April 2017 in Review

Well, this April had some serious ups and downs. Since I am clampering out of the down right now, I am not very happy with it. But objectively seen, it was a decent month with some very great weeks. I’ll feel better about it with a bit of distance.

Art

Four new sketches and five republished images  – Roughly the same as last month.

I do worry that I am running out of things to re-run soon. The trick to Instagram seems to be a combination of posting frequency with the right hashtags, at least in my case. Posting quality does not seem to matter much, although I know artists notoriously bad at assessing their own work.  So make more, publish more, see what sticks.

Well, maybe that’s the trick to build an audience in general, I know all my favourite artists and authors are the highly productive ones. I tend to forget those who are better but only put out stuff once in a while.

Writing

I actually posted a non-review blog post, so this new blog thing is working out! Still need a decent skin for it, though.

Wordcount: 66.376 – only roughly 4k more than last month.

Time I spent writing: 9:08h

Time I spent editing: 3:31h

I reached the end of my free writing on Nyx and Nyssa; I’ve seen the whole arc of the story and so I started editing it. Story-brain got impatient with it, and now I know enough about the characters that I can bring, you know, character to them.

But maybe editing is not the right word? I’m turning Draft Zero into Draft One; I sort through that word vomit to sort out what’s usable, what’s not and adding character telling moments and story meat here and there.

Draft Zero isn’t a story yet, I am making it one now.

Health & Happiness

Much of this month has been taken up by visiting my family over Easter and oh, I loved it. Hadn’t had so much fun and joy in ages.

I crashed hard afterwards, though. Staying in a different place with different habits always messes with my habits, and I need my habits to stay mentally healthy. So I started binging again, both on food and on video games – Rimworld’s good, but that’s not the main reason I play it all the damn time. Nope, that’s my brain being off-kilter.

On the upside: I started running again, redoing my trainings program from the beginning. It works; I need my runs.  I expect things to get better soon.

Brainstorming plot can be quite useful…

But only if you can focus on the part of the story you right now have to work at.

No brain. NO. I do not need ideas about Theo’s first marriage. It’s at least five years ahead from where we are in the story. I need a character-appropriate ways for Nyx to smash things. Not her reactions to people trying to put her into a dress, as funny as they may be.

Brain, no. BEHAVE.

Detail work like editing seems to help, at least a bit.

March 2017 in Review

Yikes. March just flew by.

It was a tough month for me, both emotionally and health-wise, but it was nothing I couldn’t handle and so I still got a good amount of stuff done.

I am glad I am feeling better though. Curating my internet consumption  definitely helped.  So no more twitter,  I trimmed down my webcomic feed and avoid  reading Warcraft related whining. Sometimes I still slip up – there are a few artists I like that are only on twitter and checking their feeds is tempting – but I usually get  quickly reminded why it’s a bad idea.

Seems like I lost my patience for bullshit lately – and it’s such a relief.

Health

Been sickly most of the month, one cold after the other. Come to think, I’ve been ill a lot lately; probably because my daily commute through Waterloo Station gives me lots of oppertunity to pick up new and exiting bugs.

Anyway, long story short, I didn’t do much running and no weigthlifting this month. Gotta do better in April.

Art

The instagram experiment continues. I  posted six pictures in March and four of them were completely new – I started doing character design for Nyx & Nyssa in earnest, and it shows.

One of them is a rather involved inked piece I am quite proud of, even though I already know what to do better next time.

Also set up my scanner for quick scans of my inked work.  The iPhone camera works fine for sketches, but it cannot compare to a good scan.

Writing

15,852 words and 24 hours and 41 minutes of pure writing. This was a good month for me. Of these results I am rightly proud.

Nyx and Nyssa is coming along well. I abandoned my “write from start to end” for a “jump around for whatever scene I am thinking of” approach and am desperately hoping that I will not regret that approach in future.  Love to see how the ending is shaping up, though.

Social

Guild killed Guldan normal. Guldan Heroic will fall soon. Mwahahaha.