Achelon City · Goals! · Writing

Slow and Steady wins the race

I finally got some words on paper in regards to my outline for Achelon City. I don’t know what specifically has been holding me back but it’s annoying! Nice to break that! I am participating in Camp NanoWrimo as much as I have set a bit of a goal for myself to work towards. I wish I had time to join a cabin and be all social but alas, too many plates to juggle!

As you can see things are handwritten–that is just how it works for me. Once I get going on the actual writing I’ll switch to Typity Typing but for now Scribbling is how it gets done! I also like to start with what I call “broad strokes” and with each go through add more details–like a painting almost.

Do you have any “quirks” as part of your creative process? I’d love to hear! Learning about how others create is one of my favorite things!

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General Music Stuff · Inspiration · Personal Opinion

Music Monday

This weeks musical theme is Hans Zimmer.

His music has a sense of movement and rhythm  that keeps me propelled in whatever creative avenue I am working. He has inspired many many pieces of writing as well as artwork. He can capture the sound of waves, or the beating of a train against the tracks all set against beautiful melodies!

Hans Florian Zimmer (Frankfurt, Alemania, 12 de septiembre de 1957) es un compositor de bandas sonoras cinematográficas, pionero en la integración de música electrónica y arreglos orquestales tradicionales. Es ganador de premios cinematográficos como los Globos de oro, BAFTA, Emmy, Saturn, Grammy, además de un Óscar de la Academia por su trabajo en El rey león (1994), premios a los que ha sido nominado en otras 7 ocasiones desde 1988 con Rain man.

 

Achelon City · Goals! · Writing

Camp NanoWrimo

I know I’ve posted before about how I don’t like to do NanoWrimo anymore but I do like April’s Camp NanoWrimo. You set the goal and the pace.

With that being said here are my writing goals for April:

  • Finish fleshing out all major characters (and write stuff down!)
  • Start outlining the major arcs of the story (murder case, Spencer and Luna’s relationship, Xir’s prophecy). I see a lot of color coding in my outlining future!

Small list I know but it will more than keep me busy! I also hold no illusions that I will actually finish either of these things but I am just looking for a good start really. This story has been in my head for too long! Time to let it out!

Here is a bit of character inspiration for Detective Wells!

Have a great Sunday!

Achelon City · Prattling

Brain mush…

Busy week over here–work wise, anyways, hence the radio silence but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been ruminating on Achelon City or working on some small pieces of artwork. This makes me feel so accomplished. I’ve totally neglected my bullet journal but that’s another story!

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Collage by Ayham Jabr 

So I’ve hit the point in my Ruminations that I am starting to feel the itch, the urge, the tickle to start putting words on paper. I love that feeling but have to be careful. I need to outline a little before I dive into the storytelling. I don’t do well as a Pantser. That being said, I know that this feeling means I am ready to start outlining on paper! So I’ll probably start on that next week!

For outlining I like to start with the major plot points and work down to the small details filling in the blanks as I go. I don’t know if anyone else works that way but it works for me! And to each their own!

I haven’t gotten as much down with my stationary ideas as I’d like but I’ll keep plugging away at that and let you know once I have some real progress!

 

Achelon City · Goals! · Writing

Writing Timeline

So it’s mid March and I haven’t really worked on Achelon City beyond playing some hashtag games on Twitter and rolling some ideas around in my head while driving to work. That’s creative work, I know but it’s not writing writing.

In an attempt to move forward with this project I’m going to set out a rough–very rough–timeline on what and how I would like to work on this writing project. Obviously, life and work will dictate exactly how close to this schedule I can keep but I plan on really focusing.

April: I’m going to participate in Camp Nano in my own way and get at least a basic outline written out. Since my two protagonists are following a murder case that unfolds into something bigger I have to know what the bigger story is to have the right clues to discover that bigger story.

June- August: I want to write as much as possible on a rough draft. My hope would be about halfway depending on how hard I push myself. Usually I write on my lunch break which means I get around 400-600 words a day, average, which isn’t too bad.

September-November: Keep pushing forward. Progress will really depend on what crafting projects I have for our show in December. The end of the year is always busy at work, busy at home wth holidays and such but I do still like to move forward with writing projects.

Color Schemes · Prattling · Visual Art

Relaxing art work

Working in theatre and event services I always kind of thrive under stress and pressure. Problem solving in a pinch is one of my favorites and swooping in and saving the day is kind of a nice feeling. This week had a LOT of things going on for a big university event and even more things go wrong providing plenty of challenges. Physically, that gets demanding even if you like those situations. (And to be clear I don’t like it when things go wrong but I like to think I’m pretty good at problem solving when it does.)

To alleviate some of the mental and physical fatigue I like to have a piece of artwork to work on when I need a few minutes of not thinking about work. I love writing but it’s easier for work thoughts to sneak in.

So without further adieu here is my piece of artwork for this hectic week.

The lighting isn’t the greatest but hopefully the colors come through. They are my favorite colors and we’re very soothing to work with. Just what I needed!

I love the text of the wood that shows through and the mixture of media was a lot of fun.

I’ve titled this The Rain Tree.

Enjoy and have a restful, restorative productive weekend!

I’m cleaning my house!