The State of the Writer: 12/30/18

<–The State of the Writer: 12/16/18          The State of the Writer: 1/13/19–>

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

Finished Projects: 2

Project: Story
The Broken Rose
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Type: Fanfiction (FFVII) Novel
Current Word Count: 256,067
Prior Word Count: 256,065
Word Difference: +2
Status: Editing
Progress: Chapter 13 Second Edit

Sephiroth braiding Aeris's hairIf things go well, I should have the second edit of this chapter by the end of this week.  I don’t think I’ll need a third.

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

I was going to redo the second recording just like the first in finishing the chapter, but I was too tired so I got to a few paragraphs near the end where the action happens.  I’d rather read that with a fresh voice, and since I’m off on Wednesday, as well as New Year’s Day, I’ll do it then.

Project: Story
Working Title: 
The High Archon
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Type: Original Novel
Current Word Count: 2379
Prior Word Count: 2379
Word Difference: -29
Status: Notes and Planning
Progress: Restarting Chapter 1

I figured out how I’m going to start.  I just have some scattered notes right now, but I’m going to have the main character out and about with a friend.  It fixes the issues of her just going through things in her head and not really having anything to do on her way to do something.  Frankly, reading what I wrote was boring, which is never a good sign.  I’m not sure when I’m going to start writing it, but I want to set some time aside to hash it out.  I’ve already written some dialogue that’s worlds better than what I had before.  It was so difficult because I didn’t really have a focus for the chapter, and now I do.  I’m actually excited to write the first chapter instead of seeing it as a hurdle to overcome.

In Progress

  • Final Fantasy Character Assessment: Kain Highwind – I didn’t get a chance to work on Kain these past two weeks, but holidays *shrug*
  • Book Review: Death Note – This is my first time reviewing a series all at once.  It’s an interesting challenge.  Hoping to finish before the end of this week.
  • Video Book Review: Incognito – I guess I should’ve been including this here.  I’ve been working on a video book review for several months.  I recorded it back in October and just completed my first rewatch a few days ago.  I need to look up sources to some of the things I said.  I’m literally in the process of installing DaVinci Resolve right now, which I heard about from one of the YouTubers I follow Joe Scott.  He does sciency videos and stuff in a way a layperson can understand.

I literally went back in time to post this since yesterday I didn’t get home until nearly 11 in the evening.  One of my friends was visiting form Japan, and I only get to see her once a year.  She’s a fellow Taurus and my unofficial daughter.  She also has the cutest child known to humankind.  She’s half-Japanese (the baby) because Julia (the friend) moved to Japan originally to teach.  Now she sells stuffed llamas and cleans houses I think?  Lol, one of the best things about Julia is if I don’t have anything to say, she’ll talk, but it’s not annoying like I never think, “Omg Jules shut up,” because she’s hilarious.  We both have this random ass and often morbid humor.  I took her and her younger sister to Wholefoods, which I’ve never been to, and Target, where I basically live.  Jules doesn’t drive and has zero desire to do so :p  I mean she doesn’t need to have a car here since she lives in Japan, but even if she did reside in the states, she still wouldn’t want to.  Thankfully, Uber exists and I gave her my brother’s card, since he not only works for them but also does his own sort of ride side business.  Okay…what was I saying?  Ah yes, why I had to go back in time.  I was tired AF and I had to work today (thankfully I was able to do so from home), but I had to bail again on my physical therapy because I wasn’t feeling well (again).

Anyway today is New Year’s Eve and I’m keeping my New Year’s self right at home.  My hubby doesn’t feel that well either, and I don’t really need much of an excuse not to go out.  We just ordered Chinese food, and I have cake and wine.  What more does a Narcissist need?  

If you do decide to go out tonight, take care of yourself and each other, don’t do anything your friendly, neighborhood Shameful Narcissist wouldn’t do.  Hopefully, I’ll have my year end roundup posts out this week.  Alas I didn’t finish Octopath Traveler, but I’ve made peace with that.  I think I’ll finish one more LP tonight.  I was able to get my Wii (yep the old one) working (not that it was broken; I just needed to know what “channel” I needed it on) so I can start playing Just Dance and Wii DDR et al.  I’m going to spend tomorrow cleaning after I come home from brunch with friends.  Aren’t I fun?  At least I know tonight any loud noises I hear will be fireworks and not gunshots #lolsob #America  (not that I get that where I live.  KOP is so hoighty-toighty.  They won’t even allow a 24 hour-diner here because they don’t want to attract the “wrong crowd” ughhhh.  Save me from classism D:)

I hope you all have a Happy New Year no matter how you decide to ring it in! If you’d like to comment what you did, that would be lovely 🙂

Happy New Year cat wearing a new year tiara<–The State of the Writer: 12/16/18          The State of the Writer: 1/13/19–>

14 thoughts on “The State of the Writer: 12/30/18

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  2. New Year’s Eve: a mug of tomato soup, a shared bowl of popcorn, the final lighting of the Christmas lights, and the dog cuddled in my lap while When Harry Met Sally filled the last hour and a half of 2018. I’ll have what she’s having. 😉

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  3. I spent New Year’s with family, which has been wonderful . . . except we have apparently caught a strain of flu not covered by the shot, haha! I made vegetable soup with ginger and sour cream though, which was delicious, and we watched the first episode of Deep Space Nine, which shows promise. 🙂 Then I read and finished Cottonwood by R. Lee Smith, which was a total roller-coaster and bittersweet but very good.

    Best wishes to you for this new year and for all your amazing projects – I look forward to what creativity 2019 brings. ^_^

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    • Ughhh, I’ve been reading about lots of friends being sick. A few of them wound up in the hospital with stomach/dehydration issues. I wasn’t able to get a flu shot this year because I wound up sick pretty much throughout the duration when you COULD get the flu shot. My job offers it, but for some reason they stopped being as vocal about announcing that they did, which makes no sense to me.

      I didn’t get into DS9 until about a decade ago. I was all about TNG, but I thought DS9 was boring because they didn’t GO anywhere. Now I really like it. I love the father/son relationship between Ben and Jake and Odo is one of my favorite characters. He’s kind of the Data of the show, and Data is up there with Picard as my favorite character (I love their father/son dynamic, too).

      Best wishes to you as well! I know you’ll ace your bar exam when you take it 😀 Oh that reminds me…I need to link you this lawyer’s YouTube. I started watching it because he was rating law scenes and law shows on TV then he jumped into real life legal questions to give his surprisingly unbiased point of view. Stuff like “Can a sitting president be indicted?” He pretty much uses precedent and history to talk about this stuff and leaves his opinion (mostly) out of it, though I think I can tell how he feels.

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      • Thank you, I appreciate the link! And thanks for the well wishes. From what I’ve heard, the way to pass the bar is to study every day of the week for 8-10 hours, so I’ll just have to shut myself away and focus this summer!

        I am enjoying DS9 so far! My sisters and I have been joking about which characters we are and I was assigned Odo. 😀 Data will always be my fave though.

        I hope you can avoid the worst of the illnesses floating around. I got my flu shot at school back in October, but I’m questioning its effectiveness, haha.

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  4. I’m so happy for you that you’ve got the start figured out now for your book. That’s so awesome. 😀
    Chinese food, wine, and cake sound like the ingredients for an awesome New Year’s Eve. Our’s was pretty low-key as well, dinner with his family and played some card games (a few rounds of Sushi Go and Exploding Kittens) before coming home to be cozy and just hang out. It was nice and laid back. I stayed up til midnight and then was immediate ready to crawl into bed. lol

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  5. I’m sure you had a nice, relaxing New Year’s Eve! My husband and I went over to my grandma’s house to hang out with my family like we do every year. We had lots of food and one of my uncles set up his firepit outside, so we all just chilled and listened to music. It was nice! I’m sad the holidays are over.

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