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Gotta make this brief, because the current bout of insomnia reached a fever pitch last night, and I'm running late. Sunny and cold outside, but warmer than yesterday. Above freezing, I think.

I almost made a long post yesterday about how much trouble I'm having finishing Alabaster: The Good, the Bad, and the Bird. But I didn't, and I finally found my way into #4. I wrote pages 1,2, and 3. The problem with this mini is basically, in the end, three fold:

1) What happens at the end of Alabaster: Grimmer Tales, that was for real, not a fake out. It was meant to be permanent. The end was meant to be THE END. And in order to write this series, it had to be undone. Someday, I'll write at length about why it happened and about why I agreed to do this third series. Someday.

2) There are too many characters. Six, plus some monsters. And really four is all there was space to handle in five issues. The way I write, yes. This leads directly to the fact that...

3) ...the story simply doesn't fit into five issues, and I was not entirely aware of that until the end of #3. The way I've paced it, to do this right, I need another five issues, not two. But two is what I have. I could trash everything I've done and begin again from page 1 of Issue No. 1. Only, there are far too many other deadlines, and so I actually don't have that option. I have to work with what I have. So, I'm ripping apart my original plan for how this thing wraps up, looking for any solution that will save the climax and ending from feeling rushed.

Anyway, time to write.

Aunt Beast


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Dec. 13th, 2014 05:37 pm (UTC)
The way I've paced it, to do this right, I need another five issues, not two. But two is what I have.

I had to do something similar with my last comic. I really miss having the time to tell the story I wanted for as long as I wanted.

Edited at 2014-12-13 05:38 pm (UTC)
Dec. 13th, 2014 10:17 pm (UTC)
And in order to write this series, [the end of Grimmer Tales] had to be undone.

That is... interesting to learn. Until now I had been assuming that this third series would take place some as-yet-unspecified time before the final arc of Grimmer Tales in order to remain consistent with the ending. It is unfortunate that the conclusion has to be undone, but I look forward to seeing how the issue gets handled, and reading the "why it happened" and why you agreed to the additional series when/if you write about that.
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