Following quoted by Dan himself:
Shaking The Laziness
I didn’t get as much time to work on my book last week. For those of you who may have not known, I was laid off from my full time job in October. So I work part-time doing graphic design from home, as well as working part-time on the weekends bartending. Last week I found myself with a bit of design work as well as running around getting prepared for a chili contest which took about 2 days. I did a little work on the book, although not as much as could have. It’s hard to shake the laziness of the past few months.
I probably have about 20 mostly nonsequential pages thumbed out. I’ve found that I’m getting a barebones scene thumbed out and then I want to immediately go back and flesh it out. I also have found that there are entire ideas I want to scrap and redo. It’s hard to resist the urge to rework what I already have but right now I need to just try and focus on getting ideas out of my head.
Btw, While I missed top 5 and therefore any prizes in the Chili contest, I did end up placing in 7th out of 25-28 contestants.
I read somewhere if you have the goal of writing a book, you should actually tell people your writing a book. Because telling people somehow makes your project more real.
I’m writing a Graphic novel.
Yes this was my New Year’s Resolution. In fact it’s been my life’s resolution, because since I was 24, I’ve told myself I’d be working on a graphic novel by the time I was 30. And like every good resolution I’ve put it off.
Anyways, I’ve been noodling with something.
Essentially the idea is about a musician/band who travels around to gigs with a piano. The idea came after an interview I read w/ Ben Folds about his early days of touring and how he once had to sleep on his piano. I found the logistics of trying to move a piano around from place to place on a regular basis interesting. I haven’t decided on the type of piano. I was originally thinking a an upright, but that seems like it would actually be a reasonable piano to move, so now I’m think maybe something like a baby grand is potentially more interesting.
I’ve yet solidify a plot but I’ve got an idea and it’s compelling enough for me to see what I can do with it. I’ve mostly just been thumbnailing some scenes into a sketchbook. I haven’t really organized anything yet. I’m really just hoping to get my ideas out, which really has been my biggest problem with writing.
I plan spending at least an hour a day working towards my goal for as long as it takes, and I’ll keep you all posted on at least a weekly basis.
Christ am I really 30!?
Just turned 30 on Monday. After the initial day of mourning, I’ve felt the need to reminisce. Tonight, I decide to visit Talkaboutcomics.com. I used to spend so much time on that board.
Hell looking at my profile it says I was still working in a coffee shop which was about 2002. I was still in college then, getting paid 6 bucks an hour slinging coffee, surviving off of pilfered junk food and subway, smoking heavily, living in the corner of a dank loft space and was depressingly single.
It’s hard to picture myself back then skinny, smelly, socially awkward, wearing a top hat, drinking heavily, desperately trying to act the part of the artist.
I don’t know, in a way I miss it, but I don’t. I liked the “adventures” I’d get in back then, but overall I think I was a pretty unhappy person. And I much prefer being happy.