The State of the Writer: 9/3/16

<–The State of the Writer: 8/27/16          The State of the Writer: 9/10/16–>

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
Current Word Count: 272,701
Prior Word Count: 272,761
Word Difference: -60
Status: Editing
Progress: Organizing notes for new Chapter 4

The Blood Dimmed Tide Is Loosed

I use a great many poems in this fanfiction as opposed to the one recurring usage of TS Eliot’s The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock in Northern Lights.  I not only loved that poem so much, but I loved the idea of poetry that I decided I’d increase it manifold in this work.  Yeats is another one of my favorite poets, in fact I believe I declare him to be my favorite here with the above as my favorite poem.  Unsurprisingly, I’m a fan of dark advent poetry.  Who knew?

There is arguably even more poetry reading in The Broken Rose than Northern Lights, at the very least there are more poems read, but “The Second Coming” was the first one.  I absolutely love irony, with it and meta being my two favorite literary devices.  It amuses me greatly that a fallen angel is reading a dark advent poem in order to comfort the woman he once killed.  Creating situations like this is one of the best parts of writing.

I am currently at the end of my second edit of Chapter 3, and I’m now organizing my notes to write a new Chapter 4.  I’m not replacing the current Chapter 4; that’s going to become Chapter 5, and all the other following chapters will be bumped up a number.  The new Chapter 4 is entitled “Helpless,” and I’m hoping it won’t take me too long to write.  After I’m done, I’ll do a third edit on Chapter 3 (since I did some heavy editing the second time around) and go right into my edit of Chapter 4.  My goal is to write and edit the latest chapter before the end of my two week vacation.  My even more ambitious goal is to finish editing the first five chapters so I can begin posting the work.

Quote: Sephiroth carried both book and maid back upstairs to her welcoming room.  He turned out the light because he needed none and let the volume choose its page.

*“…The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity…” *

The general glanced down in frowning concern for such blood soaked verse, but the little Cetra was smiling so bright in his arms with her lids lightly shut.  Her tiny hands were no more clenched, but curled resting against the black coat.  His low voice so soothing could put her to sleep and made even dark words shine so bright.

Project: Story
The Threads of Sorrow
Genre: Paranormal Romance/Retold Fairy Tale
Type: Original Short Story
Prior Word Count: 6825
Current Word Count: 6787
Word Difference: +38
Status: Editing
Progress: First Edit Complete

I finished the first edit of Threads last week and now need to do a second edit.  I’ll probably work on that today.  I’m hoping it will be just a smooth read-through.  Afterwards, I’m not sure what my plan is.  I feel like I should find some beta readers, but I’ve already discussed my trepidation with the last weekly update.

Project: Vacation Essays
Genre: Various
Status: Planning

Since I’m on vacation for the next two weeks I want to use this time to catch up and post things I might otherwise have trouble finding the time to do.  Some of the things on the list have been featured here before.

  • Character Analyses – Since I’m hoping to also finish Final Fantasy IV, I may be able to finally get back to my character analyses posts with one for Cecil Harvey, the main character of the fore mentioned game.  Other contenders are Brienne of Tarth from ASOIAF/GOT, since I haven’t written about that series in a while.
  • The Printed Copy of Northern Lights – I’d like to discuss my NL printing project, because as I was doing it, a bittersweet and quite meta memory came clear.  I hope I can properly impart the feelings to you.
  • Blogger Tags – Over the course of the year (possibly the last one as well), I collected a number of blogger tag posts from various sites I follow.  These are fun, but quite time consuming.  I’ve already done the Alphabet Book Tag, and I thought up more alphabet tag posts for other media like games and movies that I’d like to start spreading around.  There’s also the Book Blogger Memory Tag, the Music Tag, and the Goodreads Book Tag I’d like to complete.  When I do, I’ll give credit/links to those bloggers from whom I found them!
  • The Stringer Bell Paradox Test – This was another “tag” from a blogger.  I found it quite fascinating, especially since I had an immediate pair of characters to test it out on.  I included the link now in case you wanted to check it out before I post.
  • “Half a Tragedy Is Worse Than None” – This is an essay about how Final Fantasy VII in many ways parallels a Greek tragedy. I initially was going to make this part of “Seventh Is the Darkest” essay, but the idea grew big enough to stand on its own.  I would love to have this written by 9/7/16 for 19th anniversary of FFVII’s release in North America, but I highly doubt that’s going to happen.  I have something else planned for that day though.
  • 30 Day Challenge – This is a Game of Thrones Challenge!  I forget where I found it.  I think one of the YouTubers I follow made a video about it, but I was able to google the picture easily.  I will probably answer them all at once and not day by day.
  • “Wide Awake” – It’s been several months since I’ve made a slideshow, and I’ve been thinking a lot of Katy Perry’s “Wide Awake,” since the lyrics put me in the mind of a fallen angel.  I really want to start making AMVs, but I’m a picky perfectionist, and I don’t know what footage I want yet for the AMV I want to make.  If I were more prepared, I’d definitely work on that during this vacation, but the slideshow will be easier.
  • Stranger Things Review – I’ll get this completed within the two weeks.  I think I have it on my planner to do today, but we’ll see about that.
  • A Song of FFVIIs – I started organizing all of the notes on this last night.  Ideally I’d love to write and post at least one essay before my two weeks is up.  More ideally, I’d love to have an essay ready to post on 9/7/16, but I don’t think it’s going to happen

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: 8/27/16          The State of the Writer: 9/10/16–>


9 thoughts on “The State of the Writer: 9/3/16

  1. Pingback: The State of the Writer: 8/27/16 | The Shameful Narcissist Speaks

  2. I’m all for the inclusion of poetry! Lovely choice of poem, btw. I look forward to TBR, and your essays!

    As for me, I’ve been getting a paltry bit of writing done on a novel, but, among other homework, I have a case brief to write this weekend. Since I’m still learning how, it will be . . . interesting. 😀

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    • So many poems! I’m going to work on the new Chapter 4 once I answer my comments and check my reader tonight (so long as the coffee keeps me going). It’s mostly just going through notes and figuring out where the pieces all fit.

      A paltry bit is better than none at all! I love September, but it seems a bittersweet time for many of my friends. Going back to school is exciting and educational, buuut obviously time consuming. Good luck writing your case brief!

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  3. Sounds like you’ve been busy! Good luck 🙂 I’ve been working on creative writing projects and blogposts, but not as much as I would like. And with school starting tomorrow… I’m determined to make time though 🙂

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    • I hope I can get a significant amount done! This weekend has been a bit busy so I’m happy tomorrow I can just relax and try to plan out what I’m going to do. I like to say what I want to try to accomplish in posts, because one I say/write it, it creates an obligation to myself to complete it 🙂

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