Thirty Day Challenge – Day Twenty-Four – In Your Room

Tons of writing and drawing was done today! Holy moly! I even surprised myself!

With a few side projects out of the way, and some drawing too, I also spent some time writing! Yowzers!

The story is moments away from the “tipping point” of action and excitement. What’s going to be really great is that when I hit it, the momentum will not stop until the story is over. It’s going to take a lot of preparations for myself mentally to take it on, so I’m actually considering holding off getting to that momentum until after the thirty day challenge.

I’m sure you’re screaming, “WHAT?!” right now.

I know, right? But I really need to take a breather from the story in order to get caught up with other things in my life right now. Spending most days working, only to come home and work (albeit, it can be ‘playing’ sometimes) can become pretty taxing. So what I’m proposing for myself is to get to that awesome “point” in the story, then focus the remainder of my challenge going back and fixing things I know need fixing. I’ll set up another thirty day challenge after my break and go from there.

This of course, doesn’t mean I’m going to stop writing until the next challenge. Heck no. I just won’t be forced to do it, and be a lot more relaxed when writing. It’s not my profession. Not yet. . .

In Your Room

Anneke van Giersbergen’s solo albums are real fun listens to. Her 2009 release, “In Your Room” has many little stories in each song. Each one could probably fit somewhere in your life with knowing someone who acts the way someone does in a song, or even with yourself. It’s a real joy to listen to. Easy listening as well.

Tomorrow, friends!

“Almost therreeee. . .”

Last time I heard someone say that, they blew up over Yavin. . .

I haven’t really drawn in a long time. I completely forgot how elated it made me feel. Until I went to FanExpo in Toronto this year, I was completely unsure on how well being a comic book artist or writer could be. I mean, I’m just a University graduate with a writing degree who can draw mediocre pictures with some elaborate stories. (I’m giving myself that!)

I have recently been motivated to get a drawing board and actually work-out my thoughts and drawings. Heck, even if the drawings are garbage to others, at least I’ve conveyed the message of the comics through some sort of imagery.

Drawing Board

That motivation really didn’t strike me until I met Leonard Kirk for the second time (the first being a convention earlier last year). And only then did I realize how realistic and possible it was to “move up” writing comics.

Although he is a native American, he moved to my hometown when he was six and lived here ever since. How do I know? I chatted it up with him. Needless to say, he grew up in my neighborhood his whole life, and surprisingly, he draws for Marvel!

During the Dark Reign storyline, he did the Dark X-Men series, and now he is currently working on New Mutants, starting on issue #15 here.

The fact that I was just talking to a home-towner, and I greatly appreciated his work – it blew me away! I can say I’ve now pretty much idolized the man.

The other day, I read up on ComicsBeat that New Mutants #15 sold over 35,000 copies! That’s from a local artist! Mr. Kirk also told me about how drawing works within Marvel, and showed me some of his art catalog.

The moral of the story is that no matter what, you’re almost there. You just need to stick to it. And I guess also to not lose your starboard engine and crash into the Death Star.

Back to the drawing board!

Keep on Space Truckin’.

On the First Day. . .

. . . Derek created blogs.

So here we go! The very first blog of the Uncanny Derek – me! Let us hope this doesn’t become an embarrassment for myself though.

One thing for sure is that I think I’ve found a home where I can communicate to others about my general interests – comics.

I actually do not want to make this a “rant” page. However, I know I will end up ranting about something stupid in the end.

Let’s hope this all goes to plan.

Keep on Space Truckin’.