The State of the Writer: 1/12/17

<–The State of the Writer: 1/5/17          The State of the Writer: 1/19/17–>

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: 277,058
Prior Word Count: 277,120
Word Difference: -62
Status: Editing
Progress: Reread-through of Chapters 4-6

There’s a naughtier version of this picture on the linked site that would actually be quite appropriate for The Broken Rose, but while the story is MA, I’d still like to keep the pictures no more than PG-13.

As for the supposed backtracking, I often read parts of the story on my phone, since I email myself all the time.  During one of these sessions, I noticed some egregious errors (e.g. the wrong form of “your/you’re” #horrified) that I couldn’t correct in that particular format.  I figured I’d go back and do a quick read-through.  I doubt it’ll take that long considering I’m already halfway through Chapter 4 already, and I’ve only had one editing session for this.  I’m also probably going to skip Chapter 5 (the letter chapter) since I didn’t see any issues therein, though on the other hand, I may just read it to keep with the flow.  I haven’t decided yet.

Chapter 8 is going to take a long time to edit.  I have more notes for this chapter than any other, and I feel it’s the most disorganized due to it being a bit of a transition chapter.  Aeris begins to come more into her own, and she starts showing more (innocent) affection towards Sephiroth.  It’s quite cute, but it’s also the start of a mutual growing affection, and you have to be careful with the timing of such things.  It took me 43 days to edit Chapter 7; it may take me 83 days to edit Chapter 8.

I’m hoping to fix the (relatively) minor problems with Chapters 4-6, repost them, and start organizing my Chapter 8 notes by this week.  As luck would have it (or federal holiday timing would have it), I’m off this Monday for Martin Luther King, Jr Day.  I really should do something service worthy, since it’s supposed to be a day of service, but I’m always so tired and in need to extra sleep :\


Project: Essay
Title: Half a Tragedy Is Worse Than Whole
Subject: FFVII Comparative and Meta
Current Word Count: 649
Status: Drafting
Progress: Introduction defining “Greek Tragedy” complete

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I’m happy to report that I managed to finally start this essay last Saturday, and I’m happy with what I have so far.  I may be changing the title of it from “Half a Tragedy” to something else, but since this something is yet unconfirmed, I don’t want to talk about it yet.  Rest assured, it’s a bit academically punny or at the very least it makes (what I think is ) a clever reference similar to “When the Moon Has Turned to Blood,” which refers to a line in the hymn “When the Saints Go Marching In.”

The biggest hurdle to this essay is not repeating what I’ve said in prior ones about my favorite general.  I’ve already defended his…well not innocence, but at least lessened culpability in both “Heart of Darkness” and “The Seventh Is the Darkest.”  I’m thinking of updating the former of those essays as HoD is now a year and a half old, and I’m now aware of the concept of “mens rea” or “guilty mind” (and I have this song to thank for putting it into my own).

I plan to work on this essay more this upcoming long weekend.  Doing this weekly post on Thursday instead has indeed freed up some time as I hoped.


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?

<–The State of the Writer: 1/5/17          The State of the Writer: 1/19/17–>

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The State of the Writer: 12/17/16

<–The State of the Writer: 12/10/16          The State of the Writer: 12/24/16–>

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: 277,650
Prior Word Count: 277,823
Word Difference: -173
Status: Editing
Progress: Second edit of Chapter 7

dark-rose

I’m still plugging through the second edit of this chapter, and the above was another potential picture.  I like how the rose could be seen either fading into color or fading out of it.  For this story, it would obviously be fading into color, but it is all about perspective.

There’s also a sweet (literal) flower part in this chapter so showing more of them seems appropriate.

Quote: “Do you truly believe their heinous crimes could diminish your purity?  You are innocent forever, my Aeris.  No brutal act of a thousand cowards can change this unalterable truth.”


Project: Essay
Title: Half a Tragedy Is Worse Than Whole
Subject: FFVII Comparative and Meta
Status: On hold
Progress: Outline Completed

I think I’m going to put all other writing/edit on hiatus until after the holidays, because there’s just no way I can find time to get anything else done.  I know I could play less of World of Final Fantasy, but we all know that’s not going to happen.

After Christmas, I want to sit down and figure out a New Year plan for writing since I’m really struggling with getting essays worked on and out, nor have I done anything with The Editing of Northern Lights in months.  I’m also going to do some year end analysis stuff, but I haven’t worked out the details on that yet.


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?

<–The State of the Writer: 12/10/16          The State of the Writer: 12/24/16–>

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The State of the Writer: 12/10/16

<–The State of the Writer: 12/3/16          The State of the Writer: 12/17/16–>

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: 277,823
Prior Word Count: 278,222
Word Difference: -399
Status: Editing
Progress: Second edit of Chapter 7

rose-in-chains

I’m happy to report the artist replied to me in the affirmative for the picture I really wanted to use.  She asked that I reference her of course, and I asked if she had a website I could link to.  I haven’t heard back on that, but I”m happy that at least I have permission to use the image.

The above is not he picture I was looking for permission on, but rather something I found while searching the internet for a suitable Chapter 7 cover.  It wouldn’t be for this chapter anyway, but I like the image of the rose in chains as it pertains to this story.

I’m still on the second edit, which I’m finding to be more productive than the first.  I thought that went a bit too easily.  Not that the second is overly challenging, but I’m definitely fixing more than I initially did.

Quote: “Never entertain such thoughts, such horrors, or dark drenched dreams.  I will never allow them to harm you again.  They will not have limbs or fingers to grasp.  I will remove every part that ever hurt you.  Every single one I will hunt down like the monsters I killed this night.  I will rip through their minds and tear out the truth, but leave their wits intact.  They will know what they did.  They will know why they suffer, and they will die unable to scream.” 


Project: Essay
Title: Half a Tragedy Is Worse Than Whole
Subject: FFVII Comparative and Meta
Status: On hold
Progress: Outline Completed

I have this on my planner to work on this week: Monday, Thursday, and Saturday, and I’m off on Monday.  I usually schedule out my weekly plans on Saturday or Sunday, and for essays, I’ll figure out which days of the week I can devote to them and put that on a loop until complete.  Monday and Thursday are days where I don’t have any weekly posts to do.  Owing to what time of the year we’re in, I don’t foresee being able to work on it each of those days, but I’ll try.  I just read a blog post by Athena at AmbiGaming about flawed heroes, which put me back in the mind of Greek tragedy, since that’s one of the necessary elements.  Sometimes all it takes is a little bit of inspiration.


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?

<–The State of the Writer: 12/3/16          The State of the Writer: 12/17/16–>

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The State of the Writer: 11/26/16

<–The State of the Writer: 11/19/16          The State of the Writer: 12/3/16–>

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: 278,815
Prior Word Count: 278,742
Word Difference: +73
Status: Editing
Progress: First edit of Chapter 7

Chapter 4 - Blood Dance

You can’t write about someone who’s a known killer without showing them doing some killing.  This has been a rule of mine since my novel.  Granted, the general isn’t slaughter whom he truly wishes to slaughter (mores the pity…I want him to butcher them, too), but in this far better, future world, his seemingly murderous nature serves the purpose of keeping the Whispers safe from monsters and keeping Aeris safe, too.

I just started the first edit yesterday, and I’m quite shocked with how well it’s going.  I must’ve done some adequate editing when I was writing it, because I’ve done very minimal corrections.  I did just start though and prior to plunging in made the observation that the chapter does have a lot in it that may either need to be cut or modified.  Shortly, I shouldn’t rest on my laurels just yet.

I changed the chapter title from “Dark Poetry” to “Dark Promises,” but I still have no idea what I’m going to use for a cover picture.  It’s not going to be the above, since I used that for Northern Lights’ Chapter 4 “Blood Dance,” and I have a personal rule to not repeat the same picture even if it is another work.  I am thinking the image might be in the same vein since the chapter opens with Sephiroth hunting monsters, but like everything, I might still change my mind.  The picture is supposed to capture the essence of the chapter, which I usually figure out before the first edit is done.

Quote: The next part never grew easier.  He was just used to the pain.  The agony of flesh and bone tearing around the black of that wing.  *If I’m going to kill monsters I may as well be one.*  He didn’t need it to fly, but he couldn’t without, nor was it called where eyes lived to see.  The folk of the Whispers knew what he was, but there was no need for them to bear witness. Familiarity had breed fondness, not quite fear and definite respect.  They seemed almost proud of their preternatural mayor whom all still called “general.”


This is the only thing I’m working on?  Good lord it is.  I finished up the Final Fantasy IV and the Magonia review this week.  The FFIV review was  a major project that took up a great deal of my writing time, but now that that’s done, I want to return to working on my “Half a Tragedy” FFVII meta/essay showing the similarities between the game and Greek tragedy, and since I’m just coming off FFIV, I’m thinking of continuing my Character Analysis series with one for Cecil.  I’m still playing through the GBA version of FFIV (interspersed with Dawn of Souls/FFI) so he’s still pretty fresh in my mind.  Eventually, I’m also going to finish up the edit of my original short story The Threads of Sorrow, and of course I want to start on my “Song of VIIs” series, which is my attempt to show the myriad similar themes between Final Fantasy VII and George R R Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire.  A few of them require prerequisite reading (yes, I’m that pretentious) like the Poetic Edda so I can brush up on my Norse mythology, but the first one on my list has to do with missing mothers, dickhead dads, and subsequent lost children.  No additional reading necessary (I say that now).

So because I like bullet point lists, here’s one of upcoming projects:

  • “Half a Tragedy” – an FFVII meta showing the similarities between the game and Greek tragedy
  • Character Analysis: Cecil Harvey
  • The Threads of Sorrow final edit
  • The “Song of VIIs” essay series

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?

<–The State of the Writer: 11/19/16          The State of the Writer: 12/3/16–>

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