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New Year’s Resolutions 2014

Related Post: New Year’s Resolutions: End-of-the-Year Evaluation!

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2014

This may be a few weeks early, but I’m getting the ball rolling…!

  1. Fund and film my first short, Death Is No Bad Friend.  This is a ginormous endeavor and I’ve already put so much time and energy into it. Our trailer turned out beautifully and I’m both nervous and excited to launch our Indiegogo campaign mid-January (if everything goes as planned). For more information, please visit and follow Siren’s Gaze Productions at sirensgazeproductions.wordpress.com.
  2. Finish the script for The Poet and the Flea. Check out my plan here: Happy 256th Birthday, Mr. William Blake!
  3. Work on the next 10 illustrated pages of The Poet and the Flea. I’ve decided to dedicate December to this goal! I’ve been working on pages 31 through 40 for the past week or so, and have made much progress. I’m almost done outlining everything in ink and will begin with greyscale markers very soon. If everything goes well, I may even start on pages 41 through 50 this month!
  4. Work on the next 10 illustrated pages of The First Reich. I’m hoping to work on pages 11 through 20 in January. :)
  5. Find a publisher and/or agent to represent my work. How? Well, I’ve tried inquiry letters and I’ll continue down that path. But I also want to attend some major book fairs so that I can meet publishers and agents in person and chat with them. We’ll see how this goes!
  6. Get settled in Washington, D.C. Meaning I’d like to reconnect with old friends and make new ones too. Also, I’d like to network with D.C. filmmakers and try to get involved in local filmmaking. This past Wednesday, I met with two filmmakers — Steve and Kate — to discuss a collaborative stop motion animation short film. I’m excited to see how this project shapes up and will post more information about it soon!
  7. Attend some more film festivals. My wonderful time in Cannes has motivated me to expand my experience of film festivals. I hope to attend some local D.C. film festivals as well as perhaps some bigger ones like Tribeca or maybe even Telluride. I also plan on looking into the Creative Minds program in Toronto (though I probably won’t have the money for that).
  8. Get a decent part-time job and earn a little money. This has been a real struggle for me — getting paid versus doing something I love. I really don’t want to settle for a job that has nothing to do with my interests. But everything to do with my interests are unpaid or not enough to make ends meet. We’ll see…
  9. Perhaps invest in some film equipment and/or filmmaking software. I need to do more research in this realm, but I’m interested in learning more about Final Cut Pro, Dragonframe, and other film/animation software.
  10. Very long-term goal: Move to Brooklyn! I do miss New York City and feel that it’s the best place for me as a filmmaker. I’m hoping to start building up a nest egg so that I can eventually move! :D

This is a very challenging set of New Year’s Resolutions, but you never know until you try! :D

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Copyright 2013 by G. E. Gallas


New Year’s Resolutions: End-of-the-Year Evaluation!

Related Post: New Year’s Resolutions, Anyone? and New Year’s Resolutions: Mid-Year Evaluation!

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2013

Once again, I’ve revisited my 2013 New Year’s Resolutions — and I think I’ve done a pretty good job! Some goals didn’t work out and other I’m still working on. But, all in all, I feel that I’ve accomplished a lot this year. :)

Coming Soon: New Year’s Resolutions 2014!!!

In the meantime, here’s the breakdown…

Goals for 2013

  1. Complete materials for Elias & The City of Cats (hopefully before the end of January) and send out to publishers. I completed the materials for Elias & The City of Cats early April. The book hasn’t been picked up by a publisher yet, but I’m glad for the experience. In June, I was hired by Zest Books for a number of freelance illustrations and Scared Stiff: Everything You Need to Know about 50 Famous Phobias featuring 50+ of my illustrations will be released this coming February. :D When I get the chance, I’m hoping to write a children’s book myself entitled The Flatulent Earl. And, of course, I’d love to continue illustrating other writer’s work!
  2. Finish first 10 pages of The First Reich and get them up online. I completed the cover and first 10 pages of The First Reich in October and am excited to continue on to the next 10 pages. A preview zine of the completed pages is available on my online store The Poet and the Flea Market at thepoetandtheflea.storenvy.com/products/3203094-the-first-reich-zine.
  3. Begin working with Masa and Gabe on full-length screenplay collaboration The Blanks (working title), to be finished before June 2013. This project really didn’t go anywhere. But, in the meantime, I’ve helped a few other screenwriters edit/fix their screenplays. So that was an accomplishment!
  4. Send out query letters about my completed full-length screenplays to production companies. I’ve sent out a number of query letters to publishers, agents, etc. about both my screenplays and graphic novels. No success yet, but I just gotta keep trying!!! Next year, I’m hoping to attend some big book fairs in order to scope out and talk to publishers and agents. We’ll see how this goes!
  5. Finish the script for The Poet and the Fleahopefully somewhere between 60 – 75 pages. This is still a really important goal! And I am making progress one step at a time. For more details, please see my post Happy 256th Birthday, Mr. William Blake!
  6. Work on my first zine (possibly a tie in with The Flea) and self-print it. I have succeeded in creating and self-publishing a number of zines this year — “Smithereens,” “The Ink Drinker,” and previews of both The Poet and the Flea and The First Reich. I’ve really enjoyed learning how to self-bind these little books. :) Furthermore, I’ve exhibited these at the SF Zine Fest, SPX, and APE. So I feel very accomplished in this arena. You can check out all my zines and other merchandise at The Poet and the Flea Market (thepoetandtheflea.storenvy.com).
  7. Open up a Storenvy account to sell zines and other merchandise (prints, t-shirts, etc.). Done and done!!! The Poet and the Flea Market (thepoetandtheflea.storenvy.com).
  8. Work on the next 10 illustrated pages of The Poet and the FleaThen the next 10, and so on and so forth!! This goal is currently in progress! :)
  9. Find a reliable and talented director and/or producer to turn one of my short scripts into a short film. Then enter the short film into a number of festivals. I have a whole cast and crew lined up to help me transform my short script Death Is No Bad Friend into a short film! Currently, we are hoping to launch our Indiegogo campaign January/February 2014 and, if we get funded, film around June/July. This is an extremely challenging project for me and I hope you all will support our efforts! For more information, please visit Siren’s Gaze Productions (sirensgazeproductions.wordpress.com).
  10. Finally get an official internship, fellowship, and/or job in a field of interest. January through April, I worked as an intern at Zest Books.  In May, I went to the Cannes International Film Festival through the American Pavilion Film Program. I earned a little money and lots of experience illustrating Scared Stiff: Everything You Need to Know about 50 Famous Phobias. Now, I’m about to start work on a collaborative stop motion animation project. The busy bee never rests!

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Preview: “Smithereens” Zine

Related Posts: First Zine Progress and Contest: Round Three!! and First Zine Contest WINNER: Killkaties!!!

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For the past few months, I’ve been busy preparing zines and whatnot for my online store and for some upcoming fests/expos. I even had a contest to guess the name of my first zine, now revealed as an illustrated version of an obscure Dante Gabriel Rossetti poem called “Smithereens: Mammon’s Ring-Posy.”

Since I’m hoping to open my store (thepoetandtheflea.storenvy.com) at the end of this month, I thought I’d give you a bit of a preview of my “Smithereens” zine!!

I’d like to thank my friend, the talented and lovely Mary (who I met at Cannes), for modeling my zine!! :)

Smithereens 1

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Mary Zine 1

Mary Zine 2

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Brief Update

★ Don’t forget to check out my graphic novel, The Poet and the Flea!

A new page every Wednesday!

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Preview to upcoming post, “Experience of EBABZ (East Bay Alternative Book & Zine Fest)”:

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Here is a brief update on my current creative projects and endeavors…!

Tuesday, December 4th

  1. E-mails, e-mails, e-mails…!
  2. Sent out some more fellowship/internship/job applications.
  3. Worked on the second rough draft for Elias & The City of Cats.

Wednesday, December 5th

  • Under the weather!

Thursday, December 6th

  1. Was supposed to go on a date with Wes, but I caught a nasty cold. (;へ:)
  2. E-mails, e-mails, e-mails…!

Friday, December 7th

  • Recovering from cold!

Saturday, December 8th

Sunday, December 9th

  1. Today, was nominated again for the Very Inspiring Blogger award! Updated information on this post.
  2. Hired to do a small freelance translation job (English to Japanese). Began working on first assignment!

Monday, December 10th

  1. Worked on The First Reich.
  2. Worked with client on translation job.

Tuesday, December 11th

  1. First day of cat sitting!
  2. Sent out some more fellowship/internship/job applications.
  3. Worked on The Flea script.
  4. Received e-mail informing me I have a phone interview, yay!!
  5. Worked with client on translation job.

Etcetera

  • The Poet and the Flea: 53 pages of written script (1 page of script = 4-6 illustrated pages), and about 36 pages (1-24, 27-30 completed, and 25-26, 31-36 in progress) of illustrated work.
  • The First Reich: about 1-10 pages of illustrated work in progress.

To Do:

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Copyright 2012 by G. E. Gallas


Brief Update

★ Don’t forget to check out my graphic novel The Poet and the Flea!

Here is a brief update on my current creative projects and endeavors…!

Monday, November 26th

  1. Recovering! (Details here.)
  2. Did some more research on fellowships/internships/jobs and sent out some more applications.
  3. Worked on some upcoming blog posts.

Tuesday, November 27th

  1. Didn’t get The Chronicle Books Winter/Spring 2013 Design Fellowship. Depending on how things go, I’ll try reapplying for the Spring 2013 Fellowship!
  2. Signed up with Amazon Studios. Going to try submitting one of my full-length scripts privately and see what happens!

Wednesday, November 28th

  1. Finally, the premiere of The Poet and the Flea!!!
  2. Sketched out a few new rough designs for Fluffernutter.
  3. E-mails, e-mails, e-mails…!

Thursday, November 29th

  1. E-mails, e-mails, e-mails…!
  2. Did some more research on fellowships/internships/jobs.
  3. Worked on the second rough draft for Elias & The City of Cats.

Friday, November 30th

  1. E-mails, e-mails, e-mails…!
  2. Sent out some more fellowship/internship/job applications.
  3. Worked on the second rough draft for Elias & The City of Cats.

Saturday, December 1st

  • Date with Wes! We ran all over the city today. Activities included calendar shopping (“Aw, look at the corgis!”), eating very tasty meals, and going to see the film Hitchcock (while not brilliant, was thoroughly enjoyable).
  • Take a look at the super cute calendar I bought. You can get it here!

Disclaimer: I do not own this image!!

Sunday, December 2nd

  • Did some more research on fellowships and jobs and sent out some more applications.

Monday, December 3rd

  1. My sister Sydney’s birthday is today! So check out her amazing costume designs: sydneygallas.com.
  2. Worked on the second rough draft for Elias & The City of Cats.

Etcetera

  • The Poet and the Flea: 52 pages of written script (1 page of script = 4-6 illustrated pages), and about 36 pages (1-24, 27-30 completed, and 25-26, 31-36 in progress) of illustrated work.
  • The First Reich: about 1-10 pages of illustrated work in progress.

To Do:

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Brief Update

Here is a brief update on my current creative projects and endeavors…!

★ “The Poet and the Flea 100 Day Countdown to the Premiere” is underway!! Join us on TumblrTwitter, and Facebook!

Thursday, November 15th

  1. Worked on The First Reich.
  2. Helped my mom, the abstract painter, set up her new WordPress blog: irenezweig.wordpress.com.
  3. Signed up with Scribd.com.
  4. Signed up with DoodlersAnonymous.com.

Friday, November 16th

  • E-mails, e-mails, e-mails…!

Saturday, November 17th

  1. Thoroughly enjoyed Seven Psychopaths. Very clever with brilliant characters, but actually extremely heartbreaking.
  2. Working on The Flea script.

Sunday, November 18th

  • Date night with Wes! (´ε` )♡

Monday, November 19th

  1. Applied to a few more fellowships/internships.
  2. Worked on color samples for Elias & The City of Cats.
  3. Today, was hired for a 4-day cat sitting job by our sweet neighbors Paula and Gabie. They want me to be with the cats as much as possible, so I figure I can earn a little extra cash while having a window of opportunity to do some work. I’m hoping to use the time to make some major headway on The Flea script — like a little writing marathon. Wish me luck!

Tuesday, November 20th

  1. Another wonderful meeting with Gabe! Showed him color samples for Elias and he seemed rather surprised at how colorful they are, but delighted! Now, I just have to finish up the second draft and then scan and send it all to Gabe so he can tinker around with the text some more.
  2. Worked on some upcoming blog posts.

Wednesday, November 21st

  1. Ran some last minute errands.
  2. Worked on some special illustration birthday/holiday presents with watercolor and pen!

Thursday, November 22nd

  1. Happy Turkey Day!!
  2. Worked on The First Reich.

Friday, November 23rd

  • Recovering from Thanksgiving…!

Saturday, November 24th

  • Family Bonding Day…!

Sunday, November 25th

  1. Date night with Wes! (´ε` )♡
  2. See additional post here.

Etcetera

  • The Poet and the Flea: 52 pages of written script (1 page of script = 4-6 illustrated pages), and about 36 pages (1-24, 27-30 completed, and 25-26, 31-36 in progress) of illustrated work.
  • The First Reich: about 1-6 pages of illustrated work in progress.

To Do:

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Copyright 2012 by G. E. Gallas


Zines and Me!

Rough sketch for zine idea.

As I mentioned before (here), I’ve only recently become interested in the world of zines. Not only do zines appear to be an incredibly flexible channel for creativity, but I think that this medium would be a great compliment to my graphic novels and children’s books. I like the idea of the zine being very hands on — a real artist book, the artist not only illustrating, but also cutting and pasting the finished pamphlet together. This process reminds me greatly of Andy Warhol, his factory, and 25 Cats Name Sam and One Blue Pussy.

Before I begin any zines of my own, I’ve been trying to get a better sense of their mercurial world. At APE (Alternative Press Expo) 2012, I talked with Tugboat Press, who produce annual free comics and an anthology called Papercutter. Tugboat led me to Parcell Press, who seems to carry a vast array of zines, comics, etc. I also found “How to Make a Zine” on Rookie. I guess the one true rule of creating zines is that there are no rules!

As I ponder the pre-existing zine world, my own ideas for zines just keep pouring out of me. I scribble these ideas down furiously in a Gallatin notebook I received upon graduation and was saving for something important (who knew that important something was zines). Endless ideas — everything from opera parodies to The Death of Chatterton. I’m not sure when I’ll actually have time to realize these zines since I’m already working on so many projects that need to get done (The Poet and the Flea, The First Reich, etcetera, etcetera). I’m hoping to take a stab early next year, June at the latest. We’ll see how that works out…

Some useful zine-related websites I’ve discovered:

Plus, I figure if I make enough zines, then eventually I can release them all in one book.

Any comments, suggestions, or thoughts would be truly appreciated!

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