Sunday, April 17, 2016

A Week in Writing #86

I feel like a broken record, but I always wish I had a few more hours everyday or another day a week to work on things. As it stands now, if I sleep a few minutes too long in the morning, I lose my chance to write then and I never know what to expect when I get home. We had a flurry at the beginning of the week with pages from the artist to review, but never got any finished pages from him. Nor did we get any pages from our colorist. Sometimes I feel like we're running really hard in sand. Did broach the subject of a cover with the artist, but no decisions have been made, other than we will really need one at some point.

A friend of ours who teaches drawing has a former student who has become a published artist. We're hoping to meet up during Free Comic Book Day weekend to get some feedback, so I'd like to have as much of it ready as possible to show him. He's coming into town to do an autograph session at our local comic book store, but our schedules haven't meshed yet, but there's still time and there's still hope. I'm thinking someone who's "made it" could really give us some valuable feedback and advice.

Anticipating part 2 of the comic book, I've started to edit, with pencil, the second part of the script to address any changes that the drawing of part one may have caused, including address ambiguities in the script. Since the artist is more than a phone call away, I realize I need to nail things down better than I may have in part one. It's a live and learn process.

Still working on getting Public and Private ready to query. I've done as much preliminary research as I can on agents, but I read several who want a one to two page synopsis with the query. I decided against trying to cut down the long synopsis, so I'm trying to re-write it from scratch. After a couple of tries, I think I hit upon a way to proceed on Friday morning before work, but I never got back to it since. So I want to get that squared away before I query.

If you've been reading this blog for a while, I had unofficially pitched an idea for a show to the Comic-Con HQ SVOD channel. While nothing has really happened, every time I followed up I wasn't discouraged. I recently signed a submission release form so they could officially look at it. It's been a couple of days, so I'll give a week or so before I follow up. I don't think Lionsgate has ever produced any employee pitches before, even though they do allow for them, so it will obviously be a challenge.

Did finish a couple of reviews this week, one for Rush Hour and one for The Jazz Singer, which I published on Saturday morning. Trying not to feel discouraged that I can count all the pageviews so far on my two hands and still have a finger left over. Not sure why this one in particular landed with such a thump.

On Saturday, my family and I attended the Film Noir Festival at the Egyptian Theater and saw a couple of films I'm hoping to review in the next week or so: All My Sons (1948) and Take One False Step (1949). I'm already about 1200 words into the first one. So that will be my focus, along with the comic book, the synopsis and the blog. Just another week in writing.

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