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: 277,937
Prior Word Count: 278,692
Word Difference: -755
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.*
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’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.
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?