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: 277,058
Prior Word Count: 277,120
Word Difference: -62
Progress: Reread-through of Chapters 4-6
There’s a naughtier version of this picture on the linked site that would actually be quite appropriate for The Broken Rose, but while the story is MA, I’d still like to keep the pictures no more than PG-13.
As for the supposed backtracking, I often read parts of the story on my phone, since I email myself all the time. During one of these sessions, I noticed some egregious errors (e.g. the wrong form of “your/you’re” #horrified) that I couldn’t correct in that particular format. I figured I’d go back and do a quick read-through. I doubt it’ll take that long considering I’m already halfway through Chapter 4 already, and I’ve only had one editing session for this. I’m also probably going to skip Chapter 5 (the letter chapter) since I didn’t see any issues therein, though on the other hand, I may just read it to keep with the flow. I haven’t decided yet.
Chapter 8 is going to take a long time to edit. I have more notes for this chapter than any other, and I feel it’s the most disorganized due to it being a bit of a transition chapter. Aeris begins to come more into her own, and she starts showing more (innocent) affection towards Sephiroth. It’s quite cute, but it’s also the start of a mutual growing affection, and you have to be careful with the timing of such things. It took me 43 days to edit Chapter 7; it may take me 83 days to edit Chapter 8.
I’m hoping to fix the (relatively) minor problems with Chapters 4-6, repost them, and start organizing my Chapter 8 notes by this week. As luck would have it (or federal holiday timing would have it), I’m off this Monday for Martin Luther King, Jr Day. I really should do something service worthy, since it’s supposed to be a day of service, but I’m always so tired and in need to extra sleep
Title: Half a Tragedy Is Worse Than Whole
Subject: FFVII Comparative and Meta
Current Word Count: 649
Progress: Introduction defining “Greek Tragedy” complete
I’m happy to report that I managed to finally start this essay last Saturday, and I’m happy with what I have so far. I may be changing the title of it from “Half a Tragedy” to something else, but since this something is yet unconfirmed, I don’t want to talk about it yet. Rest assured, it’s a bit academically punny or at the very least it makes (what I think is ) a clever reference similar to “When the Moon Has Turned to Blood,” which refers to a line in the hymn “When the Saints Go Marching In.”
The biggest hurdle to this essay is not repeating what I’ve said in prior ones about my favorite general. I’ve already defended his…well not innocence, but at least lessened culpability in both “Heart of Darkness” and “The Seventh Is the Darkest.” I’m thinking of updating the former of those essays as HoD is now a year and a half old, and I’m now aware of the concept of “mens rea” or “guilty mind” (and I have this song to thank for putting it into my own).
I plan to work on this essay more this upcoming long weekend. Doing this weekly post on Thursday instead has indeed freed up some time as I hoped.
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?