How is your JAN PLAN going?
Mine is hanging in there... but a couple of bouts of family illness over the holidays have made it tough to keep up.
If you will recall my JAN PLAN goals were:
1. "To work through my current MS, MINA TAKES THE SKY to make a few changes that I've been thinking about for months. I just want to take it up a notch, which will require at least two intense read-throughs with editing."
Check! I have finished it (for now) and am pretty satisfied with the result.
2. "I want to re-work my first book, STUNG, the MG about a girl who collects bugs and solves mysteries, to include a graphic element. I think knowing how the insects look adds something important to the story. To me, when I describe them, I see them in my head... but not everyone knows these species the way I do."
Of the eleven images from STUNG that I wanted to complete I have currently made five...
I know. Not stellar. The dragonfly wings took FOREVER.
But I am still working on them. Here are the five I completed, with a quote from my manuscript.
Mr. Anderson were an insect, he’d be a stag beetle. Big and showy, the male
stag beetle likes to compare the size of its horn with other males..."
Momma were an insect she’d be a honeybee, working behind the scenes to pollinate
the world’s crops, and raise a hive, and make all the honey."
Mila were an insect, she’d be a dragonfly. Strong, beautiful, sure of herself,
and distinct. She is the things I’m not."
Teensy were an insect she’d be a ladybug: bright, round, and sweet."
I've made sketches for the remaining six and they should roll out pretty quickly.
Overall, the Jan Plan was great for me. I feel like I accomplished what I needed to!
Are you participating in the Jan Plan? How is it going for you?
There's one week left-- what will you accomplish?
All sketches made from photographs available for use (commercial and derivative) under a creative commons license. Here are the sources:
Velvet ant: by Hunter Desportes on Flickr
Stag beetle: by PublicDomainPhotos on Flickr
Bee, Dragonfly, and Ladybug: from pdphoto.org