The State of the Writer: 10/1/16

<–The State of the Writer: 9/24/16          The State of the Writer: 10/8/16–>

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: 277,937
Prior Word Count: 278,692
Word Difference: -755
Status: Editing
Progress: 1st Edit of Chapter 6

I’m quite aware that I have my progress as the 1st edit of Chapter 6 with the chapter cover for Chapter 5, but the artist omegaptera didn’t get back to me until the end of this week, and I didn’t want to share this without permission.  I can’t tell you how happy I was to get that note in my Deviant Art mailbox, because this picture is just beyond perfect for this chapter.  I did some manipulation of the color to make the wire seem more silver than gold, obviously added the chapter name, but that’s it.  This is an actual pen the creator made.  I would love to own in, but it’s a bit expensive and rightly so.  Her signature remains intact in the upper right corner.  I wanted to make sure neither my manipulations nor words blocked that out.

So…I believe I said after I edited the first five chapters I’d start posting them.  Well, I kind of didn’t consider that adding a new Chapter 4 in would push out Chapters 5 and 6 (obviously).  I have a ton of notes for (the new) Chapter 6.  Some of them may potentially go into an earlier chapter so I want to go through them before I do any posting.  That being said, I’m still prepping to post.  I need to make a banner for the story, write a blurb, and make sure I have all of the content warnings in place.

Chapter 5’s edit went by much quicker than I thought.  I was able to finish the first and second edit in only ten days.  I only started the prep for Chapter 6’s edit.  Like I did with Northern Lights I have editing notes, though The Broken Rose’s are way less extensive and bubbly.  I may or may not post them when the time comes since they’re so sparse.  It’s more for keeping me on track and/or when I think of some weird insight.

Note:  I have a feeling everyone picked this up, but when I use * it means the words are in italics in the story.  I generally use that for thought but also for letter writing.  Since I put all quotes in italics, I figured it would be a good way to indicate that instead of reversing the words back to regular (which is what some people do).  Hopefully this is not too confusing.

Quote: *I know long ago I braided my hair, but my fingers don’t remember.  He’ll gently brush and bind it high with a ribbon amongst the waves.  He always lets me pick the color, because he says, it’s my hair.  The high bangs hang long to brush my chest.  They’re similar to his.  The headband he’ll slide amongst the waves contains those shimmering stones. 

I looked in the mirror and couldn’t stop crying.  It couldn’t be me there.  This wasn’t a slave.  She was a person, but her face was soaked with my tears.  My silver master stood behind, as I leaned against him for support.  This had to be false, but that maiden remained as he bent to kiss my brow.*

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’m going to work on the edit for this today I vow.  I got a bit of an eager boost from my dear friend Lightning Night Nova who was kind enough to read it and tell me what she thought!  Writers seriously feed reviews like a bird flies through the air, and when someone is enthusiastic about your work, it breathes new life into it and makes the time and energy put in worth while.  So I’m going to do some work on this later today.  I’ve got quite a long to-do list to accomplish, but it’s going to be a top priority.

Project: Essay
Title: Half a Tragedy Is Worse Than Whole
Subject: FFVII Comparative and Meta
Status: Outline Complete

I finished the outline for this last week, but I’m not sure I’ll get to any writing today.  I’m more interested in working on Threads as mentioned above.  Completing the outline makes me feel like I’m making progress though.  Ah the illusions we live in.

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: 9/24/16          The State of the Writer: 10/8/16–>



11 thoughts on “The State of the Writer: 10/1/16

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  3. The pen is quite beautiful, and I get a bit of a haunting vibe from it. I’m even more excited now for Broken Rose! Take your time of course 🙂

    Aw, I’m humbled that my little opinion meant so much to you! Thank you for sharing the Threads of Sorrow with me. I really enjoyed it and I know I’ll be reading it again after I’ve purchased it from one of those almighty publishers. This week I finally finished Chapter 13 of my secretive project I keep rambling to you about (thanks for putting up with that by the way, lol). Your story inspired me to write much more than usual. I think I’ve got enough things floating in my brain for a few more chapters, but I have a feeling I’m actually going to finish it before the end of the year now.

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    • I would love to have that pen. She doesn’t have any available right now, but she’s on Etsy and probably takes requests. Alas I don’t have the money for such a device. The one that’s currently at her shop is well over $100 :O

      Omg certainly! Writers live and thrive off of reviews, and an encouraging one can be the difference between throwing in the towel and giving it one more go. I can’t count the days I’ve been morose about the entire thing, but I’ll get a notification about a comment on a story, and it encourages me to keep going.

      Psh, we talk about writing. I’m never going to be annoyed with you talking about your project! I blather on about all my stuff enough :p That would be fantastic if you finish it before year’s end! I’m absolutely horrible at deadlines. I thought I’d be done with writing The Broken Rose in November when I did NaNoWriMo lol. Oh brother…I wasn’t finished until May and almost another 100k words.

      I made the banner for the story last night! The artist for it got back to me this morning saying he was okay with me using it (he just wants a link to it when I’m done, which is totally fine). I was pretty sure he’d approve since he’d given another requester permission in the comments. Most artists are cool with you using their work so long as you credit, and they REALLY appreciate it when you ask. I always try to do the credit thing if I can find it or say I don’t have an original source, but it’s not mine, if I can’t.

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      • I would definitely start handwriting more if I had a badass pen like that! Quite a hefty price tag for me too, unfortunately. All this technology has really broken my hand writing ability. I can’t remember the last time I put pen to paper for an extended writing spree.

        One of your awesome “State of the Writer” posts, a few months back now I think, was the first time I admitted to the outside world that I was secretly writing a novel. I haven’t told anyone IRL, and it has actually been inspiring to ramble to someone about it, so thanks! 🙂 My original self imposed deadline was to have a first draft in a year. That was a year and two months ago, and I still have a lot to say. My deadlines are just a loose guide to keep me on track. It’s no a big deal if the journey takes longer, as long as it is progressing I’m happy. At this point, I kind of see it as “Schrodinger’s novel”. Until other people see it, it is both awful and great. That growing fear of the former is why I’m keeping it mostly to myself. On another note, that Schrodinger guy really should have been banned from owning cats…

        Yay! The pictures you chose for NL really added to the epic writing. Oh the suspense…

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        • My handwriting is absolutely atrocious I’m not going to lie lol. I often have no idea what I was trying to convey a day after I write it. It’s been a while since I hand wrote a story, but I’m planning on doing so with my next one!

          You know what’s funny…I didn’t admit to the outside world that I was planning and (kind of) working on a Sephiroth cosplay until I did it on WordPress so yay for the site and good friends making disclosure possible and (hopefully) less uncomfortable. When you can create and foster and space of trust, you can bring more people out of their shells and inspire creativity.

          I like to wave at deadlines as they pass. Someone said that or I saw it in a meme. Either way I agree. I’m sure if I ever had an editor or publishing company to appease, I’d be much better at it, or else I could just write my own ticket like GRRM who pretty much does what he wants.

          Schrodinger’s novel lol. I love that, and I totally understand that feeling. When I’m in the writing phase I’m so pumped and believe I can’t say anything wrong. The editing phase is a little more sobering, but I still have that flutter of hope as I’m working to tweak everything. Apparently Schrodinger absolutely HATED that entire thing with the cat lol. I forget where I saw that.

          Speaking of pictures, I’m trying to find one for Chapter 6 of TBR and I’m so picky I can’t settle on one. You wouldn’t think it would be that hard to find a luxurious beach house at sunset, but Google is being petulant *fumes*

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  4. Spellcheck has also ruined me. I don’t understand my ink squiggles anymore, but I can almost guarantee that whatever the hell that word was suppose to be, it was definitely spelled wrong.

    I really love the environment I found on WordPress. I haven’t found any trolls (I was expecting a ton when I started my account), only awesome people with similar interests. I also feel more confident when I’m hiding behind a username. Especially one that has “Lightning” in it, lol

    Google is usually good at finding that stuff. I wish I was in a luxurious beach house right now…. *trails off*

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    • I think spellcheck has ruined my spelling, too. I’m SO lazy now. I used to be a pretty good speller, now I just throw out some letters and hope for the best.

      On this blog I haven’t found nary a one (knock on wood). There were a few when I wrote for the Caffeine Crew, a blog I did with some friends and other writers. I had someone give me crap for “only” posting Final Fantasy cosplay. They even went through the trouble of crafting a screen name called “Squeenixsux” or something like that. It’s like really? You have nothing better to do with your time than troll a site you’re choosing to look at. Plus I didn’t only use FF cosplays, though they were the majority of them since I love FF, which everyone knows *shrug* The good thing is you can very easily block trolls and spam, but yeah, I’m surprised that there hasn’t been more trouble. There are people who get pissed when women talk about gaming and act they own the business. I laugh in their faces.

      I’m definitely more comfortable/confident with writing in general. I have more time to think about what I’m going to say instead of being stuck having to verbalize it.

      Just wait til you see the picture for Chapter 6! Ugh, I wish I could look at the sight every day D:

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      • That sounds annoying. You should be able to post cosplay about whatever you want, and no one is forcing them to read anything. It’s funny, and kind of sad, the lengths some trolls go to in order to spew their hatred. Mention the name “Anita Sarkeesian” in any popular game forum to create an instant troll war. So sad…

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        • Right? If you don’t want to see it don’t look at it. That blog held plenty of other geeky things. Some people think they can control what others do. *sigh* Sadly I did hold off on Final Fantasy cosplays for a while, which I’m annoyed at myself for, but I’m much more “I do what I want!” now.

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