A weekly post updated every Sunday 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: 266,754
Prior Word Count: 267,254
Word Difference: -500
Progress: 3rd edit of Chapter 10
It amazes me how the smallest change to a story can have a momentous effect, and I’m not even talking about tweaking a plot point. Deciding what Sephiroth was going to do with his coat in one scene means I have to make sure the text following abides by that decision. When he was wrapping it around Aeris, that means the cuffs of his shirt are more accessible, but if he’s wearing the coat, she’s probably not going to be able to unbutton them, unless the stick out past his coat, which they don’t because the coat covers his wrists. One little change and you have to ensure that what follows reflects that.
I was too tired for two nights in a row, so I wasn’t even able to work on it, but when I finally sat down to edit, I realized it wasn’t going to be quite as difficult as I suspected. There are parts of the scene where she has her hands on his black shirt, and I initially thought “How the hell am I going to change all of that?? I need to rethink the entire scene D:” Then I remembered that he could just unbutton his coat and everything would be much easier *headdesk* This is why you don’t edit tired or drunk.
Unfortunately, since I’ve made significant changes this time around, and I may make more since I’m also rethinking the nightmare scene I wrote later in the chapter, I’m going to have to do a 4th edit. Usually though, by the time I get to that point, it’s just a read-through so long as everything flows properly. Let us hope.
Note on the quote (hooray for the rhyme!). There were quite a few “simple” terms I had to look up in order to figure out how to describe them to a person who’d forgotten due to trauma. “General” was one of those terms. It’s funny how you have a working knowledge of what something means, but when asked to describe it, you often balk.
Quote: “What does ‘general’ mean, master?” She ran her digits along his thumb.
The sigh lifted his chest as she shut her eyes, gently moved by sorrow’s breath. “It was my once designation, little flower, a very long time ago. A general is…the highest ranked officer in…a military operation.”
Project: Book Review
Title: A Court of Mist and Fury
Author: Sarah J. Maas
I only set this up this weekend and wrote a few words about how this book forced me to eat crow. It’s the first time I’ve ever read a series where the second book not only made me rethink the first book, but also endeared me to the series against what I felt about the initial novel. I’m glad I listened to my friends Kat and Megan (whom I promise I haven’t forgotten about your email! It’s still sitting in my inbox, and I’m not ignoring you D:) and continued on with it, because I would’ve missed out on a great journey whose ending still remains to be seen in A Court of Wings and Ruin, which I’m right in the middle of.
I am deathly afraid that someone very important isn’t going to survive, and I’ll be heartbroken if I’m reading the signs right. I hope Maas is one for mostly happy endings, because frankly I’d love to see Rhysand and Feyre become High King and High Queen of Prythian after Hybern is overthrown with the other High Lords deferring to them.. He is the most powerful High Lord the world has ever seen, and there are many other reasons why they’d make the best rulers. They’ve both seen the other side of things, and that gives them the best perspective.
Project: Book Reviews
I’m now ten reviews in the hole. I finished (or DNFed) a shit ton of books in the past few days, so I added even more to my backlog. In order:
- A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas (in progress)
- Saga: Volume 4 by Brian K. Vaughn & Fiona Staples
- Saga: Volume 5 by Brian K. Vaughn & Fiona Staples
- Half a King by Joe Abercrombie
- Saga: Volume 6 by Brian K. Vaughn and Fiona Staples
- Elijah Dart by Jonathan L. Ferrara (DNF)
- An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
- Nightshade City by Hilary Wagner (DNF)
- Talon by Julie Kagawa
- Saga: Volume 7 by Brian K. Vaughn & Fiona Staples
I’m off work tomorrow and Tuesday, and I’m not doing a goddamn thing in terms of going on. I did that yesterday and today. Tomorrow is time to sleep in, clean the litter boxes, take a walk/exercise, maybe clean the living room, and play catch up again. I may set up my Xbox Live account, and I need to figure out if me and my husband can share a PS Plus account, because I don’t want to have to purchase my own, but I don’t want to have to have him sign onto my PS3. Yeah, I know this is the State of the Writer, but I’m a writing gamer/gaming writer; there’s really no separating it. It’s very possible that my love of video games inspired my love of writing, since I’ve been writing since the age of six, but I’ve been playing video games since the age of three.
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?