Too much of a good thing can often be a bad thing. It’s a matter of excess and unnecessary material that bogs down an otherwise great thing. In the case of stories, this can be moments that feel more like filler rather than adding to the overall story. It’s something I often think about with … Continue reading Story Musing – Story Length
Hello everyone!With regards to my hardcover artwork, upon reflection, I wasn't very happy with how it turned out. It didn't feel appropriate to the story nor the character and felt very out of place. As a result, I took some time to create another rendition that I liked a lot more. Now I can present … Continue reading The Legend of Nariko: 5 Year Anniversay Hardcover No. 2
Hi everyone, Last month has been a bit rough but I’m working on getting back on track. I’m currently focusing on fixing both my mental and physical health as both are tied to my emotional health I believe. It’s been hard to really focus on the goals I’ve set for myself and get back to … Continue reading Author Update: Getting back into the flow of things
This is a bit of an abstract concept though it sounds super simple in its description. It’s no surprise that tension is a critical component for any compelling narrative. Without a tangible sense of suspense throughout a story, the drama feels hollow as nothing feels like a big deal within the narrative. But sometimes it … Continue reading Storymusing – The use of Tension in Writing
Hello everyone!It’s been a strange month in all honesty. There’s been a lot of ups and downs throughout March, far more than I would like. I’m not quite sure what it is but I’ve become easily distracted by the smallest things nowadays. My mind has become a bit more foggy and my energy level each … Continue reading Author Update: Book 3 Progress, Struggles and Uncertainty
A very controversial character development depending on the character in question. A character who was misled into doing something evil? Potentially redeemable. A character who gleefully commits murder and doesn’t come off as remorseful? Probably not. There’s a lot of nuance in the idea of redeeming a character. Can it be done well? Absolutely! There … Continue reading Storytelling Musings: The Redemption Arc
Hello Everyone, It’s been a good four weeks since my last update when I wrote out a schedule I would follow for my articles. It’s been working quite well so far and far more manageable than my previous schedule where I tried to do a book review a week. I think it is definitely doable, … Continue reading Author & Life Update: Rediscovering Discipline and Schedule
Romantic subplots can be difficult to pull off, especially in contemporary stories. The dynamics of the relationship can be so varied and have their own audiences that will enjoy them. It’s very much a matter of subjective tastes as, for example, I detest love triangles but I know some people love them. Love is a … Continue reading Storytelling Musings: The Love Interest
**Slight spoilers for Harley Merlin #4: Harley Merlin and the First Ritual** While I’ve been praising the Harley Merlin series and especially Harley Merlin #4: Harley Merlin and the First Ritual, there is a strange lack in stakes or at least it doesn’t feel like the stakes are that high. That’s because the antagonist, the … Continue reading Storytelling Musings: Showing the villainy rather than telling it.
One of the major things I noticed in the previous year was that I never really had an consistent schedule for the articles I posted. Often I would aim for a book review a week but that severely hampered my ability to write and draw as well. Then came the various points in 2021 where … Continue reading Posting Schedule for the Year.