The State of the Writer: 12/3/17

<–The State of the Writer: 10/26/17          The State of the Writer: 12/17/17–>

A biweekly post updated every Sunday discussing my current writing projects and any completed the prior two weeks.

Finished This Month: 1

Project: Essay
Status: Finished Written – Editing Audio

I’d love that number to say “2,” but I’ve already spoken of my NaNo tale of woe, though I did write something in November for a collaborative project soon to be published.  The written part is entirely finished and proofread but I’d like to have the audio recording edited before it’s posted.  The essay is a comparative between two games that have had a long standing flame war with their respective fans, focusing on one aspect in particular.

Project: Story
The Broken Rose
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Type: Fanfiction (FFVII) Novel
Current Word Count: 259,206
Prior Word Count: 258,830
Word Difference: +376
Status: Revising
Progress: Chapter 2

Yes, I’m back to officially editing/revising The Broken Rose once again.  I did enough last night to add over 300 words to Chapter 2.  During November, someone on AO3 commented on Chapter 11 about how they couldn’t wait to see the righteous retribution the Great General enacts (for a good reason this time), and things like that just galvanize me to work harder.

As mentioned in End of Hiatus, I’m modifying the frequency of my State posts to give myself more time to work on things for my State posts.  I think I can fit in editing TBR with writing the WIP, though I tend to get swept up in new works, so you’ll have to forgive me if I neglect it a little.  Still, I thought about this fanfiction all month, and really wanted to get back to it (I’ve also been thinking a lot about my original novel and editing that…), so I’m going to make the time.  I really do want to get through my revisions and continue editing and posting chapters.

NaNoWriMo 2017

I’ve already discussed my NaNoWriMo experience.  If you participated, what was yours?  Did you write 50k words?  More?  Less?  If this was your first time, would you do it again?

Blog Updates

Exciting news!  I’m taking a class on HTML and CSS this January.  It’s entirely free and online through (maybe .com, but definitely edx).  I figured why the hell not.  I do like the tutorial I found, but I’m a fan of structure (really need to find something like that for language).  I just learn better when I have something to be accountable for.  I’m still going to try to work on the updates I have planned and utilize the features I’m paying for (like the ability to use audio without a third party), as I attempt to masquerade as a professional blogger :p


I haven’t forgotten about the plethora of reviews I need to write.  Books are now over thirty and I added a few more games to the list, too.  Even though I still have SOMA for the latter, I may post some shorter ones first as I work on finishing one of the stories recommended by another reviewer of it.  That is going to be an intense review.

Project: Book Reviews
Title: Various
Status: Upcoming

A whooping 12 reviews have been added to my list this month.  I finished quite a lot of books:

  1. Promethea, Vol. 1 by Alan Moore
  2. Heartborn by Terry Maggert (DNF)
  3. Death Note, Vol 2: Confluence by Tsugumi Ohba
  4. Blink Once by Cylin Busby
  5. The People of Sparks by Jeanne DuPrau
  6. The Daemoniac by Kat Ross
  7. Low, Vol 1: The Delirium of Hope (DNF) by Rick Remender
  8. The Bonesetter’s Daughter by Amy Tan
  9. Death Note, Vol 3: Hard Run
  10. This Same Earth by Elizabeth Hunter (DNF)
  11. Death Note, Vol 4: Love
  12. Gyo by Junji Ito

Project: Game Reviews
Title: Various
Status: Upcoming

Here are the new/upcoming ones that may or may not be posted before I finish SOMA.  They’re all from Let’s Plays I watched:

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?

<–The State of the Writer: 10/26/17          The State of the Writer: 12/17/17–>

12 thoughts on “The State of the Writer: 12/3/17

  1. Pingback: The State of the Writer: 10/29/17 | The Shameful Narcissist Speaks

  2. Welcome back! NaNoWriMo was a crazy time. It was my first experienced and I’m super happy that I was able to meet my goal and surpass the 50,000 word count (only by like 100 words right now hahaha). It sounds like you have a lot on your plate, which is a great thing! It’s better than having nothing to work on at all. Currently, I am working on a few collaboration posts as well as working on a podcast and YouTube channel. I want to launch everything at the beginning of the year. Goodluck on your projects!

    -Luna 🙂

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    • That’s awesome! I’m happy you not only did it for the first time, but succeeded. I always feel so accomplished whenever I make a goal.

      I’m hoping I get to put my YouTube plans into action, too. I’m trying to reorganize my schedule to give myself more time to work on things. I

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  3. I wrote 0 words for NaNo, but I made an account! I will improve upon that start next year, haha. I’ve very excited to pick up on Broken Rose again. I’ll probably start over from Chapter 1 once all your editing is done. My memory is terrible… sigh.

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  4. Ooh, your mention of Death Note just reminded me I need to finish watching the anime some time. I’ve been sidetracked lately trying to catch up on season 2 of Stranger Things. 😛 Haven’t had much time at all to binge-watch (or even regular-watch) stuff lately.
    Good luck with the HTML class you’ve got coming up! That’s awesome. It’s always good to learn and enhance new skills. 🙂

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    • I want to watch the anime after I finish reading the manga. I just got the fifth and sixth books from the library tonight. Ahh Stranger Things! I just finished episode 3 of season 2, and I’m so pumped to watched the rest of it. I’m so happy the second season is living up to what the first started.

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  5. Good to hear that you are sticking with the awesome Death Note. HTML sounds interesting. Maybe I should look into learning that because a career change would be nice and my site could use a facelift.

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    • I can’t get over how amazing Death Note is. Like ugh, I try to read it slowly because I usually only have one book at a time, and I have to request and wait for the next (I have two right now), but it’s damn near impossible to put down.

      Definitely! I don’t know if it works internationally, but it’s and it’s totally free. You can get a certification for $99, but it’s not mandatory.

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