A weekly post updated every Saturday discussing my current writing projects and where I stand with them. This will include any and all work(s) in progress (WIP) be they creative writing, essays/analyses, or reviews of any type.
Title: The Broken Rose
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Type: Fanfiction (FFVII) Novel
Previous Word Count: 255,902
Current Word Count: 262,293
Words Written This Week: 6391
I needed visuals for luxurious kitchens, and these are two of the most. This work even more than Northern Lights has let me live out such fanciful dreams. The estate (whose name I’m still keeping hush) definitely has marble counters. I like the left picture a bit more than the right as I also imagine marble floors. I have a very clear idea in my head of how their living room appears along with the ornate stairs. Maybe next week I’ll have a picture of that. Maybe next week I’ll be finished. Suffice it to say to her it’s a “palace,” and I want it to look the part.
The end is coming. I can feel it. This in no way is meant to be ominous. With enough energy I may be able to finish this thing this long weekend (it’s Memorial Day here in the states). I didn’t add to my word count last night, but I did organize my notes and add quite a few new ones. I’ve been writing extensive description and dialogue for an earlier chapter I’m planning on calling “Helpless.” After ideas are so important, because they often can’t show up until a story line is well established. This speaks to the idea that story does indeed nourish the creative soul, and tales bleed from one to the next. The concept of the chapter is heartbreaking for hopeful…if that makes any sense. Aeris has just been rescued from a situation that obliterates description, and the chapter title is how she feels, but all is not lost since she now has a protector who is the best of all possible guards..
Content Warning: Quote contains some mentions of abuse and torture.
Quote: I’m allowed to live here. Here in this palace with him in paradise. I never have to do anything I don’t want to do and I can do whatever I wish. Whenever he asks me what that is I just stare up at him. All I wish is to not be hurt, and he just sighs with a shake of his head. He’s not angry at that. No, not at all. He never grows angry with me. He’ll just hold me and rub my hands, and I’ll bury my face in his chest. He wears such nice shirts with fabric so smooth, and beneath there is no give. He’s so so solid and so very strong and he smells better than good. From that cascading hair to his winter white skin the scent permeates all of his clothes. I could swim in that sea of silver silk and I want that fragrance to live in my nostrils. He just chuckles gently whenever I say this and kisses me soft on the brow. He’ll hold me for as long as I wish. I’m allowed to fall asleep in his arms.
I want to describe his strength to you…but it’s impossible to put into words. He was created to be the very best, the strongest of the strong. Molded into the greatest of generals centuries ago. He was treated as though he was truly the statue each flawless muscle proclaims. We have that in common…we both were abused to fulfill another’s need. I kiss his hands and thank the gods that he has such wonderful strength. Though I know he was tortured to become like this, and that makes me feel so guilty. I love that he’s stronger than I could imagine, but I hate that he was hurt. He didn’t deserve that…like he tells me. Neither of us did. If I say this though, he’ll just shake his head and tell me the torment was worth it. He has the power to ever guard me, and all of anguish and agony are nothing to what I bore. I…don’t know if I believe that. I could shut my eyes and read the pain that flows beneath his skin. The memory there is deeper than shadows and more hidden than a tear in the waves, but I can see it sometimes in his face when he sheds the mask for me.
Project: Book Review
Author: Brian Jacques
I’m working on this as soon as I publish this very post. It’s a three day weekend, and I will get this done.
What are you currently working on? Is it a creative writing project, essay, review, or something else? Have you just started something new or are you wrapping up a long term project?
I look forward to your answers in the comments!