Writing and Drawing
I have finally written a picture book story and am going to be working on illustrations for it. It is about Leatherback Sea Turtles, but that’s all I’m going to say for now!
I found a writing website that takes submissions for short stories, but apparently, if it has been published anywhere else on the internet, they won’t accept it. I have never heard of that, but I also have not tried to get anything published before. HAS ANYONE ELSE HEARD OF THIS?
I may post pictures of my latest little sketches of “turtle expressions.” I am loving the online class I have been doing. I am learning how to write, illustrate and publish children’s stories. I love the teacher’s enthusiasm. She is very encouraging. I haven’t posted any of my ideas on there yet, but I plan to.
Have a great week everyone! I’m going back to the drawing/writing board! 🙂
Posted on July 7, 2014, in Writing and tagged drawing, Sea turtle, writing. Bookmark the permalink. 9 Comments.
Anything goes online. So, some sites may accept anything, and others might make you jump through hoops or pay a fee to “protect” your work. Some make sense, and others do not. I am always reconsidering what is “free” and safe to share with who.
The old saying goes, “Better safe than sorry.” So, before you jump through any hoop, just make sure there’s a net on the other side and one that won’t trap you there.
In terms of publishing, I am still a bit unsure if I should go the digital route (when I’d rather have a paperback in my hand) or face the “gauntlet”–as many published authors call it–of “traditional” publishing.
I like turtles:) My nephew and I like watching the Ninja Turtles together.
Yeah, I don’t plan on doing any jumping any time soon. Supposedly there is no fee there, but at the same time, I am a little leery of the FREE offer also. I am always cautious about stuff I know little about, which is why I plan to read up about publishing!
I don’t like the digital route either unless it is something really short, like the short story I wrote that will be published in September in a local newsletter, but will also be online. I wouldn’t want to do a children’s book that way, though.
Thanks for your input! I appreciate it. 🙂 I want to see the new Ninja Turtles movie even though I have never watched any of the older stuff.
Maybe watching the new and not the previous will work for you in some weird way. But, I would not put Michael Bay’s work before or above that of anyone else.
🙂 I am sure it is different. For some reason my kids just never got into the old Ninja Turtles cartoons and the only comics my son ever liked were the Calvin and Hobbes!
I don’t put Calvin and Hobbes and the Ninja Turtles in the same league/category though they both started as a panel-system cartoon on paper. I don’t understand how someone can just be a fan of the new Ninja Turtles without, at least, delving into the past incarnations. There are few cartoons/shows that have been given a “reboot,” and the one or two I actually like/d in the new motivated me to seek out the old. Unfortunately, formats dying out and not being “rebooted” as well make that a bit difficult. But, if you’re lucky, you find someone out there with a “home recording” of the old stuff. I have collected DVDs and VHS tapes of the old and 20xx Ninja Turtles (except for the futuristic spin-off). And, after watching the latest series, I am inclined to keep an eye out for that collection (when it’s compiled in a decent set for once).
I guess to me, I can watch a movie that has revamped characters I’m not all that familiar with and still get the gist of what’s going on. But I plan to put the original cartoon series on my Netflix list if they have it. Good suggestion! 🙂 I hope you find the old stuff for yourself, too.
The strange thing about the Ninja Turtles “franchise” is that, though they keep rehashing the same characters (while adding a few new ones in each incarnation), they keep the material both fresh and enlightening without radically changing the story. It doesn’t make much sense. If a series repeats the same story with different appearances, I’d expect to be bored. And, if a series reuses the same characters with a different origin story, I would expect to be a bit upset for them constantly changing the origin story. Instead, every little variation seems to work in it’s own way. I suppose, if I watch the 1990s movies, again, I will find new appreciation for those, too. Though, I never fully accepted April in those movies. And, the bad guys/fight scenes were a bit lame…but it was a kids movie, after all. And, maybe I was a little past the stage of not caring so much.
I hear you on that. I guess in this day and age, though, we are going to keep seeing the movie industry taking all of the old stuff, especially comics, and revamping them. Perhaps it is a fun opportunity for artists and movie-makers. But I just wish they would come up with something new and original instead, you know?
Yes. And, when making a movie about an old cartoon/story, why can’t they recreate it as fans of the old saw and enjoyed it? That I can’t figure out, either. If a cheesy TV show like Community can reuse the old animation of GI Joe from the 1980s, why can’t Michael Bay reproduce the original Transformers as they appeared then in CG form? I think it’s the ego of creativity standing in the way, wanting to be different. ‘Been there, done that, myself.