If we were having coffee, I would tell you it’s my birthday!
So I would probably tell you about my plans going forward. Life plans. Dream-accomplishing plans. Read on for those – I’d love some input!
I would tell you that I have a non-fiction book mapped out based on some of our content here on Comparative Geeks. More on that at a later date. And I have no idea how I would publish it – e-book publish it and go? Find a local, in-state publisher? See if a bigger press has any interest? We shall see.
I would tell you that, of course I have something like that in mind. For as long as I can remember, I wanted to be a writer. I was writing books in Kindergarten. I still have plans to write a story based on characters I started developing at age 10.
And this blog is in many ways a response to me wanting to be a writer. Because fast forward to college, and when I told people – like adult people – that I wanted to write, they would always ask if I had a blog. Well, blog achieved! And it’s gotten and kept us writing for almost three years now!
But one thing to come to terms with, for me, is the fact that because I’ve been planning all this so long, dreaming and thinking about it, the doing of it seems to get harder over time. On the one hand, the feeling that it’s “too late,” and on the other the realization that actually, I’m not particularly old at all. No matter how old the Geek Baby makes me feel…
Something that the blogging has made me realize is that maybe my initial thoughts – a novel – are not what I would write. Maybe it’s comics. Probably it’s comics. Of course it’s comics.
I’ve asked some artistic friends, and have not yet found anyone who feels as strongly as I do about creating a comic. I’ve decided not to be daunted. I’ve decided that I can do art, right? So I’ve been experimenting with that. You can see the results over on our Instagram, if you’re interested – I’ve been sharing a sketch a day in October.
In fact, I would like you to be interested. Because what I want to do next with my sketches is work on some character design. I am resigned to the fact that I am going to be drawing in a cartoon style. But I’ve now read Understanding Comics – so that means I’m actually kind of happy with a cartoon style.
What I need is repeatability – the ability to have a character, and be able to draw them again and again. In different poses, different angles, doing different things. So at first here I’ve been playing around with different ways to draw: sketching on paper, sketching on a tablet, and even – disastrously – combining the two.
I’ve liked some of what I have done on the tablet – particularly background scenes and such. Some of my sketches of just our living room and such I’ve really liked as a style. But if you know me or the blog very much… it’s Science Fiction and Fantasy I’ll be doing. My quiet living room scenes – do they have much to do, visually, with those genre?
What I haven’t liked on the tablet is drawing people. And I feel in particular that I have terrible repeatability on the tablet. But figuring out how to solidly combine the two could take a ton of learning with the technology – is that the best use of my time? Or another delay?
Because with the new year, I would like to have a webcomic going.
That’s where I’m going with all of this, for now. I’m torn on whether to do short stories, or a long one – please tell me which you think would be better in the comments below. I’m also planning on a comics-related NaNoWriMo – if a picture is worth 1000 words, then I’m thinking 50 comics panels should do the trick.
So yeah. If we were having coffee, I would be telling you that I’m going to be starting a webcomic soon. And wanting to have your input. So take a sip, think it over, and let me know!