The State of the Writer: 12/16/18

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A post updated every other 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: 256,065
Prior Word Count: 255,520
Word Difference: +545
Status: Editing
Progress: Chapter 13 First Edit

I know it’s not Sephiroth’s hand she’s holding in this picture (not nearly big enough haha), but it’s still a black leather covered one with wrist guards and we’ll just go with it.  I added in the cute nail painting scene I wanted and ran through a first edit of it yesterday.  I’m still in the first edit overall so I may change some things when I go through again, but it’s going, and that’s what matters.

Project: Story Audio Recording
Northern Lights
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Type: Fanfiction (FFVII) Novel
Status: Recording
Progress: Recording Chapter 1

I recorded the first part of Chapter 1 with no problem, and I did a recording of the second part on Friday (after some sweet, sweet, Mario Kart racing with Livid Lightning).  I loved the way it sounded when I did it, but noticed the waveform was really small.  I figured I could amplify it later, but even doing so it’s still not the same quality as the first.  I can’t amplify it more without distorting it so I’ll have to do another recording on Tuesday, making sure it’s the same quality as the first.  I was hoping to be editing the audio this week, but such is life!

Project: Story
Working Title: 
The High Archon
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Type: Original Novel
Current Word Count: 2379
Prior Word Count: 2408
Word Difference: -29
Status: On Hold
Progress: Chapter 1 – Figuring out the beginning

I decided to put this story on hold until I can figure out how to start it.  Last year I wrote the main character walking through the halls carrying books on her way to read to orphans.  She was thinking about her current life since tomorrow she’d meet the titular character’s emissary and in a year leave her home, but…it was boring AF.  I couldn’t be bothered to read back through most of it, and that told me I needed to do something different.  I want to have her out and about in the town where I could have the reminisces interspersed between interesting things instead of her just walking through empty hallways.  I need to envision it before I write it though, so I’m going to wait until that happens.  I’m kind of salty though because I can’t stop thinking about later scenes in the book that I really want to get to, but I’m a stubborn cow (Taurus) who needs to do things in a certain order.

Anyway, it’s not like I don’t have enough to work on with The Broken Rose and Northern Lights audio plus a slew of other stories in planning.  Next year I want to rework my first original novel and maybe look into publishing my short story.  Fun fun research times!

What might happen with this novel is I’ll watch, read, or play something that gives me a good starting idea like what happened with Les Miserable (2012) and Northern Lights.  This is why it’s always good to consume other creator’s works.

In Progress

  • Game Review: Final Fantasy V – Still working on it.  I’ve pretty much finished my story analysis and I need to work on the Music section.  I think I’m going to slightly alter how I do some of my review like with the 1-10 rankings.  I think it’s extraneous.  I may do a total 1-10 rating but not the smaller/specific ones.
  • Final Fantasy Character Assessment: Kain Highwind – I need to figure out Kain’s sun and moon signs.
  • Book Review: The Vagrant – I’d like to get this finished this week.  It was a weird one to review.

Progress is slooooooow, but it’s the holidays so eh.  I need to bake all of the things.  I made some Amish Cinnamon Bread this weekend and it pretty much tastes like coffee cake, but not as processed as the Tastycake ones you buy (I think that’s who makes them).  It was really easy to do.

I still need to figure out what the hell I’m getting my husband for Christmas.  That dude already got an iWatch for his birthday in October.  I don’t know what the hell else he’s expecting :p

Update: I got him an SNES Classic.  He loves it.  It’s the European model, but it’ll work here in the good ole US of A.

What do I usually say in these ending things?  I’m completely out of it.  I went to a Christmas party yesterday, and though I didn’t even drink I feel hungover today.  It was a lot of socializing and emotional stuff going on, so I’m exhausted.  I slept until three and when I got up my knees told me the weather had changed.  You know how I know I’m an adult?  That and I was excited to get a box of underwear hahahaha *cries*

What mundane thing reminds you about your adulthood?  Also conversely, what’s one “childish” thing you still do?  For the latter I’m literally sitting around in a Doctor Who Tardis onesie #noshame

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9 thoughts on “The State of the Writer: 12/16/18

  1. Pingback: The State of the Writer: 12/2/18 | The Shameful Narcissist Speaks

  2. Woo! Mario Kart was fun, haha. Good luck with the recordings and your writing! I’m in the process of overhauling my original novel thingy too. I’ve definitely bored myself with most of my story so far so I need to really rethink some stuff.

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  3. I have the worst trouble with beginnings . . . I have been (very slowly) revising a novel I wrote years ago and am still having issues with how to begin it, how to introduce the characters, etc. Sometimes I tell myself I just have to put something down and come back to it later, but it’s definitely not easy.

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    • Beginnings are rough because you want to make it interesting enough to draw people in, but you don’t want to give too much away. It really isn’t easy. I usually wait until I know the beginning and some semblance of what I want accomplished by the end. I feel like this is the WORST time to try to think something like that up.

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  4. Ugh, writing the start to a story is the WORST. I hate it because it’s such a fickle balance of “snag the reader’s attention” but “don’t throw it all out there at once”. lol So frustrating. I totally feel your pain on that.
    Ooh, I’m looking forward to that Amish Cinnamon Bread recipe! Sounds delicious! 🙂
    I feel ya on the holidays getting in the way of stuff. I’m kind of at a stand-still til the new year because there’s just way too much going on. :/
    Your Tardis onesie sounds adorable!

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