Well, we are in mid-November now, and there is nothing that signals the coming end of a project than receiving the due date for it. I have one full month (and a few days) left to work on the story. I haven’t made it into the final “strides” of the “race” just yet, but it’s really close. I can actually see the “finish line”.
I’ve begun to look in to some of the available applications online that I could use to present my work. My idea, as I’m sure I’ve mentioned before, was creating a digital flipbook. There appears to be a lot of websites that provide applications that create flipbooks by converting PDF files. Each one seems to have its own set of customization options, which is good. Though, I’d be lying if I’ve said that I had no concerns whatsoever. The first concern of mine consists of the requirement of purchase for the full version of the application, which I’m not fully convinced that it’s worth it for now. Every website that I’ve managed to find, even the Top 10 Free lists, only includes link to Free Trial version of the application that seems to leave watermark on the pages, which I honestly do not want. I appreciate the company that designed the program but I do not feel the need to promote them. Or perhaps, they’d be promoting me? Speaking of, my second concern is about the copyright issue. Before digging into this whole Flipbook land, I had a slight trepidation on whether the available applications were going to allow me to play with certain ideas that I had for the presentation or not. The little did I know that the real concern was actually with the Terms and Conditions Agreement of the usage of the application. I haven’t had a chance to read every single one but some of these agreements allude to the fact that they share a claim on the product once you use their program which is not too hot for me. Unless I actually manage to find a (truly) free application with more fair(?) terms, I might actually go with the suggestion of creating a simple proof of concept, basically creating a few pages based on the prologue of the story, and submit the rest of it in a Word document. In case you’re wondering what a digital Flipbook looks like, there are some samples on this website, right here: https://flippingbook.com/online-flipbook. There might be some compatibility issues with the browser. In that case, you might want to try it on another one. It looks neat though, doesn’t it? I have to admit, checking out all this design applications made me want to go back to the art aspect of the project and continue to do some drawings for it. Once I finish writing the portion of the story that I’m currently working on, I might actually focus on that for a while. Why not? A little change of pace can help… even though the time is of the essence.
Since we’re on the topic, I guess a little bit of update on the writing aspect is expected. I’m happy to say that I’m almost done. Obviously not done by the overall story (I wish) but reaching the goal that I had set for myself, which was getting to Chapter 30. I feel like I need one final boost of energy-filled and inspirational writing day to finish it all. If only I could create one for myself on a whim. It’s not very fun to put words on a document with utmost reluctancy. I’m sure you’ve heard the saying: “If you’re going to do something, then do it right.” I don’t want to write for the sake of writing something. The result is never on par with my expectations. Still, I’m quite certain that I’ll be able to finish it by due date. Ironically, I’ve begun to worry about something else now. It’s no longer the completion of the project but rather completing it in a satisfying way that concerns me. I’m getting the feeling that the final portion of the story is going to feel a bit rushed. I’m basically trading one concern for another, it seems. As I’ve talked about it in one of my previous blog posts, the story sometimes takes on its own life and new things that were not expected come to fruition, which in turn prolongs the process. There are always new developments in the story that I find myself working on, and they may (or may not) alter some of the outcomes that I had planned for the characters, which could also change the ending in a way. If I had more time to work on it —which is certainly the classic excuse of every writer out there, I could flesh out certain aspects in more… breathable space, so to speak. Of course, just because the story needs to be completed by a certain date does not mean that I’ll be abandoning it once I get my grade. I have every intention of expanding and revising it, even after I graduate. I’m just not so sure about how I personally might feel about the version I submit as my thesis. Then again, it might end up being (much) better than I fear. We’ll see when we get there… by December 20th… only a month away… Oh, no!!!