So, I just wanted to give a little update on things, since I keep poofing. First off, about the book, I think I finally figured out what to do about the intro. I'm still rereading things before I make a final decision, but I think I'm just going to keep the first chapters the way they are. The rewrite of the intro ended up becoming a bit... unfocused and hard to follow when I reread it--thinking of it from the perspective of someone who has no idea what Szarmazasi and the Guardians are. Some of the things that needed to be established were not, and I can't think of a way of adding them in without creating more problems. I probably will use parts that I have written for one of the other chapters, since that's what I was planning when I first wrote it.
As far as art goes... I would love to do more stuff in Photoshop right now. Even though it wasn't the best, and I see a lot of things I want to change, I really like what I did with this picture:
I would love to do more stuff like this right now, I just don't really have any images to use. It's great practice and lets me experiment... plus it's not tediously going over the image line by line to clean it up first--for the most part, anyway. Well, until I get inspired for the next image like this, I'll just keep writing and working on any pictures that I manage to draw (and like). Perhaps I may even update this image in the near future to make it look just as good as an enlarged version as it does in the thumbnail... I probably won't succeed, but I'm certainly going to try.
Anyway, I am feeling better now that I've had a bit of time to myself. After all the craziness of the last month, it was really nice to just do my own thing and not have to worry about things other than personal projects and making sure I'm prepared for school (had a bit of a scare with my schedule, but I caught it the day of and it appears to be fixed now).
I hope everyone has a good day