The State of the Writer: 3/21/21

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

Finished Projects: 1

Project: Story
Working Title:
The High Archon
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Type: Original
Length: Novel
Status: Preparation
Setting up notes in Scrivener & Working on Chapter 1 Outline

I feel like I’m nearing the end of my set up (maybe?).  I got a bit of everything worked on late last night.  I think I’m worrying too much about certain things becoming problems if I don’t hash them out before I start writing, but I’m literally trying to figure out how to make the best society when I’m living *gestures at everything* lol.  I need to finish up language notes and information on minor characters then I believe I can switch my efforts to the first chapter outline, and maybe even write it.

Project: Story Audio Recording
Title: Northern Lights
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Type: Fanfiction
Length: Novel
Fandom: Final Fantasy VII
Status: Editing
Progress: Preparing to edit Chapter 2

I forgot (ha!) to contend with how shitty my memory was for remembering exactly what I did at the beginning of this project, and while I took some notes, I didn’t take all the notes.  So initially I moved Chapter 2 to a separate word document before editing it.  Since editing the full document would be beneficial to the story as a whole, I don’t want to separate things before I do that, so that’s where I am now.

I edit the chapter first then give it its own Word doc.  Afterwards I’ll enlarge the text and put highlighted notes next to anything that needs it, especially dialogue.  I remember hearing a voice actor say that’s what she’d do, and it was so simple yet so clever.  Then I break it up into recording sessions.  I did that with the first chapter, which was only five pages, but I did two sessions that I read the same day lol.  In all honesty though that put a strain on my voice, so I think doing 2-3 pages at a time would be best.  I literally have no idea how voice actors read for eight hours straight.  They must know more tricks and whatnot to keep their voices sounding good.  I didn’t really speak the entire day in order to save my throat, but I also take asthma medicine that effects it quite a bit.  I think honey and lemon tea should become a part of my daily ritual.

Here’s hoping it won’t take another two years lol.

Project: Story Audio Recording
Title: The Broken Rose
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Type: Fanfiction
Length: Novel
Fandom: Final Fantasy VII
Status: Editing
Progress: Adding voice effects

I finished the timing (making sure the space between sounds good) and filtered out the extraneous noises so the recording is a lot clearer.  There are definitely different types of silences.  I was going to re-listen to it last night and figure out the sound effects and music to use, but then I remembered I need to do specific voice effects.  I’d planned this when I decided to do an audio recording of Northern Lights, but I didn’t have to worry about it in that first chapter because Sephiroth doesn’t have any dialogue, but he does in the first chapter of TBR, and I always knew I wanted to do…something with his voice.  Now, you can castigate me for this all you want, but I’ve never actually played Kingdom Hearts myself, but one of my good friends told me he has kind of a “voice of the legion” thing going on, and I do recall that from the clips I’ve seen (I don’t remember if he does in the Remake…), but the problem was it was impossible to find anything when I looked up “voice of the legion.”  I just got stuff about Mass Effect, which I’m not mad about (Mass Effect is awesome.  We stan Mass Effect on this blog and in this house), but it wasn’t what I was looking for, nor was it the Turian “flanging” effect from the same.  It wasn’t quite reverb or echo.  That was part of it, but it was…more, and I finally found it in just browsing Audacity voice affect videos.

I can work with this.  It’s like echo-y, haunted, and eerie, which is going to perfectly juxtapose with the hurt/comfort aspect of the story and yassss I love this shit lol.  The “omg this person is terrifying to those who deserve it and aloof/standoffish in a way to neutral parties but like THE BEST to the person he’s devoted to” and I’m HERE for this lol.

So that’s the next thing I have to do: apply this voice effect to all of the appropriate dialogue.

In Progress

  • Game Reviews: Final Fantasy VI – I want to say I’m wrapping up the Story Analysis, but you never know with me.
  • Book Reviews: Unraveling Oliver by Liz Nugent – well my plans of reviewing this before I had to return it are dashed lol.  It’s already overdue (3/19), so I’m having the hubs drop it off.  I think I can finish the review without the novel, but I might wind up buying it anyway because it’s a good book.
  • Blogger Award: Ideal Inspiration Blogger Award – I’m trying to catch up on these.  I have them saved on OneNote to review, and it hasn’t been a year yet for this one lol.  There’s another one after this I hope to get to soon as well.

I’m trying to organize my life *maniacal, desperate laughter* again.  I made my first Patreon post in the year since I’ve had a Patreon (shout out to my sole patron Ace Asunder!) pretty much asking the question “What the hell am I doing?”  It’s tricky because a lot of things I do relate to fanfiction, which I neither have interest nor really can make money off of, but I do spend a fair bit of my own money to do things like audio/video projects, but I’m also using stuff created by other people so yeah, it’s tricky.  I think I need to make a list and gather my thoughts on this whole thing.  I might also make my next post on how much and what I’ve spent money on in order to facilitate transparency.

I’ve also been working on making an author page since I plan to self-publish a short story soon(ish), and I’m also planning on publishing my essays or at least looking into that as an option.  I’m not abandoning this blog, so don’t worry your little heads about that, my  imaginary stans, but I’ll be focusing my attention on things I can legit publish there whereas this blog will be for the stuff you’re used to seeing.  There might be some crossover.  I honestly don’t know what’s going to happen until I do it, but there’s still a bit of organizing I needs to happen.  It’s going to be another WordPress blog, and I think I’m going to pay for the .org option.  I think I’ve figured out what theme I’m going to use (or I’ve narrowed it down to a few), as well as what the site will be called, but there are a few things I still need to hash out.

So yeah, that’s how my 2021 is going so far.  What new and scary projects are you working on?

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10 thoughts on “The State of the Writer: 3/21/21

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  2. Those are some exciting updates! When you get it all figured out, make sure to let everyone know how they can support you, cause I will definitely stan you. (I’m not even sure I used that properly. I’m feeling quite old about it.)
    It’s finally starting to get warm again so sometime soon I need to clear my garage out of all the winter clutter and start a new wood project. Of course thanks to the pandemic, wood prices have gone through the roof but I need to build a bookcase damnit! High prices or not!
    Other than that, this next week should see myself registered for classes and we’ll see how much of a damper that puts on creativity this summer lol.

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    • Oh my god I google internet terms all the time. I can’t keep up with what the young people are doing/saying; I just know how to google.

      I definitely will! I’m just muddling around trying to plan things out. Ugh, I guess because of transportation issues? That stupid shit affects everything. I’m just glad we can find toilet paper now, and every day I see more people getting vaccinated. I need to get off my ass and do a better job of looking for that.

      Ah, you’ll have to let us know how classes are going to go! I’m glad you and Ignited Moth are doing it together. You can be each other’s support ♥

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      • I would just sign up on waiting lists online. It’s easier and then someone will just call you when your name finally comes up on a list and set up your appointment. It amazes me every day the number of people that call the pharmacy instead of checking online first. It’s right on our front page where you can’t miss it. But, I’m sure people are desperate and don’t understand wait lists either.
        I’m sure I’ll update on classes after they start. Ms. Moth is having a more difficult time than I am getting her school set up because it appears her school is much more needy than mine. Mine doesn’t have a high graduation rate so they’re probably just excited that anyone wants to go to them. 😛

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        • I need to do that; it’s the responsible adult thing to do and yet I keep forgetting it d’oh! Nah, those people don’t read that and/or as you said they’re desperate..

          Ah for some reason I thought you were both going to the same school! Ugh, I hope it works out; I know she’s already anxious about it.

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          • No we live in different counties. (We’re about an hour and half from each other.) And to get the maximum grants from this program, you go to the local community college. Unfortunately, for myself, I found out that my local community college is still considered out of district so I will have to pay some tuition and fees. I’m still doing it though. Finding out that I’m halfway through my degree already is the kick in the butt that I needed.

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  3. It’s so exciting to see your projects moving forward! I look forward to seeing your more original-writing focused site and short story. Here’s one stan who isn’t imaginary. 😀

    I’m still working on a complete rewrite/revision of my first finished book, which is going way slower than I’d like. My creativity has been crap this whole past year . . . but I think it’s starting to come back to life. Hopefully. Maybe I’ll try my hand at the April camp NaNo thing, even if my goals are humble.

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    • Yay! Yeah, I’m definitely still in the planning phase lol. I think I’ve figured out the site name, but I’m still planning stuff out. What I might do is start it off as a free one then once I get it set up switch over to a .org and pay for the domain. That way I can see what it looks like.

      How is that going? Yeah…I have to do something similar and I know that’s going to go slow, too. I feel like 2020 sapped creativity because we were all just in survival mode. I keep getting emails about Camp NaNo, but I never look into it hehe. Maybe I should. I think it’s less intense than November. The least I can do is research it I suppose.


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