The Art of Mirriam Neal

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Typing with a bandaged wrist takes a long time, guys. Gotta be honest. Hence my lack of posts over the past week – I managed to sprain my right wrist and while it isn’t incapacitating, it’s too painful to draw (I’ve only just reached the point where I can type). I don’t know how I did this – I’m thinking it was probably six days of nonstop drawing and writing at awkward angles that did it in. To pass the time, since my commissions and writing mostly have to take a back seat, I’ve been experimenting with Windows Movie Maker (I didn’t like the new version and re-downloaded the vintage Windows 7 model. It’s slow, but the layout is far more efficient + the blending option is indispensable).

I’m in the throes of an obsession with Season 3a of Once Upon a Time and so I made a Pan video, and then my friend Lauren suggested I just write a fic already. We bandied it around as a joke, until we realized we’d come up with so many AUs (that are brilliant, by the way. This woman) that we had to write them down. So we’ve been collaborating, fixing Once Upon a Time and laughing ourselves silly. (The age jokes. The sass. The ayyyebrows.)

My braintwin Hannah has also been exceedingly helpful – we’ve Skyped to discuss everything from Assassin’s Creed to novel problems to psychology (we always discuss psychology. It’s the undertow that runs through everything we say, pretty much).

I also met up with my friend Jon and we hung out over coffee, discussing the best ways to write a plausible zombie novel that didn’t throw all logic and reason out the window. (A zombie novel is coming, people. Brace yourselves.) (You should seriously check out Jon’s music, by the way.)

So life without a right hand makes me do some things I don’t usually do – take time out to make fanvideos, for instance, or brainstorm a fanfiction with a newfound friend. Or a zombie novel, for that matter. Meanwhile, here’s my Pan sketch dump in chronological order, so you can see how I got a feel for him throughout the week before the sprain. (The last one is by far my favorite.) If you want to see the crummy (read: It’s WMM but I’m fond of it) video, let me know and I’ll post the link somewhere in the comments.

What have you all been up to? Regale me!

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