The State of the Writer: 12/27/20

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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
Working Title:
The High Archon
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Type: Original
Length: Novel
Status: Preparation
Setting up notes in Scrivener

Whew…creating a language is time consuming lol.  My plan was always to expand on what I’d initially started in The Serpent’s Tale, my first (and still unpublished) novel that this one borrows heavily from.  The male MC is a polyglot and fully fluent in the language of his background, and I’m kind of a doer when it comes to writing aka show vs. tell I suppose.  You can’t just say someone speaks a different language and not have them speak said language (it’s the same way how I had to literally show he’s an assassin by, uh, having him kill some people lol).  I made up more words in that language, which is called Rava, than any others, and it’s the only one where I even attempted grammar and syntax.

So the way Rava works is there are different forms of the first and second person pronouns i.e. “I” and “you” depending on the gender of the person speaking (first) and being spoken to (you).   Now when I first wrote this, I was less aware of the intricacies of gender than I am now, so I did this along the false dichotomy of male and female, BUT I really loved the idea of the first person being gendered, because it means the speaker is identifying themselves, and whomever is speaking to them would follow that to know what second and third person pronouns to use.  The verb also follows the gender of the subject.

Now that I’ve bored you all (I’m such a language and linguistics dork lol), I can at least say that’s where the chart pictured above comes in., and I’d be remiss AND an asshole if I didn’t put where I found it: Theo’s Clubhouse.  That Venn diagram has been invaluable these past two weeks, but I intend to consult with people who have more lived experience with the gender spectrum.  I’ve seen a few on Twitter who offer such services, and I have a few friends whom might appreciate extra income (especially this time of the year).  I wound up making an Excel chart for my own sanity, too.

And the best part is NONE OF THIS MAY EVEN FIND ITS WAY DIRECTLY INTO THE STORY lmao.  I do a lot of “just in case” prep in damn near every aspect of my life anyway (fifty contingency plans, y’all).  It never hurts to do so with worldbuilding/storytelling.  Even though I still have a bunch of notes in notebooks I haven’t used, the ideas are still there and written down, waiting to be fleshed out.

Project: Story Audio Recording
Title: Northern Lights
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Type: Fanfiction
Length: Novel
Fandom: Final Fantasy VII
Status: Editing
Progress: Adding pictures for slideshow

I think I mentioned before I was going to start using images I hope to use in the project in the status update just to mix things up.  I’ve used the one above in Northern Lights (Chapter 23 to be exact), but I didn’t know the image source then.  I wasn’t as good at locating them when I wrote/posted that, and I’m glad I’ve improved.  Though I’m a bit annoyed at past me, since this one was right on Deviant Art like come on; that’s a rookie task.  Anyway, this is the 181st image, and I have around 15 minutes left out of 45.

It’s been some slow going.  It’s always funny to me how some pictures I think will be easy to find are the most difficult to locate.  I’ve been trying to find a good artwork for “gold tooth,” and that’s proving difficult.  I usually have a mental image of what I want, and then I have to find it.  I figured there’d be a ton for that, but I can’t quite find what I want.  I’m sure I’ll figure something out, though.

In Progress

  • Game Reviews: Final Fantasy VI – I don’t think I got any work done on this since last update.  I blame the holiday.  I just haven’t had the wherewithal.  What’s funny is I’ve been working on this for over a year.  I can’t even imagine how long the review for FFVII is going to take…
  • Book Reviews: The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman – I did the initial set up for this and grabbed my blog notes about it.  I need to organize my thoughts and notes before I start writing the review.

I find I enjoy Christmas so much more after it’s over.  I’ve been listening to music and I watched two American Dad! Christmas episodes.  Honestly, I wish we really did celebrate the Twelve Days of Christmas with just chilling, drinking (if you drink), feasting, watching movies, and (currently) social distancing with your peeps.  In all of my written worlds/worldbuilding, I always incorporate that even if the world doesn’t technically have Christmas, since, well, Christianity would have to exist for that, but that’s why we call it the holidays, so I think Midwinter, Yule, and a similar festive air to the Christmas season.  Everyone would be off for at least the twelve days and all anyone does is feast and merrymake.  It’s a very Taurus-y affair 😀  

I hope you all had a good holiday.  I just ate the ham my husband prepared.  One of the free ones the stores give you if you spend enough money, and now I have lunch for the rest of the week.  I’m back at work tomorrow still at home of course, which is very fortunate since my car won’t start lol.  I keep forgetting about it because it’s NBD right now.  My biggest concern is if something happens to my husband’s car, we don’t currently have a backup and he’ll be ubering it.  I’m pretty sure it’s the battery because it’s trying to turn over, but can’t quite make it.  We just need to jump it then I can drive it over to Tires Plus for a replacement.  One of my friends told me there’s an app where you can get a mechanic to come out to you and I’m like whaaaaaat?  I think I should be good, but that’s a great backup plan.  My brother got someone to come over to his place to put together a TV stand using an app.  The freaking future is NOW.

I might do a resolution post in the next few days if I have the time.  It’s going to be mostly geared towards writing and other projects.  Tell me about your holiday and any plans you have for next year!

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