As usual on Tuesday, I take a break from coming up with my own ideas to take part in a blog event (as in last week’s Share Your World) or the Weekly Challenge from WordPress’s Daily Post (in which I most recently re-wrote a Cyndi Lauper song). This week, the Daily Post’s Daily Prompt was right up my alley.
The prompt is titled Back of the Queue and asks, “Is there something you’ve always wanted to do, but never got around to starting? Tell us about it — and tell us about what’s keeping you from doing it.”
This prompt was too perfect because I’ve been recently thinking about the pile of manuscripts I have sitting in the cabinet behind me. One of those piles of pulped tree matter is the second book I wrote and, although I know it would need a HUGE amount of work to become a worthwhile novel, I’ve always thought the story line would make an excellent graphic novel.
But, it’s just been one of those things I’ve never gotten around to. Why not? Well, time, for one thing. Second, although I’m not a shabby sketcher, I would definitely need some practice (maybe even a class or two) to draw the characters consistently throughout the book.
Still, it’s not to say I haven’t whipped out the sketch pad now and then (I even got it out again this weekend, making this prompt quite timely), but setting aside the hours I would need to do this always feels daunting, but – as with most things – maybe this is just a matter of scheduling and organizing myself a bit better.
So perhaps this week, I’ll re-evaluate my schedule, sit down with my notebook, and give this long-shoved-to-the-back-burner project a try. After all, isn’t it about time the world had a new werewolf graphic novel? And I promise, NO sparkly vampires.
Have fun this week everyone! And feel free to share any thoughts on this project or a project that you’ve been meaning to tackle.
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TAMMIE PAINTER IS THE AUTHOR OF THE TRIALS OF HERCULES: BOOK ONE OF THE OSTERIA CHRONICLES AND AN ARTIST WHO DEDICATES HERSELF TO THE TEDIUM OF CREATING IMAGES WITH COLORED PENCILS.