Concerning Goals and Mantras

It’s goal setting season and I love it. New Year’s Eve and Day are arguably my favorite holidays for that purpose. It’s a time to reflect on what you’ve done and look forward to what you plan to do. I’ve been setting yearly goals since 2013. Every year’s goals get written on a small scrap of paper that I keep in my wallet.

Instead of just a list of goals, I’ve started to organize them into a mantra that I can repeat to myself. Below each section of the mantra are bullet points with the general list. So last years was “Read, Write, Draw, Work, Self, Live”, with things like comic projects listed under “Draw” or “Write”.

This year things are divided up into “Be Social, Be Grateful, Be Vulnerable, Be Productive”, with the last being reserved for comic projects. I should be able to finish “Enter Cedar” this year, which means I’m looking forward to a new project.

Chronologically, the next project is “Where the Highway Meets the Corridor”, which is “A documentary about a small Washington county bootlegging operation turns into a state wide chase to return a young alien to it’s family.” Are you noticing a theme? This particular alien is supposed to be Gray’s older sibling, the one that was driving the flying saucer that Gray was hiding out in.

But we’ll see. I might change things up. Setting goals helps with the attention issues, but sometimes you have to listen to where the attention leads you.

Concerning Exploration of Analogue Color

Spending more time exploring analogue color. Here is a scene from a future series called “A Gaze”.

And some experimentation with eye shapes that are just straight shapes.

I think I’ll reserve these weekly blog posts for “future development” talk. There’s not too much to talk about when it comes to things in “current development”, unless I’m not posting that work weekly.

Concerning the Gods

Dammit. The Cacophony of Frog would have been a good name for the frog god. Right now, their name is Choir of Frog. For reasons, I kept the grouping name of gods in the letter C. Mostly because we have the Raven Council, and then that became the Salmon Collective, and then it became Commune of Bear. Choir, Council, Collective, Commune.

But Cacophony of Frog would have been good too. These “gods” are not singular entities, but groupings of like minded human sentiments and emotions. They don’t get a name, they get a title, representing their collective consciousness.

Except for Morah, who has been removed and/or removed herself. Can you really say “I removed myself from the collective” when “you” had that thought when “you” were still the collective?

Concerning the Tracking of Labor Stats

I’ve finished rewriting the last 3 episodes of Enter Cedar.

And I feel pretty confident I know how to break scripts into illustrated pages now.

Roughly, it’s 28 more illustrated pages. Rounded up, that’s 30 more pages to go.

30 pages at 4 pages a week will take 7.5 months to complete.

Which will put my book at 92 pages. I’ll probably add another 12 with illustrated chapter covers.

So 104 for my first illustrated by hand graphic novel. Ain’t too shabby.

And that’s 75 pages? At the end of Deep Circuitry, that was 83 script pages for…400 pages? Jesus. But, that density of those pages was a less. And I drew it as a vertical tapestry (for Tapas), not pages.

Tracking stuff like this is weird but important. For labor stats…

Concerning the Humanizing of Log Children

It’s this moment:

This moment was a very late addition to the script. It was added because to illustrate how helpful Ian wants to be. Ian must help, it is bedrock in his personality. Ian wasn’t supposed to help the Log Children originally, but now that he has, it will impact them in ways that will affect the ending.

Without the Log Children, the Raven Council can only manipulate thought by suggestion. And the Ravens are tired of suggesting what they want.