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…I’m sure everything’s fine in there.

I am absolutely out of ideas today on what to talk about. I’ve been staring at the blank screen for a good thirty minutes and the conversation muses have not seen fit to descend upon me and grant me relief from the emptiness of this blog space.

SO instead I shall turn it over to you! How are things going for my LeyLians? What’s one thing you’re really excited about, or one thing you’re nervous about, for the recent future? Who’s got a cool project or news to share?

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I’ve been applying for grad studies. It is exciting in some ways, but a pain in others. Applying anywhere in the US is expensive, being around $100 per application and around $150 for the GRE (which equals $250 for just one application). I also find that most places require applications extremely early, including places that have a December date for a start in September. I just don’t understand why these things cost so much and why they need to be so early. Also, I find taking a GRE just after getting a degree extremely silly.

Wow, the expense has gone up since I applied, and that was only two years ago. That sounds very frustrating! Still, congrats on your graduation, and good luck with your future studies! What degree are you pursuing? What would be your top choice for school?

I found out that I am perfectly comfortable praying outside Planed Parenthood in cold temperatures! And on a realated note, I am starting a blog: http://webcomicsforlife.blogspot.com/
That’s what’s going on in my life.

My first book is almost done. It’s with one beta reader right now and I found a cover artist who should be sending me some thumbnails soon. Outlining for Book 2 is going (slowly, but going). So, excited and nervous about all that at the same time.

My husband Mark is a board game creator, and we’re going to Strategicon today! We don’t have a booth or anything, but yesterday I spend all afternoon putting together this game giveaway, and we already have 36 entries! I hope everything goes well at the convention and we’re able to drum up some interest.

Very cool! I had to sneak in a point or two myself – those look like fun games! I’ve been thinking about doing a LeyLines give-away, but wasn’t sure about how to go about doing it. What do you think about the system you’re using? What do you like about it, and what would you change?

Well, I’m using a freemium service called Rafflecopter, which I found through work when we were doing lots of giveaways through bloggers, and this is what they used.

The premise is you drive entries for your giveaway primarily through social media activity. The core things it gives you to start with are Facebook/Twitter follows and mentions (and those it can tally automatically for you), but you can add as many other options as you like and ask your entrants to give a link back or some other form of “proof” that you define. You can also assign point values to each style of entry, which is really nice. For the board game giveaway, for example, we really want people to comment and review our games on BoardGameGeek.com, because that site is really influential in the board game world. So commenting or posting a review there will get you 10 entries, where something like just following our Twitter will get you 1. Afterward, you tell it to randomly pick your winners. It’s pretty slick!

There’s a couple things I’d like that are available if you use one of the paid tiers (like real-time analytics), and for some reason, the widget tracking the entries seems to be displaying a “vacation” message, which worries me. I’d also like the option to “bribe” your way into an entry with a Paypal donation. But it worked great for the Sombulus sketch giveaway I did a year ago. If you’re looking to grow your social media buzz, I’d definitely recommend it.

I work from home now and it’s pretty rad!

Ummm, that’s about it! 😀

Go Leylines!

Awesome! What kind of work are you doing from home? And do you have any advice for Cassandra Moon (scroll down) for finding at-home work opportunities? She’s at home with a new little one, but would like to return to the workforce.

I do level 1-2 tech support for a company. While the working from home is great this particular style of work would not be good for a family environment as you need to stay focused while on calls and can’t be distracted by home life.
The only other work from home i’ve seen around is data entry which can be good but often requires a tremendous amount of work to be able to do it from home. For example one i saw required 40 bills an hour, which doesn’t seem like a lot but it means completing 3 bills every two minutes – try to keep that pace with a little one to care for?
Difficult I’d say.

Beyond that I don’t have anything else to offer regarding working from home

I am really excited about my New drawing set, I can’t wait to iar it! I also really want to pass my geography and history tests, but I’m scared… I’m working on a manga comic with a friend, and I want others to appreciate it :))

I’m going to start a wargaming army painting business-y thing with a friend soon! We’re going to start with painting pre-made armies (ie, Warmachine battleboxes) and build up a reputation so we can do commissioned work. I really, really, really want it to work, and am terrified it will fail (mostly because I need the money…)

Have you ever thought of coming to CONvergence in Minnesota? http://convergence-con.org/ I’m currently worrying about money for that and costumes.

Right now I’m researching conventions to go to, and trying to figure out how to get there! The biggest downside to living in Colorado is nearly every convention is one I have to fly to. Add in the cost of a hotel, table, and food and it can cost over $1000 to attend a single con! I’ll be going to my first out-of-state convention this year (Intervention) just to figure out the logistics work. I’m also looking into other places to go, but I’m putting priority on places where I have friends I can stay with (such as Seattle) because that cuts $300-$500 off the cost all by itself. I’ll definitely put CONvergence on my list of conventions to look into!

Let’s see… My son is about 5 1/2 weeks old now and adorable. he’s a lot of fun to play with and since he can already hold up his head we get to have lets of fun 🙂 That being said, I’m looking forward to the days i can sleep a whole night through again! I’m nervous about going back to work since we have only have one car, and all our family is back on the East Coast so we don’t have anyone to watch the little man so I don’t even know if I CAN go back to work, which concerns me for obvious reasons .

All that being said, if anyone has any suggestions about what to do to work from home I’d be most grateful !

Looking forward to a good night’s sleep is one of the most common comments I hear from parents!! Hang in there!

Good luck with the work-at-home idea. I think there’s more and more opportunities for that kind of job now. Just a matter of finding them!

Thanks, I’ll do that 🙂 Sometimes it feels like my day never ends, lol, but he’s so worth it! Also, Mr Draxxen, if you know of any specific data entry jobs and could send me a link or even a name I would be most grateful. My email is Cassandralys at gmail if that’s easier .

thanks !

And thank you Miss Robin for passing along the information request !

Wow! I have never thought of them that way! Nonetheless, I am pretty bad at drawing so we both decided to keep it to ourselves until it’s finished. She draws a little, I do The most of The work but she has brilliant ideas and I always have sequels to her ideas.
I wouldn’t post it just because you guys doing webcomics are so talented that I am frankly afraid not to disappoint.
I am but a child, with a recently discovered flexibility, with a dream and nothing more.

That comic is way better than anything I could ever draw!!! I’ve been trying manga, but it looks nothing like the real deal and I can’t edit it either. Geez, thanks! I wish I grow up to be as great as you!!! 🙂

Things have been going very well on my end! I’m both excited and incredibly nervous about the first draft of this manuscript I’m working on — I’ve got a decent grasp of storytelling theory, and I’ve helped lots of friends revise projects of their own into stuff that really shines, and I love picking stories apart to see what makes them tick and what slows them down… BUT the first draft is a whole other beast. It feels a lot like staring down a rearing horse.

I have faith in the characters, and in their journey, and in the lessons they learn and teach. Buuuut first I need to freakin’ get it all down on paper, and the stuff that comes out on that first pass is so rough and awkward and not at all what the story needs it to be. I can’t seem to get past the feeling of “This is wrong, back up.” It’s one of the main reasons why I could never bring myself to do a webcomic; it seems like you only get one shot at the first draft in that medium, no matter how much you plan things in advance.

Actually, I’m curious. Comics and written novels are fundamentally different media, but what’s your process? How do YOU go about stuffing your inner critic in a box and getting the first draft out, and how much editing does a page go through before it makes it to the internet? What kind of goals do you keep in mind when editing a page?

There’s lots of tricks, and I gain new ones as I go. For a long time, I relied heavily on tricking my inner Perfectionist. I’d say “The schedule is the highest priority. The schedule must be perfect. All other things must be sacrificed to meet the deadline.”

For writing, in the past year, I realized that the purpose of the first draft is not to be good. The first idea exists to release all the good ideas that come after it. It’s like the cork on the bottle. The outside of the bottle might seem very beautiful, and we might think that the best part is the moment when we release that cork, but the true depth and enjoyment comes from the quality of the contents.

First drafts are written so they can be re-written. They exist to give a starting foundation, not an end result.

For my process specifically on comics…that’s a little harder to describe, because my process continues to change. I do things differently depending on the needs of a chapter. Frankly, the inner critic doesn’t get activated until usually months after I’ve made work.

My main philosophy is this: “Never repeat for the sake of repeating.” I focus on getting better in the future, and in new work. On knowing that if I keep working, keep finishing, I will always be treading new ground. Learning new things. If all I did was re-tread the same ground, the same scenes, I would never learn how to write something new. And I probably wouldn’t get much better at writing that old scene either, because I wouldn’t be gaining any new tools.

The way I see it, just the act of writing the first draft all the way through is a journey. You learn new things about writing as you tackle new challenges. A beginning is different from a middle, is different than an end. They require a variety of skills. I discover new things about myself over time, about the characters, and discover new techniques and approaches. I set myself new goals with every chapter, new challenges. By the time the end is reached, as a writer I am more capable, more learned, more wise. Then I can return to the beginning, and revisit it with the perspective needed to truly re-write it well.

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