The State of the Writer: 7/11/21

<–The State of the Writer: 6/27/21         The State of the Writer: 7/25/21–>

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

Finished Projects: 0

Project: Story
Working Title:
The High Archon
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Type: Original
Length: Novel
Current Word Count: 676
Prior Word Count: 676
Word Difference: 0
Status: Drafting
Chapter 1

A little bit of progress?  Like not really in the word count department, but any progress is good, I suppose?  I left myself a note in a previous session to work on outfit descriptions in the next.  I’m not there in the draft yet, but if I have a destination to strive towards, it’s possible I could “build a bridge” per se, so I’ve been working on that.  So far, I’m in the midst of Maya’s (the female MC), and of course as per my brand, I’m adding more than I expected lol, but it’s alright.

*sigh* I also started going back to the worldbuilding, because of course I did.  That’s okay, too.  One of my lovely friends made an excellent point.  She said that even just daydreaming about your projects is working on them, and I’m doing more than that.  Because just thinking about them is solidifying things in your mind, so I shouldn’t be so hard on myself, especially in light of all I’m fighting against.

I also think I need to reorganize my notes.  I have ones on both Scrivener and OneNote.  I usually tab back and forth between the two, but since I have notes in both places, I need to find a more efficient way.  I wish I could figure out a good system before I start, but I tend to realize a better way once I’ve already laid a foundation, and then I have to move things around.  My brain tends to function better in motion i.e. once I have something to work with.  When I could, I used to walk around to get the creative juices flowing, and I can distinctly think of scenes I thought up while jogging…even the exact place I was when I thought of them.

Project: Story Audio Recording
Title: Northern Lights
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Type: Fanfiction
Length: Novel
Fandom: Final Fantasy VII
Status: Editing
Progress: First edit of Chapter 3

Since I’m not able to record at the moment, it only makes sense to continue with editing, and oh boy, do I really need to edit.  This is where the writer has a moment to lambaste herself about how the fuck she allowed something like this to be posted, but that was TSN seven years ago, and I’m supposed to be kinder to myself according to the therapist I can no longer afford (haha #lolsob).  I’m not sure how drastic the changes are going to be with this, but there are definitely things I need to fix.  The one I know needs correction is the cats in Aeris’s house garden because right now there are lilies there, and that is a gigantic no-no.  Lilies are so poisonous to cats that even just a smidgen of their pollen can cause kidney issues.  I love the idea symbolically (Sephiroth has cat symbolism and she gives him a lily, which serves as some nice foreshadowing for later…), but with the actual cats, I need to be more careful.  There are other things I need to work on, too, which is becoming all too clear in this third chapter.  I haven’t had much of the brain to really dig into some of it, because I need to think about the nuances of what I want to do, so it’s been slow going, but slow going is still going I guess.

Project: Story Audio Recording
Title: The Broken Rose
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Type: Fanfiction
Length: Novel
Fandom: Final Fantasy VII
Status: Editing
Progress: First edit of Chapter 3

This one has been much easier to edit, since it was the last one I finished, and the TSN working on it now is basically the sams as the TSN that wrote it (if that makes any sense).

In Progress

  • Game Reviews: Final Fantasy VI – I only have a few more things to add before I start editing the entire thing.
  • Book Reviews: The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North – I haven’t had the brain to really work on this.  I need to figure out what I’m going to say in the review and what I’m going to leave for the analysis.

I feel like I’ve put so many things on hold.  I shelved my expansion of the “Helpless” chapter from TBR because I haven’t had the brain to work on it, and I just remembered about the author page I was supposed to be making with Squarespace.  I need to purchase the domain before I can start doing that again, and I don’t want to purchase it until I know I have the time to work on it.

I have a doctor’s appointment this Tuesday with my GP because they haven’t physically seen me in two years (ya know, pandemic and all).  I was hoping to do a telemed appointment, but they insisted.  I need to get a certification from them about my medical issues so I can submit it to my HR department in order to work remotely permanently.  I’m less nervous about this than I was before because I have a clear path about what to do.  I don’t know if it’ll get approved, but I at least know what I can to facilitate, and that always makes me feel better.  I was thinking about making a list of all my health shit prior to the appointment, but there’s way too much, and I think it’s easier to just focus on the most pressing.  I have another appointment the week after for my back.  It was supposed to be this past Friday, but they wanted me to come in earlier than I’d had it scheduled, and your girl doesn’t do good early in the day, so I moved it.  If I can get my back fixed so I can, oh idk, stand/walk for more than a minute, it’ll open things up a lot more.

I finally got my second Pfizer shot, so I should be fully vaxxed by next week (it takes two weeks after the second), though I’m concerned about this delta variant I  keep hearing about.

<–The State of the Writer: 6/27/21         The State of the Writer: 7/25/21–>

15 thoughts on “The State of the Writer: 7/11/21

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  2. Good luck with everything at the doctor. ❤ I hope you get the approval to work from home too! 🙂
    I was hoping more businesses would see the perks of people that's job can be done from home actually continuing to work from home post-pandemic, but it seems like everyone is just in a rush to go back to all the BS from before. :/

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    • It’s SO ridiculous. It’s irritating that they really haven’t learned, and tbh my company is one of the better ones with it. It’s so much more convenient for a lot of people and it’s healthier too. The less people you have out and about, the less chance of communicable disease. Covid is still out there, so I don’t know why so many are acting like it’s not.

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  3. All the best with all the doctor things! ❤️

    I wish companies would stick to work from home for the majority. Not only is this current pandemic far from over (there’s apparently a Lambda variant now), less people doing multi- hour commutes in their gas guzzling cars is better for the planet overall. Oh, humanity… 😔

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    • I have a game plan with it now so fingers crossed! I need to send my doctor a thingy to fill out. Honestly, I don’t get why more companies don’t do it, though I know it’s a surveillance thing *rolls eyes* at least with some of them. Productivity didn’t go down (from the evidence/stats I saw) and it saves people time and money, ugh.

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    • I feel pretty good! I was achy the next day, but that could’ve been my fibro. I didn’t have any other symptoms. LIke no headache or any of the other stuff I’ve heard people talk about. I had a friend who was down for the count for a week! I’m nearing the two week mark from the second so I’ll be fully vaccinated soon. I’m a little worried about these variants, but being vaxxed helps with that.

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  4. Congrats on the second vaccine dose! I know this mess is far from over and people still need to be careful, but I felt such a sense of relief after getting dose 2 fully on board . . . I guess I felt that, at least as far as vaccination was concerned, I had done what I could to prevent spreading it to others or getting sick. Last month, my family visited and was sick with what we think was a cold, but then we found out that the Delta variant was really prevalent where they came from, so who knows. :/ Despite undoubtedly being exposed to whatever virus it was, I had no symptoms and they all recovered ok (they were also vaccinated, but with J+J instead of Moderna).

    I hope all your medical stuff goes smoothly (idk why it always has to be so stressful, ugh).

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    • Yes! It went fairly well. I was really achy the next day and spent most of it in bed, but then I was fine afterwards. I’m just glad to be vaccinated, but now we have these variants, so it’s like ugh.

      I’m super annoyed people are acting like it’s over…like no, it’s not over. Yes, the vaccine is great, but it’s not a miracle cure. It lowers your chances and makes the symptoms not as bad, very similar to waht the flu vaccine does.

      Me too. I’m waiting to hear back from HR about my submission for reasonable accommodations so fingers crossed!


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