Haven’t done perfecthorse in a long time, so I went with an idea from the IRC. Here’s Glimmer baking a cake for Murky.
I had to resist covering her in batter or something. Enjoy the quick style experiment.
Well where did you all think Murky’s cake in Chapter 19 came from, eh? As Glimmer once said along ago, she knows a little about almost everything.
Author headcanon, right here.
Pencil’s Glimmers are often some of the cutest renditions of her. He just knows how to nail that youthful energy and infectious joy that she’s meant to radiate into others. Awesome job, man!
Time for the weekly update! :D
Had something of a meeting with a couple editors over the last few chapters to sort of determine whether the end will work or not. Lots of good reactions, some concerns, some edits made, some bits of advice from them to me based on an outsider perspective, some scene cuts made and some others brought more to a core theme. In all a good session that helped put paid to a few concerns I had about what might have been a pacing drop had it gone thorugh in the original planning.
Good example why having a team you can talk about future chapters will is a great idea. Ideas that sound good in your head may not work as well when you’re forced to put them in words and ‘pitch’ them to others. I wish I’d done it earlier.
My PC is in the repair shop right now, it seems. Unfortunately it went in with my only copy of the chapter in it! Don’t worry though, I have backups of almost complete ones, it’s just a PSU clean out, not a hard drive issue. So it’s in no danger and work can continue once I have it back tomorrow.
"But wait, you said you can only work on weekends!"
Aha! The wonder of acruing holidays! I have this week off, so the intent is to do a lot more work on it likely from Thursday to Sunday this week, which is a very nice way to build things up.
So in all, a good week, lots of things really and a good time set for writing on top of that.
Coral Eve Unleashed by OmegaRidley
I seriously forgot to spotlight this one? My document says I did, who knows if I’m right or wrong, but even if I am it’s worth showing again because it’s awesome.
OmegaRidley of the Act 3 coverart awesomesauce really hits the nail on the head with Coral’s very blunt and unsubtle magic. I always saw it very much as just a raw force rather than anything directed or even controlled, so this really captures the moment very very well.
One does not simply trifle with Coral Eve, even Brim knows to treat her with the utmost respect at the side!
Also, that trademark “Omega Murky Pose” in the background. Love it.
Murky Animatronic (Based on 5 Nights at Freddies) by Glue123
I’m sure he just wants a hug, open the door…
Actually, come to think of it a Murky one could be an interesting mechanic. Really sneaky, avoids cameras and is disuaded by flashing the light at him. Could be interesting?
Either way, this could be damn creepy.
The two awesome FoE pieces above are done by my friend Floots, who is currently looking avidly for commissions to help pay her month’s bills.
You can find her commission information HERE along with means to contact her for one. (You could also just send her money, that’d be awesome).
Someone whom I occasionally chat with on Steam and whom has done Murky art in the past has been looking to get a few commisions to help her out. You can see the goods here, so if you wanna check her out then go for it!
Can we have a status update?
Got some more writing done this weekend after spending Saturday reorganising a few scenes a couple chapters down the line. Sitting around 35%! (Taking it slower this weekend to get wrist back into it all, but all was fine, no pain!)
when writing, how often do you actually USE the stuff you learned in high school? cuz most of this stuff doesn't exactly seem useful, but hey, I'm not the writer here.
Quite a lot! From English anyway, but I had a teacher in my Standard Grade classes who really pushed us to write creatively. We stories based on terrorism and nuclear wastes as much as we read Shakespeare (Julius Caeser and ‘The Scottish Play’) The two mentioned at the start stuck with me a lot. I’m trying to remember their names, sure I mentioned them before…
Either way, after reading a book, we’d be tasked to write a short story based on the themes of the book. In that regard I wrote at first a pretty naff story of two young teenagers coming out a nuclear shelter that taught me to avoid cliché and then later on wrote a much better story based around the IRA. The teacher thought that one was surprisingly in depth, but the truth was I’d just watched an IRA episode of Ultimate Force the night before so…it was sort of in my head with the ideas anyway, can’t take too much credit!
But irregardless, Miss Houston I believe she was called, she was the one who perpetually kept telling me to start writing. Sometimes I wish I’d chosen a University course in that over animation, but we can’t always know our routes back then. I certainly didn’t. I’ve always believed that it’s the teacher who matters more than the curriculum. I learned more from teachers than I ever did from schoolbooks. So if you’re wondering what you’re learning in high school (or secondary school as it’s known here) then I’d say the most important thing is…yes. It is important. Because it’s not just about learning what numbers do what or how grammatical a sentence is…it’s about the experience of exploring how you learn and finding your specialisms. Stay aware to what you enjoy and what you’re good at. I’m pretty inconsistent at “English”! I can’t write critical thinking to save myself, but give me a story premise and I’m off like a rocket. So does that mean because I got an “average” grade in English that I wasn’t good at the subject? No…just means I was good at a part of it. Knowing that is more important than knowing what grade you got.
I guess what I’m saying is look outside of the obvious when it comes to learning. I use a lot of what I learned there. Because what I learned was to be creative. I learned to make stories that don’t tip toe around issues. I learned to make really vivid visual similes and metaphors to aid reader imagination. I learned how to look at the themes below the obvious and use recurring lines to link a story together.
That all came from school, when we were being given writing tasks.
But more importantly, I learned to enjoy writing, If you enjoy something, you’ll do better at it. Always.
So, how does your planning process really look? We all know that you put so much effort into it, but we dont know anything about it. Is it like a long outline of each important scene, or is it just a mish mash of ideas, or some other thing I cant even begin to fathom?
Generally a mix between unending (real life) notepads of ideas, a couple of flowcharts, a written treatment (think a summary for the overall story from beginning to end) and scene divisions. It’s quite irregular and changes depending on the chapter, but it’s just a matter of ensuring you know what will happen at every point before you start writing. Thats the crucial point. Not knowing is when you start to waffle and bloat as you unconcsiously start to drift and delay scenes before the rough areas.
Thats why planning takes so long right now, because the final chapters have to be important and punchy in every scene to conclude so very much.
Well all right then!
Sunday Night Update
The big news is that my wrist is feeling a lot lot better with these anti-inflammitories. I admit fully I was, in my despair at being unable to write properly, very negative about them doing anything…but I am in a much better position than before.
I’m still taking it easy and refraining myself from things that could work it up like say, hard mouse work in an RTS or WoT. (*Insert generic other wrist use joke here*) It still hurts if I bend it, I don’t have my full range back (and part of me doubts I ever will at this point) but it’s no issue with typing like it was before.
So all things considered, next weekend should be a return to form. I am glad this didn’t happen during the finale chapters. At least we had a natural break for a moment!
Thanks for the well wishes I got, folks. I’m not 100% yet but it’s getting there noticably.
It’s given me time to think on all this though. They say that finishing the last few chapters is always the hard part of any project. Same with a movie’s editing, a game’s final levels to create…I am feeling that too. It’s quite strange, you feel so self critical and thin as you keep powering on into the late game, but at the same time very driven and confident, because you know there’s no failing now. It’s a sensation that’s quite new to me…one I’m enjoying as much as I am feeling intimidated by it. There’s that feeling of how many arrows in the quiver I have left. How many jokes, cool scenes, feels and dramatic “vista shots” that people have noticed I love so much I want to put in and knowing I can’t get overbloated. Relishing the challenge and getting to just hurl out every single leftover idea I had without worrying about needing it for “further down the line.”
That’s a good feeling, one I really recommend people keep in mind for pushing forward to the end. When they can just unload everything to end on a high (quality) note…hopefully!
Post Doctor Update
Hey folks, just keeping you updated.
Doc took a look at it and decided not to go for surgery right now. I’ve been given some pretty hefty antiinflammatories and a referral to a physio…which is kinda useless as I work 8-5 Mon-Fri and the Physios are only available 9-5 Mon-Fri so I have no slots.
But after only one tablet I can feel the difference. I can at least type again right now. So give a few days and I’ll see how I am by the weekend. Thus far…hopeful. It still hurts, a lot. But it’s a start. Going back in a week or two, we’ll see. For now we are tentatively in business.