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The end of October was a blur for me. Here’s what I’ve been up to the past couple weeks:
End of Inktober 2018
I finished Inktober strong. I pushed myself to rendering heights I didn’t think I could reach. For my last drawing, I decided to draw the theme “slice” based on one of my favorite anime, Claymore. It would look good as a digital painting someday, whenever I get around to that.
November 1st marked the beginning of National Novel Writing Month. Again, Tom and I are doing this one together, albeit on our own novel ideas. Below is the synopsis I posted on my NaNoWriMo page:
There’s a corpse inside the underground city. With a nudge from his foot, Detective Solis turns the body over to find the chest cavity roasted from the inside-out. No evidence of fire in the apartment. No drug or chemical reactions in the gut–he wasn’t a user, and definitely not a mule. Solis, distracted by his collapsing family, doesn’t have time for this case. Price, his partner, doesn’t have time to babysit Solis. And the two investigators are weaving a dragnet they don’t have time to close before someone traps them inside.
I started out strong with 1,727 words on the first day…and haven’t reached that since! My average is 981 words per day. The idea is to reach 50,000 words per day by the end of the month. I’m definitely not doing that at this point: I’m just too tired after work, and gotta spend time with my wife and cats, and get to the gym and stuff. But it’s allowed me to work on a story I’ve been incubating for a while. A long while. Like, since I was a teenager.
My October Playlist
I’ve been playing one song on loop for most of the month: “Nonstop” by Drake. It’s become an anthem of sorts for me. As I posted on Twitter recently, ever since summer I’ve been pursuing one passion after another: I worked to get my novelette “Saudade” published with FIYAH Magazine, did Inktober after that, got a new job, and now I’m writing a novel. Next month, I’d like to make a short comic anthology with a couple friends. By the end of January, I’ll have to pause my creative endeavors to get some well-earned rest.