|Do you dare take this book from the shelf?|
Characters and their fursonas, one and the same
Could this work inform your sense of yourself?
Once you read of a wolf, Lauren’s the name
Wouldn’t it be fun to learn her story, just in case?
The first act beckons, and it’s yours to chase…
I found that after creating the first draft of my story, I took more than a year to do just visual art before I returned to write from a fresh perspective and new plot point. I suppose I'm going to create art that's better than what I have made before up until I feel the drive to return to writing. I am still seeking readers who can commit to reading the first act of my second draft of "Transpecies" (one third the length of a novel) and replying inside of six weeks from when you receive the writing from me. (You can disregard the precise calendar dates from the initial journal post.) For more information about this singular opportunity to read the drafts of my manuscript as it evolves with your reader feedback, here is a journal to check out:
Open call for critique readers for TranspeciesI’d like to reach out to anyone who may be interested in reading the story that I am writing. Please take time to acquaint yourself with my gallery folder for Transpecies as well as the information in this journal. If you’d like to take advantage of this opportunity, you may contact me by a note to request my manuscript(s) for your perusal via an email address of yours.
If you are a long-time watcher of mine, chances are you’re most familiar with seeing my art and poetry concerning the characters. These side appearances, exploratory writings, and experimental visual adaptations have been helpful to me in developing the story and my sense of what it may become. At the same time, the plan for three years now has been to produce a prose manuscript that can eventually be commercially published as a printed novel. I reason that one suitable way to judge the feasibility of this ongoing project is to provide experimental samples of
As time rolls forward and I still seek for feedback from readers, I think I ought to motivate myself with a suitably challenging goal, such as producing an animated book trailer. I have written the words/lyrics to accompany the sequence in the style of an anime opening sequence, and I want to provide glimpses into the story world as the scenes featured in the book trailer play out. I can do this. I think I'll just break the ambitious goal into parts, tackle each one, reward myself at checkpoints, and eventually create a more compelling advertisement for the story world of "Transpecies" than has previously been composed in words. I find that I gain the most from moving outside my comfort zone into the challenge zone.
I seem to focus on painting a large, detailed background in nearly every picture of my fursona or OCs. For whatever reason, I feel that I can't do a good enough job when drawing a fox such that the background becomes this huge expanse with many features. I think I need to gain my bearings and adjust course to focus more on the characters I draw rather than their settings. I feel that I am a persistent amateur at best in visual art since I know I'd rather be a scientific researcher (first priority) and perhaps even a published writer (second priority). At the same time, I want to create depictions of the ideas, innovations, and stories within myself so as to best convey the content.
I've written daily in my journal for more than a month now, so I have built up my internal resolve/discipline by committed effort. The next task is to take my bearings, choose a direction in which to expend my labors so that I might advance there, and then produce. As readers and viewers of my art, you're welcome to watch this account to embark on the journey of experiencing the products of my applied efforts over time. A book trailer may yet emerge from the new direction in which I aim my creative journey.
|I am a writer, artist, and animator engaged in creative projects as an ongoing independent pursuit. I am seeking comments and critique on my latest works. I am currently seeking interested, critical readers for the most recent prose version of the first act of the novel-to-be titled "Transpecies," in which some cognitively enhanced animals seek sanctuary in a dangerous and uncertain future America. Contact me by note if you are interested in learning more about this opportunity. You can find animations, writing, and more through my gallery folders. The above depiction of my fursona is courtesy of jillustrations on tumblr.|