So…I’m working on a graphic novel. I don’t know why I haven’t written about it here yet. Well, yes I do. I haven’t written about it because as long as no one knows about it I can’t be expected to finish it, and that takes a lot of pressure off. Except that I need a little pressure. I wouldn’t have completed my NaNoWriMo manuscript last year if I weren’t constantly mouthing off about it here. And besides that, I’ve already started talking to people about it in the non-digital world. It’s partly an accountability thing, but it’s also just really exciting for me and I want to talk about it! Let me put it down in black-and-white: before I die I would like to finish this book. Or a different one completely, but I’ve already got a decent start on this one. It feels like things are clicking, you know? And I’m not talking about the story which needs quite a bit of work, but I’m talking about the entire creative process. I feel like I’ve fumbled around looking for the right way to use my interests and talents and maybe I’ve finally gotten on the right track. I really do love this comic book stuff, and I like drawing and I like writing and I want whatever I do to be accessible to anyone who wants it, not just some wealthy art collector. This feels right. And I worry that by writing statements like that I might be inflating my expectations and setting myself up for disappointment, but I guess that’s a risk I’ll take. I feel like there may be a few more risks involved with this whole process anyway.
Thursday, September 11th, 2008