mrlich: Photo with great thanks to Joe del Tufo - (nanowrimo)
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 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.
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 New year. New writing stuff. Tom mentioned starting back up on LJ while over on FB and the discussion mentioned DW. Recalling the fact that I have an account here, I thought I would pop my head back in and take another look around.

Nice, clean site. Less clutter. The fact that it allows for cross posting over to LJ is a big perk. Certainly I would not bother being here if it didn't. If I'm going to leave LJ, it's not going to be for an LJ clone when my LJ peeps would have to jump ship too. You're just not going to get that many people to all jump to the same new ship. Not if it's so similar.

Anyway, I like the site. It would need some work (bringing over my friends list etc) if I wanted to use it as my primary though. I'll have to think about it. And really - if I'm going to be blogging, is there any reason for me to not do it on dragonbones, google plus, or on the ol' LJ? Not really sure.

What do you think?

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Just wanted to post something real quick to let everyone know that I'm participating in NanoWriMo again this year along with [ 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.
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Ok - I know that we all have about a million and one social media sources that we feel frustrated by thanks to the unending stream of 'stuff' that is pouring at us every day. Filtering out the crap has become a regular job for most of us.

Problem is that sometimes we throw the baby out with the bathwater.

I just wanted to post something real quick to make sure that at least one of your infants doesn't suffer that fate. Many of you know the lovely and highly talented [ profile] ms_violet  and her written works. Some of you have probably read her work on the blog created for the Absinthe Drinkers. I fear, however, that you might have missed the recent series posted on the Missing Monsieur Thujone. They're highly entertaining and well worth the read.

In the event that you might have missed them, I've got the linx0rs for you right here:
Part One: The rumors of Thujone’s death are only slightly exaggerated.
Part Two: Good news and bad news
Part Three: The pressure’s on. Thujone must be found. (I LOVE the photo which may or may not provide a clue...)
Part Four: He is risen! Let the gigs commence! (The climactic wrap up!)

Really. Truly. Go read it now. [ profile] ms_violet  is rockin that shizzle, and you don't want to miss it.
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aarakocraI've just had me a pretty damn productive weekend. I wrote a couple of book reviews for 'how to' books that are currently out for artists. The first one can be found here. I'll be posting more once I've had time to clean them up a bit.

Next, we have the side of things. I started playing with the 'collections' option and created a collection for tutorials that I thought were worthwhile. There are a million tutorials out there for artists, but without some human going through them all and filtering out... well... the crap, you could spend a lot of time and never get anywhere. If you have a tutorial on Deviantart (or hell - anywhere really) that you would like me to take a look at, let me know.

Lastly, there's the personal projects element of this weekend. I came up with another idea that I'm not quite going to reveal yet, but the art linked here is the finished line work for one of the images from that project. (Sorry if that doesn't make much sense.) Click the thumbnail to see the full (non-head cutty-off-y) version.

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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.


Mar. 4th, 2008 01:51 pm

In Memoriam

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While some of you may laugh at me for it, I'm deeply saddened to hear about the passing of a brilliant and creative mind. He created something that helped so many of us dream bigger and more vividly than we thought possible.
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Tagged by [personal profile] boutell 

(1) Each player starts with eight random facts/habits about themselves.
(2) People who are tagged need to write a post on their own blog (about their eight things) and post these rules.
(3) At the end of your blog, you need to choose eight people to get tagged and list their names.
(4) Don’t forget to leave them a comment telling them they’re tagged, and to read your blog."

So here's my 8 (I know you're dying of antici-pation).

1. I got lost within a 64 acre stretch of woods when I was about eight years old. I never really got scared and found my way out only a short while later.

2. Buying art supplies makes me feel like I'm somehow more of an artist. Consequently, I have a crapload of unused or partially used supplies.

3. When I write, it tends to be almost entirely made up of clichés.

4. I bite my tongue when dealing with others far more often than I should.

5. I want the perks of success without the effort required to attain it.

6. I'm ridiculously fortunate in the family and friends department. Like in the "no one should be that lucky" sense.

7. I am sensitive to a fault, and I fight like hell to keep from showing it.

8. I almost always feel like I should 'be doing more', but I almost never do.

I don't generally tag, but I would love to see the response to this from a pretty large group of those of you who are reading this, so if you have the time...
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This seems like a really great idea. I'm posting about it more as a note to myself to check it out more later, but I thought that some of my artistic friends might appreciate knowing about it.
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Melange Lavonne's video: Gay Bash.

I like the tune. The lyrics are a bit... well, to be honest I think that they're a little unpolished. However, the message is strong and good, and I think that it bears repeating, so I'm posting it here. Thanks to the goodly one who pointed it out.

Next there's the Craigslist Postings for Free Artwork. The following link takes you to something that some of the artist-for-hire crowd are touting as 'great' and 'must reads'. I can't say that I claim the same. I agree that the concept is good and valid. I agree that 'spec work' prepares us all for anal probing of the highest order, but I think that the rant is just that - it's a rant. It has the same kind of blind-faith 'data' that accompanies every AOHELL forward I've ever thrown in my virtual trash bin. I'm pretty sure that it might be just the same sort of 'email gathering bullshit' that they are. So why am I passing it on? Because I expect all of you to be smart enough to not give any information to folks through something like this.

I might just have to write a paraphrased document with some legitimate information. Something that shows illustrators and the like as something more than a bunch of zealots - misguided as well as misunderstood.

So while I'm on the subject of newbs and the intarwebs - I've been thinking. I've been thinking that [personal profile] boutell  's amazing web faq is a great thing and should be promoted. I wish more people would look through the vast array of information there (and elsewhere) on the web and just plain educate themselves. It's really not tough people.

I am currently of the opinion that Facebook is the shit. All of the (worthwhile) shit that basic myspace does (ie- not the music/comedy sections) and more without all the teeny bopper 'look at my annoying animations and bullshit sound files' crap. Just information, comments, groups, and pictures. Data. Good solid data. And the ability to share it. Novel concept that. The closest I would get to complaining about facebook is that it seems like it was built by really slick programmers who could use a hand in the interface design department - but I'll take quality over flashy packaging any day.
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To those of you who know him in RL and/or those peeps on my flist who like really good (and funky) poetry - my buddy Don from the Lehigh Valley has started a new LJ account - [ profile] petrarch5. (He no longer has access to his old one - [ profile] avalonsleeper.)


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So during 'Creativity Night' with [ profile] xtingu and [ profile] shellefly the topic of bios came up. I hate writing them, and have had to write a number of them for the different websites that I'm on. I'm really awful at writing about myself for promotional purposes and I need to do it for both myself and for some others.

I've done the obvious Google searches, but I just thought that I would turn this little dilemma out to you oh wizards of teh intarwebs. Do any of you know of a place with a good bit on writing artist related bios?
mrlich: Photo with great thanks to Joe del Tufo - (south_park)
I never would have put the number this high, and I'm not too sure about the method that they use to get their numbers, but it was fun anyway.

It has nothing to do with the fact that it made me feel like someone's paying attention. Nothing at all...

My blog is worth $6,209.94.
How much is your blog worth?

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Heya kids.

Just a quick note to let everyone know that I think that I am going to revert to a predominantly public journal again. For a long time I was doing almost exclusively private posts with the exclusion of art dumps and stuff that I specifically wanted out in the ether.

Why go back you ask? Well... today I was looking through old posts. As in - the first few posts I ever made in this journal. I really enjoyed the sense of just cracking open my ribcage and showing the world my guts. I stopped when I decided to embed this journal into the front page of my site in order to utilize it for 'news and updates'. I wanted to keep the length of that page to a minimum to keep it within the size constraints of an 800x600 viewable screen. I still wish to keep within the 800 parameter, but the 600 just seems a bit inefficient, so we're going back to not worrying about it.

Yes, I realize that I was posting pretty much exclusively for the every lovely [ profile] kar0na and her most excellent husband [ profile] metikulos at the time, but it's the concept that matters here. The concept that it was given freely and there for anyone to read if they chose to.

I will, of course, occasionally write a 'friends only' or 'private' post - but for the foreseeable future, it's back to being public for Yours Truly. If you would like to see what you've been missing and you have a livejournal account, feel free to friend me and let me know and I'll likely (though don't be offended if I decline) friend you back so that you can read the backdated stuff. (I won't be switching the friends only posts to public.)

Will the world really want to hear all of the rambling gunk that my friends have been subjected to as of late?

Probably not, but here it comes anyway. ;)
mrlich: Photo with great thanks to Joe del Tufo - (wolfin out)
Well kids, it's finally up - something new for 2006.

I'm working on a piece of fiction that I think that I posted before. Not sure though. It's "a Patch Story" that is really just 'filler'. That is to say that it's just something to give more flava to ol' Patch through a little trick that my bud Quito pointed out a while back. I'm breaking down the short story and segmenting it into panels so that I might actually do a mini-comic. No - this isn't really for publication or anything - more just for me to be able to say that I did it.

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