Woolmancy Update: Serialization

7 pages of Woolmancy were crafted. It was pitched. And in the time it’s been sitting about, waiting for a reply… It has evolved. It has become so much more and so much fun! The image above is a silly sketch, but things have drastically changed inside the story too.

As things progress, Woolmancy will be produced as a book. As much as we enjoy running short stories here, there’s no way we could serialize something so long here on the Blue Cat Co blog. The current thought is that Woolmancy could be serialized on Patreon! More news on that as it comes.

If you want any of the other stories in one collection, see our Gumroad for PDF downloads of the stories we’ve presented here in the past.

In other news, Bellmage will be cleaned up, with an expanded ending, and released as a book as well as The Gates later this year. The Tricon Rugara is a bit short, but may be offered as well.

We will return to worldbuilding posts soon! Our Master Archivist is recovering nicely and should be back in commission any day now.

Woolmancy Update – The Importance of Finishing

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A font test for the Woolmancy title. If this were an actual book cover, the font would need to be beefed up.

How’s everything going? Have you been enjoying the story of The Phoenix Tree, fresh from the Blue Cat Co archival room?

Project Woolmancy has been underway for a few months now and the first comic pages have been crafted. I wanted to take a moment to talk about the importance of finishing and skill building.

The script for Woolmancy has been edited, rewritten, reviewed, edited, rewritten and now I’m thinking of a new way to write comics scripts using audio recording. The thumbnails have gone through a similar process, changing right up until the final page and sometimes afterward.

So you would think that it would be good to go right? Not necessarily. Skills grow and taste grows along with them. As your skills grow, you become aware of things that you could do differently.

The key here is finishing. You can’t effectively enact changes until you’ve finished something. You have to be able to hold it up and say “this is done. Now how can I do better next time?” Throughout the process I thought I could make changes as I figured things out. Each page could be a little better. And they were just a little better.

In order to make your work a lot better, however, you have to finish.

So the introduction is done. And it may be redone with my new found level of skill and discernment after I take a break.

After a week you may look back at your work and decide that your skills haven’t advanced to the point that they would be improved by a rework. In that case, you move on. Endless iterations are just as pointless as leaving what could be better.

However, I must say that I worked harder than I ever have on this project so far and I’m proud of the result, no matter how imperfect. It was a different kind of hard work. I altered my process so that I could use my mind the whole time, rather than just grunt work churning out pages. But that’s a topic for another update.

Talk to you again soon!

 

-Abrian-

Patreon

Patreon Logo

I added a new button to my social media bar in the site header. I haven’t spoken about money here because that’s not the point of this site! I want to share my world and stories with you and encourage you to do the same.

But I do have a Patreon account! Patrons receive a backstage look into my processes, inspirational resources, videos and advanced looks at my projects. If you find my writing helpful and have the means to lend me your financial support, awesome. If you can’t afford to support me financially, kind words work well too 🙂

Also, if monthly donation isn’t your thing, I have a PayPal.me account so you can just throw the odd tip at me.

 

-Abrian-

Ready for Battle!

Self Portrait Summer 2016

Ready for battle! A new self portrait trying out my new Rosemary Travel brush and the new comic coloring method. I printed the lines a bit too light, so I couldn’t see well enough to add detailed shadow, but it was fun and turned out well. It now emblazons the back of my new business cards. That I just ordered. That I hope don’t have any errors on them…

Your World is a Good Idea

I will be posting some more visual development stuff soon, but another thought came to mind as I was editing my script for Woolmancy. 

The idea you have isn’t silly. Even if it’s been done or doesn’t seem like it’s wrestling with world-changing concepts! I always feel somewhat ashamed of my ideas or names or plots because they’re usually very light-hearted. But let’s take a look at what happened to Woolmancy over time.

Mirin Railing Web

Honestly Mirin, if that was your only problem I wouldn’t have a story.

The initial idea for Woolmancy was a girl who was too focused on logic, to the point that she set off to prove a mythical creature existed just because it statistically could.

So I asked why (at some point my editor asked why. Get an editor people. They are beautifully helpful). Why is Mirin so logical? Then why would anyone be overly logical? Then why would that be a bad thing? What are the possible consequences outside of thinking?

And finally I asked: what’s the worst that could happen? Ah there’s the magic.

After this series of questions, my story purpose shifted from an empty cautionary tale about balancing logic and creativity, to a story about trust, fear, and bonds. But the plot idea is still the same! Mythical lightning sheep and even a few more jokes have crept in.

Does that still sound like a silly story? Not really. In fact, it was so startling and so fitting to my own life that I had to pause and wonder if I could pull off creating it!

By the way, if you’re afraid to produce your story, chances are that it’s the one you should be writing. Not only that, but if you’re afraid that it’s silly, I’d be willing to bet that there’s a greater purpose lurking beneath the surface.

Till next time.

-Abrian-

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Welcome. It’s good to see you.

My name is Abrian and I’m a visual storyteller. I love maps, comics and worlds full of wonder.

I’m glad you stopped by.

I’m building a world brick-by-brick. I want to explore flora and fauna. I want to explore and chart all the regions. I want to meet the people and record their stories. I want you to come along with me.

Mirin and Big Sheep Lines Web

The first story I’ve come across is one of a young girl named Mirin; a perfectionist weaver’s assistant. You see, even in this modern day and age, these people have kept hand-weaving alive. It’s the height of fashion, in fact, and Mirin is an up-and-coming Pattern Master.  Or she would be, if she didn’t keep over-committing herself just to one-up her rivals. When her latest over-achievement brings her face-to-face with a giant, mythical lightning sheep, her life starts to get a little crazy!

Over the next few months, I’d like to introduce you to Mirin’s corner of this world: the weavery, the myths, the workers. I’d also like to talk about world building and what goes into selling stories like these.

Sound good to you? Me too.

 

-Abrian-