The State of the Writer: 12/1/19

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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
Fandom: Final Fantasy VII
Length: Novel
Current Word Count: 253,463
Prior Word Count: 254,260
Word Difference: -797
Status: Editing
Progress: Posted Chapter 20

Sephiroth staring forward with an almost expressionless look on his face even though his lips are curled slightly up. His slit pupils are clearly visible, as well as the upturned color of his black, leather coat. Silver hair frames his face surrounded by embers and the suggestion of flames. In the top left corner are the words "Chapter 20 Mercy."I went through the gambit of pictures before settling on this one alone.  If I were better at image manipulation, I would’ve done a layered one with Aeris looking at him, but I decided to scrap that due to lack of skill.  I absolutely adore this picture though; I’ve used it quite a few times in my slideshows, and it resonated with me for this particular chapter, which has been building since the very beginning.  My readers are quite bloodthirsty, too…I’ve already received some accolades for this selection.

Project: Story
Title: Ethereal Blue
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Type: Fanfiction
Length: Short Story
Fandom: Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
Current Word Count: 2788
Prior Word Count: 2788
Word Difference: 0
Status: Drafting
Progress: Chapter 1

Link holding the Sheikah Slate and looking towards the front with an innocent almost bemused expression as if he's been caught by surprise

I didn’t work on this at all.  The official reason is NaNoWriMo, but I didn’t really work on that either so…I guess I just have trouble writing stories where no one has mommy issues and people are generally happy *shrug*

Project: Story
Working Title: 
The High Archon
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Type: Original
Length: Novel
Current Word Count: 757
Status: Drafting?

I have come to the conclusion that I just can’t do NaNo.  I know I can’t physically write 50k words in one month, but I at least try to make some headway.  Every year it gets harder, and no matter my ambitions or planning, I accomplish less and less.  I think it’s a great idea, but it doesn’t work for us 9-5, chronically ill/fatigued types.  I also don’t think I can write one thing and edit another at the same time.  I hate leaving things unfinished, especially when I’ve already finished them and they need a polish.  So, while I’m not going to wholly shelve this project (maybe I’ll get some random, inspirational verve going), I’m going to concentrate on finishing up my edit of TBR.

Project: Story Audio Recording
Northern Lights
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Type: Fanfiction
Length: Novel
Fandom: Final Fantasy VII
Status: Editing
Progress: First edit of Chapter 1

However, I can concurrently work on this.  Editing audio and editing writing occupy different portions of my brain, so this is something I have made progress on.  All of the parts have been combined into one large file, and I’ve been listening through to work on the timing.  Like, ugh, how do I explain this?  I’m making sure the flow of each sentence/phrase sounds good and the space between is adequate.  It’s around 30 minutes long and I’m only a third of the way through.  Once that’s done, I’ll tackle the sound quality then I suppose it’s time to add music/effects before images, sooo another six months worth of work?

In Progress

  • Book Review: Peddling Doomsday by Petra Jacobs – I’ve rescheduled book reviews as well as game on my to-do list.  I think I’m supposed to work on the former today.  I’ll hopefully get this posted by the end of the week.
  • Essay: The Burning Bells An FFVII & GOT Comparative Essay – I need to figure out when I’m going to fit this into my schedule.  I was catching up on some of my watch later videos on YouTube, some of which were related to the dumpster fire of a last season, and that re-sparked my interest (and rage) in this.  I’ve actually written over a thousand words on it already, and I have all of my notes together, so yeah…I should get on that.
  • Game Review: Final Fantasy VI – I declared my replay DNF, but I know FFVI like the back of my hand.  It was my first Final Fantasy, and I’m as familiar with it as I am with VII (if not more so in some ways).

Happy first Sunday in Advent.  I’m hoping my Christmas spirit shows up sometime soon.  I hope those of you who participated in NaNo did better than I did.  As fore mentioned it’s a great idea in theory, but doesn’t go so well in application, at least not for me.

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13 thoughts on “The State of the Writer: 12/1/19

  1. Pingback: The State of the Writer: 10/20/19 | The Shameful Narcissist Speaks

  2. Heh, my NaNo wasn’t very productive either, unfortunately. I think it’s a combination of: (1) the fact that, other than trials and hearings, my job kinda consists of writing all day, so it’s hard to want to write when I get home; and (2) one of my good friends from law school died in a car accident on the way to visit his wife and kids for Thanksgiving. Sigh, life is . . . what it is.

    I very much look forward to the new TBR chapters!

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    • I really don’t think NaNo works out for lots of people. The ones I know who usually “win” it either have different schedules other than 9-5, have a ridiculous amount of energy, are still in school/on break, or just have a solid block of time most days that they can devote to it. This is obviously not deriding them, but I used to feel like I was failing at NaNo. Now I’m just like “Eh, life is what it is.” I also HATE leaving things unfinished, so my primary focus has been on TBR and getting that edited and posted.

      Oh my god, that’s awful 😦 There must be tragedy going around because an old coworker of mine died in car accident coming home from visiting family a few months ago. A tree fell on his car and he swerved in order to have it not hit his wife and very young sons. It was heartbreaking. I wasn’t super close with this guy and I was sobbing, so I know it’s even harder when it’s one of your good friend ;_;

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      • I am so sorry to hear that happened . . . it’s always hard to process these things. 😦
        And yeah, I agree about NaNo. Honestly, I mostly enjoy making the project pages on the site and everything (although I liked the old site design better grrr, new one is glitchy).

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    • You and me both. I honestly just don’t think it’s for me. It’s just too difficult and it’s an utter crap shoot with how I’m going to be feeling that day. I don’t even feel bad about it lol. I USED to in prior years, but I’ve learned that I’m even too stubborn for ME to force myself to do something I just don’t feel like doing :p I also realized I’m no good at writing one thing and editing another. I hate leaving work unfinished so it’s hard to concentrate on the new (writing) project when I’m in the midst of an edit. Other people can do that, but not I, said TSN. Now if I get a burst of inspiration and go on a writing binge, great, but I’m not going to force it. I’d rather finish editing and posting TBR then move onto another project. I *could* potentially see writing two stories concurrently, which would be nice since I certainly have more Aeriseph goodness, uh, waiting in the wing(s) *headdesk* TOO EASY.

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  4. I pretty much feel the same about NaNoWriMo. It’s a really cool idea and I tried to do it several years ago, but I could never get in the groove with it and always quickly fell behind. Trying to do it after work when I’m already exhausted is just too much for me!

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