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My creative plans for the next six months or so... [Oct. 11th, 2005|11:03 pm]
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Some of you know this. Others may not. I've alluded to this at times, but I don't know that I've ever come out and said it in this journal, so here it is:

Scatterplot will be ending within the next month.

Those of you that read the comic recognize, I'm sure, that the current story arc - what I was calling Phase II back in 2003, the conversion of Scatterplot from a gag-based to a story-based strip - is quickly reaching a climax. In fact, it's basically happening right now. Denouement should be relatively quick, and I hope to have the comic done (at least done drawing, etc - if I'm buffered, I may be updating for a week or so afterwards) by the last day of October.

This is because Tuesday, November 1st is the beginning of National Novel Writing Month. With Scatterplot complete, I will be able to fully focus my creative energies on the novel.

The novel will be complete on or before November 30th. (I make this claim because I do not intend to show weakness in the face of the 30-day deadline. I will complete the novel.) December, then, starts a relatively dormant period, compared to my constant, active creative work (such as having new comics up three times a week or having approximately 1700 words of novel complete every day).

I have several plans for this time. I've got ideas for four separate games floating around in my head, and I need to get them at least committed to paper, if not actually prototyped for playtesting at the next con I go to. One of them, at least, will be the revival of the Convention Game project I had embarked on with a few friends of mine at... hell, it was probably Otakon 02. One of the only good things to come out of that con, really. (Hey, guys, I still have the card list. Woo.) I also have ideas for games based on presidential elections, corporate hiring practices, and space battle and colonization. We'll get there.

But the ultimate product of that period, besides any reasonably playable games that come out as a result, will be the first story arc and overall plot for my next webcomic project. I intend to launch that webcomic in the spring of 2006. I will decline to speak more about the idea here, save to say that the current idea I'm looking at is a fantasy world with rule-based magic.

So now you know. The next few months should be very interesting indeed.

As for now, tonight's comic is up, and I'm almost done penciling Friday's.

It'll feel odd to be done with Scatterplot, though, I think. The comic has survived through two breakups, a graduation, two cross-country moves (one of them permanent), and a new job. Not to mention Stefan's departure from the project. But now, this story is ending.

Someday, though, I might come back to Scatterplot. There are more stories to tell, and I know where I'd go next. But I'm more interested in this point at the new project.

I'm excited.
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[User Picture]From: kinkyprude
2005-10-12 12:52 pm (UTC)
Me and a girl in one of my reference classes are going to do NaNoWriMo together, in hopes that we both will actually finish this year.
We should check on each other every day, and ask how much we've written.
I have an actual plot, and a kind of outline, so writing this year will hopefully be easier...
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[User Picture]From: darthparadox
2005-10-12 06:37 pm (UTC)
Have you been to the forums? They've got regional message boards, so you can meet up with other people in the area. I'll be going to a few "write-ins" with my laptop...

I still need to come up with something besides a one-sentence description of the plot. Hmm. And I should probably create some characters too.
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[User Picture]From: sandratayler
2005-10-12 02:22 pm (UTC)
Knowing when to end a serialized comic is a critically important skill. I really wish that people like Pete Abrams had the guts to say "I'm interested in doing something else." rather than completely changing the spirit of his strip.

Best of luck to you with your novel and your future projects!
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[User Picture]From: darthparadox
2005-10-12 06:51 pm (UTC)
Thanks!

I actually already changed the spirit of my strip once, back when we launched this giant story arc. It was something that'd been in the works practically since the beginning, but there were a lot of people who preferred the earlier Scatterplot to the story.

So I've learned that I really need to stay consistent in terms of what people expect from and get from the story.

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[User Picture]From: syngen262
2005-10-12 06:08 pm (UTC)
Fair fortune dude!
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