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The Flower and Death Ch. 1

Journal Entry: Wed Feb 4, 2015, 11:08 AM


So as I said announced in my last post, my graphic novel script for Blind Follies: The Flower and Death (my take on the myth of Persephone and Hades) is completed at 7 chapters in length... Well... The first draft is done, and that's a huge accomplishment!

See, that's the thing about first drafts: They are necessary steps toward solidifying your story. One one hand, no one needs to read it. On the other hand, once you have a draft you are happy about, you can pass it off to a few trusted volunteers. Which is exactly what I did. And I'll tell you, the feedback I received was incredible. It really forced me to take a step back and look at the story in ways I hadn't thought of before. It wasn't all sunshine and rainbows and compliments, but that's a good thing!

While I believe you must put your heart into a project to make it take flight, you can never hold it so precious and close to you that you're unwilling to make changes and allow it to be all it can be. Those first blows were tough to take, but I'm lucky in that they came from people I admire and respect. I mean if I'm too afraid to hear what my friends have to say, why would I think it's a good idea to put my story out there on a bookshelf?

At the same time, it's important to not focus on every single opinion. You are never going to be able to please everyone. Rather, try to step back and hear what everyone is trying to tell you as a whole. What are the common things people want to see more or less of? I got a lot of conflicting opinions, but as a whole, I realized I really needed to go back and revisit the 2nd half of my book (chapters 5-7). I think I got so caught up in getting everything down that they came off as a bit rushed and the life/death metaphors that were prevalent in the first half became lost.

The good news is I have 4 chapters of material to work with on the art-side of things in the meantime! So while I take my time to better develop my latter half, I am continuing work on my first chapter. Again, this one will take me the longest, as I am still learning. I'm developing the style of the book and fleshing out my character designs while taking the time I've denied myself to develop a better understanding of design, light, color, and perspective necessary for visual storytelling.

For anyone that reads these posts, thank you for sharing my journey. As I move forward, I can only hope my experiences being a baby-comic artist will encourage others to keep bumping along through their own trial and error. You'll hear more from me soon.


2015 Convention Schedule
-Sac-Con: Sacramento, CA - Mar 1- Small Press *New location!*
-Emerald City Comicon: Seattle, WA - Mar 27-29- TBA
-Wizard World: Sacramento, CA - Jun 19-21- Artist Alley
-Anime Expo: Los Angeles, CA - Jul 2-5- Artist Alley
-SacAnime Summer: Sacramento, CA - Sep 4-6- Artist Alley *NEW*


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  • Mood: Content
  • Listening to: Jane Blue and The Hunters - The North
  • Reading: The War of Art - Steven Pressfield
  • Playing: Mario 64
  • Drinking: tea (always and forever)

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Freelance illustrator, mythology buff, hopeless romantic, self-proclaimed 'hobbit,' amateur floriographer, vintage gamer, cat enthusiast, & lover of tea...

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artshell Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Oh no no that's okay. Actually, I knew you and many artists will be at the con, but because of unexpected turn of events, I had no chance to meet anyone. I didn't even get the chance to chat with Gisu, nathan and michael who sat on a table right next to me!
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SarahRStraub Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013
Unexpected turn of events? Hope all was ok! But yeah, I was bogged down with commissions and when I could leave my table I had to run specific shopping errands, so not much visiting other artists either.
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Moogleborg Featured By Owner May 31, 2013
Happy birthday Sarah! :D
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SarahRStraub Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013
Thank you!
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SpencerBingham Featured By Owner May 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey, I saw your work at Fanime. Great stuff!
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SarahRStraub Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013
Aw, thanks so much! :)
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DysFuncReal Featured By Owner May 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It was so great meeting you in person at Fanime Saturday. I hope the rest of your con went well and I wish you and Lily all the best!
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SarahRStraub Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013
Thank you very much! I had a lot of fun at the Con. And I hope she'll be ok too.
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Spyrofan1310 Featured By Owner May 17, 2013
I'll be looking forward to seeing you at Fanime next week, I'll be cosplaying as Big Macintosh. How's your cat doing?
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SarahRStraub Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013
Not sure if I saw you at Fanime, but Lily is doing ok. She's all better after a painful recovery and is finally able to run, jump, and play with our other cat again. I may have to take her back in to get another small lump looked at. I suspect this one might be a stitch left behind that was healed over, but we'll see.
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Spyrofan1310 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013
No pictures with me so far. But if you look at my deviantart ID picture, my Big Mac cosplay is right there, so you'll know who I am if any pictures of me DO get posted, or if you passed me in the convention center.
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Spyrofan1310 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013
I'm terribly sorry. I had no idea where the art gallery was because it wasn't in the convention center this year. But I'm glad your cat is better now. Although I may be in some posted pictures of the MLP FIM gathering, I haven't checked yet.
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SarahRStraub Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013
Yeah, they were supposed to post tons of signage directing traffic to the artist alley and not only did they not do that, but we weren't even on the official map of the convention! So that was pretty upsetting... I'm sure I'll see you at another convention eventually. :)
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Uneclipsed Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013
I'm so sorry to hear about your kitty! I hope she's okay! :/ Spending money we don't have on our little babies is worth it.
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SarahRStraub Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013
Thanks. And yeah, the cost hurts, but not as much as it would hurt to lose her. Gotten a lot of support though, so I should be able to slowly work off the cost.
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