The Spring Messenger arrives…

I know, I know… I’m late with the strip again. Sadly this is the bane of my life; I set myself deadlines and I never manage to hit them precisely on time. I was the same at Uni by the way…

Any way. Instead, I thought that I would do something topical and introduce you to the Easter Bunny… okay, he’s not the real Easter Bunny… we all know who that is:

Hugh Jackman a.k.a The Easter Bunny

The Easter Bunny I am talking about, isn’t really a Rabbit. He’s a Hare. Specifically a Moon Hare from The Land Far Away. He is also my Art Muse and is always finding new techniques for me to try.
Stardust (my Craft Muse) is alternately relieved that she doesn’t have to over work herself any more and jealous of all the time I have been spending with him recently.

Named after one of my Favourite Artists, he arrived not long after I started doing a proper art project in Art Class:

A New Muse…

Puff: Who is that?
Stardust: *sleepily* What are you talking about? There’s no one there…
Puff: You can’t see it? That strange shape over by Author, waving her artistic kit at her?
Stardust: *Frowning* Oh yes… I can’t quite make it out…
Patches: What are you two muttering about?
*The other two point*
Patches: Oh, that’s the new muse… they haven’t chosen a shape yet.
Stardust: I thought I was the Art Muse…
Patches: You’re more interested in the Craft side and Author has been doing a lot of drawing recently.
Puff: So there’s space for a new muse? Hmm… I wonder what it will be?

Story #43 – “Author & Muse Stories” by Kira Morgana

Stories #43 and #44 won’t be told in visual form for quite a while yet, I need to catch up with myself and all sorts of things get in the way of me working…
*glares in the direction of SB & PW*
…however, he has appeared in a couple of full page stories – most notably, Matchmaking in the Singletons section with Angerbun.

So as he’d become a bit of a fixture, I started writing his origin story. I usually write the Land Far Away stories in rhyme, but I had serious trouble with this one – none of the words wanted to rhyme and it appeared that he had more story to tell than rhymes would allow.
I changed tack and swapped to prose rather than poetry (although there is some poetry in it – Land Far Away wouldn’t be Land Far Away without the awful rhymes) and the words started flowing well.

Then Stardust got involved. I’m not going to explain that one here; I already did it in a video:

Apologies for the Videography – it’s something else that I’m still new to…

So having completed the Ever Spring Tree with Stardust, I found that Salvador’s story was flowing better than ever and thought I ought to introduce him with a Character Page:

Salvador Bunli, The Spring Messenger

Hopefully his whole story should be finished soon and I am hoping that Maria K. will be able to illustrate it and we’ll get it published in time for the next Spring Holiday… but as I said before, deadlines are not my strong point so don’t get your hopes up too soon – a lot has to happen before we get to publication stage!

Author & Muse: Coffee

Coffee… an essential thing in my house…

Here’s the latest story strip from the Author & Muse series…

I would like to dedicate this story to everyone who finds it impossible to do even the basic things first thing in the morning without at least two cups of coffee…

However, I would especially like to mention Terry Kroenung and Maggie Stewart-Grant who have had an especially rough time recently!

Warning: Writer at work…

I’ve been oddly productive recently. Not in the sense that I’ve actually published anything, but in the sense that the words and creativity are flowing and I’m capable of working on almost anything without needing much prompting.

As I said in my last text filled blog post, I am working on two different stories for Camp NaNoWriMo this month. However, if you look at my writer stats on the site recently, it looks like I’ve done very little.

Hmmm…. 8 days in and there’s nothing happening…. or is there?

Actually, I’ve had to stop writing on “Jade Cat” and do some plotting…

Sometimes Visual works better.

…which meant I had to read through all 70,000-odd words that I’d already written, write out a synopsis for each chapter (there are 30 of them) then try and figure out where the characters were going to go from there on.
The good news is that I managed it – the picture above is me working out the scenes needed for each character with a separate story thread (the numbers are characters, the letters scenes) and how the story thread for each character is going to move on and who is going to leave the story forever…

Sounds like reality TV doesn’t it….

Looking at the plot that came out of the exercise, there could be as many as 24 more chapters to “Jade Cat” – it all depends on how the writing of each scene goes, as I may merge scenes or have multiple scene chapters.

With “Blood & Kitsune” I’m doing quite well. It’s broken through the 10k barrier and the story is inching onward. I’d prefer it to move a little faster, but I’m not arguing as long as it moves.

I’ve also managed to publish the first of the “Author & Muse” stories – it’s called “Sleep (Part One)” and was quite well recieved; the initial post was on saturday (which is why it’s my last picture post) but it’s also got its own page – HERE – so if you miss the initial post each time, you know where to go…

I’m still undecided if I am going to colour all of them and post once a week, or publish twice a week but have one in black and white. I’d be interested to hear what visitors think…