Doing things Differently (this time for real)

I’ve decided to move from my primary dream of writing novels to my tertiary dream of writing novellas. (secondary dream was to write short stories) I’m aiming for novellas because I tend to write overly long short stories and sadly short novels.

Not only that, but I’ve decided to start using more detailed outlines and breaking down everything into scenes. This by far is the most difficult thing I’ve been doing, but seeing as my progress doing it the ’way I’ve always done it’ has produced about zilch. Tossing everything over, setting it afire, and then use a completely different method is better than slogging about using a method that’s already been tried and failed at. (Scores of times)

What’s influencing this change is rereading Save the Cat, by Blake Snyder. Good book, it’s about screenwriting, but the story telling structure is pretty awesome.

The current project is the novella-ization of Ghost Lizard. The quasi steam punk, monster short story that I wrote about a year or more ago. I like that story. I wanted to tell more of the story, therefore this is my chance to expand on that universe and tell the tale of what happens next.

The outline is done.
Three acts.
32 scenes.
The main character arc has been plotted.

Currently, I’ve begun the Crappy First Draft of the first act. I know it’a crappy and I’m not really focused on making it a good one out of the gate. The previous attempts have always been to write the best that I can from the get go, but that’s always failed me because I tend to get caught up in perfection instead of production.

Dialogue is the focus of the CFD. Get the characters talking, see how they interact, try to establish the feel for them so that in the second draft they get fleshed out more. Also I have to get down all the big things I want each scene to focus on. The character, the monsters, the great machine that is the Ghost Lizard, etc.

So, today’s goal is to finish the CFD and make preps to begin the second draft.

Well, back to writing.

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Bitterwater Tales is back!

The super long hiatus is over as there are a plethora of stories that are going to be posted in the coming weeks. A lot of brain sweat and chair sitting has been given over to getting stories done and pictures drawn for the reboot of Bitterwater Tales.

The first tale up, Monster Joe. Take a gander/read through at:


Enjoy and comment.

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Bini’ Anit’ąą Tsoh – September

I’ll admit, the days seem to fly by in a real hurry sometimes. Before you know it, the year is over… well, technically the Navajo year is coming to an end. with this being the last month in the year.

There, of course, are plenty of things still to do.

Writing, drawing, reading.

This month’s “Shit To Do” list.

  1. Finish novella
  2. Draw up more prints
  3. Spin my “commissions” open sign in more places
  4. Prepare for October Zombie Month (favorite month of the year)
  5. relaunch Bitterwater Tales (happening in two days!)

There are more stuff, but I’ll have to think on it a bit more.

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Man Vs. Machine



A bit of hammering away at artwork. Practice makes perfect, etc.

One of these days, I plan on writing what’s going on in these images. There are days when I just begin drawing and something comes out of it. There are stories lurking beneath it, half formed, and terrifying…

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Arisen, once more

Man, I’ve been sitting here looking at this post and trying to decide what to write as my ‘first’ new post for a long ass time. I wanted to be funny, cool, and give that knowing smile with the writing, but alas, I’m figure direct approach is the best approach.

Hello, again. I’m Alex Claw.

I’ve done this before, trust me. I’m just a tad rusty.

I am a wannabe writer and wannabe artist. Both wannabe since it’s as of yet still amateur hour on my end, meaning of course I’m not doing it professionally. Not that my work is shabby or anything.  I haven’t been published as of yet, though I’m still making the effort. I did draw a pretty cool book cover for Snake Oil, by Bruno Lombardi, that was printed by Martinus Publishing. Check it out!

My writing can be found at Bitterwater Tales. A short story site, which I think is pretty cool.

My artwork can be found, mainly on Deviantart or Tumblr. Follow me on both.

You can also follow me on Twitter at:

and finally, I draw up some prints. You can find them HERE and I also do commissions. Click the commissions tab up top for more info.

So, that’s it. I write. I draw. I mock with dry wit and sarcasm. I also tend a garden. Stare off into the distant horizon as birds flutter, clouds billow, and a soft breeze stirs the greasewood about me.


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That One Time I Drew A Harry Potter Fan-comic

the Eater


Began it November 2011.

Finished August 2012.

I was one of those: “Huh, I got an idea. Let’s do it.” Of course, the let’s do it part was only supposed to be a week of work, but then I got bored in the middle of it and let it sit for another eight months before I finally finished it up. 10 pages, 10 months. Not bad.

Download the pdf down below!

HPand the Eater


Check it out.


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