This month’s update will be a short one. I still have so many projects on the go that I don’t know what to pay attention to first. Regardless, I managed to get some progress done on my writing, just nowhere near as much as I would have liked.
So without further ado, let’s take a look at what I have been doing this month.
The first week of August was spent with the family, camping at our trailer at Lake Clear. During this time, I decided to not do any writing. Truth is, with all the work and responsibilities I had going on lately, I needed the break. Sometimes, taking a step back from a project can be more beneficial than constantly pounding away at it.
That being said, I found other ways to work on ideas for my story. Before leaving for our vacation, I finally got myself a sculpting kit together. I had had an urge to start sculpting again for the past few months, so after fifteen years, I decided to take this opportunity to start up again.
Well, I can certainly say that my skills did not improve since college. My first attempt was a full figure of Torment, one of the henchmen working for the mastermind in my story. The result was too cartoonish for my taste, so I ended up scrapping him. However the process turned out to be a great learning experience! First, I learned that structure is key; if you don’t feel comfortable with the base frame, start over now. Because simply put, if the frame doesn’t work, no amount of clay will fix it. Get a good base or frame going, then proceed to the sculpting.
Which leads me to the second thing I learned about sculpting; it is both a good way of releasing creative energies and of forming ideas. Giving your ideas a physical form helps you better grasp some of the intricacies that compose them.
My second attempt was more successful. I decided to go smaller, so I did a bust rather than a full figure. I also decided to do a creature, so if it looks less than perfect it would be less of an issue than if I was trying to do a representation of a human being. It is still a work in progress, and is not a portrayal of any of my current characters, but I am already more satisfied with this attempt.
This side project has really helped me take a new approach to creating new material for my stories. I look forward to see what other ideas will come to me while sculpting.
But all good things must come to an end. After a well earned vacation, we came back home, and consequently back to our routine. Unfortunately, said routine is currently so overcharged, I can barely get any writing done. Between the renovations at home and colleagues at work taking their vacation, time to write has been short.
Regarding my story, I am still slowly chipping away at the character sheet for Vivian Winters. Though not much progress was made, I am happy with the direction the character is taking. I should be able to complete her write up by the end of September at the latest.
As for work regarding Missing Worlds Media, a new update including lore content was released mid-August. It is a description about Scorpion, one of the main villain factions that will be found in the game. The article can be found on our Kickstarter page here:
That is all I have for this month. Hard to believe this is my 20th progress update, meaning I have been at this for almost two years already. In closing, I want to thank my wife, my family and my friends for taking the time to visit my blog, and for being so supportive.
Until next time.