2014 "Ocean's Pearl" Reflection

   A rose carp, a luminous pearl. 8 enchanted bracelets and a love tale under the silver light of moon...

A rose carp, a luminous pearl. 8 enchanted bracelets and a love tale under the silver light of moon...

   2014 was the year I finally buckled down and finished writing my first novel.

2014 was the year I finally buckled down and finished writing my first novel.

So what's next? Another rewrite that's for sure. Many more illustrations? Very possibly. I wrote this with multiple scenes swimming through my mind - there's so much more hear to bring to life...


2014 end of year reflection:

Tunnel Vision is an interesting thing. As the year draws to a close, I feel "stuck" again. In reality, however, Ocean's Pearl has come such a long way in 2014. As in came from not existing at all, to forming into an idea, into becoming a physical and (for all its imperfections) completed manuscript.

May 2014

I had the idea to write it. Scribble/doodled the first chapter (now prologue) in the corner of my sketchbook.

May-June-July 2014

Spent 20-30 minute installmants, hour long stretches, 15 minute bursts adding to the story.  Wrote through fatigue, wrote after sweaty runs, wrote hyped up about the potential of this story! Doodled images on the margins when I got stuck on plot...

July 2014

Finished the handwritten manuscript sitting cross-legged on the Great Wall/Beijing - dusted wet by mist. 

August-September-October 2014

First reread (multiple rereads) and rewrites.  Chapter by chapter with a few new things thrown in... and created 2 drawings I loved to boot.  Sent a pdf to a few people for feedback...

ok now what?

...perhaps it's alright for me to take a breather thus far.  There are many things that remain for me to do, for example:

  1. Refine and send that Query letter I drafted (I hate writing these things. Makes me feel like I'm sales pitching... but perhaps it comes back to the fact that I'm nervous about pitching my 'baby). 
  2. find a writing mentor (perhaps reach out to David ?).
  3. Print out a physical copy (pdf) so I have it in paper format... tactile is important to me. And this is the copy I can lend out.
  4. More concept images! Because there are so many things that I want to explore/draw in this universe I'm only beginning to create.

 

(no. 5) For now, though, know that I am blessed: To have had this story shared with me, for having the experience of writing it (and knowing therefore that I love love the writing process) ... and for having people in my life - like C and A - who are willing to read and give feedback. 

The future is still uncertain. Do I publish this myself, go a traditional route? All in due course.

All in due course.