Monthly Archives: February 2013

This Week, in Artwork

UPDATE: I’ve added further stages, and the ‘finished’ piece :)

Turns out that I’ve been using a graphics tablet for a whole year now! Can’t say I’ve advanced as far as I would have liked, but that’s life for you! Here’s what I’ve scraped together this week.

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I ought to be working on Proper Final Pieces – I actually need to finish something one day! – but I’m not yet confident enough in my abilities. I really need to devote more time to actual arting too, though where I’ll find that time, I don’t know! Has anyone invented a time-expanding machine yet?

More Writers talking about Writing

Here’s a bunch of televisual writers talking about their job to a misanthropic frog-faced journalist.

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.



Posting to see if attempts to connect this blog to associated Twitter and Farcebook accounts works. This social-network-integration business is a major pain, but it’s something I should possibly get used to! Maybe I ought to dig out my abandoned tumblr account too…

So this isn’t a complete waste of time, here’s some more work-in-progress!

Episode 1v2 02c

Will be working on the third episode of Phantasia next week. It involves a casino, depraved businessmen, and a talking octopus.

Where Dary babbles about writing Phantasia again.

Word count for the current draft sits at around 40,000, about a quarter of the way through everything I want to have finished before I start publishing. That sounds scarier than it is. It’s also about as much as it sounds: a quick estimate puts it equal to around 42 chapters – almost half – of the previous version of Phantasia. A lot of it is coming from increased focus on character, rather than plot, which is a good thing in my eyes, though I’m aware not everyone will agree with me! Which leads me to ask: what do you prefer? A character focus, or a plot focus?

Phantasia, in its original 2005 form, was certainly plot-driven, and the second version – the 2009 one I serialised on this here internet – began that way too, until the characters themselves began to demand more and more attention and development. This, the 2012, Final Version (because I’m not going to do a Tolkien and spend my whole life revising and rewriting, only to have all my drafts published after I’m dead!), has swung all the way over to character. Well, to a degree. It very much depends on the viewpoint – Dante’s story is character-focused, Phantasia’s is more plot. It’s a a duality I can imagine playing out over the long term, and one I’m quite happy to embrace as the story is all about duality.

As for my own, personal taste? Character-driven, which feels an odd thing to say given the genre I write, but there you go. That’s probably why I was just able to blaze through a 4,500 word section that mostly consisted of two people, in a room, discussing their repressed fears, but hit a block the moment I have to plough through some action XD

(I should try and write a post about something other than my own writing…eh…suggestions?)

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.