Monday, March 27, 2006

Chapter 11 Online!

A day late, I was able to publish chapter 11 on Sunday. Actually, I should’ve scheduled it for then anyway, but for some reason I didn’t give myself the whole weekend when I originally set the publish date. I still would have been on time, however, but I decided to rewrite the script for page 10. After doing the renders, I was setting up the dialogue when I decided it wasn’t as good as I wanted. I tried doing the re-write immediately, but as usual that didn’t go off well. When I become unhappy with a script, I really have to set it aside for a day so I can let my mind work in the background. Once I did that, I was able to write it quickly.

I will start the preliminary steps for the next chapter this week, mostly putting the set together. There will be two, possibly three sets for chapter 12. It will also include the return of one of the most popular characters in the story: Left Lucy!

Monday, March 20, 2006

Talk is Cheap

I’ve finished pages 7 and 8, and started page 9. I had another bout of writer’s block last week, but I managed to break through that as well. I still need to write the final few pages, but I hope to do that today or tomorrow. I’m still hopeful that I’ll be able to publish on time (this coming weekend), but we’ll have to see.

One the challenges of this chapter is the fact that it’s all dialogue with really no action per se. Since the set is also the same throughout, it’s been difficult to make the chapter visually interesting. I’ve used various camera angles etc. to try and keep it as fresh as possible.

Sunday, March 12, 2006


I haven’t been very productive over the last week. I’ve basically been doing the renders that correspond to the script I wrote a couple of weeks ago, but I haven’t written anything new since. So, for the last few days I’ve been having more writer's block and a general sense of drifting, creatively speaking. I’ve also had some eye problems of late too. My new job involves testing on laptops and it’s led to a lot of eyestrain. This has lead to problems when I’m home, trying to work on the comic.

Speaking of my new job, I was introduced to a person there who’s involved in a No Brand Con, “Wisconsin's premiere anime, gaming, and video gaming convention.” He suggested I submit a sample of my comic for the convention. I gave him the first six pages of chapter 10 (Lt. Burke’s boarding of the Provocateur), so we’ll see if I win (or get an honorable mention or something). I’m a bit insecure about the work I do, so it would be nice to get some recognition if that happens.

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Ch 11 Progressing Well, So Far . . .

I managed to work through the writer’s block that I had been working with for a week or two. I wrote enough material for several pages, and I’ve actually finished pages one through five already. I had enough done to put the preview up on the website. I set the estimated publish date for March 25th. I think that’s very reasonable and I might even get done before that, although I don’t want to jinx it.

There are only two more chapters and the epilogue left in the story, so things are getting down to the end. Makes me a little nervous, but I’m just plugging along as always – methodically.