Tagged: writing

Week 2, Play at Work is a Winning Concept

Monday: 2017-01-09

Finally back to writing… and it didn’t go that well, feel a bit rusty! I did write a couple of good scripts for the comic and came up with additional character design. I also figured out that I need one more character, but was having a hard time coming up with something that hasn’t been done to death. Will continue brainstorming tomorrow!

Also did the usual Monday stuff, like administrative work and such. Was really fired up for going out on my daily 8 km walk, but it was quite damp outside with tiny cute raindrops. Oh well… hopefully tomorrow will be different.

Tuesday: 2017-01-10

Yay, finally, went out for my 8 km walk… came back home running after just half an hour! Too windy, too cold and too many distractions! I only managed to write one script during the walk, really disappointing. Oh well, things got better once I got home, tidied things up in the library and sat down to continue where I left off yesterday! And guess what, I managed to come up with the fourth character; the character is hilarious… if you like dark humor. I’m probably going to get a lot of heat from lots of rights groups and shitty humans like that. But oh well, that’s life.

I modified the design of the main character and then began drawing out one of the other characters. I have the concept that I want, but was not happy with any of the designs so far. Wrote a couple more scripts, it is becoming like a chore now, I feel very drained, but I keep pushing myself, really want to complete this project. Sometimes I feel so drained that I contemplate becoming a coffee drinker. But naaah, never.

Wednesday: 2017-01-11

Absolutely no energy today, yet I still managed to write at least eight comic scripts. Confusing, usually I get less done when I’m putting all my focus and energy into it. Oh well, writing works in mysterious ways.

I kept going back and forth between playing games and writing, after every round of CSGO I would sit down and write. Then before the next match starts I look up what topic to write about, so I do most of the thinking during the match. It reminded me a lot about college, I would play World of Warcraft at least 14 hours a day and still managed to get straight A, did the homework while playing! The pvp arena queues back then were very long, like sometimes you had to wait 10 minutes just to get into Warsong Gulch.

Looking for a PvE group was even more tedious, you had to look for people manually through the chat and the social window by searching for people in the level range you are looking for and talk to at least 20 people to form a proper 5 man team. You had to keep track of everybody as well, some people would leave so you had to find replacements and such.

My tactic was simple, since I was a tank, I could basically do what I want and get away with it, good tanks were worshiped back then. Anyhow, I would just find ONE person and then tell him or her to do the rest bwahahaha *evil grin*

But most of the time I would just get spammed daily about doing some tanking for people, so it wasn’t that bad.

Also, usually people would need to go away to eat dinner or use the restroom, so there was plenty of downtime for me to study.

I will try it again tomorrow and see if I can get more done this way.

Thursday: 2017-01-12

A productive day, although I spent too much of it fooling around, I tried the play games while working thingy and managed write at least 10 comic scripts, which is the highest amount so far. I guess the issue is that I get easily bored with repetitive work, my brain kind of goes to sleep, into day-dream-land. And games are unpredictable, anything can happen, which makes my brain stay awake and satisfied. At least this is my theory, because I feel extremely focused after each match of CSGO which makes me able to write a lot, however, after half an hour my brain begins to sink into day-dream-land.

I remember having the same issue everywhere I worked, for example when I worked as a metal smith, welding and constructing stuff, I would get bored quickly and being day dreaming if the work was repetitive, predictable and not stimulating my brain with opportunities to solve problems. So I would always demand more difficult tasks on a daily basis, after a couple of months I had learned basically everything about that company’s work and how to do it all by myself. However, this meant they no longer had anything new to offer for me to learn… so I began learning how the company was being run… and yeah, I bet you know where this is going. I learned about the customers and the other companies we did business with, proposed solutions and soon I was telling the CEO how to do his job. Then suddenly I get fired! Oh well, when I look at it from the bright side, then at least it ended with something unpredictable, hah!

Friday: 2017-01-13

Wrote a lot today, think 8 or 9 comic scripts… wanted to write more but felt burned out at the end of the day so I went to bed early. However, going to bed doesn’t mean sleeping – in insomnia terms; going to bed means just lying down on the bed, hoping for the best that can happen! Sleeping happens four hours later.

Saturday: 2017-01-14

Didn’t get much done at all, wrote around four scripts and edited two or three to remove grammar errors and misspellings. Spent the whole day playing CSGO more than I should… I’m starting to hate team-based games, like, any game where you depend on others to succeed. Whenever I trust that someone will cover for me, I end up getting stabbed from behind, like literally, that’s the only realistic part of games I guess. Whenever I trust someone in real life, I’m usually going to be disappointed, I just prepare for the worst and sometimes that’s not even enough because what actually happens is worse than the worst, like something that completely ruins your life. Some humans are disgusting beyond saving; the only way to stop their insanity is locking them up for life. They are the kind of people that destroy pieces of society, and with time as such people grow in numbers and strength; society crumbles.

Sunday: 2017-01-15

A good but slow day, wrote a couple of comic scripts, and also came up with a series which I’m probably going to get 30 scripts out of. Not really proud of how I spent the day, played too much. I’m trying to find good single player adventure games that don’t cost a fortune and work on an old computer with 2010 components. It is basically so bad that it turns off now and then as soon as the graphics-card gets too worked out.

Speaking of worked out, I worked out today; I’m predicting some major burn over the next couple of days.

 

Hope your week was fine as well! Feel free to share anything you’ve done over the past week or if there is any book, movie or series you want to recommend. I’ll make sure to check it out and give my opinion.

Thanks for reading!

– A. Wehbe, www.ahmadwehbe.com

Week 47, White Friday

Monday:
2016-11-21

Mondays are so weird; I mostly do administrative work, and by the time I finish up, HALF THE DAY would have disappeared. Whatever. I did take my 8 km walk, but didn’t get much writing done, my mother wanted to follow along and she kept talking and talking. We then went shopping for some groceries and had a taco night!

Didn’t get any comic scripts done, spent most of the day just watching music stuff on YouTube and read silly things on Facebook.

I did write for three hours straight before I fell asleep, things are getting interesting now, the characters are doing something I never planned for them, but oh well, it adds a deep dimension to the their character so I’m alright with that.

Tuesday:
2016-11-22

A serious headache day, spent the day watching interviews and lectures about writing and self publishing. I did take my 8 km walk, but didn’t get much writing done, was going through various other things in my head and suddenly my 8 km walk was over. Damn, I hate when that happens. Spent a lot of time thinking about how the heck am I supposed to make everything happen. I got art stuff, merchandise stuff, music stuff, writing stuff, and marketing stuff. So much stuff, stuff everywhere. Oh well, one step at a time. Also, Black Friday is coming up, I’m just going through ideas in case I need something so I can add it to my buy list. I did taste the urge of buying a completely new computer, but I decided against it, it won’t serve me good right now. I already have a functioning computer that does the work I need done.

Anyways, my sister is here and she brought her kids, funny how the house smells like diapers and shit all of a sudden. There is noise 24/7 and just pure madness, I really feel like I’m not even supposed to be in this family, because no one else seems to have that taste for the finer things in life. There is no such thing as perfection, like things need to be absolutely clean and fresh. Silent, calm and relaxing are words that seem absent from their brain. Well, actually, most people do lack an understanding of such concepts.

Whatever, the crying, noise and various smells gave me an headache that lasted the whole day. I did want to write before bed time but I just couldn’t cope with the pain.

However, it seems like I keep getting headaches lately, especially during winters, so, I guess I need to take action and perhaps invest in medicine for that so it doesn’t affect my work or life that much ever again. Aspiring for Aspirin HAH I’m hilarious

Wednesday:
2016-11-23

Nice cloudy day, took my 8 km walk, was pleasurable, although I didn’t get as much writing as I was hoping for. I was stuck at a scene and went through a couple of hundred details in my head before I began writing the solution. Each solution would have a different impact on the story and the reader, so I had to go through multiple ones until I found the most realistic one, but one that also kept the reader excited. It is a “no-turning-back” scene… if the story was a piece of wood, then this scene is basically one big nail holding the wood up on the wall. And many such important nails are there, but subsequent nails are measured using THIS big nail. Hopefully that makes sense!

Got a lot of writing done before bed time, which was really pleasurable, the scenes are coming together nicely. Certain things didn’t turn out the way I imagined them in my head, but it turned out pretty okay, besides, it is just plotting, anything can happen once I sit down and rewrite it into a first draft!

Thursday:
2016-11-24

Well, I was supposed to reduce my Facebooking, but alas, a few comments there, a few likes here and time just flew by. I probably need to cut off sitting in front of the computer COMPLETELY. Anyways, people kept insulting me and debating me without any proper format, they just spammed their comments, “thoughts (idiots don’t think, they just go with the feeling) and insulted me over and over again. Holy MACARONI at the amount of ignorance there is in the world. Everyone with access to the internet is suddenly an expert on everything. It is hilarious; really, every kid who graduates is now suddenly an expert at everything in life. It’s just so funny to see this happen, generation after generation, same kind of deluded brats.

I’m just happy that Trump won the election and all these imbecile leftists hippie weirdos can die in their anger. They are the kind of ignorant buffoons that blame everything except themselves. It is wrong with the world, not with them. If they don’t pass a test, then the test is faulty and the teacher is a racist! That’s their logic, and they are everywhere on the internet polluting it by shaming people who express their thoughts, they mass-report websites and people to get them off social media sites, they will attack and hack websites they don’t agree with and so much more. They are a living and breathing cancer.
Oh well, at least I took my 8 km walk and got a lot of writing done, so I’m happy with that. But I still wish I spent less time on meaningless stuff, like educating imbeciles, they just keep popping out from useless and stupid parents at an alarming speed anyways, it’s their parents’ responsibility, not mine. Damn, in the past, raising good and intelligent children was some form of a high social status and prestige. But today, wow, damn animals everywhere.

Friday:
2016-11-25

BLACK FRIDAY!

I spent a total of $1700 on various stuff.

Bought a microphone and a couple accessories for it, bought a tablet and stuff to have it hanging on a wall so I can read books while laying in bed without tiring my arms, it’s silly how even a small smartphone that weights nothing can feel super heavy after a couple of hours of holding it. Anyways, I bought some kitchen appliances, a mixer, mini oven, mini microwave, a self-baking machine and ice-cream machine. I also bought multivitamin & mineral supplements and protein & creatin & amino acid whey powder, lots of it. I’m really sick of how bad my mother’s cooking is, I mean, it’s not bad, it’s pretty much useless. So what I’m going to do is buy and cook my own food. I just pray that nobody destroys the kitchen appliances or touches my food. As I mentioned last week, they lack respect for anything, they just throw stuff around and want everything to work quickly. Life enjoyment = zero.

Anyhow, I was also going to order lots of books, found many used books for less than a dollar, that’s insane. I added 40 books into my Amazon cart and when I went to the checkout, $80 turned into $800, what the hell? Apparently, the shipment to Sweden costs $40, so yeah, NO THANKS!

This means no books for me, and I built four bookcases to fill! Damnit! Oh well, I still have the books on my wish list, so when people donate, they can either donate money or buy me books.

https://www.amazon.com/wishlist/1QY0UZHYN0PA1

I did take my 8 km walk, and got lots of writing done, but got stuck on a scene that took me hours to meditate on. I didn’t find any solution, but I will try again tomorrow.

Saturday:
2016-11-26

Today was a meh day, I went out for my daily 8 km walk, but returned back before I even reached 3 km, it was too windy, could barely write or think.

Once home, I showered, prayed and relaxed for a while, played a little 7days2die, checked my email and Facebook… damn, Facebook is a tough bastard to get rid off. I planned on reducing my facebooking, but it is harder than I thought, it will have to slowly diminish on a daily basis.

Wrote a couple of comic scripts, read some news, and then managed to solve the scene I was stuck on from yesterday. I’m really satisfied with the decision, I’m glad I didn’t change anything just because it was so hard to solve it. The reward was worth it and I believe any reader who falls in love with that character will love it.

Did some research into music making and composed a couple of simple beats. Wrote a couple comic scripts as well, and wrote some plotting before falling asleep. Ideas began to flow again once I solved the conflict I was stuck on.

Sunday:
2016-11-27

Didn’t start out that well, helped my family move  new furniture around, spent a couple of minutes Facebooking but managed to limit my time to just check my mail and messages which is a good development. Researched into some various things as well, for example, it seems like I’m overeating, it’s worse than under-eating, that explains why I feel so deadly tired everyday… so what I’m going to do is basically start fasting for a couple of weeks until my body and immune system has figured things out. And then start slowly again, train properly and only eat when I’m hungry. I’m aiming for three meals a day with six hours resting inbetween… which means I will have to start waking up at 6 AM. I need to start getting used to waking up early. I love dawn, I think it is silly to miss out on such a beautiful thing in life, so I’m gonna being my days around dawn, eat, work until noon, eat, then get a couple of hours of sleep because you get tired around noon anyways (body temperature drops), and then wake up around the afternoon with renewed energy, work a couple of hours, eat one final meal then work until bed time. That’s the schedule I will be working towards, wish me luck!

– A. Wehbe, www.ahmadwehbe.com

Week 40, Stopped Playing League of Letards

Monday:
2016-10-03

Why are Mondays so hated? Well, I think I know why… I’m tired, I’m feeling sick, headache, and it is sunny yet so damn cold. Is it fair to blame Monday for that? Perhaps not, I’m not a Mondaycist! I have my ways of getting through Modays. I start off by eating breakfast and then go to sleep again. Goodnight!

Well I couldn’t fall asleep so I just laid there resting and watched some video clips on youtube.

The headache remained the whole day, but it got milder at the end of the day. Did some work on my author bio, there is always room for improvement. Wrote a few comic scripts as well.

Most of the day went towards socializing and taking care of administrative work such as checking accounts, sending emails and applying for jobs.

I’ve also been thinking a lot about what to stream, once I set that up. Do I really want to stream gaming? I’m not really feeling that one. I only play for enjoyment, not competitively, so I doubt anyone wants to see a noob like me playing! I know I want to paint and draw on stream, that seems fun. And I have this idea of writing stories live with the help of the viewers, but don’t know how that is going to work out, the copyright seems like a big problem. Perhaps I must force the viewer to accept some terms, so they can never claim any material. I don’t know, seems like too much work. Perhaps gaming and drawing is enough!

Tuesday:
2016-10-04

My jogging shoes have been air drying for the last couple of days, so I’ve not been able to take my daily 8 km walks.

I went to bed at around 6 am and woke up at 9 am, so I’ve not gotten much sleep either. I have no idea how people can manage to talk on the phone for four hours straight, their brain must be fried by now, that would at least explain their behavior.

Anyways, no headache today, at least that’s something for me to cherish! Spent five hours doing various things, such as applying for jobs, checking email, social media, cleaned up old twitter posts and played a little video games.

I didn’t write much today, but worked ten hours straight on designing my merchandize, testing hundreds of products to see which will fit my design and trying out things to figure out what I can do specifically for each product. So I’m basically making a list of I’ll be using my design on each of the available product. It’s basically an elimination process, I want to focus on a few products and give each product a unique design element, a purpose of its own. It is extremely time consuming to try out all the different things, I had to spend most of the time figuring out how the tools work on zazzle.

I did some of this work yesterday actually, that’s why I was up until 6 am, and basically did the same today. Hopefully I can get some sleep this time…

 

Wednesday:
2016-10-05

Such a slow day, I felt fine, but still couldn’t get rid of this restlessness, felt like I had to eat, drink, move, sprint, jump etc constantly. Restless Leg Syndrome much? Whatever, I was frustrated today that’s all. Tried to do as much work as possible. Wrote a few scripts and worked late checking out products on zazzle, testing designs.

I guess that pretty much sum it up, and oh yeah, I got banned from League of Legends! I uninstalled it for good this time, never playing such crap again, also never supporting anything from Riot (the company behind League of Legends). They are big supporters of “safe-zone” attitude. They are basically the type of people you feel disgusted by because they have this victim mentality, “please feel sorry for me”. Anything you say is basically taken as a threat. Well, let me give you an example, imagine playing football, and while playing on the field, you notice a person on your team that could play better if they fixed something, perhaps tie their shoes or take off their blind-fold. Obvious things to you, but perhaps not them because they somehow lack the ability to understand that their shoe laces need to be tied and that they need to remove the blindfold to see and be able to play properly. So basically you have this person on the team that is making you lose and you tell them what to do. What happens now is that the audience will call you an asshole and demand that you are removed from the game.
Does this seem …stupid to you? Do you cringe at the thought of this? Well, that’s League of Legends for you. Good game, but the community is like cancer, slowly killing the value of playing it. They run a tribunal system, which allows anyone to basically judge you if someone has reported you. I get reported every game for all kinds of things, I was once reported for my name “ahmad”, the players were calling me a “muslim bastard”, I thought to myself; there is no way they will ban me for such a thing? Surely Riot doesn’t support racism and xenophobia? But guess what, I was banned, and Riot denies responsibility. Even though they’re the ones who set up the entire tribunal system and empower it! I don’t think they understand the concept of responsibility. Now I’m not saying I didn’t say bad stuff to others, but at least they deserve it for insulting me. Riot is basically against self defense, they want you to turn the other cheek. If someone punches you then they want you to tie your hands behind your back and let that person punch you freely. Like I said, they are promoters of “safe zones”, and will teach millions of its users that it is okay to be weak minded.
That was the end of my rant, I urge people to stop playing it completely. There are other similar games with a more friendly community, go play those instead.

Thursday:
2016-10-06

Today I bought materials to tidy up and paint the living room, that took perhaps one hour. And then spent the entire day just playing Elder Scrolls Online… wow, how productive I’ve been today. I BLAME the lack of sleep that I’ve been getting, I’m kinda feeling the drain, it’s like I have to force myself to do stuff. Body feels heavy and clumsy, really lazy feeling. Maybe I’m sick and dying, or it’s just the effects of not sleeping well enough!

Anyways, I managed to write a few scripts for the comic and worked on testing out some zazzle.com products to see if my designs fit well enough. Worked a little bit on preparing the living, I guess I’ll be busy with fixing stuff the coming week or two.

Some good news though, my jogging shoes are clean and dry now, can finally take my daily walks again.

Friday:
2016-10-07

Took a long walk today and worked on my novels for a couple hours, and also worked a little on designs for zazzle.com. Wrote a few scripts for the comic and then spent the rest of the day just hanging out with family.

Saturday:
2016-10-08

Skipped my walk today, there were really harsh cold winds. Got around four hours of sleep as well, my mind was pretty much just wandering, could hardly focus on any work. Spent some time playing Elder Scrolls Online and then came up with new ideas and solutions for my novels. I will actually break it into short stories or novellas, the one that’s still at plotting stage. I believe this is perfect and fits exactly my original intention for the story. It will allow me the freedom to tell the story exactly how I want it without breaking too many writing rules which would just make the reading seem disconnected and chapters flying all over the place. So might as well cut it up into short novellas!

Sunday:
2016-10-09

Well well well, today I moved stuff around, helped my brother move his stuff to his new apartment. I will be taking his old room and turn it into my studio/office. Sure, living at home sucks, but it has its perks, I basically don’t have to spend a single minute on cooking food or buying necessities. Let us count those hours. If I had my own place, then I have to cook food daily and clean and wash clothes and do the dishes, buy groceries, etc. Those add up quickly.

Cooking food every day can take anything from 20 minutes to 1 hour, so let us average that at 35 minutes a day, and add 10 minutes to eat it, so 45 minutes.

Buying groceries is done once or twice a week, going to the shop is a trip that takes 20 minutes, and 20 minutes back. Then picking stuff you want to buy is perhaps 5 minutes if you know what you need. Otherwise it would take 10 to 15 minutes. And then another 1 to 5 minutes waiting in line so 15 minutes to do the shopping, so 55 minutes each shopping event.

Washing takes 5 minutes, then another 5 minutes to move the clothes to the dryer and then comes the folding of the clothes, which takes 10 to 20 minutes. So we are up in 25 minutes, daily. Yes, there is always something to wash.

The dishes take 10 minutes to put into the dishwasher and 20 minutes to sort it afterwards, so the average of that is around 15 minutes.

Taking out the trash, yuck, is 5 minutes, taking it out, do some clean up and set up a new bag.

Cleaning, dusting off, wipe the table and other stuff, vacuum, this takes around 30 to 50 minutes, so an average of 40 minutes.

That is 130 minutes spent daily on chores (if you are quick about it), and a total of 910 minutes + 55 minutes for shopping = 965 minutes spent each week on chores. That’s 16 hours total spent each week on chores.

That’s why it is good to have slaves who do the work, umm, I meant children and loved ones!!! Definitely not slaves!!! Heh…

– A. Wehbe, www.ahmadwehbe.com

Week 38, New Novel Idea, and Started on a Comic Strip

Monday:
2016-09-19

Slept 3 hours, walked 8 km, came up with a new novel, wanted to write a short novella for wattpad, ended up creating interesting plot and characters, unsure if I want to make it into a novel.

Was mostly pissed all day because a company I used to work for still hasn’t sent me the paperwork I asked for so I can pay my damn debt. Them bastards want to drag it out as long as possible to cash in on the interest rate. But I took that frustration and came up with interesting stuff my future detective character can keep busy with. *makes evil grin and laughs madly*

During the evening I began working on a comic strip idea that I cooked up back in 2009, found old material with drawings and logos. Been thinking about this since two months back; when this shit company I used to work with started acting like a bunch of arrogant childish pricks.

The idea behind the comic strip is to basically put the human condition into something tangible, like graphics and words. Anyways, I began working in Photoshop after scanning my sketches… but my edges kept getting messed up. So I had to use illustrator instead, a program which I’ve never used before, but it came with the package, so I knew I had it. The interface and how it worked felt like flying an alien mothership, so I spent the whole night watching youtube tutorials, and that’s why I only got 3 hours of sleep… my mind wanted to spill the paint onto the canvas, but I had to be patient and first learn how to open the damn paint bucket.

Tuesday:
2016-09-20

Slept 2 hours, walked 8 km, continued eagerly on the novel from Monday, the characters are too deep to make it into a short novella. Thought if I should start from the beginning or fast forward near the end and fill the novel with flashbacks and back-story, I heard readers love that stuff *sticks my tongue out*, also, I’m leaning towards a First Person view. The novel went from a typical fairy tale story to a gritty-realistic-thriller-adventure with a very limited touch of magic and a secret that might get me hunted down by fanatics, but I’ll keep that hidden until the very end of the series, or just imply it, lean back and refute all accusations as nothing but a figment of their imagination, you know, just like their entire belief.

Spent a few hours managing my projects a bit and also made a system for how to blog… always been bogged down by what to blog about. So I came up with this idea of just noting down things in a daily diary and then publish it at the beginning of a new week. I just hope I can keep up with it… I’m not really a blogger, but since I’m keeping track of my work anyway, then why not share my day with others, hopefully it will inspire others that their boring life is not unique after all! We are all living boring lives! Even all the celebrities!

I also finished the initial character design of my upcoming comic-strip, watched video tutorials about adobe illustrator for at least two hours yesterday, and it helped a lot. Also managed to write around five scripts before falling asleep, which was painfully hard because I kept laughing… yeah, I’m that guy who laughs at his own jokes!

Wednesday:
2016-09-21

Slept 5 hours, feels amazing… but didn’t take a walk today, forgot to pluck my unibrow yesterday and didn’t want to walk 8 km flashing that around, afraid of being chased down by people wanting free burgers or something. Or perhaps I will get chased down by that burger clown… I watched “IT” when I as around 7 years old, thanks dad, now I’m afraid of clowns. His solution? Watch JAWS! Thanks dad, now I’m afraid of clowns and WATER, basically, if the water in the bathtub gets to a certain level then I begin to panic, imagining a shark just popping out of nowhere. Damn, even closing my eyes in the shower makes me feel that – shark is approaching you – sensation. But he had a solution for that too, by having me watch Aliens… yes, nothing cures nightmares than a movie about slimy monsters that bust out of your chest and pop your brains out. Add The Blob to the mix and you got yourself the perfect childhood.

Anyways, today was slow, spent the first half of the day just day-dreaming. It is easier when I don’t get to sleep much, because then my mind and body is more passive, it allows me to focus on one thing at a time… compared to days after a good night’s sleep; too much energy in the legs, the body screams for physical activity and the mind keeps going everywhere. I guess that explains the randomness in this particular diary writing day.

Gave away a few presents to my sister for finding an apartment, I’m really happy for her, mostly for myself because I’m not a big fan of whiny children whose only form of communication is crying (she has two now). Point at a thing and then cry until they get what they want. I’ve seen the same behavior in grownup people. Like women who don’t get what they want or men who do it to sleep with women. I wonder if women are wired to listen to whiny guys who cry about wanting sex, perhaps it makes the ladies feeling guilty and thus give in, to prove that they’re not stingy cruel tyrants, a form of self-serving mechanism to maintain a good social image. Ah, self-righteousness is funny. I wonder if a thief could walk up to these kinds of people and cry about wanting their money, would they then give away their money to prove they are not greedy? Perhaps that’s how Stockholm Syndrome works on a per-individual level.

Tried to model the comic character in 3D… realized how bad I was at working in 3D, so I scrapped that! Don’t want to make it a big project anyways, gonna keep it as simple as possible!

Aaaand 7 hours later… worked on some details for the comic character, a few props and layer management. It’s a fun small project, but it does take time. I don’t mind though, it will be my first web comic, so the experience will be well worth it for future projects. Got 15 scripts so far… I need at least 100 scripts, so I can post once every week for two years straight. The most time consuming process will be the environments and props that are unique to certain scripts.

Thursday:
2016-09-22

Wow, I fell asleep quickly yesterday, my brain was too tired for its usual pranks, you know, like bringing up random regrets that leaves you awake at night, going through what-could-have-been. But that didn’t happen this time! Slept 7 hours, that’s amazing! Took my regular 8 km walk and worked a little on the novel I spoke about at the beginning of the week. I felt dreamy though, I don’t get it… it is as if the brain goes on a vacation if you sleep more than 3-4 hours. Like: “Oh, I guess I’m not needed then, auf wiedersehen, sayonara!” Whatever, I’m trying to solve a very important scene; the antagonist is riled up and tries to justify his decision for his next course of action, a point of no return. Anyhow, I helped my mother unpack from her vacation, ate lots of homemade food and then spent 8 hours working on props for the comic. Decided to do the environments in 3D, makes things easier, did some research and testing for 2 hours and then 6 hours constructing the house of the character. Far from completed, but I got all the measurements and the outer walls completed. Now I just have to make the rooms, some stairs and common household items… but there are plenty of free resources on the web, so that’s not an issue.

Friday:
2016-09-23

Couldn’t sleep last night, I just laid there… trying too hard. So I thought to myself “hmm, if I’m not tired, then I can work some more!” Stayed up to 4 AM looking for free 3D models, found lots of stuff, thanks internet.

Slept 6 hours, didn’t take my regular 8 km walk at all, was too eager to work on the comic; and work I did. A lot of things are happening as well, I’m going to have to move in a week or more. Gotta renovate some stuff in the apartment, repair damages, fill holes and paint a lot of walls! Also did some measuring and designing for how I want to set up my next work-space. I’ll be making it streaming friendly, got big streaming plans, but I can’t stream right now, no proper microphone, I share space with the living room, so people and their noise is basically everywhere. Hopefully moving my work-space will fix most of that. Also planning on making a small recording studio for my future audio-book-creations, need to practice my super manly voice and tame it so mortals can withstand it!

Anyhow, worked on the comic strip today for many great hours, I set up the panel design. My brother got to see it as well, he couldn’t stop laughing. He also gave me some ideas which will really add more dimension to the overall comic! Found out the scripts need more work though; I’m far behind on those. I tried one of them on my brothers and it took time before they got it. It’s basically dry, dark and sarcastic humor, a difficult combination because the reader has to be able to relate and be aware of what is happening in the world. I will try to let the art-part bring in the reader while they ponder about the meaning of the script.

Speaking of scripts… I started working on a database to keep track of the scripts and their theme. Gonna aim for at least 200 scripts before I publish the comic, which will be released once a week, so that’s 52 a year, which means I’ll have material for 4 years at least. If I write 20 scripts a day, then it will take me 10 days to finish 200 scripts. And I guess it will take 2 hours per issue, so on a perfect day I will be able to finish 5 issues, which makes it 40 days of work. But we don’t live in a perfect world, so I’m guessing it will take 80 days to have 200 issues ready for release, and no, I don’t get paid for this. This is all done on my free time. Does it interfere with my novel writing? YES. Is it necessary? YES. See? Many Yesseses! Basically, it is a concept I had back in 2009, but I didn’t have the time to pursue it, and it was just a baby-idea back then. However, I developed it further in my head over the years. Also, in 2015, I developed another idea, but I never really “felt” it. So what happened was, as I was taking my regular 8 km walk, I thought, “hmm, why not combine the both?” AND BOOM MOTHA #¤%#, my brain gave birth. And they fit perfect, because both are almost the same, except one is graphics based and the other is script/educational. This is why it is important to always write down and store your ideas, sketches, WHATEVER. Every idea is great, even the bad ones, actually the best ideas are the bad ones. Because the bad ones tell you which direction you shouldn’t go in. Also, a good practice is to study bad ideas, find out WHY they are bad and try to flip them into good ones. Good ideas are not free, they cost brain-time… the most expensive currency.

Saturday:
2016-09-24

Today was very unproductive, but I tried my best. Felt dreamy, tired and just slow. Hungry but didn’t want to eat anything kind of day. Got an headache as well. I would basically work for a while and then get easily distracted. I guess I didn’t sleep well, too many disturbances, such as; kids shouting while playing games and someone doing the dishes noisily with the faucet constantly running. Oh well, at least I got some work done. Added some accessories to the character in the comic I’m working on. Implemented some of the ideas proposed to me yesterday by my brother, took around 5 hours and it’s not done yet. The rest of the day I spent stealing candy and chips from the kids, their cries were silenced by my laughter *evil laugh*.

Worked a little more on the database, making sure I do it right from the get go, otherwise future edits and changes are going to be wastefully labor intensive. So I tried a few different setups before picking a style. And basically that’s all, best Saturday ever. I did take my regular 8 km walk and worked on the novel, basically, the scene I was stuck at will be turned into a chapter of its own, and I believe that is for the best since the initial stage of that scene allows it anyways. Wrote a lot during my 8 km walk, and the more I wrote the more obvious it become that this scene deserves a chapter of its own.

Anyways, the headache disappeared once I ate one of the most delicious dinners I have ever had. Then I spent eating the stolen chips and candy while watching a movie.

Sunday:
2016-09-25

Woke up damn excited about working on the comic, today was DATABASE day. Spent the whole day organizing a big list of topics and themes that I will be writing about. Skipped my 8 km walk, mostly because the winds were crazy, I easily get headaches from strong winds. So yeah, it was mostly repetitive work, so nothing fancy to mention. I had planned to work a little on the graphics, but there wasn’t much time for that.

I figured out I will be running different series, to make sense of the numbering of each issue. For example, I will be having one story based series, and a specials series; stories that require more than one issue. And a holiday based series, for special world holidays and events. All this will make the numbering much easier and allows me to release issues related to stuff going on in the world. Damn, didn’t think it would be this time consuming, but oh well, it’s a fun project and something I have always wanted to do. Besides, it will give me the experience I need for future projects. I had in mind a more complex full page comic series, but such a project would be too big for one person I believe. Or, it will have to be a once a month issue. But all that is in the far future, not gonna make a big deal of it now or promise anything. I still have THREE novels to work on… damn. One is at 20 000 words, one is around 15 000 words and the one I started on just a week ago is barely beyond the plotting stage. Is it good or bad to work on multiple projects? Well, it takes more time, but the good thing is that you can come up with things that you can use in the other projects. Also, perhaps something isn’t working in one novel; then you have the opportunity to move it to another novel and make the changes needed to make it work.

Oh well, that’s all for this week. Ask me anything and I will answer it in the next week’s post.

– A. Wehbe, www.ahmadwehbe.com