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Thursday, September 2nd, 2004

I've visited the library to get more material for the article on wheeled critters in science fiction, which is part of what my friend Chuck has called the "Why The Eaie Have Legs" series. I am coming to think that while this may be an interesting side topic or divertimento, it should not take center stage. It seems in retrospect to have been a way for me to waste or mark time that I should have been devoting towards drawing or towards serious work on the main project. This weekend I plan to return to work on the serious details of the project, or on a project that will help to directly prepare me for the same.

On a perhaps contradictory note, I am thinking about participating in NaNoWriMo, National Novel Writing Month. The idea is to start on November 1st and write a 50,000 word novel, ending on or before November 30th. Quantity and not quality is the goal - the novel is not likely to be publishable, at least without extensive revision, but you get in some solid practice in producing prose regularly, which is how professional writers make their living.

The only way I could do this alongside of PaaT, of course, would be to make my novel entries, or fragments thereof, double as PaaT entries. The best way to keep this all relevant would be to write a novel set in the world of the main project.

Doing the main project as a regular novel and not a graphic novel is something I've considered all along. The writing is much easier work than the drawing, at least for me. But I still feel that the best way to present the project is via visual representation, and the best way for me to achieve this is as a graphic novel.

If I write it all out, of course, I still have the option to redo it in graphic format, particularly since the novel form will be largely sloppy writing due to the constraints. But even though I am showing my project 'behind the scenes' here, I am reluctant to give away the whole story on PaaT, particularly in one month.

This is something I will need to think over; I still have a month or so to make up my mind...

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