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: 278,815
Prior Word Count: 278,742
Word Difference: +73
Progress: First edit of Chapter 7
You can’t write about someone who’s a known killer without showing them doing some killing. This has been a rule of mine since my novel. Granted, the general isn’t slaughter whom he truly wishes to slaughter (mores the pity…I want him to butcher them, too), but in this far better, future world, his seemingly murderous nature serves the purpose of keeping the Whispers safe from monsters and keeping Aeris safe, too.
I just started the first edit yesterday, and I’m quite shocked with how well it’s going. I must’ve done some adequate editing when I was writing it, because I’ve done very minimal corrections. I did just start though and prior to plunging in made the observation that the chapter does have a lot in it that may either need to be cut or modified. Shortly, I shouldn’t rest on my laurels just yet.
I changed the chapter title from “Dark Poetry” to “Dark Promises,” but I still have no idea what I’m going to use for a cover picture. It’s not going to be the above, since I used that for Northern Lights’ Chapter 4 “Blood Dance,” and I have a personal rule to not repeat the same picture even if it is another work. I am thinking the image might be in the same vein since the chapter opens with Sephiroth hunting monsters, but like everything, I might still change my mind. The picture is supposed to capture the essence of the chapter, which I usually figure out before the first edit is done.
Quote: The next part never grew easier. He was just used to the pain. The agony of flesh and bone tearing around the black of that wing. *If I’m going to kill monsters I may as well be one.* He didn’t need it to fly, but he couldn’t without, nor was it called where eyes lived to see. The folk of the Whispers knew what he was, but there was no need for them to bear witness. Familiarity had breed fondness, not quite fear and definite respect. They seemed almost proud of their preternatural mayor whom all still called “general.”
This is the only thing I’m working on? Good lord it is. I finished up the Final Fantasy IV and the Magonia review this week. The FFIV review was a major project that took up a great deal of my writing time, but now that that’s done, I want to return to working on my “Half a Tragedy” FFVII meta/essay showing the similarities between the game and Greek tragedy, and since I’m just coming off FFIV, I’m thinking of continuing my Character Analysis series with one for Cecil. I’m still playing through the GBA version of FFIV (interspersed with Dawn of Souls/FFI) so he’s still pretty fresh in my mind. Eventually, I’m also going to finish up the edit of my original short story The Threads of Sorrow, and of course I want to start on my “Song of VIIs” series, which is my attempt to show the myriad similar themes between Final Fantasy VII and George R R Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire. A few of them require prerequisite reading (yes, I’m that pretentious) like the Poetic Edda so I can brush up on my Norse mythology, but the first one on my list has to do with missing mothers, dickhead dads, and subsequent lost children. No additional reading necessary (I say that now).
So because I like bullet point lists, here’s one of upcoming projects:
- “Half a Tragedy” – an FFVII meta showing the similarities between the game and Greek tragedy
- Character Analysis: Cecil Harvey
- The Threads of Sorrow final edit
- The “Song of VIIs” essay series
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?