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Illustrated stories update

Well still working on what I consider Lisa stories lite. The first one is finished in the writing/drawing stage but i am still working. I decided to use the watercolor pencils for yhe images before I did the inking. Like doing an actual comic i needed to go over all the lettering and images with inks. A wee bit harder than you would expect. It taught me a lot about why comics have different peop.e to do letyering, coloring snd inking. 

Sorry I havent posted up yhe pages but neither my camera nor the table capture the oages clearly. I plsn to scan in the finied ages once we get the laptop working again. Yes the gremlins are back at it.

Now due the issues with tech I have staryed other tzles. I have a bu ch of pages of a dragon knights tales I am working on with all my partial dragon drawings.  I need to get more drawing paper to finish this tale. It is looking to be much longer than Elsi’s tale is.

Yesterday I started working on a much shorter fun piece that will be a part of what I am calling Nana’s stories. These are in honor of my grandmother, who wrote daily. This first one will be a sort of what if tale. At the moment it is still in the drawing stage. I have done some lettering and was reminded just why you need to have white out on hand. 

These tales are pretty fair conceptwise from my usual tales. By incorporating the drawings i changed how I usually write. But the big change is I am writing these tales from the images not adding images to all ready written tales. It is both harder and easier. While my drawings are no where near as good as my daughter does but i am stretching my wungs so to speak. Here is hoping they find an audience.  They will be free to anyone who goes to my deviantart page.

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Illustrated stories update

Well still working on what I consider Lisa stories lite. The first one is finished in the writing/drawing stage but i am still working. I decided to use the watercolor pencils for yhe images before I did the inking. Like doing an actual comic i needed to go over all the lettering and images with inks. A wee bit harder than you would expect. It taught me a lot about why comics have different peop.e to do letyering, coloring snd inking. 

Sorry I havent posted up yhe pages but neither my camera nor the table capture the oages clearly. I plsn to scan in the finied ages once we get the laptop working again. Yes the gremlins are back at it.

Now due the issues with tech I have staryed other tzles. I have a bu ch of pages of a dragon knights tales I am working on with all my partial dragon drawings.  I need to get more drawing paper to finish this tale. It is looking to be much longer than Elsi’s tale is.

Yesterday I started working on a much shorter fun piece that will be a part of what I am calling Nana’s stories. These are in honor of my grandmother, who wrote daily. This first one will be a sort of what if tale. At the moment it is still in the drawing stage. I have done some lettering and was reminded just why you need to have white out on hand. 

These tales are pretty fair conceptwise from my usual tales. By incorporating the drawings i changed how I usually write. But the big change is I am writing these tales from the images not adding images to all ready written tales. It is both harder and easier. While my drawings are no where near as good as my daughter does but i am stretching my wungs so to speak. Here is hoping they find an audience.  They will be free to anyone who goes to my deviantart page.

A look at sex in story telling…no not that kind!

I have been publishing now for three years. In that time I have done a lot as you readers know. One of the things I realized is that I have been writing a lot of types of stories with both male and female leads.

As a reader I notice that most authors tend to stick to one gender for their heroes in their books. They pick one sex and then every book from that point forward is either a man or a woman, a boy or a girl.

Now I admit i have done a lot more female leads than male leads. Here is the break down so far

Series name                          male lead               female lead

Beyond Realities                    one                        three

Dark Games                           none                      one

Guardians of the Gate City    one                         none

Worlds Apart                          two                         three (actually one is split down the middle)

Space Station Tales               four                         none

Pleasant Moments                 none                      four

Nasty Intimancies                  none                       five

(okay there is a male lead but the stories are from a female perspective)

Magic and Nightmares          one                         four

Now I could go on with the other series and the novels but you get the idea. Tends to be a two to one ratio for me on Female leads to Male leads. But the thing is as a writer I can decide partially from what view point I am taking my tale. What has me wondering is why more authors are not doing parity. While it is great that genres like YA and paranormal romance are giving us strong female leads why don’t other genres. And on the flip side why don’t these two give us a lot more male leads? The balance should be 50/50 no matter the genre and I pledge now that I will try to even up my tales so that I have as many male told stories as I have female told stories….it will take time but I hope to even bring in transgender or even those who truly are hermaphrodites…lucky for me the genres I write in will accept and most likely applaud characters who are different. Can you say the same about your characters?

Next week I think I will comment on age…