes (some chapters of which haven’t been touched in at least six months).

In between enforced writing periods, I’ve started putting together some kind of image. It’s an evolution of one I posted a few weeks ago, though I haven’t added any characters to it yet. As you can see, our Moon isn’t looking too healthy.

Episode 1v2 02

…I tried posting that to Farcebook earlier. The compression was hideous. ‘High quality’ my arse.

A view with a moon? A moon with a view! A room with a view! Geddit?
…ah sod it, I need a Random Post Title Generator.

On being a workaholic idiot.

I’m sitting here, glancing at the post I made a week ago that suggested I would be posting several things this week. That it is Saturday already has taken me a little by surprise, if I’m honest. What happened to those posts? Time.

I wasn’t planning to write about boring things like “my schedule”, because I find it self-obsessed. But then I thought, hey, I like reading how other creative structure their time, and I don’t accuse them of self-obsession. It provides a feeling of shared experience, even moral support, because you realise you’re not the only one slogging away in isolation for fourteen hours a day.

So, here I am, giving you a brief lowdown of “The Typical Dary Day”.

I wake at noon. From 1pm until 4pm, I’m either working to pay my bills (employment opportunities are almost non-existent out here, so I presently do housework for my grandparents) or reading/studying. Or, in today’s case, writing this. Around 4pm I move on to illustration work, and around 8-9pm I start writing.

Yes, I’m another of those crazy people who finds it easier to write at night. It’s quieter, for most part, and the bulk of the day’s responsibilities have been dealt with. I did try to readjust my schedule over 2012, but for a start my body clock refused to conform to early-morning awakenings, and attempts to write during the morning/afternoon were often interrupted by aforementioned daily responsibilities. 2013 sees a return to old habits.

I write for around six to seven hours, usually stopping some time between 2am and 4am; it depends on what I’m writing, and how into it I am. Any time I have remaining at the end of the day, I use to relax. Or watch documentaries. When Sunday rolls around, I take stock of my accomplishments over the week and decide whether or not I’m allowed to take the day off. Inevitably, however, I’ll end up doing some work, because I can never relax for more than a couple of hours without getting irritated and feeling lazy. No, really. Workaholic much?

If you’re wondering, the ‘weekly target’ is 15,000 words, across drafts, or 7500 if I’m editing.

So there you go. It’s not quite Hunter S Thompson’s schedule…

what-a-character

…but then I don’t have the money to spend on wine…

So, since I’ve been awfully self-indulgent in this post, I feel it only right to ask what your schedule is like, assuming you have one. I’m especially interested to hear how other creatives work their time. I know I’m not the only overworked idiot out there.