The Writer’s Tag

In my continuing trek to catch up to all the awards and tags on my list, we come to this Writer’s Tag by The Writing Hufflepuff.  I wasn’t specifically tagged in it, but she was gracious enough to open it to all who desired, so I saved the link and managed to get to it before a year had passed.


What genres, styles, and topics do you write about?

I write dark fantasy and paranormal romance for both original stories and fanfiction as most of you already know.  My prose is as purple as the indigo in a rainbow, but I think much of the critique around that has to do with stylistic choice.  I grew up reading and loving eloquent descriptions, which now form the basis of my own writing.

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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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The State of the Writer: 10/22/16

<–The State of the Writer: 10/15/16          The State of the Writer: 10/29/16–>

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: 279,446
Prior Word Count: 280,583
Word Difference: -1137
Status: Editing
Progress: 1st Edit of Chapter 6

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The picture is yet another option considered for the chapter cover.  I liked the house in the background, but (and this sounds so petty), it isn’t on the side I envision it to be in the story.  The scene they’re in where it’s visible from the beach, the estate is more directly behind them not that far off to the right.

Chapter 6 is quite challenging to edit.  It’s about as long as Chapter 3 at 25 pages (the third chapter has 26) and may actually have more or equal due to the additions.  Regardless, it’s extremely heavy and verbose, and I’m trying to whittle down the latter as I’ve noticed some repeats.  I don’t want to use the same phrase or word order too often as that will make a dull read, though repetition of safety’s assurance is an important aspect of trauma recovery.

I thought I would’ve discussed the chapter title in my opening post about it, but looking back it appears I haven’t.  Heaven’s Gate is the name of the house/estate.  It can be taken in two ways and indeed is viewed different by Aeris and Sephiroth.  In being “Heaven’s Gate,” it could be considered the gateway to heaven/paradise, but there’s also the implication that it’s not quite heaven, but rather the farthest he as a fallen angel can go.  Aeris; however, sees it as paradise itself as opposed to Sephiroth who views it as an edge he can never breach.

I’m on page 88 of 95 so I’m hoping to finish the first edit early next week and the second edit by early November.  If fortune favors I’ll only need to do two…though that hasn’t been the trend especially for these longer sections.

Quote: “General’s estate sounds presumptuous,” he muttered and summer opened to his endless light.  “And it’s not just mine anymore.  It’s yours, too, my Aeris.”  He squeezed her so gently, and the maid shook a quick tear from her eye.  “Your ‘palace,’ as you would say, is called *Heaven’s Gate.”*  He sighed in his turn for her look told him all.  “Not a name I chose.  It came with the house, a long time ago, when I first arrived…”


Project: Story
Title:
The Threads of Sorrow
Genre: Paranormal Romance/Retold Fairy Tale
Type: Original Short Story
Prior Word Count: 6787
Current Word Count: 6787
Word Difference: 0
Status: Critiques reviewed
Progress: On hold

I’m officially waiting until I finish editing the first six chapters of The Broken Rose before I work on this again.  I need to do the second edit based on received critiques then get myself prepared to submit.  This will be the last week I include it on this status post unless I do something with it between now and then.


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

The same goes for this.  It’s really hard for me to concentrate on more than one project at a time no matter how much I beat myself up.  I’m also not just working on one project as you’ll see below.  Either way, I’ll reevaluate when I’m going to work on this once the first six chapters of TBR are posted.


Project: Review
Title: Final Fantasy Friday: Final Fantasy IV Review
Subject: Review and analysis of Final Fantasy IV
Status: In progress
Progress: Introduction drafted

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I started prepping and writing the beginning review of this last night.  I finished up the introduction, but stopped before the Gameplay section.  All of my game reviews are broken into four parts: Gameplay, Story, Music, and Rating.  I wish I could show you the extensive notes I have for the story.  That’s going to be the most involved part.

I’m planning on working on this this evening and at least drafting the Gameplay part.  If I feel up to it, I’ll work on Story.  I’d like to say I’ll have this finished by next Friday so I can have a double Final Fantasy Friday post, but I don’t like to promise things I can’t deliver.


Project: Editing
Title: The Editing of Northern Lights – Chapter 8 and an Ocean Full of Sads
Subject: Meta-analysis
Status: Copied and pasted three weeks ago
Progress: Additional analysis, formatting and proofreading needed

It’s been a while since I’ve posted an Editing of Northern Lights because I’ve been struggling to find the best day to work on it.  I was putting it on Thursdays, but that hasn’t been working out since that’s one of my editing days.  I’ve been trying to do it on Saturdays, but I have so much catching up to do on that day, it’s been nigh on impossible.

The things is I have all of the notes for Northern Lights written.  Most of them are drafted on Google Blogger, because at the time of their creation I was posted the story on that site.  Due to lack of interest (and one nasty response) I decided to discontinue posting the story there, concentrating instead on this site, Fanfiction.net, AO3,  tumblr, and Deviant Art where there was an overwhelming amount of support.  But since I’d already drafted the Editing Blog posts (as I called it at the time) there, I figured I might as well house them on the site for safe keeping.  When I go to post the next, I go to Google Blogger, copy and paste it here, and then have to go through to fix formatting discrepancies, add in additional material, and proofread.  That second one can be the most time consuming, and (of course) I have a ton of additional notes of things I want to discuss.  Since I’ve been caught up in my current project, it’s been hard to do much of anything with this, but I definitely still want to, so this is probably going to be another I’ll try to work on once the first six chapters are posted.

Ugh, I seriously feel like that’s my life.  I’m constantly and consistently waiting for when the next project is done so I can concentrate on the next.  I wish I were better at multitasking and/or I wish I just had more time.  Well better to work on my projects than complain I think, which is what I’m going to do right now.


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: 10/15/16          The State of the Writer: 10/29/16–>

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The State of the Writer: 10/15/16

<–The State of the Writer: 10/8/16          The State of the Writer: 10/22/16–>

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: 280,583
Prior Word Count: 279,131
Word Difference: +1452
Status: Editing
Progress: 1st Edit of Chapter 6

beach-sunset

The image this week was another possibility for Chapter 6’s cover, but the rocky shoals (hope that’s the right term) didn’t figure into my mental image of their shore.  The sunset portion of the picture is perfect though.

I wrote even more additional content for scenes last week, added them in, and restarted the first edit of Chapter 6.  The word count is now a whopping 280k+.  I wound up moving up some concepts I didn’t touch on until later (like…three chapters later, but still), and I’m hoping I still agree with this decision throughout the edit.  When I get into that frenetic writing phase, I can be a bit overzealous, nor do I use everything I come up with, but this just makes sense in practical terms.  I suppose I’m being vague.

My goal is to have Chapter 6 completely edited by the end of October, go back through and do a quick polish up of the first six chapters, then post them.  After that I’ll post chapters as I edit them.  There won’t be a set weekly schedule like I had with Northern Lights. 

I don’t mind that this story has taken over my life.  I love writing about Aeris and Sephiroth, but I really need to attempt to work on other things like original novels and essays.  This is me saying this, but I’m going to work on whatever I’m drawn to, and right now this fanfiction is it.  It’s this irresistible pull.

Quote: When Aeris fell asleep in his arms per her norm, the general breathed moments of awe.  Watching this innocent slumber in peace, her fear of him leeching away.  Finally, he stood to put her to bed for the Cetra deserved her soft mattress.  As always she roused to relay the litany that re-broke his shattered heart.


Project: Story
Title:
The Threads of Sorrow
Genre: Paranormal Romance/Retold Fairy Tale
Type: Original Short Story
Prior Word Count: 6787
Current Word Count: 6787
Word Difference: 0
Status: Critiques reviewed
Progress: Updates to be made

I’m hoping to work on this story tonight, but I still have 20 things on my to-do list.  I may push this off until I finish the edit of TBR’s first six chapters.


Project: Book Review
Title: Khalarea the Fallen
Series Title: Tales of Yagath
Genre: Fantasy
Status: In Progress

Here’s hoping I can finish up this book review today.  I have most of it written.  I have just a few more points to make and then I can post.


Project: Essay
Title: Half a Tragedy Is Worse Than Whole
Subject: FFVII Comparative and Meta
Status: Outline Complete

Absolutely nothing on this.  I’m hoping I can work on it next Saturday.  It’s not going to happen today.


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: 10/8/16          The State of the Writer: 10/22/16–>

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The State of the Writer: 10/8/16

<–The State of the Writer: 10/1/16          The State of the Writer: 10/15/16–>

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: 279,131
Prior Word Count: 277,937
Word Difference: +1194
Status: Editing
Progress: 1st Edit of Chapter 6

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The cover picture for the chapter was not my preferred choice.  I attempted to find a luxurious beach house lit by a gorgeous sunset, but neither Google nor Pinterest nor tumblr yielded any acceptable results.  So I went with a seascape that at least had the black cliffs that I can see in my mind.  The sky certainly resembles what might be the Gate of Heaven, so there’s some consolation there.

I have officially starting editing Chapter 6 instead of adding additional content from notes.  My word count jumped up almost 1200 since last week, but it will probably fall at least a little bit as I go through the paring process.  Though I will say I’ve been writing more notes, though I know their specific place.

I’m currently in that wonderful writer place where I have more ideas than time to write them down.  While I’m drafting this post, I’m going back to my notes to attempt to get some out.  While this is great and necessary, it’s stymieing my progress on this post hehe, and making me sound far less eloquent than I typically strive for.

I think then I’ll keep it brief.  I’m hoping to work on a combination of editing and adding in more.  This chapter focuses on Aeris’s direct surroundings, the splendor she’s found herself in.  This is the chapter where I found much use for pinning nice clothes and priceless jewelry.  Things like this

emerald-necklace

are easier to describe when I have a visual, so Google managed to prove its usefulness to me after all.

Quote: He smiled to the circlet in her hair with jade stones bright as stars.  The dress she wore today was white.  On her feet with flat, slipper-like shoes.  A large, square emerald lay near her breast pulsing near deep as cold eyes.  Sephiroth’s smile softened.  She seemed to like that.  That stone and that aching green color.  Seeing her dressed and wreathed in jewels brought joy to his dark, ailing heart.

“My beautiful flower.  My tiny rose.”  He brushed her little hand with his thumb.  Caressing her palm as she turned it, while tilting her face back and up.  The Great General knew what his next words would bring as endless light rode his long lashes.  “My Aeris…”


Project: Story
Title:
The Threads of Sorrow
Genre: Paranormal Romance/Retold Fairy Tale
Type: Original Short Story
Prior Word Count: 6787
Current Word Count: 6787
Word Difference: 0
Status: Critiques received
Progress: Critiques reviews

Don’t let the word difference fool you, I have made some progress (albeit minimal) on this story.  I reviewed the critiques from my writer friend Kat, and there were less than I thought there would be.  A large chunk of story didn’t have anything so I’m taking that as a good sign.  I highlighted the ones I plan to take into consideration, and the next step is to do the second edit with them in mind.  I don’t think I’m going to get to it today as I’m going to a trivia contest around 7:00 (I’m very trivial), which is why I’m trying to get this post out fairly early.  Next week I have nothing on my Saturday schedule so I hope to work on Threads then.


Project: Essay
Title: Half a Tragedy Is Worse Than Whole
Subject: FFVII Comparative and Meta
Status: Outline Complete

No progress on this one.  I’ll work on it either the 15th or the 21st.  I’m more in story mode right now, but I would like to get back to this at some point.


Project: Book Review
Title: Khalarea the Fallen
Series Title: Tales of Yagath
Genre: Fantasy
Status: In Progress

I’m working on the review for this and hope to have it completed by this weekend.  It was a fast read and only $0.99 on my Kindle.  It’s an interesting world, and there were many aspects of this particular story that remind me of something else.  I discuss that more in my review.


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: 10/1/16          The State of the Writer: 10/15/16–>

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The State of the Writer: 10/1/16

<–The State of the Writer: 9/24/16          The State of the Writer: 10/8/16–>

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: 277,937
Prior Word Count: 278,692
Word Difference: -755
Status: Editing
Progress: 1st Edit of Chapter 6

I’m quite aware that I have my progress as the 1st edit of Chapter 6 with the chapter cover for Chapter 5, but the artist omegaptera didn’t get back to me until the end of this week, and I didn’t want to share this without permission.  I can’t tell you how happy I was to get that note in my Deviant Art mailbox, because this picture is just beyond perfect for this chapter.  I did some manipulation of the color to make the wire seem more silver than gold, obviously added the chapter name, but that’s it.  This is an actual pen the creator made.  I would love to own in, but it’s a bit expensive and rightly so.  Her signature remains intact in the upper right corner.  I wanted to make sure neither my manipulations nor words blocked that out.

So…I believe I said after I edited the first five chapters I’d start posting them.  Well, I kind of didn’t consider that adding a new Chapter 4 in would push out Chapters 5 and 6 (obviously).  I have a ton of notes for (the new) Chapter 6.  Some of them may potentially go into an earlier chapter so I want to go through them before I do any posting.  That being said, I’m still prepping to post.  I need to make a banner for the story, write a blurb, and make sure I have all of the content warnings in place.

Chapter 5’s edit went by much quicker than I thought.  I was able to finish the first and second edit in only ten days.  I only started the prep for Chapter 6’s edit.  Like I did with Northern Lights I have editing notes, though The Broken Rose’s are way less extensive and bubbly.  I may or may not post them when the time comes since they’re so sparse.  It’s more for keeping me on track and/or when I think of some weird insight.

Note:  I have a feeling everyone picked this up, but when I use * it means the words are in italics in the story.  I generally use that for thought but also for letter writing.  Since I put all quotes in italics, I figured it would be a good way to indicate that instead of reversing the words back to regular (which is what some people do).  Hopefully this is not too confusing.

Quote: *I know long ago I braided my hair, but my fingers don’t remember.  He’ll gently brush and bind it high with a ribbon amongst the waves.  He always lets me pick the color, because he says, it’s my hair.  The high bangs hang long to brush my chest.  They’re similar to his.  The headband he’ll slide amongst the waves contains those shimmering stones. 

I looked in the mirror and couldn’t stop crying.  It couldn’t be me there.  This wasn’t a slave.  She was a person, but her face was soaked with my tears.  My silver master stood behind, as I leaned against him for support.  This had to be false, but that maiden remained as he bent to kiss my brow.*


Project: Story
Title:
The Threads of Sorrow
Genre: Paranormal Romance/Retold Fairy Tale
Type: Original Short Story
Prior Word Count: 6787
Current Word Count: 6787
Word Difference: 0
Status: Critiques received
Progress: Need to review critiques

I’m going to work on the edit for this today I vow.  I got a bit of an eager boost from my dear friend Lightning Night Nova who was kind enough to read it and tell me what she thought!  Writers seriously feed reviews like a bird flies through the air, and when someone is enthusiastic about your work, it breathes new life into it and makes the time and energy put in worth while.  So I’m going to do some work on this later today.  I’ve got quite a long to-do list to accomplish, but it’s going to be a top priority.


Project: Essay
Title: Half a Tragedy Is Worse Than Whole
Subject: FFVII Comparative and Meta
Status: Outline Complete

I finished the outline for this last week, but I’m not sure I’ll get to any writing today.  I’m more interested in working on Threads as mentioned above.  Completing the outline makes me feel like I’m making progress though.  Ah the illusions we live in.


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: 9/24/16          The State of the Writer: 10/8/16–>

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The State of the Writer: 9/24/16

<–The State of the Writer: 9/17/16          The State of the Writer: 10/1/16–>

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: 278,692
Prior Word Count: 278,963
Word Difference: -271
Status: Editing
Progress: 1st Edit of Chapter 5

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I really wanted to show the picture I found for Chapter 5’s cover and the subsequent macro I made for it, but I’m still waiting to hear back from the artist on whether it’s okay for me to use it at all.  She has been active on Deviant Art lately so I’m hoping she’ll respond to my message soon.  She’s from Russia; however, I saw her replies were in English.  There’s been a few times where artists are either not active or they don’t have any English on their pages on in their comments.  With the latter I don’t assume they don’t speak the language, but I also don’t assume they do.  I’m not fully fluent in anything other than my native tongue (I’m passable in French), so bilingual speakers or polyglots are high up on my impressed list.

Chapter 5 is what I call a “letter chapter.”  I believe I’ve mentioned this before, but letter chapters are exactly what they say on the tine.  They’re letters that Aeris writes to herself in an effort to reclaim her identity.  Their titles were also almost the name of the entire work.  Before I settled (and it’s still potentially up in the air) on The Broken Rose, I was calling this story Dear Aeris, and it was a an homage to the game Dear Esther, which I absolutely love.  I’m currently embroiled in a wonderful discourse in the comment section of Cheap Boss Attack’s post about it and other weekend gaming activities.  It’s a situation I relish, because no one else I know has played it, and I haven’t had a chance to review it, so there’s been a dearth of opportunities for me to talk about it.  It’s easily in my top ten favorite games so for a while Dear Aeris was the title I went with, but this was in the preliminary stages of writing where I thought there’d be more letters.  Currently there are only two, and the third and final one for the epilogue was scrapped since epilogues (and prologues) are considered extraneous unless absolutely necessary.  The Broken Rose captures the essence of the story more, too, because despite being broken, she’s still a rose, and that’s worth more than any damage or abuse.

The picture (far) above is supposed to give an idea of her closet, and yes, I’m QUITE jealous of such closet space.  I could probably live quite comfortably in such a room.  I wanted her closet to be walk in, and while the above image doesn’t quite capture what’s in my head, it’s still a nice picture to spur the mental image along.  There is definitely a chandelier.  I really do love those.

I did manage to find and make a picture for (the new) Chapter 4, which I never really got to talk about since I did indeed manage to complete a first and second edit on Saturday and Sunday respectively last week.

I used this picture before in my “Full of Grace” slideshow, and it seems to capture the feel of helplessness well, but even within in that there’s a glimmer of hope in the light she’s bathed in. Initially, I felt like I was settling for this image, but the more I looked at it and thought about it from the fore mentioned angle, but more satisfied I was.

Chapter 5 is the point I decided I needed to reach before I started posting this.  I’ve been considering waiting until Chapter 6 since I added a chapter in, and there may be some tweaking between Chapter 5 and Chapter 3, but I’ll attempt to keep my promise.

Quote: I’m trying so hard not to cry and mess up this pretty letter.  It’s fancy paper, cream colored and smooth, and the pen just glides along.   The closet I have goes on forever with all the clothes there are.  It’s more like a room, even bigger than a shack in the depths of the slums.  There are more clothes than I could ever wear in a month or even a year.  They arrived in boxes brought by men, and I cowered upstairs in my room.  My master was speaking with them at the door, and I thought he’d finally sell me.  I know that he’s rich, but I make him no money, and he lets me eat every day.  Then that low voice called my name and I curled into a ball.  Hiding on the far side of the bed with my knees pulled up to my chest.  I was wearing one of his black shirts and it smelled so good like him.  It was strangely comforting even though I was scared of being sold to other men.  My master called my name again, and fear choked me.  I hadn’t answered! 

“Y-Yes, great master?” I said very soft, but his hearing’s perfect like him so he heard.

“Come here and see.  Oh yes, you can’t stand.  May I pick you up?”


Project: Story
Title:
The Threads of Sorrow
Genre: Paranormal Romance/Retold Fairy Tale
Type: Original Short Story
Prior Word Count: 6787
Current Word Count: 6787
Word Difference: 0
Status: Critiques received
Progress: Need to review critiques

Can we say no progress?  Yeah, no progress.  I’ve done nothing with this story.  It’s been a rough few weeks for a variety of reasons, and I’m finding it hard to churn up the heart to work on anything that will be subject for a “gatekeeper’s” approval before it’s deemed worthy.  I’ll get back to it eventually, but I just can’t do it right now.  Even looking at gentle critiques is hard.  I’ve been really stressed with health nonsense getting worse, and I spend too much time on Facebook (which I’m sure you all know is a political shit show), and that’s stressful, too.  I really should limit my time there, but it really is addictive.  Anyway, I hope to get back to this soon.  I really do love this story, and I want to find someone willing to publish it (again).


Project: Essay
Title: Half a Tragedy Is Worse Than Whole
Subject: FFVII Comparative and Meta
Status: Outline/Planning

I haven’t worked on this either, even though it’s one of my “vacation” essays I should’ve tackled during that time.  I sat down to write one day, and there were too many things going on in my head I wanted to talk about to even begin so I figured I’d work on an outline.  That’s still the plan, but I haven’t gotten to it.  Last week was probably the most unproductive week of my life.  I’m going to try to work on the outline today.  If I can get that squared away, I’ll feel more confident about writing since I’ll have a cohesive plan.

The essay idea came about while I was working on The Seventh Is the Darkest or rather I decided to separate this part out.  There are numerous similarities between the narrative of VII and a Greek tragedy, and I knew I’d need another examination to sort that out.


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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The State of the Writer: 9/17/16

<–The State of the Writer: 9/10/16          The State of the Writer: 9/24/16–>

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: 278,963
Prior Word Count: 277,651
Word Difference: +1312
Status: Editing
Progress: 1st Edit of Chapter 4

split-staircase

The picture is actually more connected to Chapter 3, but I really haven’t found much for Chapter 4 yet.  I’m still looking for an image for the chapter itself.  The stairs aren’t exactly as I envision them in my head either, but the fanciness and the chandelier are fairly equivalent.  In the story, the split happens after a single set of marble steps that lead to an opulent landing.  Pictures of that setup were sadly lacking though I found plenty of the opposite where two stairs converged into one.  I like the image above though as it fits with how I envision the second floor sort of balcony layout leading to more rooms and halls.  If I can’t afford opulence in my real life, I’ll damn sure write about it!

Last week Chapter 4 was in progress.  I manged to finish writing it and do the third edit of Chapter 3, which I stalled on in order to make sure it would flow nicely into 4.  I’m in the midst of Chapter 4’s edit right now.  I’m still hoping to finish that before the end of this weekend since Monday is when I return to work.

Quote: Sephiroth stopped before the set table.  Turned his head with tightly sealed eyes.  The general feared nothing except for his darkness, save corruption that lived in that light.  It could burn down the world and once nearly did, but now he was in control.  They could not be dormant, those alien cells.  They were part of him, bound to his blood.  That entity eldritch though no longer ruled.  Its destruction had been long assured.  The cells that existed no more felt the pull for there was no horror to draw them.  And yet the Great General never lost fear for in his heart now was dark fire.  To hear the last Ancient, the one he had killed, whose death would not cease from his soul, to hear her say men whom she’d died to save had done this turned him to a monster.  A nightmare to stalk those crumbling slums where laughter would drown in raw screams.


Project: Story
Title:
The Threads of Sorrow
Genre: Paranormal Romance/Retold Fairy Tale
Type: Original Short Story
Prior Word Count: 6787
Current Word Count: 6787
Word Difference: 0
Status: Critiques received
Progress: Need to review critiques

I looked over a few critiques in the beginning, but I can’t say I’ve made any progress on this story.  I’m hoping to get back in the swing of things soon.  The second edit still needs to happen with the critiques received in mind.  I really wanted to write the new Chapter 4.  I suppose it must be odd to people that I’d spend more time on a fanfiction that will get me nowhere rather than an original story that might, but I’ve never been one to only look at it like that.  While I obviously can’t do anything with the fanfiction in terms of “legitimate” publishing, that doesn’t mean the message in it isn’t important.  Plus it’s not like I’ve had much luck with “legitimate” publishing anyway.


Project: Vacation Essays
Genre: Various
Status: In Progress

Completed:

I attempted to work on my Half a Tragedy FFVII comparative post, but when I sat down to write it, I drew a complete blank on how to begin.  I worked on an outline yesterday though so hopefully in the coming weeks, I’ll have something to show for it.

I didn’t work on the “Wide Awake” slideshow.  I was just…too tired to try to look for images for the words.  I also kind of want to transition to making AMVs, which is another kind of challenge.

No character analyses happened either.  I really feel like this year I accomplished much less on vacation, but then again last year I only really worked on my Editing Notes posts.  This year I tried to get out a variety of articles, and I’m still dealing with this chronic fatigue and dizziness, which I’m attempting to define (we’re not going to get into my horrible endocrinologist appointment right now.  Maybe in another post).

Oh, and I managed to finish a decade long reading of The Mystical Qabalah and post a review.


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The State of the Writer: 9/10/16

<–The State of the Writer: 9/3/16          The State of the Writer: 9/17/16–>

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: 277,651
Prior Word Count: 272,701
Word Difference: +4950
Status: Writing
Progress: Chapter 4 in progress

broken-rose

In this additional chapter, I am literally writing about how broken Aeris is.  If I take a step back and really examine it, this part is a bit extraneous. Generally you want each chapter to pull the story along, further the plot, or introduce a new idea.  In all honesty, I’m just throwing this in because I can and I want to.  That’s the good thing about fanfiction.  While I definitely stick to the same rules of editing that I use for original works, there’s a little bit more wiggle room when it comes to fanfiction, because there are no threshold guardians.  Granted, I could probably make an argument for the narrative validity of this chapter as it really delves into how horribly abused Aeris was and how a redemptive and guilty Sephiroth does everything to help her heal.  I definitely wave some fore mentioned plot coupons around in this earlier section that will be cashed in later.  The truth of it though is I thought up some dialogue and interactions that I absolutely adored even as they broke my heart, and while some have found there way into earlier chapters, I knew that I’d need an additional one to bring the vision to fruition.

I’ve been plugging away at this chapter all week.  It’s like putting together the pieces of a very large puzzle, sanding the ends and/or adding enough glue to make them fit.  I had a lot of notes for this, many of them redundant, but I did manage to write almost 5k words this week.  I didn’t yet do a third edit on Chapter 3 (though I need to) as I decided I’d write 4 first, do the third edit, and then continue on with the process in Chapter 4.

I’m still planning on starting to post chapters once I get through Chapter 5, but I don’t know if this will occur before the end of my vacation.  If I can finish Chapter 4 by the end of this weekend, it may be a possibility.  I’ve been working on TBR every day since I can, but next week I have a slew of doctor’s appointments.  It might not be that bad since they’re only on Monday and Thursday, and my brother is driving me to the one on Monday since parking is $20 (blech).  Plus it’s in the city.  I hate driving in the city.  I can do it, but it wears me out even more.

Quote: In the crook of his neck, silvery spill made a soft nest for the weary.  The general shifted those thorn thin pupils, but they would never cut her.  Benevolence warred with rage within.  She was safe now and always would be.  *Would that she believed.  It’s my job to show her as much as to keep her safe.  My sins can’t be cleaned no matter how much the misted past might fade.  At least I can serve her.  Let me be your angel.  Even the fallen can beg…*

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The State of the Writer: 9/3/16

<–The State of the Writer: 8/27/16          The State of the Writer: 9/10/16–>

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: 272,701
Prior Word Count: 272,761
Word Difference: -60
Status: Editing
Progress: Organizing notes for new Chapter 4

The Blood Dimmed Tide Is Loosed

I use a great many poems in this fanfiction as opposed to the one recurring usage of TS Eliot’s The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock in Northern Lights.  I not only loved that poem so much, but I loved the idea of poetry that I decided I’d increase it manifold in this work.  Yeats is another one of my favorite poets, in fact I believe I declare him to be my favorite here with the above as my favorite poem.  Unsurprisingly, I’m a fan of dark advent poetry.  Who knew?

There is arguably even more poetry reading in The Broken Rose than Northern Lights, at the very least there are more poems read, but “The Second Coming” was the first one.  I absolutely love irony, with it and meta being my two favorite literary devices.  It amuses me greatly that a fallen angel is reading a dark advent poem in order to comfort the woman he once killed.  Creating situations like this is one of the best parts of writing.

I am currently at the end of my second edit of Chapter 3, and I’m now organizing my notes to write a new Chapter 4.  I’m not replacing the current Chapter 4; that’s going to become Chapter 5, and all the other following chapters will be bumped up a number.  The new Chapter 4 is entitled “Helpless,” and I’m hoping it won’t take me too long to write.  After I’m done, I’ll do a third edit on Chapter 3 (since I did some heavy editing the second time around) and go right into my edit of Chapter 4.  My goal is to write and edit the latest chapter before the end of my two week vacation.  My even more ambitious goal is to finish editing the first five chapters so I can begin posting the work.

Quote: Sephiroth carried both book and maid back upstairs to her welcoming room.  He turned out the light because he needed none and let the volume choose its page.

*“…The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity…” *

The general glanced down in frowning concern for such blood soaked verse, but the little Cetra was smiling so bright in his arms with her lids lightly shut.  Her tiny hands were no more clenched, but curled resting against the black coat.  His low voice so soothing could put her to sleep and made even dark words shine so bright.


Project: Story
Title:
The Threads of Sorrow
Genre: Paranormal Romance/Retold Fairy Tale
Type: Original Short Story
Prior Word Count: 6825
Current Word Count: 6787
Word Difference: +38
Status: Editing
Progress: First Edit Complete

I finished the first edit of Threads last week and now need to do a second edit.  I’ll probably work on that today.  I’m hoping it will be just a smooth read-through.  Afterwards, I’m not sure what my plan is.  I feel like I should find some beta readers, but I’ve already discussed my trepidation with the last weekly update.


Project: Vacation Essays
Genre: Various
Status: Planning

Since I’m on vacation for the next two weeks I want to use this time to catch up and post things I might otherwise have trouble finding the time to do.  Some of the things on the list have been featured here before.

  • Character Analyses – Since I’m hoping to also finish Final Fantasy IV, I may be able to finally get back to my character analyses posts with one for Cecil Harvey, the main character of the fore mentioned game.  Other contenders are Brienne of Tarth from ASOIAF/GOT, since I haven’t written about that series in a while.
  • The Printed Copy of Northern Lights – I’d like to discuss my NL printing project, because as I was doing it, a bittersweet and quite meta memory came clear.  I hope I can properly impart the feelings to you.
  • Blogger Tags – Over the course of the year (possibly the last one as well), I collected a number of blogger tag posts from various sites I follow.  These are fun, but quite time consuming.  I’ve already done the Alphabet Book Tag, and I thought up more alphabet tag posts for other media like games and movies that I’d like to start spreading around.  There’s also the Book Blogger Memory Tag, the Music Tag, and the Goodreads Book Tag I’d like to complete.  When I do, I’ll give credit/links to those bloggers from whom I found them!
  • The Stringer Bell Paradox Test – This was another “tag” from a blogger.  I found it quite fascinating, especially since I had an immediate pair of characters to test it out on.  I included the link now in case you wanted to check it out before I post.
  • “Half a Tragedy Is Worse Than None” – This is an essay about how Final Fantasy VII in many ways parallels a Greek tragedy. I initially was going to make this part of “Seventh Is the Darkest” essay, but the idea grew big enough to stand on its own.  I would love to have this written by 9/7/16 for 19th anniversary of FFVII’s release in North America, but I highly doubt that’s going to happen.  I have something else planned for that day though.
  • 30 Day Challenge – This is a Game of Thrones Challenge!  I forget where I found it.  I think one of the YouTubers I follow made a video about it, but I was able to google the picture easily.  I will probably answer them all at once and not day by day.
  • “Wide Awake” – It’s been several months since I’ve made a slideshow, and I’ve been thinking a lot of Katy Perry’s “Wide Awake,” since the lyrics put me in the mind of a fallen angel.  I really want to start making AMVs, but I’m a picky perfectionist, and I don’t know what footage I want yet for the AMV I want to make.  If I were more prepared, I’d definitely work on that during this vacation, but the slideshow will be easier.
  • Stranger Things Review – I’ll get this completed within the two weeks.  I think I have it on my planner to do today, but we’ll see about that.
  • A Song of FFVIIs – I started organizing all of the notes on this last night.  Ideally I’d love to write and post at least one essay before my two weeks is up.  More ideally, I’d love to have an essay ready to post on 9/7/16, but I don’t think it’s going to happen

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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