The State of the Writer: 6/25/16

<–The State of the Writer: 6/18/16          The State of the Writer: 7/2/16–>

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.

Project: Story
The Broken Rose
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Type: Fanfiction (FFVII) Novel
Final Word Count: 274,721
Status: Pre-Editing

Closeup of withered rose on black background

This is another potential cover for the story.  I will have to create a banner as well since I’ll be posting it here on WordPress.  While I like the drooping white rose, it’s not…damaged enough.  I definitely want it to be a white rose, but it needs to be far more shattered than this.

I’m planning on starting the edit of this story either today (Saturday) or tomorrow.  I have a potluck dinner to go to, so I’m unsure what I will accomplish today/tonight or if I will have enough energy to do anything.  Social interactions tire me out, but I haven’t seen certain friends in a while, and I should make an appearance.

As with Northern Lights, I have every intention of keeping and posting my editing process of this one; however, unlike NL, I don’t think I’m going to write it by hand first.  This is a bit ironic I suppose as I fully intend to hand write any future stories, but I believe it will be far easier to keep an editing record in either OneNote or Word alone.  I can much more easily copy/paste particular passages rather than hand writing out quotes in my messy scrawl.  They say that slovenly handwriting is a sign of intelligence.  I must be a super genius if this adage is true *rolls eyes*

I can’t even begin to tell you how long it will take me to edit this.  It’s the longest story I’ve ever written, and I do have quite a lot of editing to do in addition to possibly adding an entire chapter in.  I will be happy if it’s finished by Christmas, and I’ll reiterate that I will not be posting a chapter a week with this story as I did with NL, but rather present it all at once.  The only sequencing I’d even consider would be a daily basis so you’d have the entirety of the tale within about a month, but that doesn’t seem like much of a possibility either.  If anything I’d post half one day and half the next just based on time and tiredness.

I’m usually champing at the bit to edit whenever I finish a story.  With Northern Lights I couldn’t even wait a week; I believe I began it’s edit one or two days after I wrote “The End,” but The Broken Rose is…different.  While it is similar to NL in having the “worst” part happen in the first chapter, it is exponentially more abysmal in this latest narrative in addition to the horror being the overarching theme of the tale, what Aeris has to live with, and what Sephiroth vows to help her overcome (insofar that you can overcome such a thing).  Since I wrote it, I know how terrible it is, and I’m kind of avoiding it, but I’m going to take a deep breath and plunge in some time this weekend, because the sooner I do it, the sooner it will be done, and I spent a lot of time and energy on this story.  I want to get it out, because there are things in it that need to be said.

There are also articles I have saved to review on the subject….a dark, dark undertaking indeed :\

I had quite a time picking a quote this week.  Perhaps it’s due to my perpetual exhaustion, but nothing was really coming to mind.  I try to use one that attempts to go along with the picture, but there’s only one direct mention of “broken rose” throughout the story.  So I went with this little conversation about the Sephiroth’s own pretty terrible past.

Quote:  “Did you like your job as general?”  He heard her murmur as waves of sleep lapped at her mind.

“Like it?”  Sephiroth gazed to the shivering stars with brow tightly knit together.  “No, Aeris, I hated it, and I loathed whom I worked for, but…I was good at it.  I was outstanding.  I excel at killing, little one.”  He hated admission but refused to lie nor believe as she pulled herself closer.  Emerald sealed itself tightly at her warm, little body’s nearness.  I’m planning to kill as we speak, he remembered before the kiss took him sudden.  Mako sheared open for less than a blink then he shut it again for this sweetness.  Cupping the back of her head in his palm, Sephiroth claimed only the willing.

“You were probably the best,” she murmured between kisses so deep and yet gentle.  Always and always he entered her slowly with only the maid’s invitation.

“I was the best, little flower.”  It hummed through their mouths pressed together in joy.  “But I deserve no laud.  I was designed to be that way, and I was…thoroughly trained.”

He let her soft lips recuperate as silver covered his lowered face.  The Cetra slid a palm to his cheek, seeking the pain through emerald cold.  He’d hidden the mists behind brilliant wall, but Aeris could see the past shine.

“I guess,” she whispered and he looked at her plain, “there’s more than one type of slavery…”  He blinked at that, too and dark swept his cheeks, and Aeris swore she heard the wind.  “General?”

“Hm?”  It was only a half smile, but the joy it held was full.  Sephiroth recognized that curious look that heralded question or sweet observation.

“It’s so dark around your eyes like the shadows have come to stay.  You’re so lovely, though, even with the shadows.  Your beauty just burns right though.”

Project: Book Reviews
Title(s): Various
Genre: Fantasy
Status: Active Progress

I’m currently working on updating all of the book reviews I reblogged from Caffeine Crew, the geek blog I still occasionally write for.  I wanted them to officially be on on my site, as well.  Two are scheduled to post next week, The Devil’s Alphabet and Storm Front (Dresden #1) on Tuesday and Thursday respectively.

The remaining reviews that need brought over from CC are as follows: The Golem and the Jinni, which will be my first “unfinished” review post here (exactly what it says on the tin), The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle #1), Odd Thomas (Odd Thomas #1), Stardust, and The Maze Runner (Maze Runner #1).

Only one review is currently here, but not updated on Goodreads and that’s the one for my author friend Jonathon Ryan’s 3 Gates of the DeadThe review can be found here.  It’s on GR, but it needs to be tweaked just a bit.

I just discovered that I have a draft for Veronica Roth’s Divergent (Divergent #1)I thought I’d reviewed that, but I was mistaken.  It’s not even posted on Caffeine Crew.  Huh.

I’m hoping to complete all of this by the end of July (I was going to say by the end of the month, but that’s in a mere five days, holy shit).  A little more than a month is reasonable.

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?

<–The State of the Writer: 6/18/16          The State of the Writer: 7/2/16–>


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