Sunday, October 2, 2022

A Week in Writing #424 - Things Happen Even on Vacation

Hope everyone is staying safe, and, of course, writing.

Well, I'll have to admit, I didn't do much writing this past week. We did something we really haven't done in quite a while, took a vacation. This was my twin sons' 30th birthday this past week, so we went to San Diego to go to the Zoo and the Safari Park down there. While this isn't a travel blog, we did have a good time.

But even though I was on vacation a big event happened the morning we were planning to leave. The artist on Powers Squared, Rachel Wells, announced that the next issue will be her last. After five years, she wants to try her hand at children's illustrations. I can't tell you what a blow that news was to receive. The weekend before we had bragged about our longevity with her when we recorded an OAPS with another creator. Continuity is something that you can take for granted and you shouldn't.

For those of you that may not know, Rachel came to us fresh from the Savannah College of Art and Design. Five years ago, we came to the realization that we needed a change. Even our colorist at the time, Paige Redbird, thought we needed someone new. Also a SCAD grad, Paige helped us find several candidates and from them we chose Rachel.

We were hoping for some continuity in the look of the characters but she added a bit more of the style we were looking for, a western anime, and she was the best candidate with that style. Even though we weren't through with our first artist, we had Rachel do a couple of covers for us, issues #3 and #5, before she took over as the artist with issue #6. Five years later, we'll be working on issue #23 with her through the end of the year.

In the vein of "in the tree, part of the tree", we're looking to our current colorist, Julia Canon, an artist in her own right, to possibly take over as the artist for the book. She was our first choice and we're rooting for her. It will be a group decision, including her. We should know by the end of the year.

Well, that wasn't all that happened, but it was the biggest event we've had in quite a while.

As to other writing, there wasn't a lot during the week, I'm afraid. No queries this week and no responses either. I haven't checked so I don't know if any would be DNR.

Finished two reviews this week for Trophy Unlocked. See How They Run was a film we watched on my birthday last Sunday, and The Strange Life of Dr. Frankenstein (2018), a documentary about Mary Shelley's book. I think the latter will appear this month, not sure when the former will, since October is Halloween and Silent Hill month on the blog. No Wednesday Game Day review either, again we were on vacation.

The Saturday Morning Review was mine for Hocus Pocus (1993). Paul's review of Hocus Pocus 2 will appear next week.

To round things off, no new work on fka Skylar this week.

So that about does it for me. Keep writing and I'll see you back here next week.

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