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16 March 2006 @ 12:03 am
What I've been working on...

I'm done heat shaping the chest, back, and shoulders of Zhang He Armor 2.0. I discovered that the chest and back plates needed a bottom center dart so they could bend in all the necessary ways. I'm making a pattern for the collar using the ever so scientific technique of taping small overlapping strips of paper to the neck opening to create a mockup. I don't know why I never thought of using "tape-r mache" for other difficult-to-pattern curvy things. It's easy, and it works. I'm impatient to get everything glued into place so I can start painting the armor. The very first step is to glue the darts with something strong. I have Weldwood contact cement, which is flexible and incredibly fricking permanent, but the warning label is scary as hell, so I'm afraid to use it in the house, and I can't use it outside now because you're supposed to keep the glue and the material above 65 F or so the entire time. I really don't want to have to wait a few weeks to continue armor crafting if I don't have to, so I'm experimenting with E-6000 and some Stix-All that I picked up at Wegmans because it was there and it seemed like it might be another great all-purpose glue. If none of that works, I may just try to make friends with hot glue again. *shudder*

I was hating novel revision for a while because I knew I was going to reorganize the guts of the piece and I had very little idea how I would go about that. I also figured that progress would be going at a glacial pace because I wasn't trying to tear through it to meet a monthly goal and because I'm going for quality over quantity this time around kthx. But then I started working out the internal logic of the world and writing everything I know about the characters, and that is actually a satisfying process. It's surprising how much of the random stuff I came up with while rushing the rough draft along actually fits together and works.

I have severe rydain.org writer's block. ASDFGAAAHHHHHH
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