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
Current Word Count: 272,761
Prior Word Count: 273,620
Word Difference: -852
Progress: 2nd edit of Chapter 3
I’m honestly can’t believe I haven’t used the above picture yet. It’s almost exactly how I picture the house save for some minor details. There’s no garage; it faces the sea; and the staircase is slightly different, being split at the top not at a lower landing, but the extensive veranda is dead on, and the luxury is exquisite, though I would not want to have Aeris’s history in this story in order to live here.
The little Cetra gets a brief glimpse of where she now resides, but there’s a much better one in Chapter 5 where she (and the readers) also find out the name of the estate. When I do my (hopefully) light reedit of Northern Lights, I’m going to use the same name for their abode. It’s…sad but fitting, and Sephiroth finds it achingly ironic.
I’m making good progress on the second edit. I was worried it was going to be tedious and nitpicky as the first, but I only had some trouble with the initial paragraph or so. I’ve mostly been doing a read through with minor edits, which is what I wish all editing could be. Granted I haven’t yet reached the part where I’ve done extensive additions, so I’ll have to get back to you when I do.
This chapter amps up the sweetness even amongst the heartache. At the end of it since Aeris is completely bereft of clothing, Sephiroth orders her a multitude of them in addition to jewelry and shoes. I debated using a picture of the former, but there will be plenty of time for that when it arrives.
Quote: “Her coloring? Fairer than the mist with the first blush of dawn on her cheeks. She resembles a tiny porcelain doll with large, deep, summer blessed eyes. Her hair is chestnut waves down to her knees with bangs similar to mine. Yes, she’s lovely, beyond so. Beautiful’s the word I would use.”
Title: The Threads of Sorrow
Genre: Paranormal Romance/Retold Fairy Tale
Type: Original Short Story
Prior Word Count: 6887
Current Word Count: 6825
Word Difference: -42
Progress: First Edit 5/6 Complete
I only edited one page last week, and I’m not sure I’m going to get to this tonight. Since I went to my friend’s book signing, I’m exhausted as is the case whenever I do anything. I’d need a nap before any editing took place, and I have so much still on my planner to accomplish. I would love to finish the first edit this weekend, but it may have to happen during my two week vacation, which starts the first full week of September.
I’m also starting to get weird about submitting this for publishing. That’s all I’m going to say about that for now
Project: Book Reviews
Status: Active Progress
I am finished with my book review backlog on here and Goodreads, and I’m currently working on updating all of my reviews on Amazon. Since I have the reviews written, it’s just a matter or copying, pasting and editing. I feel the most comfortable sharing personal insights here on WordPress. I’m okay with it on Goodreads, but for Amazon, I’d rather be cordial and all business so anything personal is omitted. So I don’t really gush about how my VII Sense got me to read anything there since I’m pretty sure no one who reads reviews on that site would care. Now if I can show a clear connection with that narrative, I’ll say so, but it’s always so touch and go for me with that, especially considering gamers and readers don’t always overlap (which I don’t get at all, but I’ve noticed it less with RPG players), and even if they do, some tend to compartmentalize the two media as separate worlds. I believe all narratives are worthy of discourse, and all narratives use motifs, paradigms, and tropes, which can most definitely be shared regardless of how the story is presented.
I need to update A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms, Dreamsongs: Volume I, and Divergent. With Knight I’m pondering my method. Do I want to do one large review for the entire volume or break it up into three for each novella? What do you think?
After this I’ll be up to date on all of my book reviews across the board.
Project: TV Show Review/Analysis
Title: Stranger Things
Genre: Supernatural, Sci-Fi, Horror, Mystery
I was planning to work on this today, but as mentioned above, I had some friend/writer support to handle. I’ll see how I feel after my nap, but this may be another thing shuffled off to vacation time. I may also rewatch it, since I’ve been wanting to do that, as well.
If you haven’t seen it and if you have Netflix, I cannot recommend it highly enough. If/When you watch it, let me know and we can chat!
Project: Weekly List
Title: Final Fantasy Tarot
Category: Comparative Examination
Status: In Progress
I decided to do this as a series of weekly posts instead of one long one. It gives me a great excuse to talk about Final Fantasy on a weekly basis in addition to reviving my Final Fantasy Friday post, which I only really do when I either review one of the games, post chapters of a fanfiction, or write an essay. Since these activities take a lot of preparation and time (considering I’ve been playing FFIV for probably half a year now, and my Heart of Darkness essay took ten years to ruminate/manifest, months to prepare, and two weeks to write), I thought it would be nice to have an FF feature that would allow for nice conversation and education. The latter was quite a nice surprise as several people have said they don’t know too much about tarot though they are wise in the ways of Final Fantasy. I did find a now mutual follower, Hermit of the North, who knows both!
Breaking the 22 Major Arcana up into weekly installments will also keep the posts fairly short and easier to digest. There’s a link to each card’s information on Wikipedia, and I allow any readers to take a guess on whom shall represent the next. Credit goes to anyone who manages to figure out the game number I’m pulling from or one of the alternates I considered.
Title: A Song of FFVII
Category: Comparative Essays
As mentioned above I have a two week vacation coming up, and as like last year, I intend to spend most of my days writing. When I don’t have to work, that’s what I do; it’s truly my second job that I wish was my main. 8-10 hours normally just like I would day employment.
I need to organize the essays and articles I want to work on and post, since I’ve already decided on which ones that will be. Obviously, I’m going to work on editing both The Threads of Sorrow and The Broken Rose, hopefully finishing up the former.
I moved all the essays I want to work on to a “Vacation” tab in my OneNote app, but soon realized I couldn’t just do that with my notes on A Song of FFVII, which is my series of planned comparative essays for FFVII and ASOIAF, which I’ve discussed quite a few times prior. I found many common motifs between the two narratives, so many in fact that it will take more than one or even three examinations to talk about them all. The notes are a mess though. I have things partially organized, but some information is scattered. I want to spend the remainder of this weekend and next week organizing them so I can use my vacation time to write at least one essay. It would be phenomenal if I could have one ready to post on 9/7/16, since that’s the anniversary of Final Fantasy VII’s release in North America. As always my accomplishing these tasks relies heavily on how my unknown health issues will affect my energy and awareness.
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?