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A weekly post updated every Sunday 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.
Title: The Broken Rose
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Type: Fanfiction (FFVII) Novel
Current Word Count: 274,050
Prior Word Count: 274,545
Word Difference: -495
Progress: 1st edit of Chapter 8
I spent yesterday organizing my notes more and planning to add them into the story, but I was too tired after organization to bring the latter plan to fruition. I’ll work on it today hopefully before it gets dark. I’m supremely happy I don’t have work tomorrow.
There’s a break in this chapter that may or may not become a new chapter. I haven’t quite decided yet. Like I said out of all of the “earlier” chapters I wrote, Chapter 8 needs the most attention. I think I’ve cut the most out of this one so far. That would be something I could potentially keep track of: how many words I cut out per chapter. I just love keeping track of figures lol.
Quote: This tiny maid who’d been so abused was now dripping in luxury. She slipped on flat shoes as light as her skirt, adorned in white ribbons as well. Maybe they’d go out to greet the great sea. She wasn’t sure due to the rain.
Title: Half a Tragedy Is Worse Than Whole
Subject: FFVII Comparative and Meta
Current Word Count: 1436
Prior Word Count: 1436
Word Difference: 0
I actually had the plan to work on this this weekend, and since I have an extended one (weekend that is) I may get some words in tomorrow. According to my notes and outline, I’m about halfway done with it, and I also had some “contrarian” inspiration.
I become riotously annoyed when people purposely attack me for my Sephiroth love, and even more so when they do it under the guise of being fans of him. The internet is a dramatic place.
I’d commented on a Deviant Art photo of the Great General where he’s holding and contemplating the Black Materia as if he’s not sure what to make of it. It could be a brief moment of clarity from the eldritch noise where a sliver of himself comes through or it could be a (speculative) time afterwards where he’s thinking about what he’s done, or it could just be his impassive, already indoctrinated “I’m going to kill everyone” face. Either way, sexiness exudes.
The creator of the picture is a person after my own heart. Despite only experiencing the game in AMVs, she had sympathy towards Sephiroth, which I readily supported in the comments. Another Deviant Art member whom I’ve had dealings with (she sent me an FFVII fanfiction to review/critique. It didn’t hold my interest for a variety of reasons, the main one being it wasn’t about Aeriseph and painted Sephiroth in a bad light), decided she was going to engage me in conversation about my favorite general. She said something a bit scathing about him, and I know I should’ve just let it go, but I’m a bullheaded Taurus, the horns came out, and I responded to instant regret. I ignored all of her subsequent replies, because I realized I had absolutely no interest having any discourse with her about the subject. She responded around three times before taking the hint. Then she messaged me on tumblr with an apology of sorts, but I’d already decided I’d had enough.
A month or so ago, she’d messaged me, requesting I get in touch with another tumblr user who’d blocked her. This should’ve been a red flag. When I messaged the other user (who is another Sephiroth fan), she told me in no uncertain terms that the person in question had made her tumblr experience miserable. She’d purposely say shit about her, then act disingenuous by liking or replying positively about Sephiroth posts. I realized what I was dealing with (and found out that’s also around 19. I don’t like to be ageist, but immaturity is a very viable reason for this behavior) and decided I’m way too old for this shit. I have no desire to deal with the drama that sometimes comes with fandoms. I have a live and let live attitude towards them. You like this ship (pairing)? Go ahead and read, draw, and share pictures of it. If I don’t like that particular ship, I’ll just scroll past, because what you like doesn’t affect me.
Unfortunately, some people like to be combative and they have this attitude that everyone must like the same thing, nor can they understand why others may like a particular character (now I’m guilty of this, too, because why the fuck does anyone like that psychopathic, complete monster Hojo or eldritch abomination Jenova? But I don’t go to fan pages dedicated to them and start trouble, because I am an adult).
Huh, I really didn’t mean to digress on the drama that can occur in the FFVII fandom. The point I wanted to make was the experience galvanized me a bit, and now I’m more interested and inspired to continue writing my Greek Tragedy comparative essay. I’ve also learned to just walk away from certain arguments (this is advantageous in the current political climate, too. Some things are just not worth arguing about/engaging with. Your energy is better served elsewhere like in drinking wine or eating ice cream). I don’t wish to engage in discourse with people who are either disingenuous ( as in attempting to reel you in by seeming to like what you like only to use it as an opportunity to bash it. Seriously? Who the fuck has time to do that?) or people whose minds won’t change no matter how much evidence you present. To be honest…this is a pretty good overall lesson. Fight the worthwhile battles and leave the rest.
We’ll see if I get to work on the essay tomorrow. I’m supposed to take all of our rings (mine and my husband’s wedding bands and my emerald and ruby) in for cleaning. I want to do that first thing in the morning so it’ll all depend on how my energy levels look afterwards.
In good news I’m currently caught up on all my book reviews. I posted the “unfinished” one for Vassa in the Night late last week, and I’ve started going through and working on some of the blogger tags/awards I still have on my checklist (two more left!) and quicker essays. I’m also toying with the idea of creating my own award, so stay turned for that. I don’t want to give out too many details and ruin the surprise 🙂
I also tested out my Yeti microphone this weekend with and without the pop filter, and it sounds really good. The pop filter definitely makes a difference, and my voice is started to get better since I’m now taking pills instead of an inhaled powder for my asthma (it’s a temporary reprieve, but I think my doctor wants to reexamine my medical regime for asthma management). Maybe next week I’ll make a legitimate recording. Then I have to figure out how I’m going to get it on here hm. I do still want to upgrade this blog to premium, but I’m trying to wait a few months. It’s the same price as an Amazon Prime membership, but I pay that in January, and I’d like to not have that amount of money come out of my account so close together. If WordPress does it month by month, that would be so much better. $8.33 per month is very doable.
I think I’ll do the 30 Day Video Game Challenge next week…all in one day. I can work time like that.
What are you currently working on? Is it a creative writing project, essay, review, or something else? Have you just started something new or are you wrapping up a long term project?
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