In each State of the Nexus post, I'll be addressing (on a monthly to bi-weekly basis) the goings on in the Nexus Blog Collective and other Natty Words ventures.
This month, work has continued apace to get the core three blogs on a regular post schedule. I'd decided on a Tuesday-Thursday-Saturday update schedule, but may look into a Wednesday-Saturday twice-a week approach until I get the pacing right withour neglecting other projects.
The primary project this month is getting the doujinshi I began in September finished and on the market. What originally had been conceived of as a 16-18 pager became 30 in my initial storyboarding, and is likely to make that mark, as I've just finished the rough sketch for page 26. I'm not sure there'll be a market for it, but it's something that I've been meaning to do for a while now, and a great way to force myself to get more familiar with my digital drawing tools and drawing more frequently in general. I have a couple of sequels loosely in mind if this one manages to attract enough custom, and ultimately the skills I hone in working on these doujin will eventually be put to use in penning a longer, more serious work.
Also on the agenda for October is laying the necessary groundwork for this year's NaNoWriMo project, codenamed "Wander." It's actually a story idea I've had for more than ten years now. But I'd tabled it because I felt I needed more experience before tackling something so ambitious and different from the sf/f fare I usually work with. With several NaNoWriMos under my belt, though, now may be the time. I need to line up the story arcs with historical dates and events, and flesh out the plot details, but I'm optimistic about my chances of NaNoWriMoing a successful rough draft.