Wow, when was the last time I even posted a journal entry on here?
The Absurd Five is back, everyone! And guess what? It's not going to be a book anymore. Yes, for all the existential confusion this series has gone through - and despite the entire first novel having already been written - the series is now going to be a webcomic and hopefully in the future, a printed physical comic.
Now this isn't a spontaneous, whimsical change for the hell of it. There are a good number of reasons for this decision and it comes after years of deep thinking. Firstly, "The Absurd Chronicles" was never intended to be a full-novel. It was originally a series of episodic short stories that stemmed from my college animation, "Journey to Precarious Rock". An author suggested I make these into a novel, which is where things started to go wrong for the series. Bottom line, the novel is a meandering, 160,000 word mess with no through-line, because that's what happens when you string what is meant to be 10 stories into one. There is also the fact that my writing is already extremely flowery which didn't help the word count.
So what sits snugly between the world of animation and books? A medium that lends itself to episodic stories? Comics. And whereas before my writing skills were on par with my drawing skills (being... well... bleh), my drawing skills are now MUCH better than they used to be (and so are my writing skills) and I have figured out the art of visual storytelling and how to use each frame of the comic to tell the story how it was intended.
So I apologise to anyone who was eagerly anticipating a finished novel, but I personally feel like it wouldn't have done this idea justice. Beforehand I didn't take this idea very seriously in all honesty, but nowadays I have really worked hard to refine the core concepts, tone and style of the series and I feel like it is now exactly
where I want it to be.
Oh and as for the Gretchen Goosander creature book I alluded to on my main account, I still would like to go ahead with this, but I want to include many more species.
Thank you all for your patience with this series and sticking with me. I appreciate all of your continued support