Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Could This Be the Start of a New Venture? Probably Not, But it Could Be Fun!

Collin and I are both artists...or he is, anyway. I used to be, before poor eyesight and the tremors in my hands made it too difficult.



Neither of us has done anything in a long, long time. Life just seemed to always get in the way. Collin's done a lot in pencil in the past. I did pencil and ink drawings--people, animals, caricatures. I once did a cartoon of my agent. Her name was Maria Carvainis, but the nickname "Carnivorous" stuck because of her aggressive negotiating style. I drew her as a vulture with long eyelashes. One of the last things I did was a poster--black ink on white posterboard--of the characters in my first novel. It hung over my desk in my first home office. I had two home offices--the first one was pretty crappy, in a basement that was more like a cave. The second was pretty nice and came after I got those first two big advances from Berkley. I gave up on home offices when I realized I never did any actual work in them. They were just places to file stuff and use the phone without distractions.

But I'm getting off track here. This is the poster (one thing I am not is a photographer, as you can see).



Anyway, Collin and I had been talking about doing comic books--or graphic novels. Comixology, owned by Amazon, does comic book self-publishing. I'd do the writing and he'd do the artwork. Last week, he found a great deal--a graphic artist tablet, regularly $145, for $45. It arrived yesterday, so we played around with it last night for a while, getting used to it. Collin did a couple of Minion pictures....



Will we or won't we? Will we ever actually produce any graphic novels? Will I be able to draw again with this new device now that the new seizure meds seem to be doing such a good job? Will Collin find the time to do anything else, with a full-time job and a full-time class schedule? Tune in tomorrow...or next week...or next year....

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    1. Grace, it would be really weird to be able to draw again after all this time!

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    2. Norma I have a few friends who use aps for drawing. One of the very best is a lady called Theanne here is her Facebook page so you can have a look at her work and maybe she can help you with some choices

      https://www.facebook.com/theannecrossett?fref=ufi

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  2. Your poster work is really good! I would have never been able to do that.

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    1. I used to do it all the time, but whether or not I can still do it remains to be seen!

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  3. I love it. So much fun. Enjoy your new toy.

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    1. It does look like it's going to be fun, Ivy!

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  4. Sounds like a cool plan. I'm going to look into doing Amazon's fan fiction deal.

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    1. I thought about that, but the stuff they offer is too limited. Hope you have fun with it!

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  5. I hope so! Your poster is really nice!

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  6. You never lose it... it will come back.
    Plus it might come back in a new and interesting style
    One never knows... use a piece of your brain that you haven't used for some time.
    Pencils ready set ...... let draw

    cheers, parsnip

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    1. Thanks, Gayle.

      Use a piece of my brain I haven't used in a long time. I don't have too many pieces left....

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    2. hahahahahahahaha me too
      seems I am killing my brain cells.
      I am 10 points below the lowest setting that your brain can be at.
      Yea me !

      cheers, parsnip

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    3. see.... forgot to say my oxygen levels in my brain are 10 points below....

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    4. Maybe that's my problem, too...!

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    1. Thank you, Hilary! If I do get back into it, I may do posters for each of my books....

      Big if.

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  8. What fun! I've dreamed of doing a graphic novel. I can't wait to hear more of your graphic adventures!

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    1. Thanks, Lynn. You should give it a shot. Graphic novels are quite popular now.

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  9. Talent, talent, talent. Great poster.

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    1. Thanks, Carole. I'd love to get back to it...especially now that my little pea brain processes visual images better than it processes words and especially numbers!

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  10. Well you're both very talented. How about a comic strip of wrestlers? You would make the writing hilarious and if it's not long but kept in short segments like a comic strip then Collin can work his schedule around it.

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    1. Actually, we've been planning something along those lines. We're turning my WordPress blog into a serial--three segments a week with my WIP Sucker-Punched as the basis. Five wrestler brothers, their fellow performers, divorced promoters running rival companies and the idiot writers who turn out their storylines. It should be up and running in a few weeks, if all goes well.

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  11. I say play around with it. You got that at a good price.
    And excellent artwork, Norma. I don't do faces, but I'll paint and draw flowers and wildlife. That's where I excel, and plan on doing some of that this summer, if I can get my room set up, and the supplies I need eventually.

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    1. Thanks, Lorelei. I used to sketch people while talking to them, the way most people doodle.

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