Okay guys, I have bits of news here and there.
My schoolwork at the DATC in Kaysville Utah is going well. Right now, I am learning how to model in 3DS Max and when I get a new computer, I should be going off making some of those cliched modern rooms that plague the 3d art section on deviantart. Difference is that I actually want people doing things rather than showing things collecting dust. Those are fine and dandy, but adding people living makes it great.
Oh well, at least I'm seeing what is making some good lighting though. I used to do four lights: three fills for light and a spot providing light and shadow. I still do variations, but now, all fill lights have soft shadows and a spot had hard shadows. Slowed my poor little Vaio to a crawl, but it was worth it.
Also, I'll make some some visual elastic people. lol, nurbs and bones.
Anyway, some story updates:
The Meta Corps:
Always editing, always updating, always a pain in the ass. I have ideas to condense the three acts down to a few hundred pages, but I may have to chop off the origin story of how Lora Summers became The Summer Sun. This does not mean abandoning it, mind, just separating the three acts into two books. Origin (mostly) as seen in the book on Smashwords right now in one book, and the rest in the other. It's just an idea, but I want to work to make this the best it can be; the lighter counterpart to Watchmen, so to speak. Oh, for those paying attention, Florence Sanders kinda became Gum Belle. At least with the same spunk, powers, and time period grown up in anyway. I spoke to Stretch about this a while back with concern over copying, and he seemed cool with it. I'm trying to write her as differently as possible though.
The Two Faces of the Sun:
As far as I can see, the outline is finished and it just needs to be written. May remove the elastic person feature though; does not fit in with the story.
The Elastition Report:
Umm... Yeah, no. Outside a superhero environment, civilians with powers, especially of the stretchy kind, does not work for me. I got in way over my head with that one, thinking that I would just fix it later. Stretchy people just did not work realistically. Even in The Meta Corps, it's seeming like a bizarre impossibility, and that one I wanted to keep somewhat realistic, given superpowers and aliens, anyway. The conflict-in-lore and some of the science established may reappear somewhere, but since elasticity is such a visual feat, I may just do variations on the idea of having random stretchy people pose and have random fights like everyone else does, with exceptions being story work and all.
How To Write A Science Fiction Novel (or, Kinetic Girl & Brooke Prime):
I touched on some trouble with this one in Trancekuja2k's journals, but to paraphrase, it's too weird. I love the story, the conflict, and the main draw being that Katie is getting frustrated that she is the catalyst of her reality warping around her, but the fact that this is becoming way too alien is what is hanging me up. I love the project, I always will, but I don't think that I'm mature enough as a writer to be able to express such a bizarre concept. Maybe next decade...
Untitled, formally Gum Belle story:
The Elastic Gentleman and his Ethereal Companion! Oh boy, I only revealed this to Stretch-Ink, since I had a story fully formed in my head that stared Gum Belle. ...Stretch shot it down, but for good reason, and I respect him for it. The plot was that Belle was summoned to Hollywood for a movie deal, and finds that she is slowly becoming more solid, as in, less stretchy. At the same time, she hostilely deals with a dramatically encouraging rival that seems to be unaware that she is sucking Belles elasticity away. Well, since it is no longer about Belle, I shifted the story to be told in a kind of HG Welles style narrative with the protagonist Elastic Gentleman telling the story of his strange encounter with a spunky woman of similar elasticity. It would be anachronistic steam and dieselpunk mixes too. I have ideas, and the story is set, but I don't have the research for it to give it that steamy diesel punk feel. Maybe later...
The Final Shot:
Mix Gum Belle with Jessica Rabbit, and throw in the recent Captain America movie, some film noir, and some WWII in Europe with maybe a touch of "futuristic" cold war space paranoia and some Roswell ailen "facts" and make it all work. Florence and Clarke Sanders origin story. That's all I got.
The Space Cadet:
Typos and overall clarity aside, I'm finished with it. I hope that it is being enjoyed. I may put a more refined and readable version on Podiobooks with credit to both Trance and I if I can find a reader. Some of the dialogue is some of the very best I've ever written.
Okay, I'm out, have some awesome 80s CGI: [link]
My DA group and photography account:
If I were to choose five of the best
deviants here they would be...
My elastic friends:
I can't forget Celene either. Hi!
My growing list of DA Job Corps friends:
The REAL Toby Gard: