I realize I haven't quite updated my DA in a LOOOONG time, so here's a few things I'm up to.
- Lullaby of Al'Sura
It's not dead, but it's not alive, either. I am not working on it ATM. The last Status was that I was working on the old pages, cleaning them up for rerelease (and editing some of the bad dialogue). There were only around 20-25 more of the old pages that needed cleaning when I last worked on it (out of 200, so the major work is done).
I had written a summary of the following chapters as well, to help me plan before I do the script planning, however I had suddenly had an enlightenment in regards to storytelling and character development that gave me, as a writer, a slight existential crisis - I knew NOTHING of character development or carefully constructing meaningful bonds or bonding time. It might appear that I did in the old pages of Lullaby, but the truth is, that I did not. I decided to put Lullaby aside for now and practice my new insight into the beauty of character development and story structuring on another, smaller project called Counterbalance (see more on that bellow). I am hoping that once Counterbalance is up and running, I will have time to revisit Lullaby and bring it back, as it is a story that deserves to be told, despite the fact that I started it in my infant state as a writer.
Some of you might've noticed I posted some artwork recently that were tagged under the Project Counterbalance.
But what exactly is Counterbalance?
Counterbalance is a project that rose up when my eyes started to open up to the power of Character Development, and I decided to practice what I have learned on a story with a small cast (3 main characters only) and make it the best thing I can do in terms of storytelling. I started writing scripts for it in November last year, and so far I have written and rewritten 16 episodes, with a total of 40 planned (I know, this doesn't seem like a small project, but compared to what I had planned for Lullaby, trust me its smaller, and once the groundwork is done, it can also run much smoother than Lullaby).
What medium will I release Counterbalance as?
I plan to release Counterbalance as a serialized Audiodrama Podcast (free, by the way!) accompanied by several Artworks depicting scenes from the story.
Why audiodrama? Why not manga, like Lullaby?
Well because I've been doing Voiceacting for other audiodramatists for a while now, and quite frankly, I licked blood. My Sis and I will be voicing two of three main characters, and we're having the time of our life. As for the manga part - As I mentioned earlier, Counterbalance was supposed to be a playground to help me refine my craft as writer. As such, I'm looking for quicker ways to release a story, quicker than manga anyway. It takes a bit more work upfront to smooth the crossing, but once I have the groundwork done, I will be able to release a full episode per month, maybe even bi-weekly. Oppose that to the time it took me to draw one chapter of Lullaby? Getting out 3 chapters took me 2 years, so....
When will I start releasing?
I'm not sure yet. I want to write all the episodes first, before starting to produce. I am HOPING I can get it done by early-mid 2018, but my attention is slightly divided between other projects as well, most prominently Project Sanguine Song (see bellow).
- Sanguine Song
Sanguine Song is a collaborative audiodrama project between me and my friend KrisiChiki . It is slow going, and we only work on it once a week, but it is a slightly larger project than Counterbalance, so we don't want to rush it or half-ass it. It is a story based on a 15-page comic she drew back in 2014/15 for her BA-Degree, but there was not enough time to do justice to the story or the characters. We decided to see what this story could become, if it is given the space it needs to flourish. It became much larger than we had expected, but we're loving brainstorming on it together and getting a feel of how it is to work on a project together. A useful skill to have, IMO, as I realized how a partner to discuss things with can really increase the value of your trade.
There is not much else I can say for this project, other than that we're still in the outlining phase, but we already got a few Voice Actors and composers on board.
- Audio Drama
I originally started joining up the english speaking audio-drama community as a way to find more content, but I ended up becoming very immersed in the community, so much that I am now a go-to person for Cover-Art, have had several Voiceacting-Gigs in established Audiodramas and a few that are still in production, and am part of the Admin-Team around the so called "Audio Drama Production Podcast", a Podcast and Facebook Group centered around helping newbies and professionals alike with any production problem in the creation of Audio Drama Podcasts.
The Hivemind has taught me a lot, not only in regards to audio drama production, but also about story and script writing, how to organize, how to socialize and approach people whom I'm asking for favors, how to stand up for what I do with pride
Some of you might've noticed a lot of the work I post these days are commissions. To those of you interested, I still do take commissions (PN me for details), though anything I take up also distracts me from working on any of the above projects, so I try to keep the commission count low (no more than 3 at a time, unless people with deadlines approach me). So yes, I also have a few commissions on my plate, some of which I only release when the actual show comes out so I can post the links to the shows along with the deviations. So I'm not exactly twiddling my thumbs over here My plate is more than full.