April 6th, 2006


*idiotic grin*

This is a good morning for art news.

First, ursulav has been nominated for an Eisner award, for Talent Deserving of Wider Recognition. I doubt there's anybody who reads my page who doesn't read Ursula's, too, but if you don't, suffice it to say that she is an abnormally cool human being with an extraordinary mind and a talent for art that expresses itself not only with her phenomenal, absurd, wonderfully silly and periodically perfectly serious paintings and sketches, but also in her irresistable turn of phrase both in telling stories to accompany her artwork and in her journal of every day life. I'm sitting here grinning like a fool. I own two Ursula original paintings and a host of sketches. Someday I'm going to have a wall of these things and be saying, casually, "Oh, Ursula? Yes, I've known her for decades. Bought her material when it was still affordable, you know. I could sell it for enormous profit, but I'd rather own the paintings." Congratulations to Ursula. If the sheer willpower of fans can achieve it, she will win the Eisner. *beam*

Second, I got email back from Ardian (my Chance artist) today, having innundated him with emails over the last week. I'd proposed--a lot of things, but the short of it is, the bones of a working relationship for Chance as a comic series of it gets picked up, and, in fact, even if it doesn't. I'm going to go ahead and develop it through the first 6 issues, one way or another, and he's with me as the artist for at least those six issues, and if we're still happy working together (and it's been picked up or we've figured out some other way to make money on it) he'll be delighted to continue.

Chance, as I have it envisioned, is a 60 issue comic book. I would love beyond words to do the whole story with one artist. (This is probably warren_ellis and Darik Robertson's fault, for doing just that so very successfully with Transmetropolitan. Not, you know, that I've got Warren's standing in the comic book community, but let's just overlook that NASTY LITTLE DETAIL, shall we? All right then.) At the moment, assuming we get beyond issue 6, Ardian and I are agreed that he'll do any story arc he begins. I believe I have 2 3 issue story arcs to finish up the first 12 issues, for example. So one way or another I won't end up changing artists in mid-storyarc, which is fantastic.

Must get a contract for this stuff and get it sent off to him.

Aaaand he sent me the finished pencils for one of the pages. Ironically, I actually liked the roughs better--*but* I see the reason for the change he made, and he's right to have done it. There was a repeated image in the main frame of the page, not identical, but enough to catch the eye, and the final version doesn't have that. So it's better, and I'll get used to it. *laugh* I do like a couple of the detail things on the rough better in the other frames, so maybe I'll talk to him about those, but in general...this is pretty damned cool.

Oh, all right. Original roughs and the finished page Collapse )

ETA: Just got email from the Best Agent Ever, who finished reading COYOTE DREAMS last night and really liked it. *falls right over* I guess that massive rewrite I did in the last week before it was due was really worth it. *beam*

Wow, what a great morning. *beams more*


I have just gotten a box full of books. Twenty-four shiny copies of THUNDERBIRD FALLS, which, by gum, looks quite lovely and smells like new book and generally makes me beam like an idiot. There's a lot of that going on today. I'm having a good day. :) Although my, all this good stuff is making the words creep along right slowly, it is, because I keep fiddling around with other stuff and, er, checking my comments to see if anybody's awake and full of good cheer along with me, and stuff. *laugh* It'll be better when I've got Nook set up again and am not using my internet-connected laptop to do my writing with.

OTOH, WTH, it's good to be cheerful, and I /have/ gotten 1400 words or so written, so it's not like it's a total loss. I *will* finish at least this chapter, which I believe ends with an ass-kicking, and once I've done that, well, it's only another thousand words or so to my 2-episodes-of-Nikita mark, so I'll probably get myself to 4K today one way or another. It's just not going as fast as it did yesterday.

I'm in a damned fine mood, so I'll send a signed copy of THUNDERBIRD FALLS to the first person who replies to this post who wants one. :)

ETA: ok, that was so darned fast I'll send two more copies to the two people who are closest to my chosen number between 1 and 500. You only get one guess. :)
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SULKING. I forgot I'd written 700 words on this chapter yesterday, so instead of only having about a thousand words left to write to hit quota, I've got about 1800 words, which is most of a new chapter. And hell, if I'm going to write that much of it, I might as well write it all, because that'll put me at 70K, but whiiiiiiiine! That's wooooork! Whiiiiine! Suuuuuulk!

Ok, I'm not really sulking, but I'm dorking around writing journal entries instead of starting the next chapter. I might go for a walk while it's still lovely out, but I'm feeling very lazy in regards to bringing the dog, and I'll feel guilty if I don't bring her, so this may push me into not walking at all. (That'd be lame.)

Instead of either writing or walking I'm going to sit here and contemplate my navel and Collapse )

Maybe if I put on the Steinman playlist it'll inspire me to do a bit more work on PHOENIX.
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Another cat exploded kind of day, which I really didn't think I'd have, since I goofed around being cheerful so much this morning. But in the end, I hit 5300 words for the day, broke 300 pages, and am at 70,600 words on the book. That's 3 chapters left, according to the wordcount, and that sounds just about right for how much story I've got left. Two or three chapters and the epilogue. If we don't go into Cork tomorrow, I might finish tomorrow. If we do, it'll probably be Saturday. There's sure something to say for staying home tomorrow and finishing up, so I can have a real two day weekend, but at the same time, I've written, um. Ah. What a nice tidy number. 19,990 words since Sunday. A day off would be nice.

So, of course, would be finishing the book.

ytd wordcount: 130,400
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