NaNoWriMo 2019

I won on the 27th with 50,039 words. 33,074 of those words went to finishing the rewrite of The Book of Immortality, while the rest was spent on two other things.

The first thing was a story idea that I’d had bouncing around in my head for a few months. I got 16,000 words into it before I realized it wasn’t working and then shelved it.┬áMaybe one day I can come back to it and work it into something worthwhile. At the moment, it’s still a half-formed idea that isn’t going anywhere.

The second thing is the rework of Samael, a novel I started writing in 2015. I’ve just started on this one, and I like it so much better! I feel like my heart’s actually in it. I’ve also been plotting it out in my head from time-to-time since 2015, so I’ve actually got an idea of what’s going to happen and how it’s going to end.

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Overall, I wrote 53,826 words. Things seem pretty consistent when I look at my overall progress.

However, my daily word count proves this was not the case.

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Everything was pretty consistent until the 15th, which is when I finished the rewrite of The Book of Immortality. Everything after that is quite the yo-yo.

I’m glad that the new NaNoWriMo site is giving me the ability to see my day-to-day word counts. It’s not something I keep track of graphically, so it’s interesting to see just how much things vary on a day-to-day basis.

After all that writing, I’m definitely going to spend December taking it easy.

Anyway, if you participated in NaNoWriMo, how did you do?

The Land of Two Moons: Chapter 1 Thoughts

My webcomic, The Land of Two Moons, has just recently concluded its first chapter!

Okay, there was a prologue first, so it’s not technically the first chapter. But I have been posting pages continually since the prologue started on January 31st. Chapter 1 ended on July 30th. That’s six months of posting two pages per week. I didn’t miss a single update.

And that’s because I managed to keep an 8-10 page buffer the entire time.

When I was drawing the first chapter, I found that I work best when I pencil out the entire chapter, then start inking & shading pages at random. This is extremely beneficial for several reasons, but for these two in particular:

  1. The artwork of the entire chapter is much more consistent than it would be if I was drawing one page at a time.
  2. I get to finish the easiest pages/panels first, and can spend more time on the difficult/more complex pages.

Artwise, I feel like I improved. I didn’t get much better at drawing buildings or furniture or people, but I did get better at drawing faster. It doesn’t take me as long to draw a page as it used to.

Am I satisfied with this chapter? Yes, even though it’s more than twice the length of the rest of the chapters, and there’s only two panels per page (this is changing in chapter 3), and it’s fairly poorly shaded and I’m still figuring things out art-wise. It definitely did what I intended it to do, which is to introduce the two protagonists – Veitlen and Nymue.

I actually don’t have very many more thoughts on chapter 1, mostly because I just finished drawing the entirety of chapter 2. And that chapter starts on August 13th, if you’re curious.

I’ll probably (maybe) do one of these again when chapter 2 ends. Until then!