The Editing of Northern Lights – Angelic Ramblings and the Review of Chapter 2

Note: This is the Editing Blog for my FFVII fanfiction Northern Lights (which you can find at the end of that link).  I will be discussing a myriad of topics along with my frequently tangential and harried editing process.  You should be able to garner some enjoyment and insight from this without having read the story and/or without prior knowledge of the original game, but if you’re a fan of paranormal romance and/or dark fantasy, you may find it to your liking.  The story will be spoiled in this editing examination, though I will do my best to mark spoilers for any other narratives I mention.  Thanks for your interest and enjoy!

<–Chapter 2 with More Paradise Lost and ASOIAF          Angels and Knights and the Start of Chapter 3–>

9/12/14
I’m jumping the gun again.  I started going to Chapter 3 before doing my second edit of Chapter 2.

This seems like my annoying pattern, but a less annoying pattern is my starting with a grandiose concept prior to my edit.  I’m greatly enjoying that.  I’ve been talking about ASOIAF and Paradise Lost for days, and that I truly of adore  I hope you haven’t grown tired of my babble dear readers.  If you haven’t I love you so.

I have in my tumultuous brain a particular head canon when it comes to angels and angel tropes.  This concept is also known as fanon and is highly up for interpretation, debate, and change.  Before I get into this I just need to segue for a moment.

There’s been a pattern to what sites I generally have open while I’m writing this blog including but not limited to Wikipedia, A Wiki of Ice and Fire, The FFVII Wiki (or just the FFVII page of the Final Fantasy Wiki), TV Tropes, and Goodreads.  Yesterday I found cause to go to The Lord of the Rings Wiki and Tardis Data Core, the Doctor Who Wiki.  Needless to say, the internet, though standing on the pillars of cat pics and porn, is still good for more than just those two things.

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The 777 Writing Challenge – The Threads of Sorrow

So as you can tell I really like this little writing exercise/challenge. It doesn’t take much to get me to blather on about my work, and this 777 thing (along with having my favorite number) gives me ample excuse.

The Threads of Sorrow is my only published work available in the January/February 2013 issue of Separate Worlds, which I currently can’t find on the site *sigh* This is one of the many reasons I will be seeking another publication location for this tale since SW isn’t very well known, their website is not well organized, and they’re not very versatile among other things. I regret rushing the publication of this story, but I was so excited that someone, anyone was willing to accept it that I didn’t really consider all of the details. The journal didn’t appear to be a scam so I went with it to satisfy my need for validation. Now looking back I wish I’d waited, but thankfully, SW is okay with multiple publications so it’s a matter of me re-editing and finding another magazine of better repute that has a similar policy to the same.


“You are a dark angel who serves the queen.” It was not a question, but Uriel nodded still. “Could we not then just…fly to her throne?”

Her captor cocked his head to the side observing flushed cheeks and guileless features. There were none now living who’d ever dared asked where a dark angel might hide his wings.

            And are you so quick to face your fate, child? In torment he saw white steel weeping blood as cold as endless snows…

“No, little one,” he said as she shivered. “We shall take the mundane path. I shall reveal no horror to you.”


Can you tell I like stories about dark/fallen angels?  I don’t think they get enough love, and I love the idea of the redemptive fallen.  Redemption stories are my favorite.  It’s what draws me to such narratives as Les Misérable, and one of the many factors that prompted me to write Northern Lights.

I believe three shall be the magic number here as I’m currently out of WIP stories, but that will more than likely not be the case for long. I could also potentially use the second halves of stories. The world is full of possibilities.