at Comikaze Expo. Tickets are only $12, I’ll see you there too.
Feeling pretty awful today. It hasn’t been a great weekend and my anxiety is in full swing. Resting today, trying to get ready for 4 days in San Diego. Not sure how I’ll feel, but hoping it will be better than this weekend.
Stressing over pretty much everything right now. Job hunting being the biggest thing in my world at the moment. Trouble is, there just aren’t many jobs and tons of people out of work. I don’t see economic recovery.
I was honored to be asked along with my friend Pepe Melan to be a part of Comikaze Expo in Los Angeles on November 5th and 6th. To be included with people like comic book legend Stan “The Man” Lee and Elvira, Mistress of the Dark is truly humbling and exciting. I’m looking forward to the show.
I’ll post more information as the event draws near. For now, check our the Comikaze poster created by my friend Pepe and click on it to be taken to the Comikaze Expo site. I hope to see you there.
I’ve spent the last few weeks working on an outline for a novel. The more I work on it the more I think it may turn into a series of books. It’s getting long and involved. Which is fine, but the more notes I make the more confusing it gets. I like to write notes out in longhand in notebooks dedicated to the project.
I’ve looked at the way a few other author do outlining. My process isn’t all that different, but it seems to be a little more detailed than most of the outlines I’ve seen. I did some research and came up with Scrivener from Literature and Latte. I really like the design and the features. I like that you can develop an outline, store all your research and story notes in one place. I like that the output can be formatted to other programs or even rendered usable for Kindle submission and others. The biggest obstacle for me is the $45 price tag. While I do think the program is worth that price, I can’t justify it for myself right now. Maybe later, for not I’m trying out the 30 day demo. They have one of the best demo policies I’ve seen yet. If I only use the program for 5 hours the first day then the next time I open the program I have 23 hours and 19 hours left, no matter when I open it. So I get a true 30 days of use out of it. That’s pretty cool.
We had a blast at the Phoenix Comicon. Thanks to everyone that stopped by our booth.
Friday was a little rough for us, since we made it to Phoenix at 4:30am that morning to be at the show at 10:00am. Traffic in San Bernardino on the I-215 was a nightmare due to construction. Even at 12:30 at night the traffic was bumper to bumper for miles on surface streets because of the detour. Whoever plan this work needs to be publicly flogged. We traveled in a circle for an hour because the signs were confusing and INACCURATE!
So we finally made it to our little hotel in Phoenix, America’s Best Value Inn. A small place with newly remodeled rooms, flat screen TVs, and free wi-fi that was actually fast as advertised. The bathroom was a little small and difficult for me to navigate, but that’s a minor inconvenience. The place was cheap and clean.
One of the nuisances of big cities is the abundance of one-way streets. They’re a navigational hindrance. It took us at least a day to figure them out well enough to know how to get to the convention. But it’s also difficult to explain directions to someone over the phone. This was partly due to the streets on going one way and partly due to the poor naming of streets on the grid. North/South streets are numbered, with the city bisected by Central Avenue. Streets to the North of Central are Streets (1st, 2nd, 3rd Street, etc.) Street to the South are labeled as Avenues (1st, 2nd, 3rd Avenue, etc.) The cross streets were U.S. Presidents, a little easier.
At the con we got a great corner booth. Are neighbor to the right was Sarah Clemens. A really great fantasy art painter with tons of talent (this is me wishing I could paint half a good). Good table neighbors are hard to find and Sarah and friends were the best. The company across the aisle to our left was a clear demonstration of this. They promoted video games, at ear-splitting decibel. Kudos to Phoenix Comicon for politely asking them several times to turn it down. My ears are still ringing.
The people at Phoenix are alway nice, thank you to the fans of Pepe’s work, he works very hard and I know he appreciates your support. We had a great time and are already looking forward to next year. The pictures I took of the great costumes are here.
I’ve been working on an outline for a story/possible novel I’m working on. I’ve actually put pen to paper on this project. That is many steps closer than in the past.
I’m working on character ideas now. I like them to be original, not the cookie-cutter characters from other fantasy/science fiction novels I’ve read. I’ve read too many stories of the lonely farm boy/blacksmith nephew/scrawny schoolboy becoming the hero. I don’t want to do that. Is that part of the formula? Then I don’t want to use it. So this is just one hurdle I’m looking at, I’m sure there will be others.
I also want a unique story. I’m sure it’ll be some sort of quest. But I don’t want to take the “One Ring” to Mount Doom, or destroy a space station (That’s no moon!). So I guess I’m going to be playing with all sorts of ideas. I think I have ideas on what will work, I just have to put it all down and work it on to the page.
Just very uninterested in everything today. I need motivation but have none. I really hate when I feel like this. It’s wasted time, but it’s an emotional thing to the best I can figure. I’m 99% sure it’s loneliness and isolation that is doing it to me. Not much I can do about that I guess.