Mid-August Update

Hello! How long as it been since my last blog post?

Four months? Oh geez. I totally didn’t intend for that to happen.

I’ve been quite busy these past few months, mostly with scripting and drawing The Gate at the End of the World. I’m a little past halfway through writing the script, and I just finished drawing the 50th page yesterday.

Fifty pages! I drew 40 of those this year, and my original goal was to draw 50 during 2017. Drawing those last 10 pages to reach my goal will only take me until the end of October. Anything after that will be surpassing my original goal.

This is especially awesome since I thought I’d get sick of drawing comics and quit just a few months in. I’ve had a hard time committing to and finishing stories for the past few years.

So since my last update post about The Gate, some things have changed. I’ve changed my posting schedule to one day per week (Tuesday) because:

  1. I’m working five days a week now
  2. My hands and arms were constantly in pain, and I didn’t want to develop tendinitis or worsen my existing carpal tunnel
  3. My buffer ran out

This means it’ll take twice as long to finish drawing the comic, but I’m feeling much better, mentally and physically. Perhaps when I’m in a better situation I can go back to two pages per week, but I don’t see that happening for a while.

So that’s where I am with what I’m currently working on. What about everyone else? How are your projects going?

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Camp NaNoWriMo

Happy April, folks!

I decided like a week ago that I was going to participate in Camp NaNoWriMo in April. I seriously didn’t even know it was coming up, but then I got an email or something and thought, “That could be a good idea!”

So I decided to continue working on the script of The Gate at the End of the World, in the hopes that I might finish it. That seemed like a good idea at the time. But now I’m working three days a week and taking a class on the other two, so now I have a lot less time than I thought I would.

So, I’m going to attempt Camp NaNoWriMo, even though it’s the last thing on my priority list. Even if I don’t reach my goal (20,000 words), I ought to get a good amount of the script completed.

Is anyone else doing Camp NaNo? If so, what’s your project?

After one month of posting The Gate…

It’s been exactly a month since my last post! Happy March, everyone.

And during that month, I’ve posted 13 pages of The Gate at the End of the World. How many pages have I completed drawing?

Well…two.

And how many did I managed to draw during all of January? Eight.

I had a schedule of drawing two pages per week that I wanted to stick to, and for the most part, I did. Then things started to get derailed in mid-February, when I realized I had to make some 3D reference models in order to draw future pages. I finished them about a week ago, and promptly started work on the new pages, which I am still not done with.

I really did not expect that some pages would take so much longer than others and completely derail my entire schedule for weeks. Weeks!

In better news, my artwork has been improving! I didn’t expect it to happen so quickly. Drawing is becoming much easier, and it takes a lot less time than it used to.

Now on to some future things.

If you’ve seen the progress bar on the sidebar to the right, you can see that the script is projected to end up at around 330 pages. At 2 pages per week, I could draw 104 pages in a year, and it’d take around 3 years to draw and post the whole thing online.

There are several reasons I’m drawing & posting two pages per week. One is that I’m actually drawing spreads instead of individual pages. The other is that I’m scripting on weekdays and only drawing on Fridays and weekends – each page takes around 5-6 hours and I need quite a few breaks to prevent hand cramps & random aches and pains.

But I’ve been thinking about what’s going to happen once I finish scripting (which I honestly don’t even need to think about, since that’s not going to happen for months, but whatever). Since I won’t need the time during the week to script, should I draw even more pages and switch to a 3 day per week updating schedule? If I get to the point where I have a gigantic buffer will I end up doing updates every weekday?  Will I end up being done in two years instead of three?

Who knows!

The Gate at the End of the World: Now online!

Happy February everyone!

I’ve made a few posts mentioning The Gate at the End of the World before, and I’m now happy to say I’ve started posting the first pages online! The entire prologue (5 pages) is up on both Smackjeeves and Tapastic.

Now, in my opinion, I’m not that great of an artist. I basically can’t draw anything that isn’t people just standing around. I wanted to wait until my art skills improved more before I started a comic, but…that’s not going to happen. Sometime last year, I realized that if I kept putting off drawing a comic, I’d never actually improve at drawing comics. Or anything.

So that’s why I’m drawing a comic: to improve my art skills. If I force myself to draw things I don’t normally draw, I’ll end up improving and getting better at drawing new things. I’ve already been experimenting with things from page-to-page, so there isn’t as much of a consistency as I’d like there to be. But hey, I can always go back and redraw things in the end if I’m not happy with them, right?

Well, as long as I don’t get stuck in this endless cycle of redrawing, I suppose it’s okay…

So, now let’s talk about what the comic is actually about.

For as long as anyone can remember, gates to “hell” have always been around, and they disappear and pop up randomly. In the present day, there is only one Hellgate left – the titular Gate at the End of the World. It’s located in a remote part of the southernmost country of the world, Päitlu. Since things occasionally come through the Gate and into the living world, it has to be guarded nonstop.

There are other important things, like most of the country being contaminated with magic and priests having to clean it up. Also, there are spirits, ghosts, and demons.

I don’t want to go into too much detail, since lots of things are spoilers and will be revealed in time. It’s not as serious as it might seem, though.

As for an update schedule: updates will be on Tuesdays and Thursdays, starting on the 7th of February.

A very late December post

Hello everyone! It’s been about a month since I made my last post. I’ve been busy for the past month with work, but now that my contract’s ended, I have a little bit of free time before I start looking for my next job. I have quite a few things to cover in this post, but let’s start off with this:

wordpress-anniversary

My five-year WordPress anniversary was on the 16th of December. I’ve had this blog for five years! Since 2011! It doesn’t feel that long at all.

Now, I’m going to jump straight to next year’s goals, because why not.

2016 Goals

  • Complete 1 drawing per week for a total of 52. “Complete” in this case means “not a sketch”, and so can vary from a painting like this to a simple character lineup like this.
  • Read 1 piece of fiction per week for a total of 52. This is “piece of fiction” instead of “book” because I ended up reading a lot of short fiction in 2016.
  • Finish scripting The Gate at the End of the World. I finished scripting the first chapter a few days ago, and I’ve got a good idea of how long it’s going to be – 15-20 chapters of at least 20 (comic) pages each. I haven’t finished plotting out how the story is going to go, but I doubt it’ll too long.
  • Similarly, draw at least 50 pages of The Gate at the End of the World. Also, actually start posting it online somewhere. It’s not very useful if I draw a comic and then never show it to anyone.
  • Optimize my Github website for mobile devices. I’ve viewed it on my phone, and it really was not easy to navigate or read anything. That needs to be fixed.
  • Find a stable full-time job. I am unemployed again and I do not like it. I don’t particularly like working – and I’m not sure anyone does – but I like having a source of income and I like having a schedule.

Also, there are a few things I’m going to try doing next year that I haven’t before.

The first of these is: write scripts only, not novels. I have a much easier time scripting than writing prose, and I’ve been wondering what I could accomplish if I only did scripts. If it turns out to not be as successful as I think it might be, there’s no harm in it. I’ll just have figured out it doesn’t work.

The second: have a monthly word/page goal instead of a yearly one. I’ve never had a problem reaching my yearly word goal, but I just want to try something different.

And now, an important reminder.

Have you backed up your computer recently? Flash drives, external hard drives, cloud storage – whatever you prefer, make a backup of all your important files, and make sure you make more than one! I had a problem earlier in the year where one of my flash drives stopped working, and although I was able to recover most things, it wasn’t everything, which in my opinion is not good enough.

And onward to 2017.

Good luck to everyone working toward achieving their goals!

NaNoWriMo Week #4

19 November

NaNoWriMo Target: 31,673

Words Written: 28,075

Wrote 1,036 words.

20 November

NaNoWriMo Target: 33,340

Words Written: 29,011

Only wrote 936 words. Tried to work out some plot things.

21 November

NaNoWriMo Target: 35,007

Words Written: 30,132

Changed my goal from 50,000 to 40,000 words. Wrote 1,101.

22 November

NaNoWriMo Target: 36,674

Words Written: 30,334

Only ended up writing 202 words.

23 November

NaNoWriMo Target: 38,341

Words Written: 30,334

Did not write anything.

24 November

NaNoWriMo Target: 40,008

Words Written: 30,334

Did not write anything.

25 November

NaNoWriMo Target: 41,674

Words Written: 30,368

Wrote 34 words.

Overview

This’ll be the last of my NaNoWriMo posts. I kind of stopped writing a few days ago to let my hands rest. This is because I start work on Monday!!! and I don’t want to be getting problems during the workday. Or while driving. Because I have to drive for about two hours each day, just to get to and from my workplace.

I don’t care as much about winning as I thought I would. But then again…this will be the first year since 2009 that I haven’t won. Five wins in a row is pretty good! I’m not sure if I’ll be participating in NaNoWriMo again in upcoming years, since 50k words in one month is too much for me to do anymore. But I’ll still be writing.

And on to other things…

I’ve set myself a personal goal of 100 words per day because I have no idea how tired I’ll be when I get home from work, and 100 words is like two paragraphs, so it’s really easily doable.

Also, for the past two days, I’ve started drawing the prologue of The Gate at the End of the World. If you’ve paid any attention to my sidebar, you’ll see that I’ve got a progress bar up for the script. So far it’s at 3 pages + a cover page (which I’m not counting as a real page). That’s what I’ve been drawing. Here’s a small preview:

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Once I finish page 3 (which should be tomorrow), I’ll have to start writing more of the script because…I’ll have no more material to draw.

Welp, the next time I’ll be making a post will be in December. See you then!

NaNoWriMo Week #3

12 November

NaNoWriMo Target: 20,004

Words Written: 19,856

Only ended up writing 1,150 words.

13 November

NaNoWriMo Target: 21,671

Words Written: 21,909

Wrote 2,053 words and finished chapter 8. Worked out a few things that were giving me trouble.

14 November

NaNoWriMo Target: 23,338

Words Written: 23,343

Wrote 1,434 words and finished chapter 9. I worked out the major thing that’s going to lead to the main conflict of the book, which is great! It was something I was worrying a lot about before.

15 November

NaNoWriMo Target: 25,005

Words Written: 25,031

Wrote 1,688 words, broke 25,000, and finished chapter 10! I’m coming up with more ways to generate conflict.

16 November

NaNoWriMo Target: 26,672

Words Written: 25,502

Wrote 471 words because…I had to drive around for nearly three hours straight today, and I was too mentally exhausted to write anything.

17 November

NaNoWriMo Target: 28,339

Words Written: 25,609

Only ended up writing 107 words. There’s no reason for this at all, other than I was feeling severely unmotivated. I really didn’t think the week two blues were going to hit at the end of week 3.

18 November

NaNoWriMo Target: 30,006

Words Written: 27,039

Had a much better day, and wrote 1,430. Finished chapter 11.

Overview

I just started chapter 12 last night, and only two of my perspective characters (there are three) have met each other. Let’s call them A, B, and C respectively. Initially, the idea was that A and C would never meet – their actions would affect each other (and that is what has happened) but now I’m thinking that they may end up meeting in the end. The very end. Well, I’ve still got time to figure it out.

How is everyone else’s writing going?