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Ho-lee shit, it’s been nearly two months since I last posted on here. I was planning on June being an UPDATE THE BLOG EVERYDAY month, but that never happened. Hell, I never even wrote a Phoenix ComiCon recap.

So, I will get you up to speed:
Transmagical and Ghost Runners are updating. I sold a few of the TM prints at PCC.
– PhoCo went by faster than it ever has. The two-day-long Tucson ComiCon felt longer. It was brilliant, though, despite sleeping on the floor and having nasty headaches.
– In June, I wrote a 61000-word novel for this thing called Camp NaNoWriMo. It’s like NaNoWriMo, but in June. I finished with a total of 87k, the remaining 26k coming from two kind of shitty unfinished novels.
– That novel I finished last month was called Figment Wilson and the Door to Oblivion. Unlike most of my novels(‘ ideas, since this is my first complete novel), it’s not getting scrapped! I’m giving copies to friends and family to edit. I plan to enter it into the 2013 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Awards as YA. If I lose, then I’m getting an agent and pitching the shit out of this. (My wonderful 7th grade English teacher– who once told me that I was one of two students from whom he wanted a 10pg story– told me that I wouldn’t get published until 18. I will rub this book in his face when it’s published.)
– That 245pg book is about a kid, Figment Wilson, who thinks he’s perfectly normal until aliens crash into his school and he’s told that he’s an alien. It’s fucking awesome, fairly well-developed, and pretty coherent for a first draft written during a WriMo.
– And this month, I’m doing that crazy JulNoWriMo thing. I’m writing some more weird YA, this time in the form of a novel entitled Last Train to Summerville. It’s about Callahan Teague reuniting with an old friend and getting sucked into an alternate dimension ruled by carnivorous (and very hungry) faeries.
– I’ve discovered the magic of this thing called Scrivener. It’s basically WRITING YOUR SHIT: THERE’S AN APP FOR THAT. Seriously. Try the free trial. It’s the coolest thing ever and so totally worth $40 (or $20, if you’ve won NaNoWriMo).
– I’m also going to San Francisco for a couple weeks.

Writing novels is a tireless job. It’s sort of like a death match: either you’re going to write this novel, or it will guilt you for the rest of your life with how unfinished it is. You also tend to become the novel. You can be talking about the benefits of styrofoam food (like Cheetos Puffs) when you suddenly blurt out a fact about your invented species’ reproductive methods. “Oh, yeah, I love the way they melt– holy shit, did you know that faeries typically reproduce in threesomes but can reproduce with anywhere from two to infinity participants?” The worst part is when you’re in the middle of a public space (like the Dollar Tree) and that just pops out. Congrats, writer. You are now known by the Dollar Tree staff as “that freak who talks about faerie orgies.”

Interestingly enough, despite my depression, I’m able to write. It’s all I’ve been able to do since I’ve been depressed. The only thing for which I have motivation is sitting in my room, writing. Play one of my instruments? Too much effort. Practice karate? Do I look like I have the spoons for that? Shower? Why bother? Hang out with my girlfriend? Can’t we just hang out some other time? But when it comes to writing, I can sit down and motor out fifty thousand words in twelve days. I can write the rough draft of my novel in exactly two weeks.

How have you guys been lately?

– Jimmy

P.S. I totally just wrote 642 words of a blog post instead of my novel.

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I’m going to start this off by being a horrible blogger and apologize for how horrible I’ve been at blogging. School (and depression) has totally inundated me as of late. I took my first AP test last week, I have finals next week, and a lot of studying to do between then and now. Regardless, I felt like I had to update on here because next week is Phoenix ComiCon.

Yes. One week from today, I will be packing my bags for the Hyatt, securing my freebie prints with many rubber bands, and making sure everything is set on Transmagical‘s debut. I’ll probably post an update or five throughout PCC and talking about Transmagical and stuff. You have just over a week until Transmagical makes it official debut and you get to see that thing about which I’ve been talking. Then Ghost Runners launches. June, under Camp NaNoWriMo, is dedicated to The Secret of Giraffe Island, a serial adventure novel that I will be posting as chapters are finished.

Alongside that, I have just started another serial novel, concerning one of my favorite subjects. The World According to Loki (which has no relation to Marvel Comics, surprisingly) is a humorous (I hope) take on Norse mythology. The first part basically consists of Loki retelling Norse myths from his perspective. It gets weirder. It’s basically a sacrilegious funfest of doom with alcohol, crossdressing, and laughs (according to my friends). The title is a link, but you can also click here to read what I have posted. That one will update less frequently because of the massive chapters– chapter one, including its Scribe’s Note (my notes on alterations and translations), is nearly 4000 words long. Consider that one chapter is half the length of “Forged in Fire” (that’s a link, too) and realize how long that is.

I also hope to resume more frequent work on Another Sleepless Night this summer. I adore the characters and the plot, along with the stories that come in between what I have posted.

I have a lot of writing to do this summer: Transmagical and Ghost Runners, first and foremost, then Mindwarp & ErisCompass RoseThe Secret of Giraffe IslandThe World According to Loki, and Another Sleepless Night. There are also going to be short stories, of course, and maybe poetry. I do not know. I have two and a half months alone (aside from online econ, ew), and I plan on using them to their full extent.

And that’s how I’ve been.

-Jimmy

Exciting news! I have the official release dates for Transmagical and Ghost Runners! The prologue for Transmagical debuts somewhere between May 24th and 27th, with the first chapter beginning on June 12th. Updates every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Ghost Runners starts on June 4th, with updates every Monday and Friday. Not a day without a webcomic– perfect! I set up their websites, which will be linked on the Read the Writing page shortly. All under construction, but that’s fairly cool.

I submitted for a Phoenix ComiCon Professional pass, keep your fingers crossed on that. I will be sitting at SpazDog Press’ table for some of the day with some Ghost Runners prints. Full-color! I’m really excited. Even if I’m not at the SpazDog table, keep an eye out for me. I’ll be running around the Convention in cosplay (as a humanized Turret from Portal and John Egbert from Homestuck). PCC is the best convention ever and, if you can, I strongly advise you to attend. There’s some really great guests this year, as well as an amazing roster of local comic artists. Shay (Jared’s character artist on Transmagical and an artist on Ghost Runners) will also be there and I might make her sign things.

I’ve been writing a bit, nothing huge. Just a few ideas I’ve had recently. I found a really great collection of prompts here, you should really check them out. Keep your eyes peeled for new short stories from me, as usual.

End ramble.

-Jimmy

So, this week has been fairly busy.

I hit my two month “anniversary” for writing on this blog (April 18th) and forgot to post about it. I got loads of cheap CDs from the library. I wrote a short story about the end of the world. I began writing scraps of my novel Bad Moon Rising. Today was the Day of Silence, so I refrained from speaking all day to commemorate queer youth who cannot speak.

Yep. I forgot to blog about my anniversary and it sucked. Also, I’m going for the pen review really soon, I think. Once I get around to it. You know.

Hey, at least I wrote a short story and posted it on here! I didn’t ever post “Le Conflit” or “Nous Devons Voyager” on here because they’re chapters to Bad Moon Rising, which is basically my huge dorky werewolf book about some kids named Violet and Oliver. The two stories on my Figment are part of the secondary plot, concerning two different kids in the Victorian era called Violet and Oliver. Yep. That’s the point.

Today, I randomly got inspired and wrote “Four.” It’s about the Four Horsemen bringing the Apocalypse. I specifically meant for the Horsemen to be a certain group of four men. The first person to guess who I’m talking about gets… something. A flash fiction or a hug or something. Nothing material, though. And Maui is automatically disqualified.

Screnzy is going slowly. I’m at 40 pages or something. This is the best I’ve ever done in all the years I’ve done Screnzy, which says a lot about how I’ve done in other years. I just started Chapter Three, though, which is really cool.

So that is how my life has been.

-Jimmy

I just wrote a new short story. It’s entitled “Bad Moon Rising” and it’s about werewolves during the Victorian Era. Sort of. I haven’t posted it on here yet, but you can all read it on my Figment. It’s for a contest on there, but it’s also an experiment for me and a novel I want to write. Go read it, heart it, do whatever. I’ll post it here once the contest is over, on the 23rd.

Eventually, I’m going to do a pen review. I just bought some Pilot Precise v7s (.5mm) and I have found that they are the best pens I’ve ever used. Even better than the Uniballs and Bics I’ve tried before. Seriously. I will go in-depth later, but this is just the basic idea of it.

I’m very tired and not so well. I’ve been gaming a lot due to my depression– escapism. Four Eyes, however, is back on track and moving fairly well. Thankfully, my laptop battery is working and charging again, which is pretty damn amazing. The Transmagical script isn’t doing as well, but I still have time to work on that. I’ve hooked one of the artists on Puella Magi Madoka Magica, which is the anime I watch to get inspired for Transmagical. 

Bleh. I basically just wanted to post about “Bad Moon Rising.”

How’s life been treating you guys?

-Jimmy

P.S. Sorry this post is written horribly.

I’m writing a short story right now.

That’s it. I’ve decided, for the time being, fuck my novel and fuck Transmagical (jokingly renamed Puer Magi Jared Magicus), I’m writing a short story. I’m returning to a world about which I’ve written before, and about a character who was pretty important, but now it’s a focus on eir. Remember, I don’t have any original characters who use ey/em/eir pronouns. I’m being ambiguous.

I think almost every writer hits a point in every novel they write where their characters feel trite and unlikable. Where their narration grows stale and stupid, the plot falls flat, and the description of their mother’s dying plant on the windowsill (bonus points for the reference) is more interesting than the protagonist’s struggle. And then the antagonist turns into Jim Moriarty à la BBC’s Sherlock but with River Song hair and the whole thing becomes a musical. At this point, the writer in question finds that the best option is to scrap the whole damn thing, even if it meant the waste of a perfectly good red Moleskine. Don’t worry. That part is totally normal.

I’ve been (re)reading a lot of Neil Gaiman’s writing lately. He is my favorite author of all time. His novel American Gods is one of my two favorite books of all time (the other is Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World). Out of all of the many novels and authors I have read in my short 15 and a half years of existence (including Edgar Allen Poe, Cory Doctorow, H.P. Lovecraft, George Orwell, and J.K. Rowling), Gaiman has most influenced my writing. Since my Kindle (lovely, first generation Kindle) recently experienced some trauma that lead to its screen being a mass of e-ink nothingness, I grabbed Fragile Things from the library and spent an afternoon reading some short stories. Thus, I was inspired to write some short stories. Though Gaiman wrote, “Normally I write short stories because someone has asked me to write a short story…” (Gaiman xvii), I almost always write short stories because I find them pleasing to write (the citation, by the way, is due to the research paper I recently wrote for English class, wherein I meticulously used MLA formatting). Short stories are the one night stands to a novel’s committed relationship: no strings attached, no arguments, and if they have a child then it isn’t your problem. To avoid the part where that analogy was probably taken from somebody much smarter than me, it’s true and untrue in equal parts.
Mainly because, for me, short stories tend to be homewreckers. They also tend to be strangely serial; especially this one, which is a direct prequel to another short story I wrote once.

Do you remember what I said a few paragraphs ago? About writers and novels? That was completely bullshitted because that is exactly how I feel at the moment. I haven’t blogged in something like eleven days because I am fairly ill at the moment. The cold that has been going around, which I happened to catch, is fairly nasty. I’m also stuck in a bout of depression that won’t let up.

So I’m writing a short story, watching anime, and playing World of Warcraft. Three good distractions.

-Jimmy

OH YES.

I admit, I’m being a bad Screnzier and not working too hard on my script right now. I’m just finishing the second page with an aim for five pages by the end of the day. Hopefully, that will carry me through the Prologue so I can shoot it off to Artist #1. I plan on debuting the prologue at Phoenix ComiCon in May. Just try and stop me.

Speaking of PCC, the release of Mindwarp & Eris #1 might be delayed until SabotenCon (September 1-3rd). There’s a strong possibility that Jenn and I will get a table there, which is hella exciting.

I also just broke through my writer’s block on chapter five of Four Eyes. Oh man. I have some horrible and delicious “villains” coming up! I’m really excited to be working on this; I can’t wait to finish and edit it and maybe get it published or something. Is that how it works?
Today, I started again on 750 Words and I wrote a 910-word drabble to a story idea I’ve been bouncing off the wall for a little while. It doesn’t have a name yet, and only sort of a plot, but I was wondering if anyone would like me to post each chapter as I write it (hopefully for my daily 750+ words). They’d basically be totally unedited and probably terrible, but if anyone’s interested in my serial writing…

That’s all I have to say for right now. How has everyone been?

-Jimmy