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
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
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
It is almost time to start submitting my poems to publishers. I’ve fixed the format, did a little research. Now I just need to decide who I’m sending it to, type up whatever I need, then, get sending. I am sending them to magazines, mainly Literary Magazines (as they’re listed in the Writer’s Market). They’re kind of the medium magazines, between the well-known ones like Ellery Queen and the small circulation ones.
I’m sending my favorite poem, “The Nameless Grave”, the silly “Laments of a Spider”, and the free form prose poem, “To Catch a Comet”, inspired by a picture I did with the same name. Maybe I’ll show it to you sometime.
I have several literary magazines picked out so far and am finishing up the cover letters for them. So far, I can only send to three of the five I’ve looked at because the other two don’t take stuff this time of year. I’ll find more to send to soon, too. I’m just taking it a couple publishers at a time.
So we shall see if my hard work has paid off. Wish me luck.
The Unpublished Duck