Visual Story Skeleton

I’m a visual person. I have come to realize that writing for me is not pure words, but comes with images as well and sometimes the better tool for planning my writing is a combination of words and images. I’m thinking specifically of the broad story plot, or the skeleton that we hang all the characters (heart and brain), action (muscles), and description (skin, yucky image) on. Mixing words and images on paper lets me better understand what scenes are low key, which are BOOMING, where things are dark, what flows in the main story river, and what are secondary islands (I really use hand-drawn text and pictures on physical paper, but have substituted some random font changes here to help make the point).

In revisiting my stories recently, I’ve created a visual story skeleton for both new ideas and one completed book and it’s giving me some new confidence in both editing and forging ahead with new ideas. I can FEEL the story better when I see it in this fashion and I can see holes in story arc beter.

I’d show you an example, but why don’t we wait until I’ve published one of the books first, so the skeleton doesn’t contain any spoilers. ūüėÄ So, in other words, if I have some publishing success, I promise to show the related skeleton (assuming I have one and can find it).

Happy Writing! And if we have a zombie apocalypse in the meantime, don’t let those skeletons get you. ūüėČ

Best, Adrian.

A Swipe Clean of the Chalkboard and a New Start

I’m going to start a new novel. Maybe some animation too. I’d like to do a bit more of a mix of art and story on this one, if I can find the time (art is much harder for me to squeeze in that writing, simply due to logistics of needing an art table). But I’d like to make an effort on combining them, even if not in the final product, but rather as a creative spur. But in any event, it’s scary and intriguing to start a new story. So maybe it’s worth trotting out a process mountain again. A writing mountain was one of my very first posts. But now that I think about it, maybe a different mountain would be useful. A mountain of effort to progress down, but with the importance of the first steps being the most important. Inverse effort and outcome. Something like the featured image above.

I’m starting it now, the premise. The idea. I have one. Hopefully it is worth the effort that follows!!!

The making of a cover

I’m mucking around with my new animation software and thought I’d stitch together some of the progress paintings for StoneDragon’s cover image into a small movie. Each change of image is a new layer of paint (there are actually more changes, but these are the more significant ones). I originally wanted to put some music with it, but then navigating the intellectual property¬†jungle gave me a headache,¬†so I just plugged in some moody words over top. You can always turn the volume off if you don’t want to hear my mutterings. :)

The link is here:  StoneDragon Cover video

Warning: once again, please mute if you don’t want to hear audio.

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Featured image is an old unused cover sketch, just for some eye candy…

Thanks!

Just wanted to thank everyone that downloaded StoneDragon! During the time of its promotion, the book cracked the top 100 in¬†one of the¬†Amazon categories and got¬†a¬†five star review from one gracious reader. I couldn’t be more thrilled.

 

top 100 free copy

 

For those who enjoyed it, additional Amazon reviews are very much appreciated!

Thanks again,

Adrian.

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The featured image is an out-take¬†from the black and white chapter headings that adorn StoneDragon. It didn’t make the final cut. But it makes a nice thank you present. :)

And… StoneDragon is HERE!

Wow.

This feels a lot like when we had our first child. It happened late at night. It felt like the world changed, in a¬†small way that was deeply fundamental.¬†And with a lot of exhaustion and feeling like it should be celebrated more than with a deep nap–but that a nap would be really good…

StoneDragon is here.

My first book. My writing and creative offerings may get better from here–or this be as good as it gets. :) Regardless, StoneDragon is a world that lives and breathes, with darkness and beauty and magic, and hopefully I did it justice.

So with no more ado, please enjoy…

StoneDragon-Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A deadly time-shifting city draws warriors from past and future‚ÄĒand isn‚Äôt ready to go quietly into the night…

For the past decade, ex-gunslinger Clay Halloway has survived as a soldier-for-hire in StoneDragon, a time-shifting city where warlords from the past and future battle for power. Where monsters exist and technology doesn‚Äôt. Clay wants to leave his life of violence and obsession behind and open StoneDragon‚Äôs first detective agency. Unfortunately, his very first client will neglect to mention a couple of important details–like that powerful and angry Earth gods are hunting her and are willing to tear StoneDragon apart stone by stone to get her back. The only thing in their way is one unsuspecting cowboy‚Ķ

(PS, I’ve set up a free give-away for the next few days, as a thank you to¬†my early blog readers. So please¬†sample and PLEASE leave a review. A new book is like a new plant. It needs some watering…)