Mmm. Another rough day from a standpoint of numbers, but I finished my work that was due Wednesday (today) so by any measure I call that a success! 😉
NOVEL X WORD COUNT: 0
VARIOUS & MISC WORD COUNT: 2,229
TOTAL NANO COUNT THUS FAR: 3,220
PERSON/PLACE/THING I GOT TO WRITE ABOUT TODAY:
As mentioned, not a ton of words today as I was mostly working on an outline/pitch and that’s more about getting down notes, doing research, and finessing things than it is about high word count. Came in just under 1,000.
So not a great day, but this is a tough deadline I’m under. Also I had to take about 6 hours to try to switch over to my new iphone (and it’s still not done!!!! grrrrr. Don’t ask).
NOVEL X WORD COUNT: 0
VARIOUS & MISC WORD COUNT: 991
PERSON/PLACE/THING I GOT TO WRITE ABOUT TODAY:
Dazzler! Hell yeah!
I often take a (totally unofficial) stab at NaNoWriMo. I’ve only successfully managed it one year (the glorious year that was 2011). But that was a crazy success in that I not only DOMINATED my word count (over 75k on that novel) AND that novel became my book STORYKILLER.
So it’s both hard to resist the siren song of that one year’s awesome success and it’s also often something that feels like a too high standard (which I will constantly fail to meet). Anyway, I have A LOT to write right now, including really needing to get a high number of words down on a novel project, so I thought I might just give it a try again this year and might have a better shot of hitting some of these goals if I was forced to document it and be accountable.
So here we are.
Yesterday was a massive failure (long story, don’t ask) but I am determined not to be derailed!
So here’s what I have to accomplish this month writing wise. Going forward I’ll track novel writing count as one number and then I’ll just merge all the others into a second number:
NOVEL X: 50k
I need more than 50k – I’d feel better about 80k, but 50k would be amazing especially considering everything else I’m committed to.
COMIC BOOK SCRIPTS: 6 scripts
I’d actually like to get 7 done, but 6 are necessary
COMIC BOOK REVISIONS: 1 script
I’ll probably have to do more, but for now this is the one on deck
COMIC BOOK SHORT: 1
Short Story for a comic (8 – 10 pages)
COMIC OUTLINES: 1
This is due asap, so it’s first on the list
COMIC SYNOPSIS: 2
Two mini-series synopses due (asap on this one)
COMIC PITCHES: 2
I actually have 3 due, but one can wait until December (I think) so I’m backburnering it
SHORT STORIES: 4 – 6
More accurately I need to finish 3, and do 2 to 3 completely new ones
This looks like A LOT (and Jesus, typing it out it FEELS like a lot) but technically it’s probably around 100k and if I did 75k while working a full time job in 2011 then I don’t see why I can’t do 100k while THIS is my full time job. RIGHT?
Guess we’ll see!
Off to get a reasonable word count down for today. Also I’m cross posting this on my Tumblr, which, I’m sorry to say is where I do most of my “blogging” these days. So you might want to follow me over there if you want to be sure to stay in the loop.
Thanks for reading!
Oh, here’s an image for today…cover for A-Force #2, which yes, I AM WRITING with the amazing G. Willow Wilson. WOOOO!
Cover by Jorge Molina.
Because a commenter on The Mary Sue (LizRiata) is having a grand old time calling me a liar in public, here are some formerly private DM’s between me and the perfectly lovely ladies at Black Girl Nerds as we discussed me coming onto their podcast last month and then when that didn’t work out, us doing an interview.
Subsequent to this conversation, just last week, I WAS contacted directly via email for an interview which I happily agreed to. I did the interview via email, provided many images, and I hope it will go up sometime in the near future.
Here are the DM’s.
UPDATED TO ADD: I have, since first posting this, talked with BGN and they are fine with me posting the DMs and since that’s the case, I’m going to go ahead and leave this post up permanently. Also, I have learned that the Jem interview we did will be going up on BGN March 4th (woo!). AND I notice that LizRiata has turned into “Guest” in our discussion on The Mary Sue and it looks like maybe she has deleted her Discus profile entirely. She could have just apologized. I would have accepted a public apology. And, UPDATE 2: Here’s that interview!
Ah. We live in such a fun age. /sarcasm.
Been a while since I did these. But I’ll be CRAZY biased next year thanks to my work on IDW’s JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS with Ross Campbell so I figured I should get in a final year. I did a comprehensive “Best of 2014” over on CSBG for this week’s SHE HAS NO HEAD! and this is simply an extension of that piece.
As always, you can see my biases in my choices. Title integration is important to me (which is why I’m only showing cover art with the titles on it), so are interesting compositions and great use of positive/negative space. I also tend to love bold colors (and a lot of white is a personal favorite) as well as simple, graphic, iconic images. Creativity is obviously key, but a lot of what makes a cover work for someone is just gut – how it makes you feel – and that it DOES make you feel. All these covers make me feel to some degree or another. This list is also only single issue comics – usually US since that’s what I have access to (no graphic novels or trade covers were considered for the list). As always I’m never quite sure if I got the order right, but it is what it is!
Here we go, counting down from 52 – one for each week of 2014.
52. THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #1 BY MARCOS MARTIN
51. ALL-NEW ULTIMATES #5 BY DAVID NAKAYAMA
50. ADVENTURE TIME #24 BY MIKE HOLMES
49. LUMBERJANES #8 BY NOELLE STEVENSON
48. UNCANNY X-MEN #17 BY CHRIS BACHALO
I hope you don’t get your “Kelly Thompson” news from this blog which I have become just terrible at updating…if so you’re getting this COMPLETELY AWESOME news nearly a month late. But better late than never, yes?
So, I am indeed writing the new IDW comic book JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS, that launches in March (March 18th specifically).
Even better news, the absolutely phenomenal Ross Campbell (and also my good friend) will be doing the book with me – covers and interiors. This is an ongoing book and Ross will be with me for the first arc. And if the book is the big success we expect it to be, he’ll be back for the 3rd arc as well. So buy buy buy so we can do more more more!
The above image is the first cover to the first issue by Ross Campbell. Here we also have art for the four “classic Jem” covers by Amy Mebberson and the subscription cover by Sara Richard – all for issue #1
And THIS is the sparkly PREVIEWS cover that has Ross’s cover art on the back cover (and includes SPARKLY TEXT…it’s amazing) which is out this week. Previews has all the details on the special variants (you can even get a box set) and the necessary codes to give to your shop.
We’ve also had some great interviews and articles go up: two pieces on io9, and at The Extraordinary League of Cosplay, as well as our first (of several forthcoming) podcast interviews – on my very own 3 Chicks Review Comics, Comics Alliance, The Mary Sue, Comics Alliance, The Mary Sue, CBR, Newsarama, The Nerdist, Bleeding Cool, and of course IDW Publishing.
And THIS is your look at cover #2 featuring Ross Campbell’s redesigned MISFITS. So cool.
Also, if you’ve been missing out on all this awesomeness…your best options are to follow me on twitter (@79Semifinalist) and/or on my tumblr (1979 Semi-Finalist) which are more regularly updated these days than the blog!
Okay, the big Storykiller Holiday Sale is now live. If you’ve been wanting to pick up a limited edition illustrated hardcover copy of the book for yourself or for a loved one for the holidays, now is the best possible time. Prints, swag, and postcard books are also all on sale – everything at its lowest price (ever) and the closest prices to the original Kickstarter campaign. Run don’t walk and all that nonsense!
Everything is on sale at the Storykiller store. Signed and numbered hardcovers, swag, postcard books, and even prints! Get your orders in now!
Thanks for all the entries on The Big Storykiller Giveaway. Here are your winners!
First Prize/Grand Prize Winner is XAVIER BOLANOS
Our Four Runners up are: Rachel Atwood, Kevin Rushing, Lawrence Bryant, and Liz Brandow!
You should all have gotten emails from me, asking you to submit your addresses so you can receive your prizes. If you have not gotten an email (and have checked your spam/junk folder) give me a shout.
Thanks again, everyone!