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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.

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On selling things

Posted in Art with tags , , , , , , on August 20, 2008 by scratchyb

I’m a bad salesman.  Quite possibly, I’m the only person who could come back from a sales trip with a negative balance.  Which is why I don’t do it.  I have no confidence in my product, even when I have faith in what I produce.  When I managed to produce artwork in the past, it was often something I’d squirrel away against some future hope that it could be part of a portfolio.  I once harbored the dream of getting a few illustration jobs here and there.  But, the professional attitude, the know-how, and the networking simply weren’t there.

Anyway, now I’m pushing ahead my own way, and to hell with the way things are done.

In Other News . . . I’m working on another block print.  It’s a project I started in April, and had to drop for a while when I moved this summer.  Now that I’m getting everything sorted out again, it’s time to pick up this project.  It’ll be a giant centipede, printed in separate segments, probably on a nice Japanese paper, or something that appeals to me.

And, returning to my love of pen and ink, I’ve got a series of drawings cooking that should be wicked enough to live up to my moniker.