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: 278,222
Prior Word Count: 278,815
Word Difference: -593
Progress: Second edit of Chapter 7
This is one of the potential covers for Chapter 7. I’m waiting to hear back on my first choice as the original image was found on an art website. I contacted the artist, but there’s been no word as of yet. It’s a gorgeous photo of a black lily on a black background with just enough contrast to make out the flower’s shape. The above picture isn’t a terrible choice and captures the essence of the chapter’s beginning, but I really love the lily.
This is the other non-lily option.
The first edit of this chapter was fairly simple. I didn’t make any drastic changes, and it only took a week. I’m hoping the second edit is the same.
Quote: White winter roses that grew as far north as flowers would dare to bear bloom. Then marigolds hardy and hale. Asters of purple deeper than night plucked from the fields around Kalm. Before the Mythril Mine of old he discovered poppies so red with black hearts. While deep in a crag of the great red canyon, the general found rouge peonies. Far in the south in what once was Mideel, he’d gathered huge dahlia blooms. Finally, yellow crocus huge with smooth petals that grew in the rich mountain earth. Guilt had rained down like fire from heaven, but he had gone there for her…
Project: Character Analysis
Title: Cecil Harvey
Source: Final Fantasy IV
Current Word Count: 855
Progress: Wrapping up
I just can’t seem to get enough of Cecil and IV. I’m still playing it on the DS/GBA, and I’m still talking about him. About a year ago, I had a dream that I would do a character analysis every other week or so. Thus far (besides this WIP) I have two. Since I just finished the monster review of FFIV, the game and its main character are still fresh in my mind. I figured it was as good a time as any to write the long ago planned analysis.
I’m in the process of wrapping up and should have this finished before the week is out. Since not all character analyses are for Final Fantasy (in fact this one about Cecil is the first for the series I’ve done), this won’t count as a Final Fantasy Friday post (not that I need one for that day with the Tarot series still going on). I’ll just put it up whenever I finish.
Now that I’m thinking about it…maybe I’ll plan analyses for Golbez and Kain. Hm, it looks like I already have Kain on my itinerary, but I did add Golbez. The list mostly consists of characters from Final Fantasy and A Song of Ice and Fire, which should come as no surprise to anyone.
Title: Half a Tragedy Is Worse Than Whole
Subject: FFVII Comparative and Meta
Status: On hold
Progress: Outline Completed
I didn’t do any work whatsoever on “Half a Tragedy.” I’d planned to start it last Monday, but when I sat down to write, I wasn’t feeling it, and if I don’t have passion for a project, there’s no point in forcing it. All I want to work on is The Broken Rose. I’m hoping I can dredge up some enthusiasm for Threads of Sorrow next year.
I usually post this on Saturday, but I spent most of that day sleeping. I’d brought my car in for inspection and found out that it wouldn’t pass due to an exhaust leak. When I bought it, I also purchased a bumper to bumper warranty. Apparently, that doesn’t cover the exhaust system, which makes no goddamn sense to me seeing as it’s between the two bumpers, but whatever. The estimated cost was between $1300-$1400. I just paid off all my credit cards by taking a loan from my 401k. Now I only have around $200 on my one card and a paycheck reduced by around $200 every payday (it’s an automatic deduction). The dealership didn’t have the part, and the mechanic suggested I look for a place that could weld in order to fix the leak. My more local mechanic noticed the exhaust leak when I brought the car in for an oil change a few months ago, but I figured that it would be covered under warranty so I didn’t bother to get it repaired. They’d estimated it around $700, which is half, but still money I need to put back on my credit card that I just paid off.
When I’m in a depressive state all I can really do is sleep, so that’s what I did. Now it’s morning, and I have even more things to check and do, which does wonders for my anxiety (I have both. It’s hell) so I’m trying to play catch up. Anyway, that’s why this is being posted today instead of yesterday.
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?