I finally broke down and created a DeviantART account. Maybe it will keep me motivated to keep making art after the NW buzz dies down. (It’s starting to, a bit). I’ve put up all the NW stuff, plus some dragon sketches I’ve had sitting around. I’m realizing I have a lot of artwork sitting around the apartment that I’ve just never gotten around to scanning…will have to fix that when I get home.
I’m slowly, slowly making progress with Last Ride of the Day…it has a lot of faces, which are tricky to do with pen. Also, I finally have a composition for The Poet and the Pendulum that I’m more or less happy with, but I’m going to let it sit for a bit before I look at it again.
I’ve put two compositions together this weekend, and I’m really excited to start working on them. One is The Siren, pretty straightforward based on the song. The other started as just a scene in my head of a girl on some cliffs by the sea, releasing a nightingale…and slowly turned into something like The Crow, the Owl, and the Dove. That one is a lot more personally autobiographical than any of the others I’ve done.
I also started a composition for Turn Loose the Mermaids, but it hasn’t really come together the way I want it to yet. Just a matter of getting the elements arranged right. The challenge is that I’m incorporating elements that aren’t directly in the lyrics of the song. (Hey, the lyrics are vague in places. “All the relics of a life long-lived”, ya know?) Plus, I jokingly refer to Mermaids as my “magic song”…in that weird things happen when I listen to it. Paper lanterns and white pelicans. Makes it harder to get right.
In writing, I’m still pushing my way through Mask of Eldermarch. Problem is I’ve mired myself down in the middle and can’t seem to work my way through to the ending I have planned. I think what I’m going to have to do is just jump in, start writing the draft and see if the characters can work out something I haven’t thought of.
I’m also working on a pseudo-autobiographical…mind-trip, I guess. It started because I wanted to update the biography I had on the site, and I didn’t want to write another boring “hi, my name is ____ and this is what I do…” I wanted to do something based on some personal symbolism, my blue path/brown path, earthsoul/oceansoul mess. It’s not anything I’ve ever tried to work with before because it’s kind of complicated and probably won’t mean much to anyone except me.
So I started picking back through my old dream journals, livejournal entries, poetry I wrote some years ago…and wow. I’d forgotten how dark some of that was, and how interesting some of those dreams were. Then I got this idea to make a larger story using these dreams, stitch them together into something that would make sense, sprinkling song lyrics and my own poetry and words throughout. (No, I don’t have Imaginaerum on the brain AT ALL *cough*)
I’ve started the bare bones of the story, which has three main characters who are all kind of aspects of myself:
Merisielu (Oceansoul in Finnish)
Jikokoro (Earthsoul in Japanese)
I don’t expect it to make a whole lot of linear sense when I’m done. What I’m really after is to write something that’s kind of dreamy and pretty and personal to me. We’ll see how that goes.