Posted: 01/26/20: It has been well over half a year today that I first began to dream up a follow-up adventure to my first published book - Ben & Ally: Escape From Camp Buttercup. After months of writing, conceptualizing, drawing, and editing, I'm both excited and proud to announce as of this morning, I finally completed work on the final page of my next upcoming book: Ben & Ally: Meet The New Puppy.
Admittedly, this project was a lot bigger than I had initially conceptualized. The number of chapters, the number of animated frames, as well as the entire scope of the project itself, was not initially something I had thought would be this large when I first began writing back in early 2019. When I finally was able to sit down today with a rough draft digital copy on my iPad and simply spend a nice solid hour just reading and enjoying the adventure, there were times when I got lost just remembering the days I spent working on some of the more ambitious aspects of the project itself.
Ultimately though, I am very proud of how this adventure turned out. It has a lot of great laughs, new characters, scenes, adventures, and more. It has given me a lot of thoughts as to future projects and adventures I'd like to take these characters on down the road as well.
For now though, I think I'm going to take just a minor small break. Rest up and recover from a bit of production burn out, maybe take a few adventures of my own, and then begin the final process of finalizing the final copy for print and release!
While admittedly I haven't posted as much behind the scenes production updates as I would have liked to (when you get in the writing zone, it's hard to step away) with me now taking a small breather and time to go over the rough draft and touch things up, I hope to also carve out some time to share some interesting sneak peaks and behind the scenes updates for those interested as well.
As always, thank you for following me and reading my work. It means more to me than I can ever put into words.