My A Round of Words In 80 Days Update:
Wednesday Day 45 - 70 minutes. I did more things I wasn't as good at. Sketchy, cartoony characters. They look awkward to me and I give up too soon, so I just kept pushing at it. Don't have any I want to post right now though.
Thursday Day 46 - 0 minutes. I was really tired, and just had dinner, watched House and went to bed. I think I read a little.
Friday Day 47 - 60 minutes. I listened to the Beatles and and worked on a picture of Raymond Burr. I wanted to work on details and shading, so I cheated the overall proportions -- I copied the picture I was working on and used the "cutout" filter to reduce the image to a blobby version of itself. The eyes, nose and mouth ended up as four unformed slashes, but it kept the shape of the face. I then worked detail in an out with a one pixel pen and eraser. I am going to work it a little more and maybe use it in a discussion of the Perry Mason TV show.
Burr makes me want to work on eyes more. (And noses and mouths and ears.)
Saturday Day 48 - 90 minutes. Half what I wanted to spend. I had trouble concentrating today, and I wonder if it's a silent migraine. I did notice that that I have music playing in my head too persistently, so I am using the A-bomb of concentration cures: I am playing The Third Man Theme in a continuous loop rather loud. It is the most famous earbug of them all, but I've heard it so much, I'm semi-immune to it, and I find it drives other tunes out of my head. (That and The Muppet's Ma-nah Ma-nah -- but Third Man is more neutral. It's spritely enough to wake you up (especially at full volume) but even.)
Most of the progress I made was a new approach to The Serial. I am playing with the idea of Lily -- Lady Pauline's anarchist sidekick -- telling the whole series first person. She isn't there for most of it (especially not the first stories) but she's a writer and journalist, so it might make sense for her to set down these stories second hand. The other thing I could potentially do is use her as a framing device -- she sets up the story, and then a break goes into the story directly in third person (perhaps even contrasting with the opening narration, showing what Lily knows and doesn't know).
I like it, though, because it allows me to throw in information VERY efficiently.
In the meantime, here's a bit of The Third Man Theme. (My recording is a little slower than this is -- but it still comes from the movie track, I think. The interesting thing about The Third Man, which is a mystery and Cold War thriller, is that the only music is this constant, spritely zither music. Even the action scenes. It's one of the reasons the movie is so amazing.)
See you in the funny papers.