"Sooty Morass" sketchie.
Ended up doodling a character I hadnt tried before once again, this time its Sooty Morass from MN7. Not completely sure about his look yet, might need a tad more scumbag on him still.
Certainly got the grin down though, Zubias! Awesome!
about how long would you say it takes to fully write a chapter? As in, about how long does it take on average for each step (whatever those steps may be)?
The unfortunate “non answer” is it differs from chapter to chapter. In the beginning I was cranking out one of the first chapters in two weeks! How times change, because I need to do so much more planning and drafting now. The story has of course got more going into it now, the latter stages of something always take longer.
These days, it can be a couple months or so all told. Most of it’s in planning, the actual writing often gets done in about 10 sessions (days) with stops for editors to have a look. Editors viewing as it goes along is partly why it takes longer, used to be they read it after I was done.
That worked about as well as it sounds.
Now, some are involved the whole way, but I still have a couple who read the finished thing to give an opinion as a fully paced chapter.
In the pit, Brim was 'Number Six'. In FOE Heroes, we learn that Silver Storm has also been referred to as 'Number Six'. They also both happen to be very big and strong... coincidence? or was that on purpose from either you or no one?
Complete coincidence. There was originally some idea of using the number six and Murky’s number seven for something but…it never really came about in the story, I couldn’t figure out a reason. When it gets to that point, forcing it only ends in very uncoordinated writing.
It took me 2 reads of this to realize, but I just noticed that murky points out that one time that he misses brim while talking about fathers, and coral is a mother, and they both use absurdly powerful attacks, physical and magical. Was that is intentional, or just sort of a funny coincidence?
Not so much between them, but good spot! The real theme is that of your family being who you choose it to be when you have none around. There’s a lot about how Murky looks on Brim like a strong paternal figure and finds the comfort of a mother in Coral at times, just as Glimmer is his “adopted sister” in a way. Protégé also has a sort of ‘father I didn’t have’ approach to Red Eye too.
It’s a large message in the story really about what “family” really is and how Murky finds one regardless of his beginnings.
It’s also why Shackles has the whole thing he keeps trying to convince Murky of…he knws it assaults what he’s discovering.
Mambo Number Seven by Zubias
Something silly I promised to draw ages ago when a friend of mine pointed out the similarty between MN7 story title and a song from Lou Bega :P
I may have just laughed myself silly. That Murky pose and expression is absolutely priceless, you know he got the swag if just had a bit more confidence to put that cuteness to use!
Gotta say, I love seeing Unity in a happier environment in a pic too. working that big wavy mane for aaaall it’s worth. Thanks Zubias, thats put such a grin on my face!
Hey. I've only recently started reading MN7 but I've already gotten thoroughly wrapped into the story! You are doing a wonderful job! I love Murky! Two questions though, I don't recognise the quotes you use at the start of each chapter, where have they come from? And, uh, SPOILER QUESTION, when writing 'Sixty Minutes in Hell', how did you choose between Caduceus and the slaver?
Glad to hear it’s working well for you! Thanks for giving it a shot.
The quotes are a mixture between early Fallout, MLP and eventually even musicals in places, or even just general quotes. Which ones don’t you see?
As for the latter, I didn’t choose. I don’t go into writing a chapter to make the decision at the last minute, I knew the decision to end something well before I got to Chapter 12, the method was the only thing that needed choosing to create a better effect. Planning ahead always works best for these things, even if a cut chapter sort of neglected expanding on some elements I’d have liked to about him. In the end, main story has to come before expansions and that can lead to cuts to avoid story length going waaaay further than it needs to. MN7 is long, it has some things that could have been shortened, but in general I don’t feel it’s deviated too much from that.
Hey there, Fuzzy. I remember that you had a post (although it may have been more than one) where you talked about pacing in stories. I'm sorry to be a bother, but I cannot, for the life of me, find it myself. Would you be willing to give me a link? Thank you!
Can’t find the exact one I did, but I know this was linked during it. It covers a lot of what I feel works best for pacing, to avoid the linear track.
I know that this is pretty late question, but Is there any reason that sunny never appeared in chapter 18? I know she wasn't as close to murky as the others, but I still would have thought she'd appear.
There had to be a line somewhere, really. If she is, then Weathervane has to be, and Blunderbuck…
There was really one space for something extra and that felt right that it had to go to Caduceus as a rare oppurtunity to offer him some more time. Any more than it’d have just gotten crowded.
what if Protege is actually one of Murky's BROTHERS!? If he really does have 6 other siblings, and assuming his mother gave birth to one a year (because slavery) then he might be? maybe? I DON'T KNOW!
I need to know, when do you think this entire fix will be done? The intensity and cliffhangers are killing me! I still haven't read 25 yet, but I think that'll be solved at 3:00 a.m, hiding under my covers with my tablet
In total there are 29 Chapters, or technically 28.5…can’t really say why, but you’ll all understand when it comes.