The State of the Writer: 9/10/16

<–The State of the Writer: 9/3/16          The State of the Writer: 9/17/16–>

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: 277,651
Prior Word Count: 272,701
Word Difference: +4950
Status: Writing
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…*

Project: Story
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
Genre: Various
Status: In Progress

I made some pretty ambitious plans for these vacation essays, but I actually completed some of them this week.


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?

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14 thoughts on “The State of the Writer: 9/10/16

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    • It certainly helps! You want to make sure you’re not missing the forest for the trees and having another set of eyes is so good for providing perspective at the least. Kat is great for critiques. While we have a different writing and editing style, we’re very similar when it comes to what type of critiques we like so it works out well. Some people are okay with harsh, but I’ve talked to many a writer who are terrified to show ANYONE their work, and they really need to be handled with care, because the last thing you want to do is make them think that what they’re doing isn’t worthwhile. The publishing business is harsh enough!


  2. Broken Rose sounds like it is coming along nicely. I have to hurry up and finish Northern Lights.

    Good luck with the scary barrage of appointments. Parking is definitely a nightmare in most cities. I’ve been walking to and from work for over a year now. I got sick of dealing with the the gridlocked commuter traffic. I was floored when I realized I’ve been walking 7.2 KM (about 4.5 miles) a day.

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    • I’m definitely making progress, which is the best thing us writers can hope for, buuuut even at the rate I’m going you’re still fine with your progress with Northern Lights hehe. You’re more than halfway through, and things are about to become interesting (I hope).

      Thankfully I just have the one in the city tomorrow and the other two are more in the area on Thursday. I used to walk to work years ago before I had a car, and I think it was about what you walk now. It was nice because I’d just put on my headphones and go, but was not that great in the winter time though I could usually catch a ride or something if the weather were bad. My supervisor rides his bike to work every now and then, and the weather’s starting to get nice/cooler around here. I’m hoping I can figure out what’s going on with my tiredness/balance so I can take some nice fall walks in the park around here. This is the best season for doing that.

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      • You can’t rush a good story! I think sometimes the words have come to you, and it’s futile trying to force them. I’m on Chapter 18 of NL now. I really love where the story is going. Poor little puppy dog, but I can’t wait to see where Aries ends up. You definitely have me hooked. I’ll probably finish it by the end of the week at this rate.

        Winter walking is pain here too. I bought a pair of snowshoes and shocked my coworkers by using them to get to work one snowstorm day last year. I was exhausted but it was a fun journey. I hope they figure out your issues soon too. Fall walks are quite relaxing.

        Oh and good luck if you decide to submit The Threads of Sorrow to Boroughs Publishing. I’ll be first in line to buy a copy when they accept it 🙂

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        • Completely agree though I’m still so jealous of my BFF who can write a story in like six months! Granted hers are significantly shorter than mine (being around the 80k word mark) and they’re easier reading. She writes more for the YA market, which is a lot harder than many people think.

          Oh Edwin lol. I borrowed his personality from a character in The Serpent’s Tale and an iteration of him shows up in TBR, too.

          Snow walking is so exhausting. It’s oddly enough like walking on the beach in terms of exhaustion. With snow (if it’s deep) you have to lift your legs higher, and with the beach your feet slide so much you’re using extra muscles to maintain balance. I love the beach though…if you couldn’t tell from NL lol.

          Thank you! I’m hoping to check out my friend’s edits this week and then do my final edit. Fingers crossed!

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          • My biggest problem is when I go to sit down and write, I end up wasting a lot of time daydreaming about where the story is going, instead of actually typing words, lol. I really have to check out some of Katherine McIntyre’s work. She sounds like an awesome author from what you’ve said about her!

            Finished Chapter 19 today, It was so great to seethat she found the courage to seek out her General. I was also relieved she was saved from a terrible fate.

            I’d much rather have “strolling along a sandy beach with a tranquil ocean nearby” exhaustion than “trudging to work in the freezing dark” exhaustion.

            *crosses fingers and toes*

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            • I would take notes about your daydreaming! I do the same thing so I separate my notes into sections then eventually chapters that way the thoughts are out of my head, and I’m not as worried about forgetting about it! My biggest problem is I get distracted really easily and often end up checking social networks, but I’m trying to make a rule that I don’t do that when it’s writing time, but it’s difficult.

              I love Kat’s Soul Solution and By the Sea. I just bought her first Philadelphia Coven book, but haven’t had a chance to start it yet. I wasn’t quite able to get into her first book An Airship Named Desire, but that’s more because I’m not that into the Steampunk scene, which is funny because FFVI has a major Steampunk mien and I love that, but I think that’s because VI is just the setting, but in Airship it’s a bigger part of the plot. She has a story called Stolen Petals in that same world that I really enjoyed so who knows why I’m weird :p

              I was so worried about Chapter 19, because I didn’t want to be trite with the “damsel in distress” again like it had been in Chapter 1, but Aeris isn’t much of a fighter AND she was able to knock that one guy out. I’m such a sucker for a rescue romance, and the thought of him pretty much giving her the option of whether or not that guy dies is so *fans self* lol

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              • Good plan! My memory is horrible so I should probably start writing ideas down somewhere.
                I haven’t had much experience in steampunk things, but I’ll have to check those out. I also haven’t played FFVI yet. It’s on my even bigger list of games I want to own.
                Aeris is definitely more of a supportive healer type, so the events make sense. I was happy to see she had some fighting spirit when she knocked that guy out though. Sometimes it’s nice to get rescued by a big strong General,lol

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                • I’ll make a confession and say that today I had the exact same problem you were professing. I sat down to write a comparative essay about how FFVII has many qualities of a Greek tragedy and even though I have notes, I completely fell flat on how to begin. I just kept thinking of more examples that I didn’t have noted down, and I couldn’t concentrate on what to say first. I think I need to outline the essay better then go back. I did manage to write another editing note post AND draft a book review (that I’ll hopefully schedule for publishing later).

                  FFVI is what many consider the greatest Final Fantasy. I obviously disagree with that hehe, but it was my first so I have to love it for bringing me into this world, and it is an excellent game, many again consider to be the paragon of JRPGs. It also have my favorite female MC Celes Chere who I think you’d enjoy. She’s kind of a literal ice queen but is of course complex. I’ve been wanting to go back through some of my FFVI fanfiction since I wrote quite a lot about her, and VI was my first foray into fanfiction! Also she’s a general and an enhanced human. Hm…wonder who else is like that :p

                  Omg that “big strong General” line gave me the vapors ahhh. Yes. It’s one of my favorite aspects of NL, and (ah mini rant time) I get a little annoyed when stories about him either dismiss or ignore utterly the fact that Sephiroth IS a super soldier. Like…that’s what he was literally created to be, and he’s the best one of them all lol. He’s an enhanced human with alien cells, and I definitely wanted this story to show that he’s human plus. Is it all canon? No of course not. I took some writerly license with it, but I love that he has this super soldier strength and he uses it to protect Aeris *dies*

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                  • I find I have to naturally be in “writer mode”. Otherwise it’s useless trying to force myself to pay attention to the what I’m working on.
                    FFVI sounds like a story I would enjoy! She definitely sounds like she would get along great with a once General I’ve grown to like recently.
                    I just finished Chapter 22 of NL. Oh no! Say it ain’t so.. 😦

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                    • Sometimes I can warm up on something else before I tackle what I really want to work on. It’s why I’ll update a weekly post prior or something.

                      VI is considered the pinnacle of JRPGs, which I can see. I think VII steps outside the box, which is one of the reasons I love it so much. That and it’s scarily reminiscent of many of the issues we’re facing today.

                      Eep I saw!! I think I saw you finished Chapter 23, too so you’re in the home stretch 😀

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