September 2018 Overview

So! What did I accomplish in September?

The Land of Two Moons

I wrote 40 pages. This means I finished chapter 8 (which was in-progress at the end of August), finished chapter 9 entirely, and started chapter 10, which I am already halfway through.

I’ve been looking at my “outline” (it’s really just a list of events and plot points that I need to get to, roughly in order) and it seems that I may have to move some events forward chronologically. There’s no real reason not to, and the only other option is a timeskip, which I really don’t want to do.

The Land of Two Moons is supposed to be a script for a webcomic. I was previously scripting about 5-7 panels per page, but with the start of chapter 9, I changed this to be two panels per page – one on top of the other, split roughly in the middle. Now that I’ve been doing this for a while, I can say that I like it a lot more! I feel like there’s less filler & fluff in what I’ve been writing.

Of course, when I’m editing the prologue and chapters 1-8, I’ll have to go and fix those pages to fit this new format. Perhaps I’ll be able to entirely throw out or rework some scenes that I felt were weak when I was writing them.

The Book of Immortality

I started working on an editing outline, which means I’ve been writing a 2-4 sentence summary of each chapter and also taking note of what I need to change or remove.

I’ve only gone through four chapters. Four out of forty. I’m only 10% of the way through this.

Oops?

NaNoWriMo 2018

I’ve figured out my rough plot, named all my main characters (though I may need to create another one), started work on a galaxy map, and drew a character lineup!

nano2018lineup
Left to right: Rebekka Tadesse, Tareka, Hua Mujin, Sháńdíín Blackwood, Ivan Voronin

Artwork

I also drew a bunch of art this month. All of them were originally posted on my Tumblr and on Pillowfort, which I joined at the beginning of September.

mountainoverwatch
I’m really proud of the way I drew/shaded the clouds on this one. Posted September 1st on Tumblr and Pillowfort.
breezymuxi
Posted September 2nd on Tumblr and Pillowfort.
mujin sword
The first drawing I did of Mujin. Posted September 4th on Tumblr and Pillowfort.
mulankneeling
Some concept art for Mulan, Mujin’s older sister who went missing. Posted September 10th on Tumblr and Pillowfort.
oceanoverlook
A 1 hour, 1 layer speedpainting I did on September 15th. Posted to Tumblr and Pillowfort.

October is NaNoWriMo prep month…

And there’s still quite a lot of preparation I need to do. First and foremost, I need to figure out a working title for this project. Right now I’m just calling it “Nano 2018”, which is okay at the moment. It won’t be okay when it isn’t NaNoWriMo.

I also need to name a few more star systems (this is a space opera) and figure out the exact route the main characters are going to take through the galaxy. That shouldn’t be so bad, since it’s not nearly as difficult for me to do that as it is to think of a title.

I am bad at titles.

But there are other things to do in October!

I just remembered that Inktober happens in October. I don’t know whether or not I want to do it. If it wasn’t the end of the month, I would be leaning toward “yes”. I may do a few ink drawings, but I don’t be doing one every day.

I also want to continue working on my editing outline for The Book of Immortality. If I outline a couple of chapters each Saturday and Sunday, I ought to be done with the whole book by the end of October. Then it’ll be ready for editing, which will happen…sometime. Maybe in 2019, depending on how long it takes me to finish this year’s NaNo novel.

The next blog post will go up on October 31st! I’ll see y’all then.

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