We moved into our new apartment a week ago today. However, we have not had any internet access (or phone service). I could get a cable modem instead of DSL, but I already had a contract with AT&T and cable modems are more expensive. Yes, I’m a cheap bastard. Anyway, we’re supposed to get it all hooked up today, but if that doesn’t happen, I may blow my top.
I haven’t worked on the new comic at all. I’ve tried a couple of times over the last week, but either my brain or my eyes have been too tired due to my long working hours in front of the laptop. However, I have done a little work for a coworker who asked me to do a website to sell his poetry book. It’s not a very big site, so it shouldn’t take too long and it’ll be good experience for me.
While “Born in the Grave” currently sits idle for a little while, I’ve also been thinking about other stories. One, which is tentatively entitled “Dead to Me,” is based on a historic story I heard many years ago. It’s about a man who gives his son to someone in exchange for a chest full of gold with the stipulation that he’d get the son back when he pays back the gold. Instead, when the debt comes due, the man says the other guy can keep the son since he has the hammer (himself) and anvil (his wife) to make another. I was thinking about the plot and it occurred to me that I didn’t want to write another father-son story, but I realized that if I changed the genders, it would make for a more interesting (and perhaps controversial) plot. In other words, instead of a father and son, it would be a mother who had given up her own daughter. I’m still thinking about the details, but it might have enough pathos to be a good plot.
A quick update: we safely moved ourselves down to Kansas City on Sunday, but we found out our apartment complex won’t be ready until next Saturday (which is when our furniture will likely arrive). Even so, my new job involves working 12 hour days, 6 days a week for the foreseeable future! That may mean I’m going to be pretty tired in the evenings and may not want to jump right on the computer after spending all day working on one. Never fear, however, because I really want to get started on this story, so even if my eyes are bleeding, I will work on Magnus Black! ;-)
By the way, one of the perks of my new job is getting a $500 stipend for buying a new computer. I intend to use it to get one with more RAM and faster processor, which should make rendering in Poser easier (I hope!).
I got the job here in Kansas City (where I’m currently writing this). This weekend, I will be flying back to Chicago so we can coordinate the movers on Saturday and then drive back down to KC on Sunday. However, the movers won’t get our furniture, etc. to us until the week of Aug. 14th so I don’t plan on continuing the new story until that following weekend. Basically, there’s just a lot of real-world stuff going on that is delaying Magnus Black. I’m eager to see if people will like the new story, so I’d like to get it going as soon as possible.