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Derp Dragon Says Hello

If you’re wondering where I’ve been lately, then please make something up.  I guarantee whatever excuse I end up with in your imagination will be more interesting than the truth.

What I wanted to do today was talk about my newest project, which is actually an old project.  I started writing a YA sci-fi book on this blog a while back and I stopped after a few chapters because I had no idea where I was going with it.  But you’ll see that I have linked to it because for a first draft it wasn’t totally terrible.  So you can check it out if you like.

The thing is, I still believe in that idea.  Also I need a new project or I’m going to go insane.  Since it had been so long since I’d written for this blog, I figured I’d get back into it.  What I want to do is create a proper outline and character bible before I start rewriting, and I thought there would be no better way to brainstorm and get my ideas in order than to put the character bible here.  I’ve decided to do a rundown of each of the main characters, one post at a time.  Complete with concept art probably!

I was going to get started today, but then I thought that procrastinating would be more fun.  So I drew a derpy dragon.

Derp-Dragon

Is that his tongue sticking out the side of his mouth or is he smiling real big?  The world may never know.

I will begin this character bible thing soon.  Promise.  This time we’re gonna do it the right way.  And if the project still doesn’t work out?  Oh well!  As they say – Nothing ventured, nothing potato.

Right?

Oh, I also finished my Elemental Chinchilla series, for those who were on the edges of their seats.  If you have no idea what I’m talking about, try clicking back through the past couple posts.  I think that explains them sort of.  Anyway here they are:

Ice Chinchilla

Fire Chinchilla

Air Chinchilla

Metal and Earth

That’s all for today!

Wait I lied.  I should probably give a brief plot summary for the new/old novel, huh?  Well, it’s a YA Sci-Fi, as I said, and it follows two main characters on a planet that was once used as a prison but is now kind of its own tyrannical dictatorship society.  It’s cut off from all the other planets in the galaxy – no communication, no ships in or out.  Think Space Australia, if Australia were a tyrannical dictatorship that was cut off in every way from the outside world.  So the main characters are trying to overthrow the mean government while dealing with personal issues and teenage angst and… yeah.  That seems like a good summary.

Okay bye!

Next time.  Character bible.  For sure.

Bye for real!

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The Cold Truth About Depression

WordPress is kinda getting on my nerves.  I wrote this post already.  Last night.  I saved it as a draft because I wasn’t ready to publish it yet.  This morning, I wake up and go to my site.  Lo and behold, no drafts.  The entire post isn’t there.  So now I’m rewriting from memory.  Let’s see if I can remember how I did this.

The title is a pun.  I apologize to all those pun-haters out there that I have offended.

A few days ago, I watched the movie, Frozen, in Spanish because I was trying to practice my oral comprehension.  Incidentally, the song, “Let it Go,” is changed to, “I’m free” [Libre Soy].  Disney spares no expenses with their translations.  They translate the songs, the signs, everything.  They even make sure the songs still rhyme in Spanish, all while fitting the same meter.  Anyway, I watched Frozen [Congelado] and then a few days after that I had an “off day.”  Some of you will recall that I have written about my mental issues in the past.  Funnily enough, that post also had to do with the cold.  I don’t like to make my depression or anxiety a secret, because I think they’re a part of my humanity, and I think that it’s good to remind the internet of your humanity every once in a while.

So on my “off day,” I was feeling depressedI was stress-eating and I couldn’t stop myself.  And that’s when it hit me: There is a scene in Frozen that perfectly encapsulates the nature of depression.  It’s a fairly innocuous scene in context, with throwaway humor from the comic relief snowman.  Take a look:

Frozen 1

Frozen 2

Frozen 3

Frozen 4

Look at the hesitation on Anna’s face, and the confusion on Olaf’s.  It’s such a simple task.  Olaf can’t understand what on Earth would prevent Anna from being able to knock on a door.  Now comes the frustrating truth:

The Frustrating Truth

These two characters do not represent two different minds.  Both of them exist in the same mind.  Anna’s hesitation and Olaf’s confusion exist together.  There’s a third character on screen, but you can ignore him.

Not Relevant

Look at this scene with different wording.  When I’m depressed, getting out of bed suddenly becomes a herculean effort.

Depression 1

Depression 2

Depression 3

Depression 4

That’s my brain.  Right there.  Depression in a nutshell.  Oh yeah, and my stress-eating, too.  It’s the exact same thing.

Depression 5

Depression 6

Depression 7

Depression 8

That’s what it feels like.

I want to say for the record that I am fine now.  I had one bad day in a sea of good ones.  I didn’t write (and then rewrite) this post just to make non-depressed people feel bad, or to make depressed people feel worse, or to make my family and friends worry.  All I wanted to do was jump on the Explaining Mental Health Issues Bandwagon.  Raising awareness is important.  For those with depression, this might seem obvious and familiar.  For those without it, maybe I’ve shed some light on the condition.  There’s nothing much else for me to say, except of course:

It gets better!

If you have depression, do not suffer in silence.  You owe yourself a chance at getting better, and remember that, thanks to the internet, the world is your support group.  There’s help out there.  There are people out there who understand what you’re going through.  Remember not to berate yourself when you can’t knock on the door.  Olaf will get through to you eventually.  Take it at your own pace.

That’s all I’ve got!

We're-Okay

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Disappearing Act

I learned how to make animated GIFs!  Isn’t it exciting?

Thinking

I know they’re not very complex or well done or whatever, but that’s because I’m just now learning how to make them.  But I thought they’d be really useful for what I wanted to talk about, and I always want to keep up with what the kids are doing these days.  Which brings me to my point…sort of, and that is that you need to keep track of your characters.

I talked about this once before a really long time ago, but since I keep running into this problem, I figured I’d reiterate it.  When you have a scene, you need to constantly be aware of each and every character that is in it.  This seems obvious, but it’s really hard for me to do.  Especially if I go back and change a scene so that one character who wasn’t there before suddenly is there.  The problem is, even if that character isn’t doing or saying anything, you need to keep the reader aware that he or she is there.  Because if you don’t, when it comes time for that character to say or do something, it kinda feels like this:

Image

So yeah, your characters can’t just be appearing all of a sudden like, “I’ve been here the whole time!  Ta-daaa!”

Sorry if I’m not the most comprehensible or intelligible or…digestible right now.  I just got finished with a four-day stint of speed reading and editing Hellbound to include some last-minute changes.  It has basically made me brain dead.  If you’ve read the last few strips of Writer’s Block I posted, that’s pretty much my life in a nutshell.   Coffee.  Typing until brain hurts.  Spongebob (Or just television in general.  Or video games.  Anything that doesn’t require extensive thought).  But I finished those edits and I think the book will be better for it.  And um…as I was editing I realized I had this problem with characters suddenly appearing or disappearing.  So I thought I’d just throw it out there, bring it to your attention that it is possible to make your characters poof in and out of existence without meaning to.  Okay, I think I’ve repeated myself enough for today.

As for an update on how Hellbound is doing, I recently heard from my Agent that she has sent it to an editor at a pretty big publishing house.  I won’t say which one for the sake of not jinxing anything.  And that’s pretty much all I can tell you for now.  An editor has my book.  He or she is going to read it and then tell my agent what he/she thinks of the book.  I’ll keep you posted on how that process goes.  For an inside look at how I reacted to finding out Hellbound had been sent to an editor, see the comic below (click to enlarge).

Writer's Block Strip 10

Word of the Day: Stint (n) – a period of time spent doing something

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