WIP, The World Behind Me, part 3

In two more sittings I have now finished the base black and white painting. The next step will be to start adding color.

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WIP – The World Behind Me, part 2

Today I got the time to continue my latest painting. I am working on detailing the background, still in black and white, to get the values correct. I incorporated some photos for texture in the mountains. Those photos where turned to black and white and then the opacity was turned down. They were then painted over  to get a better structure on the mountains.

I then decided to move the figure and one of the mountains to get more contrast around the face of the girl.

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WIP – The World Behind Me

I am finally painting again. As I haven’t painted in a long while I choose to start something entirely new. I might return to “Fire in my Heart” sometime, but right now it is a figure painting with a spectacular landscape that is my goal.

I started with a black and white underpainting to get the values good. Then I started detailing the figure further. Next step will be enlarging the painting and starting to detail the background, before I start to color.

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WIP – Fire in my Heart, part 2

I made some progress on my latest painting. I tried to define the figure a bit more, and made her smaller to be able to fit some more of her body to make sure it was clear how she is posed.

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WIP – Fire in my Heart, part 1

Started a new painting today. This one hasn’t been planned much, it is just a feeling I am trying to catch. We will see how that turns out but I like it so far.

I have blocked in major colors and made a loose sketch.

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Day 28 of NaNoWriMo

… and I am finished!

I finished my 50000 words today!

The book is only about halfway there at this point and I will try to finish it in two months or so. I like that I can write this fast, but it is a bit exhausting, which is why I will slow down for the last half of the book.

“They have broken through,” the woman panted. She had obviously run, she looked flushed and sweaty and she leaned forward, hands on knees as she tried to catch her breath. Everyone who was in the yard looked at her, frozen. “They broke through one point in the barrier, it failed.”

 

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Day 25 of NaNoWriMo

I thought I might be able to finish my 50 000 words today but after getting to 46 000 I felt spent. I will probably be able to finish in a day or two and that will be enough for me.

When her stomach and arms were covered in spells she paused, putting her instruments away. She pulled the linen sheet and woolen blanket over her again and tried to relax, to breath easier and slower. It was difficult as she could feel the blood rushing through her veins, and hear it pounding in her ears. Her heart beat faster and stronger than it should have when she was relaxing and her side burned while her flesh was trying to knit together. She tried to ride it out though, she had to get better fast.

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Day 24 of NaNoWriMo

Today I managed to write almost 4000 words. My goal was to get at least 5000 but as I managed to go for a long walk with a friend and spend some quality time with my husband as well I figure it was a good word count for the day. I had to rummage a bit more in my outline today and I figured out a way to solve some plot problems I was having, and hopefully strengthen the story even further. A plot twist I introduced without actually being aware of it was a way to help get the story even better. It would be nice if I introduced it because I unconsciously knew that it would be a great asset to the story, but I don’t think I am that good. Sometimes these cool things just happen, in the spur of creativity.

Now I am at 42299 (The goal for the day is 40 000).

“I will take care of myself,” she said, pulling the scissors out of her body, hiding them in a pocket in her skirts. She pressed her hand to her side, holding the blood in. “It is just a scratch. You take care of the girl instead,” she said, nodding towards Isybella sitting on the floor, holding her bloody arm and crying with pain. “And that one,” she said, coldness in her voice, as she looked at Ana. “Lock her away.”

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Day 23 of NaNoWriMo

During the end of the week I fell behind on NaNoWriMo again but today I was able to catch up. Now I have roughly 11500 words left until I am completely finished with NaNoWriMo, although there is much more until I am able to finish the novel. I have realized that I am able to crank out a chapter of 2500 words in an evening, if I don’t have to do anything else, like exercise or have a work meeting. The sad thing however is that sometimes I don’t have any energy at all to write. I have figured out that most of the time I can manage it anyways, if I just push myself to begin, but it is that beginning that is always difficult to get past. This weekend I will really try to push myself and get ahead again, so that there won’t be any big block in the way of finishing on time next Friday.

I have also started to come to the point where I have to make some interesting changes to my outline. A character that I hadn’t even come up with in the outline phase managed to become very important to my main character, and to facilitate to the promises I have set up for the reader in introducing this character that is so important to the main character I need to make some changes. This means that I have added two whole chapters. As I looked ahead in the outline today I also realized that three upcoming chapters seemed too slow and didn’t have enough conflict to carry so I will try to fit them together into one chapter instead. I also rearranged the order of some of the planned chapters to hopefully make the pacing flow better. I probably will have to change more things as I go along, but that is the interesting part of writing, figuring out the details and discovering way cooler ways to write the story than what you originally could come up with.

A paragraph from today’s writing:

It was dark around him, but a pale light seemed to infuse some places. What looked like fog swirled lazily around him, clung to him. He shuddered where it touched him, it felt foul and sticky, icy cold in a way that pulled the warmth from his body. He could make out the twisted limbs of dark trees in the fog. In the dripping cold of the fog no leaves grew on them, and he couldn’t imagine that there ever had been any. Only sick and slimy moss clung to the branches of the trees, sending out a sick and pungent smell.

 

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