Secret Project Update # 03: It’s a Web App!

Secret Project Update # 03: It’s a Web App!

With a light dusting of snow on the ground, I feel even more excited to get to work today. There is just something about the cold weather when it brings snow that feels so magically playful; the sight, smell and feel of it ignites my imagination anew.

Today, on this (slightly) snowy day – with more snow promised to come – I am so excited to work on the visual structure of the Secret Project’s house. (The CSS styling and such.)

I think that has been another one of those things that has ultimately been holding this project back. I have been committed to doing this project “properly”: going through the development in a function first, visuals second way. But, If the visuals don’t gel, the functions may need altering in the code: where they are placed and who they take to.

I feel that coding functionality without visuals is akin to painting in values, and adding the colour back in later. It’s a useful learning practice, but it extinguishes the creativity, spontaneity and playfulness that engages with people on a level that cannot be explained easily.

That free flowing creativity takes no prisoners, it’s all or nothing.

Thankfully, it has helped me at least become a reasonably competent coder, so not all that time has been wasted. But my creative side has languished and demands to take the floor now.

So, here we are and I’m working on the visuals of the web app today. That’s right, the Secret Project is a web app, but you already new that from the title. 😉

Excited to have it finished and out there in the world, I am actually moving it up and working on it earlier than scheduled today. Schedules only work if they work for you.

And, in keeping with following my own creative compass this year, I am also a bit nervous that there may be another web app forming on the peripherals of my creative vision. But…just this one first?

Secret Project Update #02

Secret Project Update #02

After all, I was right to be hesitant about the launch this Christmas. While I have put a Herculean level of time and effort into this animation project, somehow that effort and time have translated into a behemoth of a project – for one person to do, at least.

As such, I am having to scrape together a plan B. Which is plan A, but with more stops before the end.

Fortunately, there is a silver lining to every cloud.

While the effort to make the film as beautiful and dynamic a story as possible resulted in it being too much for a short turnaround animation…it has made itself very adaptable to other mediums, such as an illustrated children’s story book.

The working title is “A Christmas Tail”, which may be released for this Christmas, all being well.


A middle aged woman looks out at the world as the sun sets on Christmas Eve. First surprised by a hare that pops out of the bushes, she is surprised a second time when he leaves behind a star. In an effort to return the star to the hare, she dashes across the valley and into the woods…and beyond.

I am actively thinking about streaming the drawing and animating process as I go. I will be getting organised for it this evening and if all is ready, I will be announcing stream times over on twitter, so do follow me so you don’t miss out!


Secret Project Update #01

Secret Project Update #01

Well, hullo there!

It is more or less the middle of October, and I have made soooo much progress in the Secret Project than the last time I posted here. If you were allowed behind the scenes, you too would be amazed! 🙂

but I’m too shy and nervous to share too much here. I have this notion that if I say anything, the bubble will pop, and I’ll wake up from this dream – and be back to square one!

So here is a quick rundown of what I have been doing. I’ll make this so super quick as I want to get back to work to work – it’s 5:30pm GMT and I wanna get back to work before 6pm if at all possible.

So, so, so. What is the Secret Project again? What am I allowed to tell you..? Oh yes, you know it’s to do with animation and there is perhaps coding involved. (There is definitely coding involved… and a lot of it!)

I’m sorry if I have been excessively secretive: I am just one of those people who feels that the “answer” is so obvious about what I’m up to that if I say one more word, you’ll figure it out! And then it won’t be a secret anymore, will it?

What I am developing is a very custom site wherein I can post animations. And with Christmas coming up, I thought I’d make a Christmas film…I just hope I get it done in time! Again, I am running into the issue of adding too many parts to the story and it keeps getting longer.

Ha, ha, ha. I was warned about doing that at the university course I attended. But there is no-one to stop me here. Except, maybe myself. But I am just so excited to make this, that I can’t help but add this element, and that camera angle, and so on…!

It’s going to be breathtaking…either in a good way or a bad and messy way. In the end, at least it will be done and I can get on with the next bit!

I don’t have any nice visuals to show you, which makes me sad. I want to keep you up to date with it, so I will probably have something nice for you to look at this weekend. But I’m not making any promises!

Until then, it’s 5:56pm time for me to get back to work. 🙂

P.S. I am participating in InkTober. You can follow my Instagram to get updated on that or stay tuned, as I will be posting a gallery of all the pictures together at the end of the month.

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