Writing Partner: Plans for a New Year

Death May Die Dagon Miniature Painted

Hello all,

Happy New Year!

Planning a full year of work might seem like a bit of a fool’s errand. After all, something is bound to happen which will blow up my plans. We live in what feels like a truly destabilized time, and last year was one of my worst in recent memory. But with all that in mind, the only thing we have control over is ourselves. I really want this year to be better, and for me, feeling better has always involved storytelling.

With that in mind, I have planned to maximize content output and limit distractions this year. To illustrate this plan, here are some minis that work as a metaphor. You know the drill!

Warhammer Underworld Squigs

Those are two good little squigs from the Warhammer Underworlds line. I think they are both lovely in their own right.

Warhammer Underworlds Red Squig
I’m really bad at focusing on these tiny minis. 😦

The first is a pretty standard red squig.

Warhammer Underworlds Red Squig

He’s nice but not exactly inspired. The latter is where I experimented.

Warhammer Underworlds Blue Squig

I used some undercoating and glazing techniques on him to really bring out subtle hues in his skin. I didn’t know it would work, but I think he looks great.

Warhammer Underworlds Blue Squig

More importantly, he ended up being a proof of concept for something bigger.

Death May Die Dagon Miniature Painted

Look at this monster!

Death May Die Dagon Miniature Painted

This is the Dagon mini for CMON’s Death May Die board game. I used the same techniques as the squig and I think this is some of my best work (painting-wise). It kind of proved to me that this scheme and the techniques involved have legs. Now for the metaphor part, this is also how I will approach my writing this year.

The test ground will be bite-sized chunks that outline the world and themes of the longer works. In the last couple of years, I realized that I really enjoy podcasting, so that is a great start. I’ve also worked out the template for both short fiction and long fiction. Now I just need to apply it.

I’ll explain more later but for now, just know that I’m busy and happily working. This is going to be a good year damn it!

Published by Jacob Marsh

My name is Jacob Marsh. I am an emerging writer currently swimming around in the Puget Sound looking for fresh fish and even fresher ideas.

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