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Let me start by saying I’ve slightly broken my word.  As I was putting the finishing touches on Chapter 6 of Unwanted Heroes, I realized that the chapter was ending up a little longer than I anticipated.  So, I’m breaking it into chapter 6 and 7.  Ah.  That’s nice.  In an effort to really move the story along, I decided to increase the chapter sizes from 2-3 pages, to 4-5 pages.  Chapter 6 was starting to look more like 6-7 pages, hence the splitting.  It works, though.  Chapter 6 is now posted and ready for viewing. 

I’ve got a lot going on this week, so this might be a smaller than normal post.  The paying job has me going out of town for a 2 day training class, and then I’ve got the midnight showing of Iron Man 2 on Thursday.  So you can see that things are gonna be busy. 

So, I guess the question is posed that since I’ve been working on UWH and Revelations 23, what about the other stuff I was working on?  Excellent question.  I don’t know.  With everything that’s been going on, time is a premium, a luxury that I always seem to run cash poor on.  To be perfectly honest, these two stories are the only things that are keeping me sane for the most part.  They drag my brain away from everything else that hurts to think about or is too confusing to concentrate on.  I’m having a hard time thinking beyond them.  If breathing weren’t involuntary I would suffocate right now.  I can’t focus or concentrate on most things that are going on around me right now.  I can allow myself to be absorbed by these stories and let them take me over.  So, to finally answer your question – they’re still around, I just haven’t been able to devote any time to them.  To add to that, I’m really having such a great time with UWH that I’m backburnering everything else.  While we’re on the subject…

I promised some early pics of Revelations 23, so here they are.  These are character designs and page sketches for the first book. 

It’s interesting when you work on a project like this with two people coming together for the first time.  The writer, wOlly – also creator of the book, told me he was condensing some of the pages and putting more panels on some pages then it had been written for.  That was great for me.  It’s hard to tell when you first start working with an artist just how many panels you can fit on a page.  Do you Keith Giffen him and do the 9 panel Hollywood Squares layout, or do you give him a Chris Bachalo 23 panels per page deal?  It really depends on their art style and storytelling.  This is probably why some people write the basic script for the artist to breakdown, and write the dialogue after everything’s been drawn.  That sounds challenging.  I’m kinda curious about how you would do that.  As a writer, you have an idea of what you want the characters to say, and key dialogue you really want in.  Challenging.  I think it’d be kinda exciting at first.  With this one, we did a full page and panel breakdown script.  I even wrote/choreographed the fight scene.  Maybe we’ll try something different in the future. 

Ok, well I’m done for the night.  I’m tired.  I’ve got a long day tomorrow, and the new season of the Boondocks starts in 10 minutes. 

Later, all. 

JeraleC

Mindseyechronicles@comcast.net

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