The State of the Writer: 7/29/18

<–The State of the Writer: 7/15/18          The State of the Writer: 8/12/18–>

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

Finished Projects: 3

Project: Story
The Broken Rose
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Type: Fanfiction (FFVII) Novel
Current Word Count: 261,097
Prior Word Count: 260,966
Word Difference: +131
Status: Review
Progress: Chapter 11 Review

Depending on what I move to what chapter, I may have to re-edit/revise said chapter; however, I’m finally back on track with Chapter 11.  That’s where I decided to go back and revise so I’m back where I started.  I was up quite late last night doing some work on it.  My biggest issue with this chapter is organization and where to add in extra notes, but that’s where color-coding comes in 😉

Project: Story Audio Recording
Northern Lights
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Type: Fanfiction (FFVII) Novel
Status: Editing
Progress: Editing blurb

I did about a half hour recording where I spent the majority of the beginning bitching about, er, explaining some of my difficulties with this project.  They all center around voice issues associating with the medicine I take in order to breathe.  I decided to forgo them for a few days to make sure I had a voice, did the recording last Tuesday, took my asthma medicine afterwards, and now I need to do the editing.  In my preliminary listen I liked some of them so there’s a good chance I’ll be able to find an appropriate one.

In terms of music, I wound up catching a video about now using royalty free music on YouTube, but rather getting a sub for licensed music.  Since I’ve heard a number of people profess this, it’s something I’m going to look into.  There will be better options to choose from and I won’t have to worry about royalty free music possibly changing status.

In Progress

  • Game Review: Final Fantasy V – I wrote the introduction last week and will be working on the Gameplay section next.
  • Book Review: Gyo by Junji Ito

I spent yesterday afternoon/evening cleaning my closet, which mostly consisted of sorting shoes.  I didn’t even get to the hanging clothes, which is what I wanted to focus on.  That’s what next weekend is for.  It’s kind of hard for me to think right now, because I’m exhausted from yesterday and now doing laundry.  Chronic fatigue sucks.  It saps your ability to think, concentrate, process, etc.  I’m not even really talking right now, so hooray for the written word!  

What have you been working on?

<–The State of the Writer: 7/15/18          The State of the Writer: 8/12/18–>

6 thoughts on “The State of the Writer: 7/29/18

  1. Pingback: The State of the Writer: 7/15/18 | The Shameful Narcissist Speaks

  2. I believe you accomplish more in a day than many of us do, but I keep plugging away. If I could spend my time any way I wanted to, I would devote it all to writing, reading, and mastering Procreate on my iPad. But life has its own demands, so I spend many hours a day sewing. That was my most creative outlet when I costumed three shows a year, but now I typically do only a couple costumes for a couple shows a year. Alterations and repairs are not nearly so exciting or satisfying.

    March through June, however, I made time to write three short stories for competitions. One, called “Life Changing” (logline: lost minds must be someplace), fulfilled the contest’s “weird” theme and has been accepted into the resulting anthology, Rabbit Hole, which will come out later this year.

    The second competition’s semi-finalist announcement will come out in February, 2019. They are looking for properties that can be adapted for television or film. The top prize is $10,000 and face-to-face meetings with agents and producers. My contribution was “The App”, a time travel story. Even if it’s not in the 8-10 finalists, I’ll receive a page of professional feedback.

    The third contest provided the first and last paragraphs; the writer would write the intervening 48 paragraphs, each with at least 40 words and no dialogue. The prizes are $1,000, $500, and $250, with the top 25-35 published in an anthology. Mine involves crows, fungus, and two women who meet in the midst of a spreading apocalypse. It was great fun to write, and tapped into my dark side. I’m reworking it so it is completely my own, with dialogue, so I can enter it in the ScreenCraft Cinematic short story contest in October.

    Right now, the sewing is calling to me.


    Liked by 1 person

    • Sewing is so productive though! You’re making something tangible. I try to go through my to-do list one item at a time. Some days I succeed; some days I move them to another; some days I scrap it for another time.

      Best of luck with those contests! It’s been a long time since I’ve entered anything like that. I hope you do place, but even not, professional feedback is invaluable.

      Liked by 1 person

      • Productive and useful, yes, but as I age, it becomes more difficult to see the fine work — black on black is near impossible without a daylight light and a magnifying glass — and it’s more repetitious and less fun. Thanks for the encouragement and good wishes. I’ve made it into 4 anthologies so far, and quarter-finalled in ScreenCraft’s Cinematic Short Story Contest two years ago. I’m hoping to fill out my writer’s bio with some validation. 🙂

        Liked by 1 person

  3. Pingback: The State of the Writer: 8/12/18 | The Shameful Narcissist Speaks

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.