The State of the Writer: 8/12/18

<–The State of the Writer: 7/29/18          The State of the Writer: 8/26/18–>

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

Finished Projects: 1

Project: Story
The Broken Rose
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Type: Fanfiction (FFVII) Novel
Current Word Count: 261,248
Prior Word Count: 261,097
Word Difference: +151
Status: Review
Progress: Chapter 11 Review

I’m trying to figure out how to write about nail polish.  Not…that that’s that difficult; it’s more like I’m trying to figure out how I want her to talk about nail polish.  It’s why my word count has been going up.  I’ve been adding things in.  Not only to this chapter, but also prior ones (which reminds me…I need to reedit Chapter 8).  Once I have all the parts added it and organized, I can finally edit Chapter 11, which might entail more additions and organization.

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

Guess what?  I need to re-record the blurb again.  I’m not really upset about this.  I was trying to re-record parts of it and put it together what what I’d done before, but my voice sounded way too different.  The first recording was much higher, and the ones I did later my voice was lower.  I think it would make more sense to do a bunch of new recordings, and possibly cobble together the parts I like from that.  Of course if the new one is lower (which I’m thinking it’s going to be because I like my lower voice better) then I could use the currently latest recordings.  The only downside to this is I have to stop taking my Advair (asthma medicine) because it messes up my voice, but that’s only until Tuesday.  Right now my voice sounds okay, and I hopefully won’t be forced to run from anything.

In Progress

  • Game Review: Final Fantasy V – I’m in the story section now.
  • Final Fantasy Character Assessment – I found a way to put this back into the rotation and just updated how often I’ll work on it weekly.  I only had it on the to-do list one day of week, which just isn’t enough for something that can take a few sessions not including editing/proofreading.  I’m working on one of my favorite characters in the entire series and definitely favorite character in their game.
  • Book Review: The Metamorphosis and Other Stories by Franz Kafka – This is an analysis in addition to a review, so it’s taking a bit longer than the average review.  Kafka was heavily influenced by his relationship with his own father, and that point of view if rife in the symbolism of his work.
  • Blogger Tags: The Rising Author Tag – Holy shit, I was only working on these every other week?  Ugh, that needs to change if I’m ever going to catch up.

Bad fatigue day today.  I didn’t wake up until 2:30 and didn’t get out of bed  until 3:30.  Probably because I played Octopath Traveler into the wee hours of the morning.  Worth it.  I started with Olberic’s story and now I’m on Primrose’s.  This is not a game for children in case you were wondering, despite the old school graphics.  Very mature themes.  I know this isn’t directly writing related, but I’ll obviously be reviewing it hen I’m done, so there’s that.

What have you been working on?

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13 thoughts on “The State of the Writer: 8/12/18

  1. Pingback: The State of the Writer: 7/29/18 | The Shameful Narcissist Speaks

  2. Good luck with everything. Since I’ve warmed up to Final Fantasy these last few months I’m looking forward to your Final Fantasy V review because I’ve never played that one. That character assessment sounds cool too.

    I’m working on an updated review for Hollow Knight, Madden 19, and I want to finish Octopath Traveler and Ni No Kuni 2, but I got distracted with Dead Cells and now that’s in my rotation too. And I know I’m going to end up buying Death’s Gambit and playing the crap out of that :).

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    • Haha you’ve become one of us. I’m glad that happened though to be serious. It’s a solid series, and there isn’t one in existence that doesn’t have its foibles. I’m working on V’s plot line now. I think people who really love customization will like a lot. You pretty much have completely control over your characters’ development.

      Where are you in Octopath? I just picked up Tressa the merchant from Rippletide. I’m slowly making my way around the world to grab everyone and complete their first chapters. Once I do that I’m going to do some side questing, open up treasures I missed and use the path abilities I can.

      I keep hearing about this Dead Cells. I have a feeling it’s not my type of game, but I’ll have to keep my eyes open for some reviews on it.

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      • I haven’t played Octopath in almost a week. I’ve been really sick. High fever, coughing, etc. I’ve been watching a lot of Longmire (I love Westerns) and I played through Death’s Gambit because it’s only a 10 hour game.

        I plan on jumping back into Octopath soon. I’m about 40 hours in and I have everyone over level 30. Cyrus is almost level 40. When you unlock new jobs the game really opens up. Tressa is amazing btw. She’s going to be your money maker :).

        Dead Cells is probably not for you. If you don’t like Roguelites (I don’t) then you probably wouldn’t like this game. It’s a Metroidvania with Roguelite elements. I actually really like this game, but I could do without the whole die and start back from the beginning of the game feature.

        Final Fantasy V sounds really neat. I love being able to customize my character in games so that’s right up my alley. And you’re right about me becoming a fan too. I rediscovered my love for JRPGs in general and have been playing some really great ones lately :).

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  3. I think the wee hours are the best hours to surrender to your passion. Or one of your passions, anyway. I completely understand your priorities. Sleep is the first to go when one is bliss-following..

    The professional feedback I received on my first picture book opened my eyes to the full extent of my ignorance. It began with completely misunderstanding what “formatting” means when it applies to a picture book manuscript. So I started researching, and you know how that goes. One article leads to 5 more and on and on and on. So a couple new folders of bookmarks later, I’m looking at this: “E2 = p2c2 + m2restc4”, and taking notes for the book’s backmatter. Until last night, I’d never heard the term “backmatter” and now I’m writing some because this story needs it. I’ve also learned not to even think about illustrating it myself, but I’ve learned about the value of a brief, general illustration note. (Elliot is a different matter. He NEEDS me to do the illustrations!) I’ve spent the past few days — and nights — formatting and thoroughly revising the pb, and I’m liking the direction it’s taking.

    I’m also tailoring a short story I wrote for one contest so it will work as totally my own for this year’s ScreenCraft Cinematic Short Story Contest. (The first one provided the 1st and last paragraphs, the author writes the intervening 48 with at least 40 words each and NO dialogue). That won’t work for the ScreenCraft contest, but I believe the story has great film/TV potential. The winners announcement for the for the first contest is September 1, and the second one begins accepting entries October 1. I guess all that’s left is to get back to work!

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    • I learned so much about writing by just writing, and going back to things I wrote years ago is so cringe worthy. Though I think it’s a good thing I cringe. It means I’ve improved enough to see all the issues I had before. It would almost be worse if I didn’t have that reaction!

      Well good luck with all of that!

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      • Thanks. I can identify with looking at older writing — even only a year older — and cringing. You’re right it’s a positive response. It also adds a reason to believe the writing we don’t cringe at may have some value.

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