#5DayDraw – Day 1 #LightonDark

A little break in writing over Easter.

Just playing with my Sketchable program on the  Surface again. This challenge was from a short training program (Drawing Inspiration by Von Glitschka) on Lynda.com (my work has access to this training database that is owned by LinkedIn).

Anyway, the project was to draw using light colours on dark paper. Not having dark paper, I used a black backdrop and a light blue sketching colour. I was going to neaten this up…but then I decided I liked the scrappiness of how it turned out.

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Easter Rabbit

Anyway – just something I’m checking out.

Cheers
KT

Today’s update

Missed last night – headache meant I went to bed at about 7.30.

Still carrying one tonight, but I did do some writing.

Daily word count: 389

Total word count: 19,648

It was tough going again…and they were a bit shit…again.

Ah well.

I’ll try to be more positive tomorrow, I promise.

Cheers

KT

Brief update – some writing occured

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Another Doodle

Ah yes, more doo-doo-doodling. Relaxing.

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Weird tentacle guitar doodle? Whatever

Hmm. This one got weird.

Anyway – just a brief update today.

Daily word count: 351

Total word count: 19,259

Not that easy to get down, and the internet was a huge distraction, but got my 350. That’ll do pig. That’ll do.

Cheers

KT

Keeping things interesting

Well another day down, and another day where it wasn’t too hard to get the words down.

I did waste about 10 minutes on twitter, but that’s actually not too bad for me. Twitter is a real trap for me (A constantly refreshing distraction from things I should be doing? YES PLEASE!).

Daily word count: 367

Total word count: 18,908

Not far off 19,000 words, which is not far off 20k. I might reward myself with that milestone…maybe I need to factor in a system of rewards – something cool at every 10k perhaps? I’ll think about it. Just something to keep things interesting.

Speaking of keeping things interesting, I’ve been doing a few side projects as well as this writing. I’ve started mucking about with learning how to code with Coding for Dummies – something I’ve been meaning to do for a while now. I’ve also started plotting out a small project that has been lingering in the back of my mind for a while now – its a writing project, but not this novel. I wont go into that, because I’m not actually sure if I will keep going or not.

But anyway – these are all things for me to do in little bits and chunks so I can achieve something without getting overwhelmed. Or maybe I’ll fail at all of them and feel bad about three things.

Let’s see!

Cheers

KT

A deep breath before diving

 

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Digital Scrachpad Doodle – by KT

So, back again.

 

I didn’t write last on the last two nights. I had forgotten that Thursday was Nerd Night, and I had a great time playing a new PS4 game (Drawn to Death – interesting little game with seriously immature humour which happens to be spot on for this 41-going-on-15 individual).  I didn’t write last night because I was dosed up on painkillers (hurt my shoulder lifting my daughter up because I’m also 41-going-on-85).

But tonight…

Daily word count: 431

Total word count: 18,541

So not a bad amount, and I pumped it out pretty quick. It didn’t hurt as much getting the words down this time, and was in a far better headspace than I have been for weeks.

I’ve got a few good tips, both on this blog and in real life, but something that has helped me recently both getting back into writing and actually getting things done at work has been doodling. Not drawing, just doodling.

I’ve been watching a few YouTube videos and found this spacey artist (Peter Draws) on whose art is as mesmerising as his weird videos (here is ‘How to Doodle‘). Anyway, I did the above today which is kind of a ‘digital scrachpad’ – in that I coloured a layer in multiple bright colours, then placed a black layer over the top, and then doodled the above using the eraser tool (and the 4 way symmetry tool). It’s kinda silly and really simple, but the repetition of shapes and patterns is as relaxing as hell, and I gotta really recommend it if you need to change gears. The aim isn’t to get a masterpiece, just to make some marks on paper (physical or digital.

After I did this doodle I set it up for my kids, and they played with it too. Fun for the whole family 🙂

Anyway, lets hope I see you tomorrow night with another update! Maybe I’ll write. Maybe I’ll doodle some more. Maybe both.

Cheers

KT

 

Umm, excuse me ABC, don’t mean to be rude, but WE publish Australian sci-fi!

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An article published recently by the ABC caught the attention of some of us at Odyssey. It’s about sci-fi’s representation by the Australian publishing industry, (you can find it here: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-03-09/australian-science-fiction-authors-let-down-by-local-publishers/8336308). Sarah L’Estrange writes that sadly Australian sci-fi authors often feel they’re “let down” by local publishes, and find they have to look overseas to get published. It outlines how difficult it can be as a sci-fi author and paints a pretty bleak picture for those trying to get published.

While the article is focused mainly on the big publishers and their refusal to represent authors, it’s tackling the issue of sci-fi publishing in Australia as a whole, and reading it from a small press perspective a little voice in my head kept asking, “what about us? What about all the small publishers?”

My question was briefly answered. L’Estrange writes that authors often “resort to self-publishing – or go to smaller publishers.” It seems a…

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