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: 277,651
Prior Word Count: 272,701
Word Difference: +4950
Progress: Chapter 4 in progress
In this additional chapter, I am literally writing about how broken Aeris is. If I take a step back and really examine it, this part is a bit extraneous. Generally you want each chapter to pull the story along, further the plot, or introduce a new idea. In all honesty, I’m just throwing this in because I can and I want to. That’s the good thing about fanfiction. While I definitely stick to the same rules of editing that I use for original works, there’s a little bit more wiggle room when it comes to fanfiction, because there are no threshold guardians. Granted, I could probably make an argument for the narrative validity of this chapter as it really delves into how horribly abused Aeris was and how a redemptive and guilty Sephiroth does everything to help her heal. I definitely wave some fore mentioned plot coupons around in this earlier section that will be cashed in later. The truth of it though is I thought up some dialogue and interactions that I absolutely adored even as they broke my heart, and while some have found there way into earlier chapters, I knew that I’d need an additional one to bring the vision to fruition.
I’ve been plugging away at this chapter all week. It’s like putting together the pieces of a very large puzzle, sanding the ends and/or adding enough glue to make them fit. I had a lot of notes for this, many of them redundant, but I did manage to write almost 5k words this week. I didn’t yet do a third edit on Chapter 3 (though I need to) as I decided I’d write 4 first, do the third edit, and then continue on with the process in Chapter 4.
I’m still planning on starting to post chapters once I get through Chapter 5, but I don’t know if this will occur before the end of my vacation. If I can finish Chapter 4 by the end of this weekend, it may be a possibility. I’ve been working on TBR every day since I can, but next week I have a slew of doctor’s appointments. It might not be that bad since they’re only on Monday and Thursday, and my brother is driving me to the one on Monday since parking is $20 (blech). Plus it’s in the city. I hate driving in the city. I can do it, but it wears me out even more.
Quote: In the crook of his neck, silvery spill made a soft nest for the weary. The general shifted those thorn thin pupils, but they would never cut her. Benevolence warred with rage within. She was safe now and always would be. *Would that she believed. It’s my job to show her as much as to keep her safe. My sins can’t be cleaned no matter how much the misted past might fade. At least I can serve her. Let me be your angel. Even the fallen can beg…*
Title: The Threads of Sorrow
Genre: Paranormal Romance/Retold Fairy Tale
Type: Original Short Story
Prior Word Count: 6787
Current Word Count: 6787
Word Difference: 0
Status: Critiques received
Progress: Need to review critiques
I wound up sending Threads to my writer/blogger BFF Kat. She got back to me the middle of last week, but I haven’t had a chance to look at her notes yet. I’ve got a little bit of trepidation but not full fledged. Kat has critiqued my work before, and I’ve done the same for hers. She’s empathetic, too, so understand how to give valid feedback without being overly harsh. Still I haven’t had the chance. I schedule the editing of Threads on the weekends, but since I went out earlier today, I’m just getting around to doing anything (it’s why this is post is coming out so late).
Once I review Kat’s critiques and do a second edit, I’ll probably look into sending it to Boroughs Publishing.
Project: Vacation Essays
Status: In Progress
I made some pretty ambitious plans for these vacation essays, but I actually completed some of them this week.
- The Printed Copy of Northern Lights – Posted 9/8/16
- Blogger Tags
- Stranger Things – Not Really a Review – Posted 9/6/16
I was supposed to work on the FFVII/Greek Tragedy comparative essay Half a Tragedy Is Worse Than None and the Game of Thrones 30 Day challenge today, but I’ll be lucky to get to the latter. I can’t even remotely think about the former right now. I either work on that or I work on editing, and I really want to try to finish Chapter 4 soon. I’ll try to work on Half a Tragedy tomorrow or Tuesday. I also was ambitious and planned on doing an essay for my Song of VIIs series, one about apotheosis, dispossession, and eugenics, but I really don’t see myself working on two major essays next week and keeping up with my editing and daily stuff. Then there’s the Stringer Bell Paradox, a character analysis (haven’t even decided on whom) and a slideshow using Katy Perry’s “Wide Awake.” If I had a month’s vacation, all of this would be feasible, but I’m going to try to do what I can and not beat myself up for what I just can’t do.
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?