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Filling in the Plot Holes

I was walking along one day.  It was a nice day, until I fell.  Fell into a gaping, dreadful plot hole.  I climbed my way out, brushed off the dirt, took a step, and fell into another.  The place where I was walking…was my comic script.  It really is an unsafe place.  No amount of hard hats and knee pads and band-aids are going to keep me safe there, especially if I keep on at this pace.  So I decided, a bit of maintenance is needed.

            And the best way to fix a plot hole is to fill it in.  I can’t just cover it up.  Someone might fall through again.  No, that simply wouldn’t do.  But, plot holes must be filled in with a very special kind of dirt.  And not even that yummy dessert that looks like dirt and has gummy worms in it.  It has to be even more special than that!

          So I got out my super special notebook and started writing about the past of each main character.  I know where they are now, but I don’t know why or how they got there.  I also wrote some general history and wrote more about June’s powers.  I was able to come up with some interesting ideas and answered some sharp and dangerous questions that would surely give me tetanus if I ever fell on them again.

            It took several days of toil, but I have made myself a safe place to work again.  I feel much better about my story, and I have all kinds of scenes for the ending swirling about in my head.

            I want it to be epic.  I want it to be suspenseful.  I want to make people cry.

A Duck with a Shovel

On Second Thought

Change of plans, methinks.  I’ve been trying to work on my art, comic script, and the second draft of my novel, and I’m realizing…that is too much to do at once.  So I decided, the novel can wait.  I’ll get back to it once the comic script is done.  Also, I am currently working on pictures of my comic characters (though, I won’t show you guys all of them because I don’t want to spoil anything), and I think I should start practicing backgrounds, though I don’t know if I will.  That’s something I’ve also been lacking on, which is why I don’t like drawing them.

            I have submitted my poems to seven publishers now.  My first reply is expected by mid-November or maybe even earlier.  I’m excited!  I would love for my stuff to be published!

            Blog-wise, I know the posts have been a little slow lately, but I’m trying to hurry it up.  And I’m adding more art to the other pages, so I’d appreciate it if you guys would take a look every once in a while.

The Duck with a New Plan

More Comic Details

Finally working more on the comic again.  Currently finishing up issue 4 and I thought I’d give more details on how my comic will be organized.  The beginning lasts several issues, where the characters get an idea of just what the heck is going on (but it’s not slow-paced).  And then, I want several (or maybe more than several) issues with different adventures they have along the way.  Each issue will have its own new characters and problems to solve.  They will also be working towards solving the greater evil along the way, as well as working towards improving their skills, June especially.  And eventually they’ll reach their final destination, which will likely be several issues.  There are many things they don’t know yet, and many surprises that await them.  I don’t know how long it’s going to be, but I want it to be a decent length.  And it will be a while before any big secrets are revealed.  I don’t even know all of them yet.  I’m getting new ideas as I go along.  I got a new one right now….

            Also, along the way, there’s another plot involving characters the two main ones met early on.  Currently, their names are Flynn and Gretchen.  They will have their own story, too, that will be fairly important.  I want to make it tie into the main plot a lot, but I don’t have it all worked out yet.  I haven’t started it yet, either, but likely soon.

            By the way, Gretchen is a character I’ve had for a while.  I just decided to use her in the comic, and she fits in nicely.  I’ll put her picture up soon, I think.  Flynn was made for the comic, though the name is from a dream I had.  I don’t know if it’s a real name or not (though my spell check has no problem with it), but it sounded good.  Most other characters were created for the comic.  One important one I simply made the name up for a while ago, and another important one came from a dream.  Dreams can be quite useful.  But, also scary sometimes.

            I look forward to telling you guys more.  And showing more pictures!  Hooray!

Indeed an Excited Duck

How I Started Writing

I haven’t been writing quite as long as I’ve been drawing, of course, but it makes little difference.  It seems to me that writing naturally improves with age more so than drawing does, and I certainly have improved a lot.  When I look back at the things I wrote many years ago, they are just silly.  I wrote several stories, some through to the end, some unfinished, but they mainly all consisted of people traveling across wide areas.  That’s all I could think of for fantasy stories.  They always had to do something that was really far away.  One story was three little “books” worth of this.  And to add to my already lacking skills, I just didn’t know how to make them very long, and I didn’t like the characters, either.

            I did try to send one in to publishers, though.  Somehow I must have liked it at the time, for whatever reason.  Obviously, no luck.  And my hopes of becoming a novelist soon faded away.  I didn’t care anymore.  I couldn’t write well enough anyway.

            And then, just for fun, I wrote a story I actually liked.  That I still like.  I mentioned it in an earlier blog, the one I started redoing.  That one had a sequel that wasn’t too bad, either, (and then I started another one that was not very good and not really related to the first two at all, which I didn’t finish).  It was funny, back then I enjoyed killing off almost every character.  I even killed one character, then brought her back, then killed her again.

            Anyway, since the first two stories, the first especially, weren’t too bad, I decided to redo the first one.  As I said, I started getting lazy.  I skipped parts that I didn’t feel like doing, then, just stopped altogether.

            And then it was that dream that gave me the idea for my current one, which is now about 58,000 words and almost done.  First, I read Stephen King’s “On Writing”, and then got started shortly afterward.  I don’t know what happened, but I am much more determined to finish my stories now.  Especially now that I know I can write something novel-length.  It may not be really long, but it’s a novel, and I’m satisfied.

            I’m also working occasionally on poems, but the novel is my main goal.  After that, I will likely take a break from novel writing for a little bit and work on more poems and short stories.  I have a small list of ideas.  We’ll see.

            By the way, I finally put my avatar up.  And I’m starting to draw up some of my comic book characters.  Perhaps I’ll show you some time.  Wouldn’t that be grand?

 An Indeed Duck