Saturday, July 25, 2015

LUPUS MOON #27 - "Re-Re-Re-Re-Re-Rebirth"

No, that title isn't meant to visually recreate a DJ scratching a record.

Since the last post, "Lupus Moon" has gone from a comic book, back to a novel, and back to a comic book.


I wasn't going to say anything about it initially; folks would find out when artwork dropped, or I casually mentioned a script instead of pages. But, I pride myself on providing transparency for the five or six fans I may have, so if it means exposing my entire twisted, sordid process, so be it.

The deciding factor for going back to the four-color world? I tried writing the novel version and just wasn't enjoying it as much. It was cool, don't get me wrong (any type of writing is cool to me), but I couldn't shake the feeling that I wanted to see "Lupus Moon" as a comic. I kept envisioning the pages, seeing Alexandria come alive in my mind, and wanted to make that manifest. I wanted others to see the cool images I had in my skull. And since I don't have the resources to make the story a movie (as it was originally conceived circa 1999), a comic book was the way to go. It's not as financially safe as writing a novel (a key factor in turning away from the four-color world), but dammit, it's what I wanted. And, at 37, it's past time I start pursuing what I want instead of what I think I can get.

So yeah, "Lupus Moon" is a comic again.

I've reworked the story for the first arc already (from an already reworked version that would've been the novel), and I've even reached out to a few artists regarding character design and rates. The difference this time is that I'm fully ready to accept that this will most likely be a one to two-year process from conception to finished product (if I'm lucky). In the past, I've been starving to have something completed to show people, and that lead to some decisions that I later regretted. Besides, with the webcomic going strong, I'm able to satisfy that need for completion (not to mention the script for a short I recently completed, and another I'm chomping to get after).

I wouldn't be so stupid as to promise the format for this story will never change again (hopefully, if anything, I'll just add other formats to the comic one), but I can say that I don't see it happening anytime soon. I'm simply content, and at peace with, the way things are looking.

And that's a great place to be.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

LUPUS MOON #26.99 - "Breaking Ground"

Actually broke ground on the novel tonight. I didn't get much done, a three (well, really, more like two)-page prologue (yeah, you read that right, a prologue), but progress is progress.

I actually had a new idea for a prologue after having tossed the last one out. I don't know, I really got hooked on the idea of having one (I guess it makes me feel official or something), and couldn't let it go until I came up with something I think works. And it could still wind up getting tossed.

What I have is crap, but at least I'm giving myself - with a ton of effort - the permission to suck on the first pass and just get something into the computer. After all, "writing is rewriting." And, at the end of the day, it just feels good to finally move forward, no matter how small I feel the step may be...

Monday, July 13, 2015

LUPUS MOON #26.97 - "Reconciliation"

Reconciling the series bible. With all the changes I've made, there's information in there from multiple versions of the story. I'm not necessarily tossing out the old material, but I've come up with a way to designate it as not belonging to the current, working vision. I think working on this will "reset' my brain a bit, and give me a clear, focused idea on what this story - and it's greater world - really is.

And that prologue idea I had? Yeah, it's officially dead.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

LUPUS MOON #26.95 - "Best Laid Plans"

I hate it when I come up with an awesome, earth-shattering twist, only to find out there's no logic behind it that would make it work. I've spent two days trying to come with a way to overcome it, but ultimately, it just might have to go.

Oh, and the prologue idea I had a couple days ago, and spent over a day researching names for? Looks like that's going the way of the dodo as well.


Friday, July 10, 2015

LUPUS MOON #26.9 - "Patience"

Trying to be patient while continuing the world building process. Taking longer than I perhaps should researching Bulgarian names, but I have a werewolf council to flesh out, and the names have to sound just right. At this point, though, I'm not sure if it's perfectionism or masochism...

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

LUPUS MOON #26.8 - "Remodel the World"

Started to put some words down for the prologue, only to learn that I needed to go back and do a little bit of extra world building first. No problem, as it's only going to enrich future storylines. Better to do it now than to have to try and go back later, when the new concepts would've really helped things along...