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C08P14 – Of course I’m scared!

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When I first wrote this chapter, I ran it by Cory, and we ended up having almost exactly this discussion (with a lot less yelling, of course). To use his words, Nikel threatening the lives of the people Kali cares about “Is like coming to a Mexican Standoff with a gun pointed at your own head.”

To me, that concept was a complete shock. The fear of not only losing people, but that each death would be my fault, was crippling when I put myself in Kali’s shoes. Even though that makes no sense, even if I wasn’t the one taking action, it was my default to assume that if something bad happened, it was because I wasn’t good enough to prevent it. It’s not that the power isn’t there. It’s that the perspective is lacking in order to grasp it. In the end, I decided to keep the flow of the story more-or-less the same. I could write truthfully to that illogical fear. But I added Cory’s voice in the form of Tama’s out-burst, pointing out where the whole cage of fear falls apart. As Franklin D. Roosevelt said: “Only thing we have to fear is Fear itself.”

Although I think my preferred quotes in that vein are:

“You can go amazing places when you quit stepping on the brakes.”
— Dr. Larry Iverson

“Most of the shadows of this life are caused by standing in one’s own sunshine”
— Emerson, Ralph Waldo

What’s your favorite quote, for overcoming the things that hold you back?


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There’s something really wonderful about seeing Tama being the one who can stand up and tell someone how to do the right thing, knowing he’s had that all along and is smarter than he would like everyone to think when he only has a reason to show it.

Apparently the phrase “do not be afraid” appears 365 times in the Bible. I haven’t counted, but if it’s true, that’s pretty cool.

Personal fave:

“Fear not, for I have redeemed you;
I have called you by your name;
You are Mine.
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you.
When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned,
Nor shall the flame scorch you.
For I am the Lord your God,
The Holy One of Israel, your Savior.” (Isaiah 43:1-3)

Been through a lot of bad times with those verses.

Oh, tough one. I am a quote junkie. But there are three I keep coming back to:

“Our doubts are traitors,
And make us lose the good we oft might win
By fearing to attempt.” –William Shakespeare

“They say there is nothing new under any sun, but if each life is not new, each single life, then why are we born?” –Ursula K. Le Guin

And last but not least, this. entire. post.


I’ve just found and read through your archive. Your webcomic is quite the enjoyable read, but I find what I like even more are the posts where you provide information on the creation process.

I write, but the flaws in my creative process and skills leave me dissatisfied with the results. As such, I am always trying to gain a better understanding of how others create. So I find your own articles/movie clips on what you do and how you do it fascinating.

I especially liked the clip you did on world building. The thing I have the most trouble with is plotting, and ways to envision plot structure, and the approaches you and the other creators took to world building were interesting glimpses.

Looking forward to more.

Welcome Chris! I’m glad you enjoy the process posts. I know I’m much more structured than a lot of writers, but I enjoy sharing my methods and learning how other people approach stories in their own work!

I really want to do more follow-up on world-building, but have been a little overwhelmed lately! Definitely want to revisit that topic with more detail in the future though! If there’s anything you’d like to know about my process, please ask! I’m always happy to share!

It’s part of Kali’s character, as you already established; it’s perfectly consistent and you’re doing a great job of it ( of course you already know, but now you know I know XD )
Just as it’s part of Nikel to do what he thinks is best for his tribe even though he regrets having to go so far ( not sacrificing a shadow monk of course XD, but having to blackmail the Rainbringer ); his face in the last panel of 2 pages ago made me think of Zaius in the original Planet of the Apes.

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