The State of the Writer: 5/19/19

<–The State of the Writer: 5/5/18         The State of the Writer: 6/2/19–>

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

Finished Projects: 1


Project: Story
Title:
The Broken Rose
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Type: Fanfiction (FFVII) Novel
Current Word Count: 253,740
Prior Word Count: 254,083
Word Difference: -343
Status: Editing
Progress: Second edit of Chapter 16

Finished the first edit and sorted a few notes.  I’m becoming more fond of the idea of editing and posting the next three chapters together since there are a lot of cross over notes between.

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The State of the Writer: 5/5/19

<–The State of the Writer: 4/21/18         The State of the Writer: 5/19/19–>

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

Finished Projects: 2


Project: Story
Title:
The Broken Rose
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Type: Fanfiction (FFVII) Novel
Current Word Count: 254,083
Prior Word Count: 254,376
Word Difference: -293
Status: Editing
Progress: First edit of Chapter 16

It’s slow going but it’s going.  I’ve been doing small editing sessions of a paragraph or two when I can snatch a few moments.  This chapter has presented some difficulties, possibly because it and the following two kind of flowed together, so I might do a three chapter update next time.  My notes are all mixed up between them, so that might be the best way to ensure everything is in its right place.  I’ll consider that more as I continue editing though.

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The State of the Writer: 4/21/19

<–The State of the Writer: 4/7/18         The State of the Writer: 5/5/19–>

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

Finished Projects: 1


Project: Story
Title:
The Broken Rose
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Type: Fanfiction (FFVII) Novel
Current Word Count: 254,376
Prior Word Count: 254,471
Word Difference: -95
Status: Editing
Progress: First edit of Chapter 16

These are legit called “Avalanche Lilies,” and that’s just too perfect.

I did so much organizing of the notes for this chapter and the next two.  They were blended together in OneNote, and I had to try to separate things out.  I actually used the “wrong” picture last week, since that’s not relevant until the next chapter, which concerns obtaining a flower basket.  The current one is about the garden mentioned in Chapter 15, and then Chapter 18 has a little bit of action.  It’s not quite THAT scene yet (sorry Lightning Ellen), but I promise it’s coming 😀

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The State of the Writer: 4/7/19

<–The State of the Writer: 3/24/18         The State of the Writer: 4/21/19–>

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

Finished Projects: 4


Project: Story
Title:
The Broken Rose
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Type: Fanfiction (FFVII) Novel
Current Word Count: 254,471
Prior Word Count: 254,553
Word Difference: -82
Status: Editing
Progress: Preparing to edit Chapter 16

Curved wicker basketNot much to say besides Chapters 14 and 15 have been posted, but apparently I double posted Chapter 14 on Archive of Our Own so I’ll have to remedy that.  Speaking of AO3, I donated $10, which gives me a vote on stuff or something.  I should probably look into that lol.  The site has been nominated for a Hugo Nebula Award, which is…pretty fucking awesome.  They’re a much smaller site than Fanfiction.net, but I’m only posting this story there due to FF.net’s draconian censorship rules, and tbh I like the AO3 community a little more.  It seems cozier and more closely knit.

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The Broken Rose: Chapter 15 – Small Moments

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<–Chapter 14                                                                                                                                 Chapter 16–>

Disclaimer: Final Fantasy VII, its characters, and settings are all property of Square Enix so I can take no credit nor claim any ownership of that. I do take some credit for the story’s plot.
Banner Artwork Disclaimer:  The featured artwork for the banner is entitled White rose I and was created by the very talented Deviant Artist RemusSirion who was gracious enough to grant me permission to use it here.  The picture has been slightly altered from the original. All rights belong to the artist, and links are included for both the artist page and the work.
CHAPTER ARTWORK DISCLAIMER:  THE FEATURED ARTWORK IS OF UNKNOWN ORIGIN AND SOURCE.  IT HAS BEEN SLIGHTLY ALTERED IN APPEARANCE AND TO INCLUDE THE CHAPTER NUMBER AND TITLE.  ALL RIGHTS BELONG TO THE UNKNOWN ARTIST.

*******MAJOR CONTENT WARNING*******

Consistent and sustained graphic descriptions and mentions of rape/ sexual assault, sexual slavery/bondage, slavery, human trafficking, physical abuse, graphic descriptions of violence, mental abuse, emotional abuse, psychological abuse, body shaming, starvation, torture, forced pregnancy, forced childbirth, miscarriage, forced miscarriage, abortion, and other potential disturbing and triggering topics.


Author’s Note: The pronunciation of “Miers” is “MEERS,” rhyming with the name “Piers.”


A terrifying encounter makes Aeris question if she’s truly as safe as she hoped.

A picture of Aeris dressed all in white, cut off from the face down, leaving brown hair visible over her chest.  She has a purse on her right shoulder, and her left hand is holding her skirt out.  Chapter 15 Small Moments is in the upper right near the crook of Aeris's elbow.

A picture of Aeris dressed all in white, cut off from the face down, leaving brown hair visible over her chest. She has a purse on her right shoulder, and her left hand is holding her skirt out. Chapter 15 Small Moments is in the upper right near the crook of Aeris’s elbow.

The month was drawing to a close as Sephiroth sipped coffee and worked.  There were orders and permits to be reviewed and he had only himself to blame.  Thoughts of his Aeris stole through his mind, and he lowered pale lids with a smile.  Emerald fought jade as he gave a small sigh.  She was visiting Myrna again.  Though she’d go through bouts where she’d beg and beg to only be close to him.  The general would shake his head confused for never would he deny her.

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The Broken Rose: Chapter 14 – Lies of Omission

The Broken Rose Page

<–Chapter 13                                                                                                                                 Chapter 15–>

Disclaimer: Final Fantasy VII, its characters, and settings are all property of Square Enix so I can take no credit nor claim any ownership of that. I do take some credit for the story’s plot.
Banner Artwork Disclaimer:  The featured artwork for the banner is entitled White rose I and was created by the very talented Deviant Artist RemusSirion who was gracious enough to grant me permission to use it here.  The picture has been slightly altered from the original. All rights belong to the artist, and links are included for both the artist page and the work.

*******MAJOR CONTENT WARNING*******

Consistent and sustained graphic descriptions and mentions of rape/ sexual assault, sexual slavery/bondage, slavery, human trafficking, physical abuse, graphic descriptions of violence, mental abuse, emotional abuse, psychological abuse, body shaming, starvation, torture, forced pregnancy, forced childbirth, miscarriage, forced miscarriage, abortion, and other potential disturbing and triggering topics.


Aeris finds walks in the Whispers slightly less daunting, while the general battles burgeoning guilt.

A tiara/crown with a star in the center of a heart sits atop an open book with indecipherable words. In the upper left corner are the words "Chapter 14 Lies of Omission."

A tiara/crown with a star in the center of a heart sits atop an open book with indecipherable words. In the upper left corner are the words Chapter 14 Lies of Omission.

Aeris wanted only to be near him and Sephiroth didn’t know whom to thank.  He was too ashamed to speak to the gods, and the Planet had to hate his presence. That he dwelled on its face and not darkness and cold spoke of mercy beyond belief.  When his flower sighed though in joy on his lap, he could only believe it was her.  She was the reason he’d been so reprieved, and caring for her was his penance.  The sweetest penance I ever could know and much more than I deserve.

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Oxenfree: Review and Analysis

More video game reviews and analyses can be found here.

Note: Source for banner artwork can be found at this site discussing other potential media adaptations of the game.

Title: Oxenfree
Genre: 
Adventure/Exploration, Puzzle, Mystery, Horror
Developer: Night School Studio
Release Date: January 15, 2016

Oxenfree coverLet’s Player: ChristoperOdd
Date Started: 9/2/18
Date Finished: 9/5/18


A supernatural thriller about a group of friends who unwittingly open a ghostly rift.


With a heavy Stranger Things vibe and a female MC who’s a person of color, I couldn’t help but be drawn into this paranormal tale that starts out (like most) normally enough with a group of teenagers participating in a high school rite of passage that turns into a supernatural mystery involving secret subs, a lost crew, and a government cover up not dissimilar to The Philadelphia Experiment and Montauk.

Oxenfree, developed by Night School Studio and the brainchild of former Telltale and Disney employees, was released on January 16, 2016 accompanied by developmental documentaries and an alternative reality game (ARG), which allows players to interact with it in the real world, lending a creepier air to an already eerie narrative.   The atmospheric music, composed by scntfc, adds the perfect accompaniment to Alex and company’s exploration of the abandoned Edwards Island.  Along with the music, Morse code serves an integral part to understanding what happened here, though, as usual, the internet provides for those of us not savvy enough to be knowledgeable.

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