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Progress report: One Million Words, week 22

I realise that my updates have slipped to Mondays in recent weeks. Often I’m too tired on Sunday after writing to stay up any later for a blog post. Monday makes for a better option, I think – less pressure on a Sunday to finish writing quickly.

Anyway, in week 22 I wrote a total of 5,390 words, for an average of 770 per day.

My total now stands at 97,270/1,000,000 words, or 9.73%.

I am getting very close to that first one hundred thousand, the first ten percent – certainly within reach of hitting it in the next week. This is tremendous achievement. I have written more in the last 22 weeks than I did in the four years or so prior.

Day by day summary

Monday: 1,096 words (Spirit doorway)

Tuesday: 698 words (Horrible Monster)

Wednesday: 536 words (Horrible Monster)

Thursday: 905 words (Horrible Monster)

Friday: 529 words (Horrible Monster)

Saturday: 588 words (Horrible Monster)

Sunday: 1,038 words (The Sun goes out)

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Progress report: One Million Words, week 21

This week’s total is 6,055 words, for an average of 865 words per day. I’ve been working on a few different stories this week, taking a break from Kell’s Adventures now that NaNoWriMo is over.

My total is now 91,880/1,000,000, or or 9.2%. So I’m closing on the 10% mark now.

My final total for NaNoWriMo was 31,485.

Day by day summary

Monday: 623 words (Kell’s Adventures)

Tuesday: 1347 words (Counting ships)

Wednesday: 1550 words (Counting ships version 2)

Thursday: 560 (Defended cottage)

Friday: 422 words (Defended cottage)

Saturday: 719 words (Horrible Monster scene)

Sunday: 834 words (Horrible Monster scene)

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Charting my webcomic journey 1

A while back, I decided it was time I started drawing again. I used to be quite involved in a webcomics community, The Webcomic List forums, and occasionally draw a few pages here and there, one or two for a comic that, because of my own lack of commitment, didn’t get far, and a few for a “webcomic jam” where different members of the forum took it in turns to produce the next page in the story. I was not, at that stage, ready to make a webcomic myself; I tried a few times, but struggled with plotting and general dedication to the drawing side of things.

However, after November’s decision to start drawing again and my return to those forums at the same time, I’ve resumed my interest. And while brainstorming this evening for a story to go along with my Phoenix article, I wondered if I could try my Phoenix story as a webcomic. For my first comic, though, I want to keep it short, so I developed a simple plot in which a young girl witnesses the rebirth of the phoenix, which I’ve based on ancient accounts as I’ve read in my article research, and tries to help the phoenix out by feeding it. It refuses all offers of food (again, in line with what ancient sources say), and grows from a tiny worm thing (yep, ancient sources again) to a full adult phoenix in a couple of days, then flies away. It’s a brief plot, and I think I’ll try making it wordless and just depend on the visuals to tell the story. My outline, which I don’t think is wholly unrealistic, puts it at a managable 14 pages long.

The next step is to get some drawing practice in. I haven’t been drawing quite as much as planned, but now I’ve got some material to go from I can target my efforts: little girls, arabian palm trees, and various types of bird that have been linked to the phoenix as I develop the design for it, as well as various young birds to show the growth of the phoenix between “worm thing” and adult phoenix.

Once I’ve got a good idea of how each element of the story will look, I’ll sketch things out panel by panel, working out how I want each panel to look, camera angles, etc, and develop a page-by-page rough draft. Then i’ll start drawing, then inking, then colouring.

For each stage on the way I’ll post relevant updates so you can see how I’m getting on. It’s gonna be a fun new project.

Review: 300: Rise of an Empire

Some of you may be aware that at university I studied Ancient History and Archaeology. I focused on Classical Greece and Herodotus’ Histories ranks amongst my favourite books ever. It’s a rich account of a number of legends and historical events centred around the events of the Second Greco-Persian War, when Xerxes invaded Greece in 480-479BCE.

300: Rise of an Empire, starring Sullivan Stapleton as Themistocles, Eva Green as Artemisia and Lena Headey as Gorgo, is not based upon Herodotus’ Histories. It is based upon the comic Xerxes by Frank Miller – which in turn is presumably meant to be based on the events of the battles of Artemisium and Salamis in Herodotus’ Histories. With the threat of Persian invasion, Themistocles leads the Athenian navy to repel Xerxes’ fleet, led by Artemisia, and seeks assistance from the Spartans, now bereaved of their king Leonidas and led by Queen Gorgo.

300 rise of an empire

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