Staycation

So last week I went on a “staycation” and watched SGDQ2017 (Summer Games Done Quick)–the speedrunning marathon for charity. It’s a bunch of people who play video games really fast while other people donate. So much fun to watch. While watching I completed my latest crochet blanket.

It’s so pretty in real life. I’ve got to learn how to take model shots so you can get a full representative of it.

Anyways, I received edits back from my publisher this week, but because I put myself on vacation, I haven’t looked at them yet. Monday, I’ll get back to work. I’m nervous; it’s never easy to look at what others think of your work, but I have to believe that it’s going to make the story better. Hopefully, by Friday, I’ll be able to tell you all how it went.

In addition, I plan to upload more about the characters from this book and a little about the world–no spoilers, though . . . obviously.

Hope you’ll join me for the ride.

-*heart* M.R. Anglin

Ideas and Doubts

So I’ve started to prepare for the release of my book . . . just doing research and planning what to post about, where to go, people to speak to–things like that. To that end, I tried to think about things I could post on instagram that will connect with my teen girl readers.

For instance, some adorable diy galaxy jewelry I remember watching a tutorial on.

diy-jewelry-galaxy-necklace
From: http://youdiyinfo.com/diy-galaxy-necklace-ring-pendants/

That set me off on so many ideas I could tie in to my book’s theme! Cute diy bleach moon shirts. Pretty diy galaxy notebooks. Maybe I could make some to use as giveaways during my launch party! I was so excited thinking about it all!

Then the doubts kicked in.

“That’s not how book promotion is done.”

“No one’s going to want to see that.”

“You’re doing it wrong.”

*sigh!*

It’s daunting. But I won’t give up. Maybe it’ll work, maybe it won’t. But it won’t be for lack of trying.

So go away doubts! Sink or swim, I’m not listening to you anymore!

-*heart*M.R. Anglin

 

My Lush Outdoor Oasis

Okay, that’s a bit of a stretch. What I have is three potted plants. But you have to start somewhere, right?

I posted on my Facebook page earlier this week about my disgust with the bane of the tomato plant, the hornworm. *shudder* Just thinking about that thing sends chills up my spine. It’s actually a moth larvae that is a beautiful green but chomps relentlessly on my poor tomato plant. What’s worse it can grow up to 5 inches long and has a huge horn on one end.

hornworm
Pic taken from: http://masterofhort.com/tag/hornworm/

The stuff of horrors. Thankfully, I’ve never seen one that big.

So I thought that since I’ve rid my plant of them for now, I’ll give a little tour of my “garden.”

This is my tomato plant.

Tomato plant
My Tomato plant–really, it was a Mother’s Day present, but I take care of it.

I’ve been cultivating it since last year Mother’s Day with some success. But I’m finding that these plants are pretty particular. Can’t use too little fertilizer or too much. Can’t water too little or too much. Everything stresses them out (or maybe I’m a bad gardener). For example, see my tomatoes?

Tomatoes
Scarred up tomatoes, but perfectly okay.

See those marks? They’ll be perfectly okay to eat, but we had about three or four days of non-stop rain about a week ago, and the tomato plant decided it did not like that. So those tomatoes are scarred and one has split on the side. *sigh* I’ve been plagued by pest infestations, no blooms, and blossom drops since I got the thing. But the tomatoes will ripen soon, so that’s a good thing.

Apple Tree
An Etioti Apple Tree.

This is my prized Etioti Apple tree—also called a Malay apple or Mountain apple or Rose apple or Jamaican apple. I grew it from a seed I got from someone at my mom’s church. They have a tree so every year we get a couple of those delicious fruits to eat. These apples are the most amazing things you will ever taste! Sort of like a rose and a pear had a baby. Soooo good! This is the inspiration of the BomBase fruit in my Silver Foxes series. I can’t wait 7 years until it bears . . . 7 years . . .

Bouvenvillia
My bougainvillea plant . . . actually, my mother’s.

And here is my bougainvillea plant—a little baby I got at Walmart. Not much to say about it yet. It seems to be just coasting along with whatever nature (and me) throws at it. I need more low maintenance plants like this—since I have a black thumb. Well, I suppose it’s a dark green thumb now since I’m having some success at growing.

-*heart* M.R. Anglin

An Exciting Week!

This has been an exciting week for me.

First, you may have noticed that the website has a new look. That’s because I decided to change my webhost on Monday. And what followed was a Memorial Day full of frustration and anger—all founded on the fact that I bought the wrong plan. The good news is that the support team was so nice, refunded my money, and I was able to get my website transferred successfully today. Some of the pictures on the posts are gone, but I can and will restore them in the next few weeks.

After that, I found out that Gods with Fur, the anthology one of my short stories was included in, won the award it was nominated for. You can see the stream of the award ceremony here:

(The anthologies’ award starts at 28:19). I’m so excited about that. It was shaping up to be a good day.

And then I got an e-mail.

A publishing company I had submitted my manuscript, Prince of the Sun, Princess of the Moon, to decided to accept it for publication! I signed the contract on Wednesday, and now I am in the editing process. I’ll be sure to provide more details as I move along.

In addition, I finished inking the last page of Chapter 3 of the Silver Foxes graphic novel. On to writing Chapter 4!

So it’s been a good week. Yeah, a very good week!

-*heart* M.R. Anglin

Art Supply Showcase

So I’ve been carrying my art supplies in a zip top bag that’s so worn with holes that my pens slip through sometimes. Since my friend lent me her sewing machine, I finally got off my butt and made a pencil case. Here it is:



It was pretty easy too. I used the pattern found here:

http://crazylittleprojects.com/2014/08/pencil-case-tutorial.html

Easy pattern to follow and it stitched up easily. I had fabric on hand so all I had to do was buy the zipper. So much win!

I also thought I’d give you a look at my art supplies. I don’t use anything fancy, but I’m excited about the dip pen I use for my graphic novel adaption. So here’s what’s in my new pencil pouch (and some things housed on my desk).

These are my mechanical pencils–a very, cheap version that I got from Target a few years ago. But I’ve long since used up that lead. Right now the lead I’m using is from the Dollar Tree by my house.

Next are erasers. I’ve got a white plastic eraser and a kneaded eraser. I really like the white eraser for erasing pencil lines after inking.

Then my set of pens. The slim black one is a “Le Pen.” It’s waterproof but not alcohol proof, but I can work around it. The fatter black one is a cheap pen from the Dollar Tree that works surprisingly well for inking my casual work. The pink and brown pens, I use for writing.They are Pentel Ink Joy pens that come in a pack of 10 or so. They write like a dream and are inexpensive. I have two more packs for when these run out.

(Pay no attention to the chewed up pen cap).

Here’s my dip pen. I love this thing. It gives me such clean, crisp black lines that scan beautifully. It makes my love my lineart. This one is a Speedball Calligraphy Pen that came in the pen and ink set. Very cheap and I love it.

Here’s the ink I use.  The small one came in the same set I got my dip pen in. It SUCKS! It dries too quickly and makes drawing a PAIN. But the big one is the Speedball India Ink Superblack ink. I love it. Not alcohol safe, though.

Now the reason I’m going on and on about the alcohol safe feature of my pens is because of the alcohol markers I use. I use the Spectrum Noir markers. The one above is in my pencil kit because I ordered a replacement for one of my markers and when it came it was the right casing but wrong color. I want to make sure I don’t confuse them with the others. The company said they’d send me a replacement, though. So that’s nice,

Rulers. One clear, one metal. The clear one is good for seeing through it so I can be sure where the line is going. The other is longer.

White craft paint and a cheap brush. Used to cover up mistakes made with my dip pen, and to add whites to the eyes when I draw the GN.

So that’s it. Those are my supplies I’m using to draw the Silver Foxes Graphic Novel. Hope you had fun on my little tour.

-:heart: M.R. Anglin

GN Update

Well, It’s happening.

I’ve started on the Silver Foxes Graphic Novel. I’m going through one chapter at a time–revising, making a script, and drawing, inking, and toning. I’m up to penciling page 5.

The first chapter will be 11 pages . . . so it’s going to be a looong ride.

The old Chapter 1 started off as two pages. It was surprisingly good for adapting in GN form, and I didn’t change much during revisions. After I finished revising it, it turned into 3 pages of prose. Not bad.

However, I consider this the easy part. While I’m only going to revise and draw one chapter at a time, I have already finished the overhauling the plot. And not much is the same.

**SPOILERS AHEAD**

If you haven’t read the first Silver Foxes book, the following does contain spoilers.

While the revision I’m planning still has J.R. meeting Xena, taking her home, Max kidnapping and experimenting on her and such, the way in which I go about it is completely different. For instance, Chapters 2 and 4 go into how Celeste escaped Terrance Claybourne. J.R. no longer threatens a bulldog in Chapter 3 nor flirts with the store clerks to get free stuff. And he no longer experiments with tech in his basement. And those are just a few examples. So yeah . . . lots of changes. I think they’re for the better, though; they make more sense.

***END SPOILERS***

My plan is to separate this GN into three parts–because of the length and to keep my sanity. I plan to upload the pages after I’ve finished them, but I’m toying with the idea of releasing them in book form for purchase as well. When I’m finished the entire revision of the story, I may also release an update of the book. We’ll see. That’s still far, far away.

I hope this will turn out well. My ambitions sometimes get away from me. But either way, this is a project I must see to completion.

Even if I can’t draw a speeder . . . yet!

I also couldn’t draw a ruined city up until 3 days ago. =)

-:heart: M.R. Anglin

A Test of Obedience

A few weeks ago I posted on “Obedience in All Things.” I attempted to be real and talk about an area where I had failed. Well, I am making progress on doing those three things I referred to—the three things that I had neglected for so long. But now here comes the test of that resolve.

One of the things that I had neglected was working on my drawing skills. I’ve never described myself as an artist. I’ve always said, I am a writer who draws, nothing more. Truth is, I had given in to comparing myself to others who have much more talent than I do . . . people I can never hope to catch up to. In essence, I ignored God’s command to use His gifts for His glory. Instead I thought to myself, “There are much better artists than me out there, so let them handle it. After all, the Church is one body, right? We’re supposed to encourage and support one another. They can do the art, and I can do the writing. Win-win.”

Sometimes the greatest lies are near-truths.

While it’s true that the Church is all one body and we are called to help and support each other, nowhere does that give us license to neglect whatever gifts God has given us. Five talents or one—He decides who gets what, and I have no right to call what I have “not good enough.”

So anyway, I’ve been drawing again, and I’ve made progress. Now here comes the test: I feel God is leading me to draw my series, Silver Foxes in comic format.

Me.

Myself.

My art.

My goodness!

My usual excuses disappear in light of the things I’ve learned over the last few weeks. “I’m not good enough”—no excuse. “I can’t draw it as well as so an so” —no excuse. “No one will read it”—no excuse. “It’ll be a downgrade in quality to what people have seen on my book covers before”—no excuse.  “So and so can do a much better job than I can”—no excuse. “But I’m not good at comics”—no excuse. All I can do is my best to God’s glory. Anything less is not good enough.

No excuses, Mich.

I am scared stiff as I write this. Tears are coming to my eyes as I reflect on the magnitude of the project and the insecurities I will face and am facing right now. But obedience knows no fear—or rather fear and obedience have nothing to do with each other. I may fear, but I am committing myself to being obedient. The project may end up failing, but I will push forward.

To prepare myself, I’ve been working on a short, wordless comic featuring Max and Celeste. It’ll help me familiarize myself with how best to ink and draw backgrounds and such. It’ll also help me learn my photo editing software, and it will be an introduction into toning. (I thought about making it in color because color hides drawing mistakes, but I don’t want to hide my flaws in this case. I want to expose them in order to learn how to fix them).

This will also be an opportunity to revise Silver Foxes Vol 1. Let’s be honest, that one is not my best work. It was at the time, but now . . . I cringe. I haven’t read it since I released it in book format because I don’t want to face it. But once I let myself believe that maybe I can be my own artist after all, so many ideas on how to fix it flowed into my mind.

You probably won’t hear much about this for a year or so . . . (maybe sooner, who knows?), but I plan to keep working on it behind the scenes. In the meantime, pray for me and keep me in your thoughts. I’ll be moving forward with fear and trembling.

-:heart: M.R. Anglin