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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

Novel Draft 2 Has Begun

So I’ve recently started draft 2 of my novel.  I’m marking parts that should be fixed with black, good parts with blue, (so I’ll leave them be), and red for parts that are really bad.  Then, I’m making small fixes right in the notebook and bigger fixes on a separate page.  There are 385 notebook pages, and so far I’ve done about 21.  Still a lot left, but we have some big problems to fix in parts.  It is satisfying once I clear up a big issue and make the story run smoothly again.

            As I go, I would also like to expand on the characters, give better detail, and so on.  In “On Writing”, Stephen King says to make the second draft shorter, but the way I write, I think it’ll be better to make it longer.  When I first wrote my novel, I figured it out as I went along and sometimes just had to write whatever and struggle through some hard parts.  This time, I can see the whole story at once so I know what sections need erasing and where it needs fleshing out (which is a creepy phrase, but it works here).

            After that, the story should be pretty much “complete”, and by that, I mean the extra details will be added, plot holes fixed, and so on.  So I can really fix it up in draft 3 and then get ready for typing the final draft.  Huzzah!  I hope to have some poems published by then so people will be more likely to consider the novel, too.  I won’t let all this hard work go to waste!

The Duck of Draft 2

What the Duck’s Been Doing

The duck has been doing a lot lately.  It is an exciting time, really.  I sent my poems to my first publisher (well, excluding my attempts years ago with that cruddy “novel” I wrote) just recently and am working towards finishing several more cover letters to be sent to even more publishers.  And then getting even more ready for even more publishers.  I’m just gonna keep cranking them out.  My reply from the first publisher is expected in 4 months, so mid-January.  Gah, the suspense!  Quack!

            Also, next weekend, I hope to get started on draft 2 of my novel.  I’m also about 10 pages or a little less into issue 5 of my comic, and I recently got another idea for a novel.  I like it quite much, and it will likely include some memories I have to give it better detail and make it more personal than some of my other work.  I already have the beginning planned out, and it can merge with another novel idea I got, too.

            I also just finished up picture number 80.  Just 20 to go until 100!  Next up, I’m working on characters from issue 4 of the comic, two sisters, that I’ll be putting in the Comic Characters page.  I also plan on adding more pictures, maybe fan art and original art, very, very soon.

            And of course, I’m on disc 3 of Final Fantasy XIII.  Just got past the Earthworks.  Great game!  Will write a post for it when I’m done.  Just beat two tough enemies.  Yeah, I’m good.

An Active Duck

Novel Draft 1 Done

Finally finished with my novel a few days ago!  Yes!  It took 127 days, 385 notebook pages, and is just short of 75000 words, which should be in the range of 250–300 pages (since I read that books usually have about 250 to 300 words per page).  Some details are still missing, and I haven’t worked in breaks for chapters yet, but I’ll figure it out.  I will wait 6 weeks before doing draft 2 because that’s what Stephen King says to do.  Gotta fix some things, add more action in places, better dialogue, etc.  I’ll be returning to it around September 25, at the earliest.

            When I started the novel, I only knew that my main character would go find this special item and then use it to defeat the enemy, just about two parts to it, but it turned into something much more.  Three parts, three main characters, even more evil to defeat.  I figured out a lot of the story as I wrote it, and things fell into place pretty well.

            I’m really glad I finished it.  I started a little bit before the middle of April, I believe.  I remember a little while ago I was getting serious doubts about the story.  I didn’t think I could finish it.  It just wasn’t right.  But, I had to.  Or else, I had wasted my time.  So I kept on, and things started getting easier again, and the rest was more or less a breeze.

            So I hope there is a good amount of character development and change, excitement, humor, and mystery.  I used the “Break into Fiction” book (by Mary Buckham and Dianna Love) a little bit to help me know what kinds of things I should add into my novel to make it successful.  I hope I did it right and very much hope that people will enjoy my little tale.  There is no swearing or dirty stuff, but there is some violence, but not too bad, because that’s what I do.

            Someday, I would like to put up some pictures of the characters and maybe an excerpt or two, but not yet.  The pictures may come about sooner than I’m planning, but the excerpts will be a while longer.  Must fix them up more…and choose which parts to do in the first place.

The Novelist Duck

A New Blog is Born

I have a blog!  Wow!  Hello and welcome!  I felt like writing about my attempts to pursue my numerous, little hobbies.  What I have been working on is writing and art, and I would love to earn money with these things someday.

            So anyway, I like to draw pictures on Photoshop, for one thing.  Fan art and original stuff.  Perhaps, I’ll show you some time.  And a few poems that I need to try and get published, and I’m writing a novel (Aren’t we all?).  No, seriously, I actually am.  And many parts of it disturb me, but they say most people never finish a novel, so I will, if for nothing more than to rub it in people’s faces.  (I’m at about 48,000 words so far.  I heard 50,000 is novel length.)  Also, because I love them, because I want people to think I’m awesome and want to see me at conventions, and because it is likely what I need to further improve my art skills (if that’s the word to describe what I have), I’m working on a comic.  Not sure how many issues yet, but I got most of the plot planned out and I’m guessing 19 pages of the script.  I’m a busy, busy manatee.  Yet, surprisingly not.

            So, this is dedicated to my “creative” endeavors.  Any beginners who’d like help, I’d be happy to (and I mean beginning beginners).  Any professionals or really anyone above the amateur level, I’d gladly heed your advice.  So please join me as I log my efforts to obtain success and all-around awesomeness.

 The Duck of Indeed