I have been crazy inspired lately. Pretty much every project I have has seen some movement forward... Plus some new ones. ...
I finished the outline for my novel These Nights! I know everything that's going to happen and have a good understanding of most of the characters... I just need to do the hard part of actually writing the book haha ^^' I'm thinking of potentially setting something up on BetaBooks for us later on, so y'all can read the manuscript if you want. I want to tell y'all about the story but I also want y'all to be surprised when you read it! So I don't think I'll talk too much about it yet.
I've also determined some big guiding design aspects in Suburbia. I have a general idea of the colors I want to use for everything, and most of the monster designs at least thought out. There's 12 kinds of monsters that can belong to one of three emotional classes, and one of four elemental types. There's also 12 characters, and the story/gameplay of the game is driven by 12 weekly to-do lists the player must complete to move forward. There's a lot going on with the number 12 in the game, but I'll have to talk about it more in a separate post :)
I'm also having a lot of fun 3D modeling again! I'm getting more comfortable with texture painting. I still don't have a tablet, but I'm using a touchscreen stylus on my laptop's touchpad and it's working a bit! But I really feel like this new element is pushing me to improve, and I feel that I may be developing a style and a workflow. Generally it seems like it takes me within a day to make the model and 1-3 more days to texture paint, depending on how complex it is. Part of what holds me back in finishing models regularly is that it feels like it'll take way too much time. So I put it off in order to work on other projects. But now that I have an expectation of how long things should take, I would like to aim to make a new model every week. I want to challenge myself to make fanart and assets for Suburbia. And I would looooove to open up commissions at some point.
It still might be a lot for me to do if I also want to work on the new projects I thought of recently... I had the idea to make a comic about a king-in-training who loses his position because of a sort of disaster. So he has to go home and figure out what to do with his life instead, because his whole life was spent preparing to become king. I imagine the comic to be very peaceful and beautifully mundane with a hint of sadness and regret. I'm picturing learning to cook and do laundry, wandering around, thinking about life... That sort of thing.
I also want to make a game where you live as a beetle inside a terrarium. And it's just a peaceful little gardening simulator...
Can you imagine?