The State of the Writer: 12/3/17

<–The State of the Writer: 10/26/17          The State of the Writer: 12/17/17–>

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

Finished This Month: 1

Project: Essay
Status: Finished Written – Editing Audio

I’d love that number to say “2,” but I’ve already spoken of my NaNo tale of woe, though I did write something in November for a collaborative project soon to be published.  The written part is entirely finished and proofread but I’d like to have the audio recording edited before it’s posted.  The essay is a comparative between two games that have had a long standing flame war with their respective fans, focusing on one aspect in particular.

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The End of Hiatus

I have returned, dear friends, though I obviously didn’t physically go anywhere.  No…I just spent the month attempting to write my next novel, but instead of doing NaNo, I did a NoNo (have you missed my puns?) insofar as novel writing was concerned.

NaNoWriMo 2017

I’d planned to physically write 50k words by hand, which is around 1667 words a day, but I didn’t count on arthritis being a greater factor than it was back when I wrote my first novel (by hand).  The pen, which rested right against the joint of my thumb, caused excruciating pain to the digit, and it just became harder and harder to accomplish much at all.  The first day I probably did around 1800 words, which is more than the target, but each day following, I wrote less and less.  I finally decided I’d switch to Word, but then the second problem arose…

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Status Suspension and Final Preptober Things for NaNoWriMo 2017

I’ve mentioned it here and there specifically in my State posts, but since it’s the last day of the month, I wanted to put up the “official” notice of my pseudo-hermitage for the month of November/NaNoWriMo.   I am going to attempt to write at least 50k words of a new story (the official NaNo stipulations), which means I need to make time to get out an average of 1667 words a day, though I’ll be writing by hand, so it’s going to be a more rough estimate.  I decided on handwritten because the last two stories were entirely on Word, and I was neurotic to the point of paranoia about losing my work.  Oddly enough, handwriting stories doesn’t take any longer than not.  It’s just a different initial stage of the writing process.

Since my three State and Final Fantasy Friday posts take hours to draft, review, and complete, they’re going on the chopping block for this month.  I’m also going to potentially cut down my reading or at the very least not pick up anything new (except for my lunchtime Kindle breaks).  I’ll still be checking comments and reading what blog subs I can on the weekend, though I’ve turned off nearly all of my notifications or attempted to…WordPress makes that so damn difficult.

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The State of the Writer: 10/29/17

<–The State of the Writer: 10/22/17          The State of the Writer: 12/3/17–>

A weekly post updated every Sunday discussing my current writing projects and any completed the prior week.

Finished This Week: 0


Project: Story
Title:
The Broken Rose
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Type: Fanfiction (FFVII) Novel
Current Word Count: 258,830
Prior Word Count: 259,494
Word Difference: -644
Status: Revising
Progress: Chapter 2

It almost didn’t happen this week, peeps, this final status update before NaNo, but guilt and obligation are heavy motivators.  This would’ve been a fun day if my back muscles hadn’t decided to clench around the middle of my spine on the way to my husband’s birthday lunch.  I’m glad he was driving, though I’m wondering if maybe my slouched position in the passenger seat had something to do with it.  Alas, we will never know.  I’m still in quite a bit of pain, and I’m hoping tomorrow it will be better.  Thankfully, modern medicine exists, because I’m way too busy to not go to work.  It’s been a rough couple of days.

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The State of the Writer: 10/22/17`

<–The State of the Writer: 10/15/17          The State of the Writer: 10/29/17–>

A weekly post updated every Sunday discussing my current writing projects and any completed the prior week.

Finished This Week: 0


Project: Story
Title:
The Broken Rose
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Type: Fanfiction (FFVII) Novel
Current Word Count: 259,494
Prior Word Count: 259,807
Word Difference: -313
Status: Revising
Progress: Chapter 2

I decided to change the order of the beginning scenes in Chapter 2.  Then I changed them back after I remembered I’d chosen that order based on Maslow’s hierarchy of needs (which I just now decided would be the picture, because why not?).  I was going to do this long flashback bath scene after Aeris first wakes up and realizes she’s clean, but the more I though about it, the more I realized that I was right from the start.  I wrote some additional paragraphs, which I do like, so I’m going to try to incorporate them into the body of the story, but I need to put back in what I cut out.  Thankfully, I rarely delete anything plus I email myself frequently, so I have back versions of the story.  Sometimes my paranoia comes in handy (though that might not be the right term, since I have lost stories before).

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The State of the Writer: 10/8/17

<–The State of the Writer: 10/1/17          The State of the Writer: 10/15/17–>

A weekly post updated every Sunday discussing my current writing projects and where I stand with them.  This will include (but not be limited to) any and all work(s) in progress (WIPs) be they creative writing, essays/analyses, and reviews.  Additionally, this post will showcase what writing projects I’ve completed in the past week as a sort of weekly roundup, as I’ve seen other cooler bloggers do.

Finished This Week: 0


Project: Story
Title:
The Broken Rose

Genre: Paranormal Romance
Type: Fanfiction (FFVII) Novel
Current Word Count: 260,204
Prior Word Count: 260,270
Word Difference: -66
Status: Revising
Progress: Chapter 2

Did I make progress in my revisions this week?  Kind of…I did more prep than actual revising, but I guess that’s what happens when you decide to go back to the beginning.  I finished Chapter 1 fairly quickly, because there wasn’t much to change in Chapter 1, just some clean up of stuff I somehow missed in my multitude of edits.

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The State of the Writer: 10/1/17

<–The State of the Writer: 9/24/17          The State of the Writer: 10/8/17–>

A weekly post updated every Sunday discussing my current writing projects and where I stand with them.  This will include (but not be limited to) any and all work(s) in progress (WIPs) be they creative writing, essays/analyses, and reviews.  Additionally, this post will showcase what writing projects I’ve completed in the past week as a sort of weekly roundup, as I’ve seen other cooler bloggers do.

Finished This Week: 1

Project: Locke & Key, Vol 1: Welcome to Lovecraft
Author: Joe Hill
Illustrator:
Gabriel Rodriguez

Date Posted: September 30, 2017

An easy review for an awesome graphic novel, and from what I’m hearing the later ones only get better.  I already have the second volume on my to-buy list.  I better bump it up!


Project: Story
Title:
The Broken Rose

Genre: Paranormal Romance
Type: Fanfiction (FFVII) Novel
Current Word Count: 260,270
Prior Word Count: 260,329
Word Difference: -59
Status: Revising
Progress: Chapter 2

The most pressing question of the moment is what the hell pictures am I going to use for updates during my revision?  I don’t want to repeat old ones, and I sure am hell am not going to go through much effort to find new ones for chapters I’ve already posted about, so there might be some weird stuff *shrug*

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The State of the Writer: 3/12/17

<–The State of the Writer: 3/5/17          The State of the Writer: 3/19/17–>

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.

Project: Story
Title:
The Broken Rose
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Type: Fanfiction (FFVII) Novel
Current Word Count: 270, 123
Prior Word Count: 270,271
Word Difference: -148
Status: Editing
Progress: 3rd edit of Chapter 8

The picture doesn’t really have anything to do with the chapter (besides being Sephiroth), I just absolutely adore it.  I found it last week on DeviantArt, and it was a fantastic RP prompt for my Sephiroth and Aeris fanpage (yes, I’m that big of a dork).  The artist rendered his half/crooked smile/smirk perfectly, and it’s exactly what I picture when I write lines like:

“Long lashes fluttered above a crooked smile that nonetheless held all his joy.”

Also, little known fact, the Shameful Narcissist has a similar smirk.  I can smile fully with both edges of my lips turning up, but in general, only the left side tends to do so.  It’s weird, too, because I’ve tried to emulate the expression on my right side, and it just does not happen. 

Seph pretty much proves that you can have a “crooked” smile and still be the paragon of beauty.  I mean I always knew this because obviously I smile like that, too (narcissism alert), but having someone like the Great General do so, too, utterly seals the beauty deal.

Speaking of which, if you look closely, you’ll see BethanyAnnie (whose other work you should definitely check out) also gave him long eyelashes (and slit pupils), which I consider integral to any Sephiroth rendering, because they’re ridiculously luxurious, dammit!  This is a mini-rant, but it kind of grinds my gears when people don’t include or at least give an inkling to his long eyelashes, and while I’m not irked that none of the cosplayers I’ve seen have taken that into account, it’s definitely something I’ve noticed and intend to remedy in when I finally put everything for that together.  It’s the main reason I bought the Sephiroth bag I found while scrolling on tumblr one day.  I swear to god, there’s just no place to hide from anything, if you’re trying not spend money.

Bonus: Cid being Cid and a shot of my fandom/bookshelf

I like that he looks a bit mischievous (in BethanyAnnie’s picture), but not malevolent either.  I love this picture so freaking hard ♥♥♥

Anyway…to editing.  I feel like I didn’t accomplish much this week, but I apparently finished the second edit because I’m on the third.  I haven’t had much time to delve into it.  I think I’ve only edited twice this week, but I’m about halfway through the (greatly shortened) chapter and should be finished by the weekend if I can eke out the time.  I think third time is going to be the charm.

Quote: The general gazed down at this innocent rose. *A tiny white flower will be waiting for me within Heaven’s Gate.*  She clutched at his hand and Sephiroth folded both of hers within his one.  *When I return, she’ll run to my arms.*  For moments, he could only stare.  Witnessing the future happen before as if it had already come.  The miracle occurred within Mako eyes where slivers bisected bright emerald.  She could dwell in their centers, but never be cut, and her sigh of joy filled his dark heart.  In swift afterthought, he retrieved a great coat, one that was velvet lined.  Just in case the maid fell asleep and wished to remember his warmth. 


Project: Story
Working Title:
The High Lord
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Type: Original Novel
Status: Planning for NaNoWriMo

Nothing else is happening in terms of physical writing this week.  Encouraged by ignitedmoth’s “Necro Rhino” (her creative name for NaNoWriMo) adventures (I kind of prefer it and hope she’s okay with me using the term!), I’m planning on participating in it again this year, but I’m actually going to try to fulfill the stipulations of the “contest:” writing 50k words of new novel in a month.

Now, I told myself the next thing I wrote, I’d go back to hand writing it first, because though I had very enriching experiences writing Northern Lights and The Broken Rose, I did them both entirely in Word, and I really missed the hand written experience.  I feel like I would’ve been far less neurotic and paranoid if I’d had a physical copy of both, so I’m going to return to that method going forward.  I do appreciate the experience that writing these fanfiction novels in such a way taught me, and I still consider Northern Lights my best piece of writing to date, but I’m much more comfortable in front of a blank notebook than I am in front of a blank document.  I’ll just count the words per page lol.  1667 a day will be my goal, so I’m thankful I have seven months to prepare.

I need to do a lot of research and organize my notes.  I’ll probably save the latter for October, so that the details of the story are fresh in my mind.  Alas, I won’t be able to talk too much about it since this is something I want to submit for traditional publication, but I’ll at least reveal more details about the work as it gets closer to go time.  It’s another “inspired by FFVII/Aeriseph” story (shock) and uses the same characters from my first original novel, The Serpent’s Tale.  I’m excited to work on it later this year and have already decided I’ll put the editing of TBR on hiatus (if I’m still doing it) if such needs to be.  Until then, I’ll continue editing as much as I can, especially considering The Broken Rose is the “test story” for The High Lord.


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: 3/5/17          The State of the Writer: 3/19/17–>

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