Drawings, animation, random stuff I find funny on INTERNET. These are the makings of me. Don't take any thing seriously here. Just for fun. I also made a book called "Maddie Mckenszie: The Most ANNOYING Little Sister Ever!"
Checking the list: My #NaNoWriMo Project is “Naughty or Nice” FINISHED.
The National Novel Writing Month National Nightmare is over. 29 Days of writing non-stop, some days with little or no sleep and no sometimes without imagination. My first ever (short novel) “Naughty or Nice” is now FINISHED. Because I like sharing my creations, this novel that I wrote is FREE. Just because it’s free doesn’t mean this version is the definitive FINAL version. NO, NO, NO, NO, NO! I expect rewrites in the coming months. I expect the final version to be available sometimes in 2014, but I can’t make any guarantees.
This story is yet another Children’s book I wrote, but It is geared towards older readers. I would roughly put the book in the range of 8-10 year olds, but I made sure to make it enjoyable for everyone. The story follows the adventures of 9-year old Chrissy Deigh who enjoys all things Christmas…EVERY DAY. She is mistreated by kids in school and really no friends except for a quiet boy who lives next door that really sounds uninterested in her. But one day a mysterious lady appears in Chrissy’s room from the north pole asking for help. Chrissy is left to task to check on children who are naughty or nice. Meanwhile, Chrissy still has to deal with the rigors of 4th grade by day and also deal with the ups and downs of being a lister while a power struggle looms over in the North Pole. It is an incredible journey that with twists and turns that will keep you reading. I admit, it’s not ready for primetime, but I’m very proud of it as all of my creations.
I made two picture books featuring “Maddie Mckenszie" in the last year, so this level of writing was different but not too difficult. I actually wrote an outline last year of what the story would be as I did with my other works. I almost wrote this book last year, but the daunting task of writing 50,000 words in 30 days turned me off, so I put it off for next year. I decided this year two days before the start of the competition to write the novel and never looked back. With a full-time job, plus travel out of state to vendor at a convention, I still managed to chug along at the project. I missed a total of two days writing. Using my iPad keyboard to write in between breaks and lunches at work was key to getting a head and on time. Doing NaNoWriMo is not for everyone, but if you have a head full of ideas, go ahead and do the damn thing (Don’t do it now, ‘cause it’s too late.)
I have my book available to download for FREE in BOTH.epub and PDF formats. It is 57,000 words, about roughly 200 real world pages but it may vary on the eReader or tablet you’re using (and I hope you’re using a iPad, not that I want to restrict poor Kindle and Android users) You can use many apps to import the book to read on the go or you can read it on your Mac, PC or Linux computer.
I encourage you to read my story, especially since it’s Christmas time. Be honest and feel free to tell me how you feel about it.
Prelude to a Season.
My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic Season 4. November 23rd. 10am
After much speculation, drama, conventions, more drama, comics and EVEN MORE DRAMA in this fandom, the time is near. We may not always agree on everything or get along every now and then, but this is your time. Your time to getup up early for something other than work. To get a giant bowl and fill it with the most sugary cereal you can find. Your time to speak to random strangers on a illegal stream channel about what you love the most. In some cases, many of you will congregate together in reality to do the same thing. Get on your most poniest We Love Fine threads because it’s time WILD THE F’ OUT.
65 episodes (and one semi related movie), 3 years of big adventure, tons of fun, a beautiful heart, faithful and strong, sharing kindness and the magic that makes it all complete and COUNTING.
FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC! RISE UP!
This is why I’m not drawing a lot. My #NaNoWriMo Experience 9 Days in and this is WORK.
Two days before November began, I really didn’t plan on doing this. I have written two Children’s books before designed for a young age, but I have never embarked on such an aggressive level of writing in my life. Not since college, I have never worked so hard on typing something, probably ever.
For those not in the know “National Novel Writing Month" takes place throughout the month of November where you are have to write a novel in 50,000 words or more before the month end. You can write pretty much whatever you want as long as it’s 50,000 words. Starting off can be pretty easy if you have the ideas to back it up, but once you start writing your story, you may run out of creative fuel, procrastinate or plain get tired. I’m sort of heading towards the latter condition. I’m juggling a full time job and the regular day to day responsibilities of adulthood. THIS IS WORK and it’s NOT for the weak-hearted.
Fortunately, I sort of have a work ethic in my creative endeavors lately. The production of my first book “Maddie Mckensize: The Most ANNOYING Little Sister EVER!" (shameless plug is now FREE!) took about two and a half months from start to finish. Of course, it’s much easier to write for small children with only 28 pages, but the artwork is where the real work came. I only wrote the manuscript for the book in about 1 to 2 days. The sequel “Maddie Mckenszie and the BAD Birthday Party Manners" took longer to write and draw due to outside personal issues. Personally, I feel it was a better effort than what I did before since it took my time. Likely, the 3rd Maddie book will take even longer since I’m kind of a perfectionist.
Going back to NaNoWriMo. I’m doing pretty well so far within pace of finishing by the end of the month. Weekends are tempting to get ahead, but I don’t want to have my home looking like trash. I have 15,189 words done as of Saturday November 9. I’m hoping to get to 25,000 before the 15th. The story that I’m writing is about geared towards young audiences, but much older than the target audience of 3-5 years for “Maddie Mckensize”. I’m targeting 8-10 year olds now, movin’ on up.
The story’s working title is called “Naughty or Nice” and it features the story of a 9-year old girl who is obsessed with Christmas year round. As a result of this obsession, she is bullied in class and not taken seriously by some adults. Her life changes when she is recruited by a young woman from the North Pole and it given an opportunity to work for them in exchange of seeing Santa Claus. The only catch is she has to check on millions of children from the age of 1-92 to find out whether or not if they’re Naughty or Nice.
I started out drawing the character “Chrissy Deigh” back in 2011 for fun. I never did much with her. In 2012, I wrote down an outline of the character and the world that she lived in. I nearly went all in on NaNoWriMo last year, but I decided to hold off on that. My outline has fueled my imagination and has still kept me in the NaMoWriMo game. I can’t promise if I’m going to finish it, but I tend to like finishing projects that I started. I did the same with the first two “Maddie Mckensize” books and I intend to do the same with “Naughty or Nice.”
I will provide a preview of my writing in the next few days, in the meantime, KEEP ON WRITING!
My experience with drawing on a iPad mini with the Procreate app and thoughts on iPad Air
(See the full artwork “Maddie and Margaret - Fall Foliage Fun”)
I have experimented with iPad drawing since 2011. I have tried many programs such as Autodesk Sketchbook Pro, Artrage, Paper and Procreate. Ever since I was on my iPad 2 during that time, drawing styluses were limited mostly to big rubber nubs with no pressure sensitivity and little control. That’s fine if you want to write out a note or two, but for artists like me, I want an experience much like I would get with a drawing tablet. As the technology of the IPad became more capable and powerful with Bluetooth 4.0 and the Retina Display, so did the drawing capabilities. Now, Procreate is my go to app for all of my iPad drawing. When you pair it with a Adonit Jot Touch 4, it it worthy of my time. I wouldn’t say the app is not on the level of Photoshop, but it’s getting there. The app recently won the highly coveted Apple Design Award at this year’s WWDC.
Since I like recycling my gadgets often (getting cash in return on eBay), my iPad 3 was retired and sold. I purchased a 16 Wifi iPad mini back in February primarily for reading. It wasn’t as powerful as a iPad 3 or 4 and didn’t even have a retina display, but it served my needs. Plus, I’m nearsighted, so the retina doesn’t really have much of an impact on me with glasses.
Depending on your art needs, the iPad mini may not be for everyone. The first generation iPad does not handle power-hungry apps like Procreate very well. For example, you can create large canvases, but you are limited by how many layers you can create in them. The A4 300 dpi preset for example allows about 8 layers on my iPad 3, on the mini allows only 2! I notice it’s much more laggier and it crashes a lot more often. However, the form factor size makes it much easier for me to draw holding the iPad in one hand. That’s quite impossible on the regular sized iPad, but might be easier to do on the air. I have rather large hands, so your results may vary. I had a friend of mine test out drawing on the iPad and her hands are much smaller than mine, so I can see why some people may prefer this size.
The small size does have it’s advantages. I can put the device in my jacket pocket and not carry around a so-called “man purse”. I have no stupid qualms about my masculinity carrying a small bag on my shoulder, it’s more of a carrying more stuff on me issue. Though I miss having access to various small items. Once I get my new air, I will return to carrying a bag like this when I’m out in the city.
The iPad air on the other hand feels like the perfect iPad for me. Not too big (like the heavy iPad 3) and not too small (like the mini). The 64-bit A7 processor will give graphics - intensive apps like Procreate a steroid dose. Just hoping the RAM is bigger than previous iPads. That will make a world of difference performance wise. I also can’t wait to pair it up with a decent keyboard so I can type on the go. I written and illustrated two children’s books and have a few more projects planned up my sleeve.
For about 1 month, I have used iPad mini as my primary iPad. It’s pretty much a “in-between” iPad before I get the air. I constantly hear on the Internet and tech media that the iPad mini is the “perfect” iPad. They act like the regular-sized iPad are for weirdos who use it as a laptop replacement. Maybe I’m watching too much Twit these days, but there is a world that exists outside of San Francisco. A REAL world with REAL users that are using it for more than playing chopsticks and Candy Crush. That’s me. I draw stuff.