The State of the Reader: 8/15/18

<–The State of the Reader: 8/1/18          The State of the Reader: 8/29/18–>

weekly post updated every other Wednesday detailing my current reading projects and what new titles I’ve added to my to-read list.  Title links go to Goodreads, and if you have an account there feel free to friend me!  I’d love to see what you’re reading and/or planning to read.

Books Purchased: 2


Books DNF: 1

Title: The Paper Magician
Series Title: The Paper Magician
Author: Charlie N. Holmber
Date Added: June 17, 2016
Date Started: August 9, 2018
Date DNF: August 9, 2018

The Paper Magician by Charlie N. HolmbergMedia: eBook/Kindle

I wish I’d just passed on this based on the sample, but I probably didn’t read enough of it and what I read at the time was enough of a draw.  It’s a hard balance.  I want to read enough to know if I’m going to like it, but I don’t want to read too much because I don’t see the point in reading it twice (I wish I could make this make more sense, but I’m too tired to explain it any better…)

I didn’t have much of a sense of Ceony the main character except she’s a good student and wanted to work with metal not paper.  Usually students can choose what they want, but since there’s been a dearth of paper magicians or Folders, she was pushed in that direction, and once you bond with a material that’s it.

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The Rising Author Tag

Borrowed from Writer Michelle Payne whom I think combined it with another tag from two other bloggers 🙂

What’s your current WIP about + what are you working on with it?

We’ll do my original story and not The Broken Rose even though I’m not technically working on it right now, but I hope to return to it soon.  The working title is The High Archon changed from The High Lord, though it could always change again.  It’s about a young woman who’s betrothed to the de facto ruler of the world in a sort of Belle Epoque/Golden Age era, though that doesn’t prevent something horrible from happening to her a year before she goes to fulfill the betrothal.  The act changes her entire life view and potential trajectory, and the novel is about the incongruence between how she thinks she’ll be treated and how she is.  It’s a…shakeup (I hope) to typical paradigms, though it has a lot of the things I love to both read and write about in stories.

Right now I have a little bit of the beginning written from last years NaNoWriMo, but that might be scrapped in its entirety so I can begin again.  I need to figure out how I can establish the world but jump right into the plot.  I’m not going to get rid of what I’ve already written (perish the thought!), but I may have to rearrange the order of things a little bit.  I hope to work on it before November this year if possible, but if not I’ll do what I did last year and take a blogging hiatus to work on it.

Show your WIP’s aesthetic in images or words (or both)!

She doesn’t have elven ears, but that’s almost exactly how I picture her face.

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The State of the Writer: 8/12/18

<–The State of the Writer: 7/29/18          The State of the Writer: 8/26/18–>

A biweekly post updated every Sunday discussing my current writing projects and any completed the prior two weeks.

Finished Projects: 1


Project: Story
Title:
The Broken Rose
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Type: Fanfiction (FFVII) Novel
Current Word Count: 261,248
Prior Word Count: 261,097
Word Difference: +151
Status: Review
Progress: Chapter 11 Review

I’m trying to figure out how to write about nail polish.  Not…that that’s that difficult; it’s more like I’m trying to figure out how I want her to talk about nail polish.  It’s why my word count has been going up.  I’ve been adding things in.  Not only to this chapter, but also prior ones (which reminds me…I need to reedit Chapter 8).  Once I have all the parts added it and organized, I can finally edit Chapter 11, which might entail more additions and organization.

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The State of the Gamer: 8/7/18

<–The State of the Gamer: 7/24/18            The State of the Gamer: 8/21/18–>

A weekly post updated every other Tuesday detailing my current gaming projects.  I have an account at Grouvee, which is a site you can use to keep track of your backlog, so please feel free to friend me there!

What I Played

Title: Final Fantasy VI
Series: Final Fantasy
System: PlayStation 3

Final Fantasy VI cover imageDate Started: June 2, 2018

I’m encouraged to play this because Hungry Goriya has been streaming her first play-through of it for the past month or so.  Even though I started in June, she’s probably past me right now lol.  It’s always a fun time with good chat, so I’d highly recommend  you follow her!

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The State of the Reader: 8/1/18

<–The State of the Reader: 7/18/18          The State of the Reader: 8/15/18–>

weekly post updated every other Wednesday detailing my current reading projects and what new titles I’ve added to my to-read list.  Title links go to Goodreads, and if you have an account there feel free to friend me!  I’d love to see what you’re reading and/or planning to read.

Books Purchased: 4


Books Finished: 0


Currently Reading

Title: Two Hearts
Series Title: The Last Unicorn
Author: Peter S. Beagle
Date Added: August 24, 2014
Date Started: July 27. 2018

Two Hearts coverMedia: Online
Progress: Unknown

If there was one work of fiction or fantasy I’d recommend to everyone, it would The Last Unicorn.  Ahead of it’s time and meta before meta was cool, this is not your typical fairy tale.  Two Hearts may very well be the longest interval between the original and its sequel written by the same author, but I’m too caution to take bets on that.  If it’s available online, I plan to purchase it since Mr. Beagle is still living and certainly deserves the credit.  The mien is exactly the same as the first book even though TLU is third person and TH is first.  Fans of the first will immediately recognize their favorite characters before they’re named and wonder about the fates of others.  It seems to take place some years/decades after the unicorn’s adventure when an antagonist even worse than the Red Bull terrorizes the land.

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Gyo by Junji Ito (Gyo #1-2)

Title: Gyo
Series Title: Gyo
Author: Junji Ito
Date Added: September 14, 2017
Date Started: November 26, 2017
Date Finished: November 30, 2017
Reading Duration: 4 days
Genre: Manga, Science Fiction, Horror

Gyo coverPages: 400
Publisher: VIZ Media
Publication Date: September 2003
Media: Hardback (Library)


Something is rotten in Okinawa… The floating smell of death hangs over the island. What is it? A strange, legged fish appears on the scene… So begins Tadashi and Kaori’s spiral into the horror and stench of the sea. Here is the creepiest masterpiece of horror manga ever from the creator of Uzumaki, Junji Ito. Hold your breath until all is revealed.


Gyo is creepy story about dead bodies that remain active even within a state of advanced decay due to strange machines that attach to their bodies, powered by the gases of putrefaction.

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The State of the Writer: 7/29/18

<–The State of the Writer: 7/15/18          The State of the Writer: 8/12/18–>

A biweekly post updated every Sunday discussing my current writing projects and any completed the prior two weeks.

Finished Projects: 3


Project: Story
Title:
The Broken Rose
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Type: Fanfiction (FFVII) Novel
Current Word Count: 261,097
Prior Word Count: 260,966
Word Difference: +131
Status: Review
Progress: Chapter 11 Review

Depending on what I move to what chapter, I may have to re-edit/revise said chapter; however, I’m finally back on track with Chapter 11.  That’s where I decided to go back and revise so I’m back where I started.  I was up quite late last night doing some work on it.  My biggest issue with this chapter is organization and where to add in extra notes, but that’s where color-coding comes in 😉

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