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#51
(03-08-2015, 02:45 PM)irradiator Wrote: Any kind of, knowing what you know now, realistic ETA on the book, or is there really no way to estimate without jinxing it happening? I really am looking forward to receiving my (digital) copy.

Now that the site is stable I'm back into book mode, so hopefully within the next month or two--but it's hard to say. I'm bringing in another artist to help with the background watercolors.
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#52
(03-08-2015, 03:15 PM)Maximilian Wrote:
(03-08-2015, 02:45 PM)irradiator Wrote: Any kind of, knowing what you know now, realistic ETA on the book, or is there really no way to estimate without jinxing it happening? I really am looking forward to receiving my (digital) copy.

Now that the site is stable I'm back into book mode, so hopefully within the next month or two--but it's hard to say. I'm bringing in another artist to help with the background watercolors.

I understand that you don't rush the process and when it's done it's done, I was just inquiring into estimated timelines. Doesn't matter, when it's finished I'm sure we'll hear about it.
Yeah,...So?
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#53
Ya I'm talking about the book.
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#54
(03-08-2015, 03:42 PM)CPD Wrote: Ya I'm talking about the book.

Well the book is already written as a script and, as a visual person, most of it is already in my head. So like I already know what shots I want for the majority of it, at least in key parts.

I do make changes as I go. You can see in the pencils of the page I posted, the last panel was totally different until the 2nd pass.
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#55
You dodged my question. The people want to know Max.
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#56
In terms of the plot of your book, did you find it difficult turning the idea that you started with into a complete story?
Handicap: I blame Maggie entirely for my sudden bout of third person insanity.
maggie_h: Why's it my fault? 
F18WrenchMonkey: You're hot and Handi has a a weakness for hot women
Handicap: Yep. I'd let Magz see my boobs.

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#57
(03-09-2015, 05:46 AM)maggie_h Wrote: In terms of the plot of your book, did you find it difficult turning the idea that you started with into a complete story?

Not really, but I did rewrite it in the process. The original version started with Abe prior to enlisting and followed him through the experience, but I felt like it was too much to be able to actually tell and didn't focus on what I thought was important--which is Abe and Garcia's relationship.

The book now starts on a field op in Hawaii, which I thought was a good way to introduce the main characters and see their dynamics immediately.

This is admittedly my first full length screenplay, but since I already knew the ending and most of the major scenes before I even started typing, it flowed pretty quickly.
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#58
Will we ever see that first part?
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#59
(03-09-2015, 10:35 AM)Ballsy McGee Wrote: Will we ever see that first part?

When the book is released? O_o

Oh, do you mean the original one? Probably not, I worked in some of the pre-Marine Corps stuff into the story in a way that doesn't distract too much from the actual story. It was just a lot of exposition that didn't need to be there, plus a boot camp scene. I decided I didn't want a boot camp scene because... there's always a boot camp scene, and it's largely irrelevant to the greater Marine Corps (Iraq) experience.

There was a lot about it that I liked though. I always referred to it as "Abe's Odyssey," and it was mostly silent--going through the strangeness of MEPS and flying into San Diego, etc. I feel like that's a whole other book though, really.
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#60
A writing tip I read once went something like "don't give exposition on something the reader can reasonably assume."

You can reasonably assume Abe enlisted, went to MEPS, went to boot camp, etc; so it's not really worth showing.
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#61
(03-09-2015, 10:58 AM)Maximilian Wrote: There was a lot about it that I liked though. I always referred to it as "Abe's Odyssey," and it was mostly silent--going through the strangeness of MEPS and flying into San Diego, etc. I feel like that's a whole other book though, really.

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#62
Have you checked your privilege?
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#63
(03-31-2015, 12:19 AM)Ballsy McGee Wrote: Have you checked your privilege?

I'm a cisgender heteronormative white-presenting male, of course.
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#64
Have you encountered writers block along the way?
Handicap: I blame Maggie entirely for my sudden bout of third person insanity.
maggie_h: Why's it my fault? 
F18WrenchMonkey: You're hot and Handi has a a weakness for hot women
Handicap: Yep. I'd let Magz see my boobs.

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#65
How does it feel to be back on the BEST COAST?

amirite??
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#66
(04-05-2015, 02:07 PM)maggie_h Wrote: Have you encountered writers block along the way?

Along which way?

(04-05-2015, 05:48 PM)Ballsy McGee Wrote: How does it feel to be back on the BEST COAST?

amirite??

It feels the best.

(04-05-2015, 06:49 PM)Slinky Wizard Wrote: If I backed you in the kickstarter and paid the $10 for international shipping, but return domestic before receiving the White Donkey Book, can I get my $10 back?

This is an interesting question I hadn't really thought about. I guess sure?
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#67
(04-06-2015, 11:29 AM)Maximilian Wrote:
(04-05-2015, 02:07 PM)maggie_h Wrote: Have you encountered writers block along the way?

Along which way?

During the writing of your book.
Handicap: I blame Maggie entirely for my sudden bout of third person insanity.
maggie_h: Why's it my fault? 
F18WrenchMonkey: You're hot and Handi has a a weakness for hot women
Handicap: Yep. I'd let Magz see my boobs.

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#68
(04-06-2015, 11:36 AM)maggie_h Wrote:
(04-06-2015, 11:29 AM)Maximilian Wrote:
(04-05-2015, 02:07 PM)maggie_h Wrote: Have you encountered writers block along the way?

Along which way?

During the writing of your book.

I mean not really, which might sound weird but I had the story in my head for years. When it finally came down to writing it out, it flowed pretty naturally.
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#69
So when you visit bases and what not , do you still address people by rank or "sirs"? Or do you mostly "bro", "dude" and "man" it up?
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#70
(04-08-2015, 05:12 PM)V_C Wrote: So when you visit bases and what not , do you still address people by rank or "sirs"? Or do you mostly "bro", "dude" and "man" it up?

I do actually refer to people by rank simply out of respect for them, but it's more casual. Like "Hey Staff Sergeant what's going on man."
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#71
Does knowing someone like Mattis reads TL change your perspective on it? Like do you feel more self-conscious of the content in any way?
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#72
(04-19-2015, 08:54 AM)Trash Boat Wrote: Does knowing someone like Mattis reads TL change your perspective on it? Like do you feel more self-conscious of the content in any way?

I hope to Bob that it does not.
Yeah,...So?
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#73
Max, you may have already posted this before, but what tablet do you use?
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#74
(04-19-2015, 08:54 AM)Trash Boat Wrote: Does knowing someone like Mattis reads TL change your perspective on it? Like do you feel more self-conscious of the content in any way?

No, that would be silly! The whole Marine Corps reads it at this point.

(05-04-2015, 09:15 PM)Chomps Wrote: Max, you may have already posted this before, but what tablet do you use?

For drawing? I use a WACOM Cintiq 22HD, which I love. If you meant tablet computer, I guess an iPad?
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#75
I meant the Wacom. Wow, that is an expensive device. Your White Donkey art definitely looks good though.
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