mrlich: Photo with great thanks to Joe del Tufo - http://www.deltufophotography.com (nanowrimo)
Patch
I think I consumed too much coffee today.
I'm all over the place.

So I think I'll post this here and think about it for a while, get some feedback, and come back to it later.

Anyway - here's what I'm currently thinking about (well, one of the things I'm thinking about in a steady stream of rapid/random thoughts and ideas):

In addition to my paid illustration work and the free portraits that I've been doing, I think that this year I want to take part in both Inktober and NaNoWriMo. The one would feed into the other.

I want to work out an outline for a Patch story I've got floating in my head - specifically how a young Patch becomes a vigilante and choses to continue down that path as a means of releasing the Beast while reducing the damage that causes to innocents. I would work out that outline in the next week or so.

That, in turn, would give me a list of locations and characters in the book. Which I could then draw for Inktober.

Then, I could write the book in November as part of NaNoWriMo. As I'm writing, I would post to dragonbones.net and it would be available for everyone to read - in its alpha form. Then, if I'm smart and still have enough drive/sanity left, I could edit in December and be ready to publish (likely self published) in January.

Yeah, it sounds crazy ambitious to me too.

It sounds downright naive, in fact.

I still wanna do it.
mrlich: Photo with great thanks to Joe del Tufo - http://www.deltufophotography.com (TechnoViking)

Had a good night last night. Stayed at the office to keep myself from getting distracted. Wrote a couple posts for Dragonbones/NaNoWriMo. Got a call to photographers out that I've been meaning to write for a while.

When I got home, I did the smart thing and put my sweats on right awa and headed down to the gym. I've had the idea in my head for a while now that 1 hour/day is the right amount of time to spend doing some sort of workout. As I was currently getting 0 aerobic exercise, that's been my starting point. I've been speed walking on the lowest setting for the elliptical, and last night I hit the 50 minute mark.

When I can consistently hit one hour (preferably on a harder setting and at least jogging) I'll be happy. I'm making it a point to not pay attention to my weight. I figure that I'll know when I'm healthier.

mrlich: Photo with great thanks to Joe del Tufo - http://www.deltufophotography.com (Default)
Just wanted to post something real quick to let everyone know that I'm participating in NanoWriMo again this year along with [livejournal.com profile] kar0na. I'm doing things a little differently though - I'm writing posts that I will later convert into a book about drawing/illustration. I've wanted to write such a book for years, and I'm using Nano as the kick in the pants to get the content created. Well - the writing content. I would imagine I'm going to have a lot of drawing to do to 'flesh out' the articles and I'm assuming that I won't have nearly enough time to do all that plus the writing in a single month. We'll see what I can get done and I'll keep you updated here.

I'd love to get your help! If there's any art related topic you would like to know more about, please feel free to comment and let me know - either here or over at Dragonbones. Please note: it doesn't even have to be a topic that you think I'm personally good at/know much about. I'm looking forward to learning a lot from this exercise, and I won't be upset if you help me stretch my mental/artistic muscles.

Lastly - please understand that Nano is a huge time killer, so please - if I seem a bit 'absent' this month - do not take it personally. I promise that I'm going to be a bit on the quiet side with my nose buried in my keyboard.

Here we go...

Edited to add: I've got my first post up for NaNo over at Dragonbones here.
mrlich: Photo with great thanks to Joe del Tufo - http://www.deltufophotography.com (nanowrimo)

Thinking about doing Nanowrimo this year. Anyone else considering it? Might help me to stay on task if I have some partners in crime.

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mrlich: Photo with great thanks to Joe del Tufo - http://www.deltufophotography.com (nanowrimo)
That's National Novel Writer's Month Continued Into December for those who were wondering. What's NaNoWriMoCID? Is it an international competition of some kind that maybe only the most elite nanowrimo folks are aware of?

Nope. That's me, missing the deadline.

Here's the thing though - I took almost a full two weeks off in the middle of November. No really super valid reason. Yes I did some traveling, but that's not enough to really matter. There are folks out there who raised multiple kids, worked, and still stuck to their guns when it came to nanowrimo. Me? I'm not here to make excuses or to diminish their tremendous feat.

So what's this mean? Well, I'm giving myself an extension. This was my first Nano, and I wasn't feeling militant about it. It does matter to me though. So here's what I'm thinking.

Almost two full weeks huh? If I could make up for that time in one week, I would call that a win. No, I'm not trying to claim the same victory as those who won Nano. They earned that, and I didn't. I'm just doing this for me. Just to do it.

And I'm almost there.

Tonight I hit the 42,658 point. I'm closing the gap quickly, and it feels pretty good. I won't say that I'm not looking forward to some time away from this little experiment, but I do intend to enter into the editing phase of things after this. Who knows? This thing just might be readable one day.

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mrlich: Photo with great thanks to Joe del Tufo - http://www.deltufophotography.com (cocky)
...me and KG peaaak out our heads...

Ahem.

I just wanted to drop by and let folks know that things are going well in the world of NaNoWriMo. After a much needed kick in the pants, I quit my whining and got down to work.

I entered this weekend a full three days plus in the hole, and I am now (drum roll please) a couple hundred words ahead of schedule! There are, of course, a million things that will need to be heavily edited when the month is over, but I'm doing what everyone says is critical: not editing. It's tough to do, or rather not do when you know that the stuff you just wrote needs to be fixed. However, if I want to make this work, I don't dare get caught in that trap.

Now, as a treat to myself for getting ahead, I think that I'm going to do some concept art of some of the characters.

Don't worry gang, I can hear Han now:

Han Solo
"That's great kid - don't get cocky!"

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mrlich: Photo with great thanks to Joe del Tufo - http://www.deltufophotography.com (nanowrimo)
So I'm doing Nano this year.

Some of you already know that, but what you may not know is that I'm really not sure if I'll make it.

'Ohhhh' you say. 'Big shock' you say. "That's kinda the point MrLich - a lot of people won't make it."

Yeah, yeah, I know. The thing is, I sooo should make it. I know without a doubt that I have enough in the creativity department. I've already proven to myself that I can pump out 1667 words in a night* fairly easily**.

So what's the problem? Same thing as when I draw. The instant I make it mandatory - whether because it's a paying gig or because I've set some sort of deadline for myself, my willpower to complete the task at hand goes straight to shit.

As an example? I haven't started tonight's writing and here I am procrastinating - and I'm a little behind for yesterday's work!

In related news, I have an all new respect for [livejournal.com profile] ms_violet 's 30 minutes of timed writing exercises.

Time to get started.


*That's the number of words (roughly) that you need to write per day to make the 50,000 word finish line in one month's time.
**Yes, that's relatively speaking - I'm no pro.

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mrlich: Photo with great thanks to Joe del Tufo - http://www.deltufophotography.com (Default)
Anyone else in my circle of peeps interested in doing NanoWriMo this year?

I've 'thought about it' in past years, and I've 'sorta' done it in other years, but this year I think that I'm going to do it 'for real' so I'm wondering who else might be up for it. I figured I would ask now so we could prep by doing the other stuff now that tends to get in the way in November.

Anyone?

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