Wings of the Mind

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For the Author ask meme: 3, 4, and 12. I think your novel would make a great adventure film, if Dreamworks or Laika bought the rights.

3. Have you ever written a chapter/scene that made you cry? Which one(s)?

Oh, yes. I don’t remember ever outright crying while I wrote, but I’ve occasionally gotten sniffles or teared up a bit. Problem is, I remember it happening, but I can’t recall specific scenes. I suppose one general example is when I have to make a character say goodbye in a rather permanent way. So dying, even IF the story then follows that character after that death. It’s easy to write sad scenes that move you to tears; the real difficulty is writing something so happy that it turns on the waterworks.

4. Which of your stories would you most like to see made into a movie?

You’re right in that some of my more delusional wishes and daydreams involve a Dreamworks adaptation of Trickster’s Shadow. :) Sionnach could be awesome animated, and that’s a company I could trust to at least get the core of the story down even if they change aspects.

12. Do you sneak personal references into any of your stories? Would you care to share some examples?

I don’t think it can be wholly avoided, really. It’s always tempting/useful to write what you know best. As for specifics…well, once I included (in a fanfic) a character practicing martial arts while internally grappling with another issue. I described the individual moves of the kata he was doing because I knew them myself. Other instances include general things such as vividly describing sensations I’ve experienced myself, like waking up to an arm so asleep it’s like a string-less puppet limb made of rubber.

Scrappy little piece. Just did it to play with some new PS brushes…and because of the most recent HTTYD2 trailer. “Soul of a Dragon” morphed into a title of sorts, Dragonsoul. Sounds sort of cool…yet, at the same time, there’s a great deal of sadness implied by the possible ending of the trilogy. No more dragons in the world…it sounds terrible to us, yet what must it be like to a chief with the soul of a dragon itself?
Hiccup is slightly older in this sketch. I’m guessing mid twenties, thirty at most. I left him clean-shaven but gave him a long braid; I understand that ponytail Hiccup is a bit of a thing in some corners of the fandom. Enjoy.
(Hopefully the dragons will stick around as long as possible, but we really can’t know one way or another just yet. “There were dragons when I was a boy” could imply that they were ONLY around when the speaker was a boy…) :(
Tagged for spoilers despite not really having anything more concrete than the beginning of the book series implying one aspect of the end. It’s all speculation, really.

Scrappy little piece. Just did it to play with some new PS brushes…and because of the most recent HTTYD2 trailer. “Soul of a Dragon” morphed into a title of sorts, Dragonsoul. Sounds sort of cool…yet, at the same time, there’s a great deal of sadness implied by the possible ending of the trilogy. No more dragons in the world…it sounds terrible to us, yet what must it be like to a chief with the soul of a dragon itself?

Hiccup is slightly older in this sketch. I’m guessing mid twenties, thirty at most. I left him clean-shaven but gave him a long braid; I understand that ponytail Hiccup is a bit of a thing in some corners of the fandom. Enjoy.

(Hopefully the dragons will stick around as long as possible, but we really can’t know one way or another just yet. “There were dragons when I was a boy” could imply that they were ONLY around when the speaker was a boy…) :(

Tagged for spoilers despite not really having anything more concrete than the beginning of the book series implying one aspect of the end. It’s all speculation, really.

Asks for Writers

lala-kate:

Put one of these in my ask box, and receive an answer.

1. Of all of the original characters you have written, do you have a favorite?

2. Is there a ship/show for whom/which you are interested in writing yet are intimidated to try?

3. Have you ever written a chapter/scene…

You are Belle: bookish, analytical and brave.

Thanks! Belle’s one of my favorites, I’ll admit. Have to disagree on the brave aspect for myself, though - I’ve never known myself to possess any great measure of courage. :)

Went to a local art group workshop last night. We dyed silk scarves and discussed future events/workshops/meetings. Somehow (coughthanksmumcough) I (was) volunteered to come up with a large mural-type design for the group to do in the downtown summer chalk festival the city has planned. I warned them that my style and topic preferences lean very (very very) heavily on the fantasy side, not your typical rural corn country fare. They remained enthusiastic about the idea. So now I get to design something to cover a stretch of downtown walkway with, possibly in 3D. I know the theory behind this, but have never done it myself. This could be…interesting.

Went to a local art group workshop last night. We dyed silk scarves and discussed future events/workshops/meetings. Somehow (coughthanksmumcough) I (was) volunteered to come up with a large mural-type design for the group to do in the downtown summer chalk festival the city has planned. I warned them that my style and topic preferences lean very (very very) heavily on the fantasy side, not your typical rural corn country fare. They remained enthusiastic about the idea. So now I get to design something to cover a stretch of downtown walkway with, possibly in 3D. I know the theory behind this, but have never done it myself. This could be…interesting.

Reblog if you want someone to compare you to a Disney character in your ask!

Hm. Why not?

(Source: aladdinsfuturewife)

Screenshot of a wip. Look at those layers. See that? All the painting is on ONE so far. The top layer is my sketch and is invisible for time being. I’ll add more when I need to, though…and I’m thinking I might need to soon. The far back needs some mist. I’m most comfortable with painting in mist when I can manipulate it as needed all on its own.

Screenshot of a wip. Look at those layers. See that? All the painting is on ONE so far. The top layer is my sketch and is invisible for time being. I’ll add more when I need to, though…and I’m thinking I might need to soon. The far back needs some mist. I’m most comfortable with painting in mist when I can manipulate it as needed all on its own.

Yet another baby nadder repainted! This one is, I think, Spatterdrop. Spat for short. Look at me go; I can name things almost as well as Vikings now.

Finished today in celebration of the new trailer, of sorts. Most of my celebrating was really throwing myself across the room with flailing limbs and incoherent squealing, but I managed to sit myself down and paint this little guy for a while at least.

Apr 4
Managed to finish something and feel fairly pleased with it. I wonder how long it’ll be before I can’t look at this without wincing.

Managed to finish something and feel fairly pleased with it. I wonder how long it’ll be before I can’t look at this without wincing.

Work in Progress. I seem to have hit one of those happy little upswings where somehow I’m managing to paint something better than my inner critic can properly deride. I’m seriously afraid it won’t last long.

Work in Progress. I seem to have hit one of those happy little upswings where somehow I’m managing to paint something better than my inner critic can properly deride. I’m seriously afraid it won’t last long.