Archive | October, 2011

Doing NaNoWriMo this year!

29 Oct

I’m participating in the National Novel Writing Month challenge this year, which will be held in the month of November 2011. The goal is to write 50,000 words, resulting into a first draft of a novel.

I have no plan, no environment, no plot, no characters, only a vague idea. As I write this blog post, I have about two days left to come up with something of an idea.

I don’t expect the result to be any good; I expect it to suck, big time. But that’s ok, because it’s about writing 50,000 words in a month, not about redrafting and making it ready for publication. That would take at least six months, I guess (I never written a book, so I don’t know). I think that almost nothing of what I write in this first draft will survive the editing process. I don’t even expect the final result to be in the same genre!

Since it’s about volume, bulk, I don’t care about these things. I’m excited, because my novel can become whatever it wants to be, not what I will it to be. Usually, when I write a blog post about a subject I care about deeply, it turns out crap, because I want it to be perfect. I should avoid such subjects like the plague. I suppose this applies to novel writing as well.

I will be using Scrivener as my writing tool. Especially the project targets window seems important to get me through the challenge. It’s 1667 words per day, every day, after all. I’ll be setting my initial target at 2000 words per day, so I’ll have some leeway at the end.

Anyway, I’ve created a novel entry, with the provisional title “Evil Lurks Upstairs”, in the provisional genre mystery, thriller and suspense. My NaNoWriMo page can be found here.

All this means that I won’t be posting much on this blog during the next month. Not that I’ve been posting much anyway. I was preoccupied with preparing myself for a marathon road race in December 2011.

Ooh, the challenges we set for ourselves. They seem so unattainable, so unrealistic: A first draft of a novel in a month and getting into to shape to finish a marathon race.

Ah well, such is life. We try hard, hoping something will ultimately stick.

Thanks for reading!

Faces on the iPad

15 Oct

I tried a few portraits from a book called “Facial Expressions” by Mark Simon. As you can see, the top left one is my first, while the bottom one is my third sketch.

Faces on iPad

It always take me some time to get accustomed to drawing faces, especially on a strange device like an iPad, using an app that’s a bit lagging on the original iPad.

It’s the usual “big shapes first, smaller shapes next.”


1 Oct

My sister breeds Bengal cats for a hobby (a serious hobby, involving serious money, but a hobby nonetheless). She doesn’t keep her cats indefinitely, but gives them good homes, so she can keep improving her “stock”.

Anyway, she posted a photo the new owner took of one of those re-homed cats. I decided to use it for my process of silhouetting. The silhouette on the left was drawn first, copied as a layer and then lighter colors were drawn on top of it.


I concentrated on the face and made the rest rather sketchy (or is that sloppy?). It’s not a 100 % accurate reproduction of the original pose, nor even close to the rendering of the photo. So I think this still means I used the photo as a reference, a close reference, though.