The night of 8/25/19, I had a rather creepy dream that I wanted to write down before I forgot. It has often been my intention to write a short story based off of some of my more interesting dreams, but as is often the case with a good number of my little side projects, it never quite happens. Nevertheless, the least I can do is share it with all of you, my dear readers. Continue reading The Duck Dreams of Things Lurking in the Shadows
I recently started my next comic, but I’ve been pretty lazy on it and only did the first page or so. Bah! I’ll get back to it soon. Now’s a good time to tell you guys what it’s about, though.
When I wrote my post “A Quest for a Pen”, I suddenly got an idea, as if slapped by a Muse. A metaphorical journey to become an artist, learning new skills, practicing those skills, and also finding the perfect tools. It gave me the idea of a world drained of color and happiness, and a young girl finds a beautiful, colorful bird that remembers what it used to be like when the whole world had color. So she and the bird go on a quest to restore color and happiness to everyone. Along the way, she’ll find weapons to use against evil, such as a magical eraser for destroying evil Smudges. She’ll also get other tools, including an inking pen and such. I haven’t decided on all of it yet.
Also, the comic is going to start off in black and white except for the bird. Artsy and inexpensive! As it goes on, I will add colors and such, perhaps up until the main characters defeat the main evil creature/person/whatever. I am quite excited about this project, despite the fact that I’m slacking on it. I should get back to writing the script and designing the characters soon, I hope.
An Artsy Duck
I have wanted to become an artist for several years, but I was thinking of something that made me even more determined to become good at art. Two things, really. Maybe more, I don’t know. Anyway, a while ago, I got the comic “Star Wars: Visionaries”, which actually has several little comics from concept artists that worked on, well, Star Wars. It was really fun to look at all those different styles. Some I liked more than others, but they were all unique and awesome. It’s one of my favorite comics. Maybe my favorite.
Then, one day I heard about “The Art of Star Wars: Episode III”, and needless to say, I needed it. It was actually pretty rare, I think, but I managed to find it, and it has so much amazing art. Many, many pages of it, both with ideas they used and ones they didn’t. I want so very much to be that good someday. Even half that good. I have far to go. And I really need to work on backgrounds. I’ll never be good at them if I rarely practice them. I am so naughty.
So if anyone likes Star Wars and art, check out those books if you can. Good stuff. I also have “Star Wars: Panel to Panel” Volumes 1 and 2, which has good artwork from different Star Wars comics. Not quite as awesome as the previous two books I mentioned, but still good.
I never thought I’d want to do comics. I did a few issues about 4 or 5 years ago, about these mongooses, but it was boring and my ideas weren’t great. More recently, I did a few small comic strips, mostly about video games, and at first they were really annoying to make, all those little pictures to draw, but then they started to get easier.
Then, I went to a couple of comic conventions and saw all the comic artists there showing off their stuff, and I realized, I want to do that. Most jobs are just private things. You do your work in the office or store or whatever, and no one sees what you do outside of that, or cares to. But, it seems comic artists can show off their work. It’s not meant to stay confined to where they work. And I want my art to be seen and my stories, as well. I want people to want to meet me, to see who it was that made a certain thing. So I started trying to think of an idea for a comic.
At first, I was at a loss. Maybe something silly, about…I don’t know…an evil breakfast item? No. And then one day I was wondering if there was anyone out there who would want to read about my dreams. I know, it sounds a little arrogant, but I’ve been writing them down for the last several years. They are actually quite fun to read, some downright hilarious. And then it came to me, I’ll use my dreams to build a comic book story!
So I got to thinking of what I could do, reading through and organizing my dreams into categories for later use. Character ideas, storylines, locations, creatures, random. But, one night, I dreamt of a blue city and a man stalking two people that, when I woke up, somehow started twisting itself into my current idea.
Yes, it draws its inspiration from my dreams and also original characters from the past, but it’s no longer just a silly series of ridiculous adventures. I’ve added more seriousness to it, but the humor isn’t gone. There’s also some philosophical stuff, but not in a boring way. I hope there will be surprises and that people will want to keep reading so they can follow the mysteries as they unravel.
What still remains of my dreams are many of the locations, some scenarios, and also one character and one character’s name. The rest consists of original ideas from me, either completely new or from things I’ve done before.
So far, I’ve designed several characters, but many need work. The settings are in my head, but most aren’t on paper yet. I’ve also written the first two issues and started the third so far. I hope people will be interested in it. Genre-wise, it’s more sci-fi, I suppose, but not with aliens and space travel or any of that, so it has a bit of fantasy, too, but more high-tech than my novel.
The Ducky of Indeed
So you must be thinking, isn’t she going to say what her stuff is about? Huh? Well, yes and no. Which equals kinda. I would like to tell you all about it, but since I’m afraid of someone stealing my ideas, I’ll only tell you a little bit for now. The Internet can be a scary place, no?
First of all, when it comes to my writing in general, I like dark things, fantasy, sci-fi. When it comes to fantasy, I don’t write about elves and dwarves and those types of things, though. More vampires, witches, ghosts. With sci-fi, more machines and “oh, my gosh, the world will be destroyed if something’s not done!” type of thing. I don’t do alien stuff yet, but perhaps someday when I can actually think of cool designs for such things. Also, I like to make characters very different from what you’d expect. No stereotypical vampires, witches, or even villains. And I like to keep in mind that villains don’t think they’re doing anything bad.
I’ve written two poems I may try to publish, one written several years ago, after I read all of Edgar Allen Poe’s work. I revised it recently, and I hope to start sending it in soon. I can’t describe it without giving away too much. Just Poe-inspired. My other poem is based on a picture I did. It’s very simple, based on the innocence of a child who thinks she can achieve something impossible….
I wrote a darker novel a few years ago, and I felt quite proud of it. I wrote the entire thing, actually, but it’s not publish-worthy material. So, I decided to seriously redo it. Rethink what will happen and why. I’m no longer satisfied with, “Oh, they’re the chosen one, so that’s why they must save the world.” There has to be a better reason that that. Sometimes it works, but it may not for an unpublished author like myself. I started rewriting it, then, got lazy with it. I’ll get back to it someday.
But before I did continue with it, I had this bizarre dream. It was random bits of this adventure, a creature fighting a very evil man. (And another character came from another later dream, too.)
And I figured out how this vague dream idea could turn into a story. That is the novel I have almost finished, a girl and her two companions, fighting an enemy who seems unstoppable, who has lied in wait for hundreds of years because of the simple mistake of not killing him when they (not the main characters) had the chance. Each of the three heroes has a personal reason for defeating this menace, who believes it was really the king he overthrew that was causing the trouble. I fear I have not planned it out as well as I should have before I began, but I’ve gone too far to give up now (Over 50,000 words so far, woo, it’s a novel now!). I’m going to finish and rewrite what wasn’t done well, and perhaps it may not be a bad story.
Well, that’s all for now. I’ll tell you about my comic next time. It’s even more complicated to explain. And someday, when my story is fixed up, maybe I’ll type up part of it for you all. I hope you’ll enjoy it.
The Indeed Duck