What Was Before Dark? – 2022-10-07 |SOE 2


What is the status of my current projects: progress made, length of time on the backburner?


Grobug Series – 5 Books Planned

Manuscript Completed: Books 1 and 2

Drafts Completed: 0

Drafts to Start: Books 3-5

Outlines Started: Book 3, sort of. I have one outline paragraph written for the book.

Outlines to Start: Books 4 and 5.

Next Action from 09-27-22 : make text descriptions and thumbnail sketched for all 32 pages.

Actions Taken by 10-07-22: I made a copy of the text document and formatted it for the descriptions and sketches

Next Actions: make descriptions and sketches for Grobug Book 1.


-Research Crowdfunding

-Make Crowdfunding Proposal

-Send to artist

-Negotiate Rates and Terms

Back Burner

MTM – Breastfeeding Book for big brothers and sisters. (2 Weeks)

MTM – Next actions to publish: make text descriptions and thumbnail sketched for all 32 pages (2 Weeks)

Fantasy Dragon Book – Manuscript may need revision. On hold.

Completed Works

What did I accomplish this week as a storyteller?

-No writing this week-

-No drawings this week-

I analyzed the following shows:

Avataro Sentai Donbrothers 31 Analysis |SSS 031 – Is Kaito Manipulating the Donbrothers?

Fuuto PI 10 Analysis |Half-Boiled 10 – Could Tokime Take Over for Shotaro in Double?

Kamen Rider Geats 05 Analysis – Is Geats Folding Under Too Many Characters?

Lessons Learned

What did I learn from the world of story this week?

  • I need to learn to be a funny writer. It seems like Inoue treats writing like a game in some ways. He plays with the structure of the show, the characters and the situations in such a way that it is entertaining, even when it isn’t serious or important. The fact is: this is fiction and while stories matter, the only ones that count are the ones that stick with you. I think all the fun I have had with Donbrothers will cause it to stick in my mind for a long time. [Donbros 31]
  • Is it artistic integrity to do something you want to do as the author even if the audience will think it is dumb? Maybe, it is definitely gutsy, and I do admire that. In other words, be bold and make choices you like, even if some of our audience will balk at them. [Fuuto PI 10]
  • Make sure your cast and setting match each other well. The author is in control and can right size the elements so they all flow well. You have to make choices and stick to them, even if it is hard. [Geats 05]

Fabula Ex Machina

Part brainstorm, part drafting out loud.

Prompt: Make a Creation story for my Super Hero universe.

Approach it with the question, what was before dark?

Listen to the episode to hear the straining of the creative process.

10-09-2022 – Before the Dark

89 Words

5 Minutes

Before the dark there was a Queen with no people, a Mother with no child, a One without another. She was alone. And in her solitude, she opened a void. And the void was filled with darkness and the darkness with potential. To the darkness she turned her mind and filled it with every dream, every possibility, every joy, every sorrow, every nightmare. Joy and sorrow, victory and defeat, comfort and pain, all in unity. Tears filled the darkness and the Queen removed her crown and started to speak.


  • The Bible
  • Genesis
  • The “Bet” at the start of the Torah Scroll
  • Masculine and Feminine traits of the Divine
  • Physics
  • Conservation of Matter and Energy
  • Alter Egos
  • Shotaro Ishinomori

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