A Sunshine Blogger Award from A Geeky Gal

More catch up.  Apparently I have a lot of Sunshine Blogger Awards to catch up on.  A Geeky Gal is lovely.  So much gaming and cosplay.  All of the stuff I love ♥

Question time!


1. What game are you currently playing?

I’m still in the midst of Final Fantasy VII Remake, which is of course amazing btw.  Even though I’ve technically finished it, as in finished all of the chapters, I still have a lot of side stuff to complete before the next part comes out, since I know there will be some way to transfer your data from the first game to the second (think Mass Effect), and I want to have everything I possibly can.

I started this game called Golf Story, but I’m not sure how I feel about it yet.  It’s not really pulling me in.  It’s a sports RPG about (shock) golf.  I’m going to give it some more time, but I haven’t picked it up in a few days.

Finally I’m playing this awesome puzzle game called The House of da Vinci II.  If you like The Room (the puzzle game not the god awful movie lol), I’d highly recommend this and the first one.  So.  Good.

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The State of the Writer: 5/20/18

<–The State of the Writer: 4/22/18          The State of the Writer: 6/3/18–>

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

Finished Projects: 6

Book Reviews: Master of Crows by Grace Draven – 5/7/18
Tags: The WIP Tag – 5/8/18
Game Reviews: Paper Mario Color Splash – 5/10/18
Awards: Mystery Blogger Award #4 – 5/10/18
Book Reviews: Moon Called by Patricia Briggs (Mercy Thompson #1) – 5/16/18
Book Reviews: The Diamond Tree by Michael Matson – 5/19/18

It was a productive two weeks 🙂


Project: Story
Title:
The Broken Rose
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Type: Fanfiction (FFVII) Novel
Current Word Count: 261,336
Prior Word Count: 261,419
Word Difference: -83
Status: Revising
Progress: First edit of Chapter 5

Quill pen with shadowI made some good progress in these last two weeks and am currently halfway through the first edit of the 5th chapter (that is a lot of numbers).  I think once I finish this I’ll be able to continue with my regular editing and posting schedule…after I consult my checklist of course 😉

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Rapid Fire Book Tag

I saw this tag on Getting Through Anxiety’s blog and thought I’d participate in the fun (I’m also trying to catch up on the list of tags I still have unfinished, and this looks like a quick one hehe).  Feel free to participate if you wish!


EBOOKS OR PHYSICAL BOOKS?

Hm.  I adore the feel and smell of the pages, but I can read books on my Kindle on my lunch break at work or anywhere, and I love that convenience.  I know theoretically, I can read a physical book anywhere, too, but the e-reader makes it so much easier.

PAPERBACK OR HARDBACK?

Paperback.  Less expensive.

ONLINE OR IN-STORE BOOK SHOPPING?

In store book shopping.  I love bookstores, and I try to patronize the local Barnes and Noble at least once a month.  If there was an independently owned bookstore in my vicinity, I’d shop there.  I don’t want to see brick and mortar bookstores go away.  Sometimes I just go there to bask in their “bookiness.”

TRILOGIES OR SERIES?

Trilogies.  I don’t hate series.  Hell my favorite (book) story is a series (ASOIAF), but overall, I like it when narratives have a finite and defined ending.

HEROES OR VILLAINS?

Villains of course.

A BOOK YOU WANT EVERYONE TO READ?

This book was paramount to my understanding of symbolism, narrative, and mythology.  It shows the ways all narratives are tied together and is the origin of The Hero’s Journey/Monomyth,

RECOMMEND AN UNDERRATED BOOK.

I’m going by my favorites list on Goodreads and their average rating.

I really can’t believe this book is rated so low (3.73), but I guess YMMV when it comes to angelic lore.  Even though I haven’t read it in years (and reread could potentially change my point of view), it has a Paradise Lost vibe to it insofar as the devil is painted as a sympathetic character, but Ms. Rice does it not only on purpose, but for that purpose (unlike Milton who would’ve never purposely done such a thing).  This book was probably integral in my obsessive sympathy for my favorite Luciferian character.

THE LAST BOOK YOU FINISHED?

Oddly enough, the last book I finished is by the person from whom I got this tag, and I wrote a review for it here!

WEIRDEST THING YOU USED AS A BOOKMARK?

A black feather

USED BOOKS, YES OR NO?

I just bought two used books on Amazon yesterday.  They were $0.01 each.   I paid more for the shipping than for the books themselves.  I have no problem with used books.

TOP THREE FAVORITE GENRES?

Dark Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, Magical Realism

BORROW OR BUY?

Buy.  I want my own things.

CHARACTERS OR PLOT?

I tend to like plot driven stories, but you have to have good characters who are going to know what to do when they’re thrown into precarious situations.

LONG OR SHORT BOOK?

There’s nothing more wonderful than a long, fascinating novel, but I’ve been breezing through a lot of shorter works lately, which is helping me reach my 2017 reading goal.  So I prefer long books, but short books are good for practical purposes.  It also depends on how much I’m enjoying the story in question.

LONG OR SHORT CHAPTERS?

Short to medium.  Granted I’m a hypocrite when it comes to chapter length in my own work.

NAME THE FIRST THREE BOOKS YOU THINK OF.

The Last Unicorn, Prospero Lost (it’s sitting right in front of me), and The Raven Boys

BOOKS THAT MAKE YOU LAUGH OR CRY?

Anything by Douglas Adams is hilarious, and I cry during Iza’s death scene in Clan of the Cave Bear every single time I read it.  I’m tearing up right now thinking about it.

OUR WORLD OR FICTIONAL WORLDS?

Fictional.  This world sucks.

AUDIOBOOKS: YES OR NO?

Only if I’ve already read the book.

DO YOU EVER JUDGE A BOOK BY ITS COVER?

I think we all do every now and then.  I have definitely been drawn to a book based on its cover, which has led me to read the blurb and potentially make a purchase.  Winter’s Tale by Mark Helprin is a perfect example of this.  I found it in a used bookstore, had never heard of it or the author, didn’t realize at the time the title is based on a play by Shakespeare, but the cover caught my attention.

BOOK TO MOVIE OR BOOK TO TV ADAPTATION?

Book to TV can generally fit more of the book in (if done properly.  I’m looking at you Game of Thrones).

SERIES OR STANDALONE?

Series if the writing is compelling.  For example, I absolutely love The Raven Cycle series.

 

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The State of the Writer: 9/10/16

<–The State of the Writer: 9/3/16          The State of the Writer: 9/17/16–>

A weekly post updated every Saturday discussing my current writing projects and where I stand with them.  This will include any and all work(s) in progress (WIP) be they creative writing, essays/analyses, or reviews of any type.

Project: Story
Title:
The Broken Rose
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Type: Fanfiction (FFVII) Novel
Current Word Count: 277,651
Prior Word Count: 272,701
Word Difference: +4950
Status: Writing
Progress: Chapter 4 in progress

broken-rose

In this additional chapter, I am literally writing about how broken Aeris is.  If I take a step back and really examine it, this part is a bit extraneous. Generally you want each chapter to pull the story along, further the plot, or introduce a new idea.  In all honesty, I’m just throwing this in because I can and I want to.  That’s the good thing about fanfiction.  While I definitely stick to the same rules of editing that I use for original works, there’s a little bit more wiggle room when it comes to fanfiction, because there are no threshold guardians.  Granted, I could probably make an argument for the narrative validity of this chapter as it really delves into how horribly abused Aeris was and how a redemptive and guilty Sephiroth does everything to help her heal.  I definitely wave some fore mentioned plot coupons around in this earlier section that will be cashed in later.  The truth of it though is I thought up some dialogue and interactions that I absolutely adored even as they broke my heart, and while some have found there way into earlier chapters, I knew that I’d need an additional one to bring the vision to fruition.

I’ve been plugging away at this chapter all week.  It’s like putting together the pieces of a very large puzzle, sanding the ends and/or adding enough glue to make them fit.  I had a lot of notes for this, many of them redundant, but I did manage to write almost 5k words this week.  I didn’t yet do a third edit on Chapter 3 (though I need to) as I decided I’d write 4 first, do the third edit, and then continue on with the process in Chapter 4.

I’m still planning on starting to post chapters once I get through Chapter 5, but I don’t know if this will occur before the end of my vacation.  If I can finish Chapter 4 by the end of this weekend, it may be a possibility.  I’ve been working on TBR every day since I can, but next week I have a slew of doctor’s appointments.  It might not be that bad since they’re only on Monday and Thursday, and my brother is driving me to the one on Monday since parking is $20 (blech).  Plus it’s in the city.  I hate driving in the city.  I can do it, but it wears me out even more.

Quote: In the crook of his neck, silvery spill made a soft nest for the weary.  The general shifted those thorn thin pupils, but they would never cut her.  Benevolence warred with rage within.  She was safe now and always would be.  *Would that she believed.  It’s my job to show her as much as to keep her safe.  My sins can’t be cleaned no matter how much the misted past might fade.  At least I can serve her.  Let me be your angel.  Even the fallen can beg…*

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