What Have I Been Up To?

Sometimes I’m not as active on this blog as I’d like to be. There are a lot of reasons I won’t bore you with, other than to say that I haven’t abandoned the blog, and do not and have never intended to abandon the blog. I do absolutely abhor posting something that I feel was rushed, or is incomplete, or that I want to post as a series but got interrupted from finishing the series.

But some of you may be wondering what I’ve been up to, otherwise? Well, a lot of why I haven’t been here is my fiction writing. In July, I wrote a Pokemon/Doctor Who fanfiction that narrowly failed to place in a fanfiction contest due to insufficient research. That actually is a running theme throughout my fiction writing in 2013, 2014, and possibly 2015: not having enough time to do things well. My novel from 2013 is still in progress due to not having made a whole lot of progress. I attempted two other short stories in 2014 with the intent to publish them, but failed to meet the submission deadlines due to not willing to deprive myself of the amount of sleep that would have been needed to meet those deadlines amid work, at least not unless there was a significantly larger chance of being chosen with the material I had.

An interesting side effect of 2014 was that I prepared my material with the intent of 2014 being a huge year for blogging. I do still have backlog prepared to post; however, I did not want to post all old material without writing new things in 2014. However, 2014 also became a year where a significant portion of my time was spent writing things not intended for the blog. Most of my focus for the past three months has actually been on a fan fiction. Interesting story to that – the franchise that I’m writing the story for is one that has gone on to be continued only in comics, and was also inspired by a line from a comic. So I decided…why not make it a comic? I tried to write and draw comics back when I was in Middle School. Those were extremely unprofessional and I wasn’t familiar with the concept of a script at that time, but it’s still a thing I’ve wanted to do for ages.

So right now, a large chunk of my time is devoted to this particular work. As someone who has read and reviewed comics and is familiar with the differences between media, I am confident that I can take the steps needed to adapt a prose story to a comic script. I am going to finish the prose story, both because it’s helpful to establish a story within a medium I’m familiar with before I branch out and because I feel I can personally experience more of the story when I don’t feel guilty writing lengthy internal monologues. The real tricky part is going to be getting back to drawing, which is something I haven’t done since a failed attempt at a webcomic back in 2010.

So this is an interesting project. It’s a universe that I’m not familiar writing with, though with my short time of involvement with it I already feel like I can wear it snugly, in a form of writing I’m not at all familiar with writing but am very familiar with reading, and that will require me to advance my other artistic skills to match (unless, of course, either somebody is will to take on some of the artistic roles for me or Dark Horse is willing to do so). I’m stepping outside my comfort zone, and even though that is going to take me away from my blogging duties, I’m excited about what that entails in the long-term.

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