The State of the Writer: 7/2/16

<–The State of the Writer: 6/25/16          The State of the Writer: 7/9/16–>

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.

Content Warning:  A few mentions of rape as it pertains to the projects I’m working on.

Project: Story
The Broken Rose
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Type: Fanfiction (FFVII) Novel
Current Word Count: 274,512
Prior Word Count: 274,721
Word Difference: -209
Status: Editing
Progress: 4th Edit of Chapter 1

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Potential picture for Chapter 1

I have officially started the edit of The Broken Rose.  My goal is to edit one chapter a week.  If I can keep true to his pace, the entire story will be ready to post around Christmas.  I am just about to do the 4th (and hopefully final) edit of Chapter 1.  I do not usually do so many edits of a chapter, but I made so many changes over so many days that it was necessary.

What I typically do is a 1st edit and a 2nd edit, which I’ll refer to in shorthand as FE and SE.  I’ll do the FE on a chapter over however many days it takes to complete.  Afterwards I’ll do the SE, but if I make more content changes during the SE there could be a 3rd edit (TE).  If for some extenuating circumstance I make even more changes during the TE then a 4th edit is in order and so and and so on until I’m satisfied with what I have (obviously I’m not going to call the 4th edit FE; I’ll just call any edits after three what they are).

I have been keeping editing notes as promised.  As you can see my word count went down by a little over 200 words.  Even though I added in some embellishments, I took out a big unnecessary chunk of section at the end of the chapter.

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Storm Front by Jim Butcher (Dresden 1)

This is one of the many articles/review that I have reblogged from Caffeine Crew, the collaborative geek blog I write for.  I am in the process of truly posting these here on my personal blog.  While they will be edited for any prior missed errors, I will not be really updating them beyond that so some information could potentially be outdated, erroneous, or defunct.

Finally, finally after much friend recommendations and hullabaloo I started reading Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files Series, and I absolutely love the first book Storm Front.

Storm Front Cover

Harry Dresden is a modern day wizard who plays detective in this well written urban fantasy. He’s been a bit down on his luck and late on the rent when he gets a phone call from a mysterious “Monica,” who asks him to find out what her husband has been up to in a typical “wife is worried hubby is cheating” scheme. Not his normal work, but he could use the money, and one of Harry’s weaknesses it not being able to deny a damsel in distress. He agrees to meet with this Monica person, but before that appointment he gets another more urgent call from Karrin Murphy of the Chicago police about two dead bodies that she needs him to look at asap. Harry also works as a consultant for the Chicago PD. It pays the bills and gets him out of the office.

Thus starts absolute insanity. You’re reading and thinking, “Okay, he’s going to go take a look at these bodies and get back in time to meet with this Monica lady,”  but then he gets kinda kidnapped by the mob on the way back to his office, what WHAT?! and THAT’S THE ENTIRE NOVEL! Stuff just keeps happening to him. Like how he had a date with one woman, forgets about a date with another who shows up at his door right before they get attacked by a toad demon, and he accidentally gives her a love potion that he HAD to make to get Bob the Skull to cooperate. They wind up in a magic circle to ward of the demon and did I mention that Harry is naked because he was in the shower when his date came calling? Yeah, that’s what it is. I’ve heard friends describe Dresden with the phrase “It’s like Harry riding a dinosaur down the streets of Chicago.” This is the absolute best description. The plotting is so twisty, cohesive, and well done (Butcher is a Scorpio, the kings of super secrecy). His snarkiness is appropriate and amusing, and some of the descriptions and metaphors are downright beautiful. They come as surprising in this often very gritty world that still has room for pizza craving fairies.

The main plot thread is Harry tries to nab a serial killer who’s using magic to literally rip peoples’ hearts out of their bodies, bolstering their magic by using the power of storms, and the chase becomes more desperate when Harry himself is next on the list. The B plot is what’s going on with Monica and her husband, and Butcher is a genius at twining these two together. Our resident wizard detective is also trying to keep out of the fire himself since the White Council of wizards is looking for any excuse to execute him. *spoiler* Harry was forced to kill his magic mentor who turned evil, and since killing with magic is a big no no even for self-defense, they decide to put him on wizard probation.*end spoiler*

Many times I felt as though I’d been plunked down in the midst of this world, but I wasn’t unhappy about it. There’s so much on the outer edges that you’re just hoping you’ll find out about as the novels progress. I actually wondered and double checked that I was reading the first book in the series. I was and I intend to read the next and the next until I’m caught up (this is an eventuality.  Life became much busier after I wrote this). Looking back I’m surprised I didn’t see a major plot point all along, but that is the mark of a good writer: being able to throw all the clues in, but still managing to surprise the reader in the end.

4 stars.