The queen awoke and she is very grumpy.
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I hope everyone is well. It was a sad and frustrating weekend for the tech industry with all the layoffs. I had a relatively normal week, thankfully. I listened to Gallant recently and it’s a very well-written little story about a haunted house with a mute main character (which makes things both more interesting and frustrating – everyone in this story is pointedly not saying anything when the solution is to explain). I enjoyed it but also felt like it lacked substance a bit. Read more like a novella or a short-story than a full-length novel. Other than that, I’m working hard to finish fixing my novel (I’m almost there!). I’m going to get right back to it after I post the page haha~
My AI adventures continue, although only in the art department. ChatGPT didn’t earn by love – I wanted to use it for brainstorming novel ideas but it’s not very good at being creative. If you ask it to give you 1-line pitches for a couple of decently popular fantasy/scifi books then it’s able to give a nice pitch that shows what was interesting about the story. If you try to ask it to give you 10 more ideas like that for books not yet written – you know, seeds to ponder and base a new story on – it fails terribly. All the ideas sound like: “a lost prince needs to overcome obstacles and face his tragic past to save his kingdom”. Well no shit. Every other book can be described like that. So I don’t think it’ll be any useful to me… The AI generated art (I’m playing with stable diffusion) at least makes me feel inspired to experiment with my style (some experimental wip here: link) and I can quickly visualize different ideas and pick elements that I like – it’s really nice for quickly checking concept variants. Still can’t get it to color my comic pages hahah
Well, I’ll be off now, my novel won’t edit itself. Enjoy the page and have a nice and calm week ahead!