Friday, December 20, 2013

Busy is good...right?



So, I have been the most irregular blogger as of late. In part this is due to the fact I am trying to only blog when I feel I have something insightful or meaningful to say. The other reason is I feel like someone has pressed the fast forward button on the 24 hours a day I am entitled to as a human being. 

That person, of course, would be me. With a new baby on the way I know my writing time is going to take a dip in a few months. So being me I do the only thing I deem reasonable—I have sent my work into overdrive. This past month I've been pulling about 3k words a day on three different WIPs. I try to stay steady while being careful not to burn myself out. So far so good. 

I am actually very inspired at the moment and being able to bounce from story to story has kept things fresh. Now of course that means I will have to work hard in revisions to try and make it all sound like distinct pieces of literature, but I am hoping to be finished with at least two of them by March. (first drafts at least)

 I said a few post ago that I would announce something cool I am going to be doing. Now on course with how things work for me, in the middle of baby mania and Christmas and writing and many, many other things, I was asked to take part in something else using a separate artistic skill. A good friend asked if I would illustrate a kid's chapter book for them. 

So far I have been working up character designs and sitting and talking with him about how he wants things to look and feel. It has been a great fun and I can't wait to show everyone some of the art. Still with all of this going on I do think I could use some extra arms. 

Anyway that's some of what's going on in my world, how about you? As always have fun and keep writing.


16 comments:

  1. That's great news about illustrating the book!
    It's hard to juggle it all. That's why I've cut back to just Mondays now. Think I've about got my outline where I want it and will be diving into writing after Christmas. Of course, I don't have to contend with kids - no idea how you do it.
    Merry Christmas, Brandon!

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    1. I'm blessed with great kids, otherwise I'm not sure I could, lol. Cool always the best part just getting started. Thanks, Merry Christmas to you too.

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  2. Ah, congrats on the new baby on the way, Brandon! I think we all feel the way your picture looks sometimes - doing way too many things for one person. Congrats on being asked to illustrate your friend's book! Sounds like you will have a very busy but very happy year coming up :) Happy holidays to you!

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    1. Thank you. I am looking forward to it.

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  3. you must feel inspired and not tired... we are here and look forward to your offerings.
    life is first and life is always!

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    1. Inspired for now and spiraling down into tired at some point I am sure, lol.

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  4. In answer to your post's title... It certainly seems to be in your case!

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  5. Wow. You are busy. So glad you have found a way to keep writing (at a faster pace) and not burn out. And that illustration project sounds like it is great fun so far!!!

    Merry Christmas!

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    1. It has been great so far. We sat up the other night just him throwing out ideas and me drawing.

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  6. Extra arms will somehow come with the territory. I love your drawings featured here, so I'm sure the book illustrations will be great!

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    1. Thank you, I hope they turn out. Yes when things need to be done we do tend to find a way to do them.

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  7. I'm sure your illustrations will be great. I enjoy your drawings so much. I can edit your stuff while you're on new baby duty. Or doody.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. Probably both, lol. Yeah I am really enjoying the concept phase of this, can't wait to get into the main pictures.

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  8. I'm envious of your artistic talent, bro. And busy is totally good... (Ask me that in a couple of weeks and my answer might have changed!)
    I think the Ninja Captain is right (go figure). Just set a day to blog and stock pile relevant material to disperse on that day. I'll probably have to do that soon. (Although my spirit animal hates routine!!)
    Also, I'm not done thanking you for your contribution to Silexare. Not by far. Expect to hear some repetition.

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    1. My spirit animal agrees completely with yours, lol. Yes busy is good until it isn't I assume. It was pleasure I truly can't wait to read, I am quite excited about it.

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