Archive for November, 2008

NaNo-Write-No-More

Posted in NaNoWriMo, Process, writing on November 29, 2008 by scratchyb

I concede Defeat.  I stopped at 21, 170 words last week Wednesday, the 19th of November, with the full intention of continuing on with the 2008 National Novel Writing Month.  Then I never got a moment to sit down with a clear mind and move on in the story.  Thing is, I’m at the cusp of developing some new action in this plot, so I’m going to continue with the novel.  This series idea has been on my mind for too many years to simply give up on it.  But I can, and will, give up on this year’s NaNoWriMo.  I’m done.  I’ll run my own contest: National Novel Writing Three-Months.  That seems more reasonable, and takes the holidays into account.  Maybe I’ll have a nice draft finished for revision in February.

Anyway, this lets me prepare more hybrid-animal plaques in time for the holidays.

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Spiraling away

Posted in Art, Process, Technique with tags , , , , , , , , , on November 26, 2008 by scratchyb

I posted one of my original drawings on Etsy today.  It’s actually an older piece, inspired by a quote of a quote.  The quote as I first encountered it was in Caitlin Kiernan’s Threshold about extra-dimensional bogey beasts, and it was a quote taken from an Algernon Blackwood story called “The Willows”, also about extra-dimensional bogey beasts, although with a different tone and background.

The quote: “Our thoughts make spirals in their world . . .”

It inspired this mixed-media drawing, where I tried a large-scale stippling technique and added some minor collage for the spiraling eyes. Gold ink was washed over the nautilus shell in the background.

"Our thoughts make spirals . . ."

Nightmares from the Arbortoreum

Posted in animals, Art, Hybrids with tags , , , , , , , , on November 22, 2008 by scratchyb

There is a place where trees are planted that cannot, and will not, ever grow quite right.  Some people say they are insane, others say they’re just mutant trees.  They are all taken to a place of rest, a place free of animals and people.  An Arbortoreum.  There they sit in silence amongst each other, and while away their twisted days by dreaming of animals to dwell under and within their gnarled boughs.

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The Dowl, a deer/owl hybrid.

This is the start of a new series of original ink drawings done on basswood plaques.  These drawings will be available from the Old Scratch store as they appear.

NaNoWriMo Again

Posted in NaNoWriMo, writing with tags , , , , on November 7, 2008 by scratchyb

I did NaNoWriMo last year, and blogged about it in a separate and now deceased blog.  Well, I’m doing it again this year.  I’m up to 5,866 words so far.  Haven’t really been keeping up with posting my wordcount on the NaNoWriMo site, just because the site’s been a bit slow, probably crammed full of writers and “writers”.

This year is special.  I’m working on the first in a series, ostensibly YA but aimed at varying ages, about a girl from a very interesting family, who finds herself in exile from the planet Earth.  This is something that has been kicking around in my head and on multiple scraps of paper and files long lost on corrupt hard drives for maybe 13 years now, and since 13 is my lucky number, well, it’s time.

While I’ll be blogging a little bit about this, I’ll also be continuing to do a series of drawings on wood planks similar to the mixed animal drawings I’ve posted a few weeks earlier, and maybe I can work in a few more Mole-Men drawings for the 700 Mole Men project?  Because I’m a glutton for punishment and a workaholic, that’s why, and because I’ve never had so many great creative outlets at one time.  After this it’ll be nothing but games and movies and beer all winter long.  And I’ll feel like I’ve earned it.