The State of the Writer: 5/1/22

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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: 11,282
Prior Word Count: 11,282
Word Difference: 0
Status: Outlining
Reorganizing & Worldbuilding

I decided I wanted to use Scrivener only for fully fleshed out ideas, so I removed a lot of things from there to put on OneNote while I figure them out.  OneNote is more for brainstorming/stream-of-consciousness and the step before I put it on Scrivener.

My To-Do and General Issues and Questions pages are ridiculous now, and every time I start brainstorming one thing, I get ideas for another.  It’s…good I guess?  But it’s also annoying because it puts more time in between now and me picking up drafting again.  I’m also getting ideas for the first novel since this one is a sequel of sorts to it.  It definitely follows the events of the first story, but whether or not it’ll be necessary to read (and therefore for me to re-write) that one prior is up to how good of a writer I am…which, uh, yeah idk *awkward laughing*  I might feel better if I make a Scrivener for that story.  It’s on my To-Do list and might help me feel more tethered.  The problem is I literally forget things I’ve come up with (e.g. one of the major religions), which is why I need to have good notes and reminders.

I think I want to update my collage, too, since I have more (accurate) pictures.

Project: Story Audio Recording
Title: Northern Lights
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Type: Fanfiction
Length: Novel
Fandom: Final Fantasy VII
Status: Editing
Progress: Adding in sound effects

Finally got back around to working on this.  I wound up replacing one sound with something else, because I think it fits better with the “sound palette” I’m curating (omfg do you hear yourself???).  The only “problem” is it’s longer than the sound I had before and I’d put other effects after, so it pushed them forward in the timeline.  There’s a way to put audio in without doing this, but I forgot to *shrug*  I’m currently listening back from that point and adjusting the sound effects as I go.  I think I have a better idea about how I’m going to do this thematically.

Of course because nothing remains simple in TSN land, I wound up hearing this amazing, creepy, haunting song in this new show I’m watching Centaurworld.  It’s…interesting to say the least with a shit ton of Mood Whiplash, but the one thing it did get right was the nature of juxtaposition in lullabies.  There have been a few articles discussing why lullabies tend to be murder ballads, and “The Nowhere King” is no different.  The sweet, childlike voices singing horror (not to mention in the show itself, the lullaby is performed by flowers), but what I’m interested in is the whispering beneath.

Cue a frantic searching for how to make a regular voice a whispered one…which you really can’t do.  The only thing I found were tips for how to closely mimic it by turning down the bass, but when you whisper you don’t use your vocal chords (seriously put your hand on your throat while doing so if you don’t believe me; no vibration), but talking quietly makes them vibrate just not as much.  So if I want to do what I’m thinking, I’d have to read the dialogue in whisper and then layer it beneath.  I mean I could, but I don’t want this effect in all of Sephiroth’s speech, but I think it might be good in some instances.  At the very least I want to test it out just to see how it sounds.  I could also listen to the last line in the first chapter of The Broken Rose’s audio, because I made the echoes more dramatic and sibilant.  I…just have to remember how TF I did that.  I hope I left notes about it somewhere…

Project: Research & Essay Organization
Status: Organizing Essay Notes
Progress: Working through notes for FFVII & ASOIAF comparative essays

I’m trying to decide if I’m going to go through the rest of the essays in the same way.  I was initially only planning on doing the Song of VII’s ones, but I might as well do the rest.  I have some one off comparatives that might end up getting combined in some way I haven’t figured out yet, and I also have multi-comparatives like time loops and horror tropes in non-horror stories.  It just makes sense to organize these like I’ve done the FFVII/ASOIAF essay ones.

My next steps are to figure out how to combine my Research and Essay notebooks on OneNote because they’re currently separate, which makes no sense since the research is for the essays.  I’ve also been working on which books will be good for multiple essays, and I got an Amazon GC for my birthday, which I intend to spend (the remaining) on more research/reference materials.  I just need to figure out which ones.

Now I’m considering whether or not I should start talking about what I’m reading for this here or if that would be redundant since I already do that on my SOTR post hm…

Project: Author Website
Status: Pending
Progress: Planning time to work on

PUSH.  Next Saturday again…

In Progress

  • Game Reviews: Final Fantasy VI – I finished the first edit of the Story Analysis section.  I need to add in some things before the second edit.
  • Book Reviews: A Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee (Montague Siblings) – Made a little more progress with this.  It’s a more essay type review so it’s going to take a bit longer.  Not sure if I’m going to split it into Review and Analysis yet.  I may be able to say what I want to say without spoilers.

I discovered Microsoft’s To Do List and have started using that for my daily tasks.  I spent a few works hashing them out on Excel based on how difficult and important they were.  I’m still using my old to-do app because I haven’t moved everything over, but I’m hoping to switched entirely to Microsoft because it syncs between the computer and phone, which is fantastic.  It’s one of the reasons I love OneNote so much.  Scrivener apparently can do this, but I’ve had issues figuring that out.  It’s supposed to be easy with Dropbox, but I’m still having trouble.  Another reason I just want to put refined ideas on Scrivener and leave the mess on OneNote lol.

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6 thoughts on “The State of the Writer: 5/1/22

  1. Pingback: The State of the Writer: 4/17/22 | The Shameful Narcissist Speaks

  2. I always mean to check out Centaurworld but still have failed to do so! D:
    I feel your pain on forgetting some of the things you’ve come up with for your story. So frustrating. Glad you’re coming up with lots of ideas though for your different projects! 😀

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    • It’s…interesting. There’s a MAJOR tonal shift from the beginning to what I’m seeing now, but then you can still see the cracks in the “happy” façade. It’s like it goes over the top in silly because it’s hiding something, which I think is what’s going on. I honestly thought it was going to be a light watch, but I was wrong lol.

      It’s almost like discovering or re-discovering something lol. Like I thought up this group called the Children of Evening who worship the night/night goddess and I had this whole thing about where they came from and their rituals and I’m like ahhhh how did I forget about this??? And it ties into one of the main characters’ stories. I’m at least glad I have notes on it.

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      • Kind of reminds me how Adventure Time at first just seemed like a bunch of random silliness and then darker and more cohesive plots started to come together later on in the show. 🙂
        And yes, thank goodness for notes! That sounds really cool just the little bit I got to read about in your comment, so I’m glad you re-discovered the notes so you didn’t lose it forever!

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        • YES that’s exactly the vibe! I couldn’t quite put my finger on it, but that’s perfect. Though I will say Centaurworld starts out more gritty then it goes to the cutesy titular world, so you know there’s something darker going on. Like the entire animation style shifts in the first episode, and it’s as jarring for the viewer as it is for the MC.

          Honestly it’s like finding something someone else wrote lol.

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