Friday, February 21, 2014

The Book is Go!

You might all be excited to know that I've begun working on my Sequart Book for the Organization. It's coming along nicely. I've written 2200 words this week, roughly 10,000 a month. If I bust my ass I could get to 100,000 words by the end of the year! Trust me, it will all be the same sentence over and over again.

All work and no play...

I have two book projects operating in tandem and of right now, with a graphic novel on the way. I keep saying this, but I will say it again. I feel like I am going crazy. Trying to keep all these threads in line is mind boggling. I don't know how I deal with it. Perhaps I'm just too far gone. My mind is a wash. The book, believe it or not, actually isn't too bad as far as workload goes. Spaced out, writing this thing will be a piece of cake, though I suspect that it will take at least a year to finish. The comic book is what worries me.

If you have never written a comic book before (most of you haven't, I'm assuming) I can tell you that it's an incredible process. So much of the storytelling mechanics rely not on appropriate narrative construction and characterization, but also on the actual progression of panels. A panel reveals a snapshot of an action, a moment in time. So with each snapshot, the story advances a step further. How quickly one progresses then becomes the question. How well the progression proceeds is what separates us common lay-folk from the masters. Alan Moore's The Killing Joke is a prime example. The action and pacing of every page is so thoughtfully laid out that when the reveal happens, the "Aha!" moment, its so poetic and poignant. I've been studying his work for a while now. Someday, perhaps, I too can muster the same creative energy as him.

This week was a rough day job week. These kinds of weeks you have to push through, otherwise you'll find yourself living behind a Vons, without a comic or book published... at least in the real world. Suffice to say, I owe someone an apology for something I said, or rather asked. They say that what you say matters. I never knew that asking a question also fell into that category. Then again, a question is a statement implicitly. Either way, it's given me cause to think about where my life is going.


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