Why is it that the last few months of the year seem to be the busiest? And that’s not contemplating Christmas shopping. Not only have I been soul-searching and kicking myself up the butt this week, but I have also found a new burst of enthusiasm. The daily task of producing a new piece of artwork has notched my creative brain up a gear. Over the past week I have:
- ordered some new bookmarks (giveaways for Supanova – mid November) They should arrive next week
- almost finished another octoarm scarf for this weekend’s Adelaide Mini Comic Con
- packed up my books and bits to sell this weekend
- helped my daughter to finish off a costume
- proof read an ebook short story anthology (more on that in a later post)…
- finalised the theme for an event (like a mini gallery) to showcase my books and artwork in Mad March next year (more when things are confirmed)
- started a new set of inks to sell at said event
- Set to work and almost completed the cover for The Department of Curiosities
- and finished another chapter in the same manuscript first draft.
And just when I get back into the heads of The Department’s characters, NaNoWriMo looms: 50000 words on a new project, in one month. Thirty days. That’s 1666 words a day, if I don’t take break days. I have started outlining (that sounds like a planning thing! This pantser is slowly learning) a new set of adventures for Viola Stewart.
Last year I completed over 27000 words – over half the 50000 word target. My record is 33000 words in one month (without any pre-preparation). The first journal of Viola’s adventures was approximately 44000 words. This is my goal – to get the first draft down for journal two.
Inktober has been great for me – a very welcome, but unexpected, boost of creativity and enthusiasm. I just hope I can keep up the pace for next month: NaNoWriMo, a mini convention and my first booth at Supanova. Come and find me in The Alley. Just look for the posters. I’ll be the one writing furiously.