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Short Story! And then... [Nov. 1st, 2015|12:13 pm]
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parakain
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OK, so Tarnished is out and I'm working on a more Swords & Sorcery-oriented piece. It's yet another version of Ace and Queen, which I am re-imagining as a totally different story.

Annastacia is dying because she is attuned to the dreamworld and it's slowly claiming her soul from her body. This sorceress has a treasure called the Phylactery that is said to hold souls, so it might anchor Anna to reality. Problem is, a thieve's guild wants it too and has blackmailed Wolf Boy into stealing it for them. Now he has to figure out how to steal the phylactery from a powerful wizard AND save Anna from the guild.

The premise is hard to condense, so that makes me wonder if it's too complicated for a short story. "A demi-human boy must infiltrate a wizard's mansion to steal an ancient relic that can save his girlfriend's life." Okay, maybe not. Either way, I think it's solid. It currently has an outline and everything, I'm just struggling to write the opening as I always am.

Other than that, I'm toying with the ideas for Pandora (which is kind of be a different story, since the titular "Pandora" is no longer even part of the concept). I have nothing really of note on it yet. I did a couple of RYP exercises but I've otherwise been thinking about short stories. So bad about juggling multiple projects at once here.

I intend to finish all my beta reading today, otherwise.
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Submitting, Submitting [Sep. 27th, 2015|04:32 pm]
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parakain
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So, I submitted Silent Devotion on ~Thursday. The rest of the week, while thinking about what I want to write next, I started fixing up my flash fiction. I fixed up Birthday (mostly reduced all the repetition) and submitted it to Grievous Angel (http://www.grievousangel.org/) and was working on fixing up Mage's Duel to see where I can throw that. It's fine as a story, but I've gotten so much better at prose since I've written that.

Other than that, not much to say. Been a blegh weekend, as mom doesn't seem to be getting better. Just gotta keep working on Life. Hopefully this week I'll have something brand new to post.
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Arcy Progress [Dec. 1st, 2013|10:51 pm]
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parakain
I decided I'd just start posting my progress here as I write it. The plan is still to post the actual story only when it's done. I might well sign up for Absolute Write for the eventuality of getting More Than One beta reader.

Anyway, current progress is about 50%. I got through a chapter and a half over the holiday weekend and that is pretty awesome. Here's hoping I can be close enough to done in the next two weeks.
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Ready to Write? [Mar. 17th, 2013|09:33 pm]
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parakain
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So I am about finished with the outline of the first murder mystery. Everything is pretty well planned out from the murder to the apprehension of the murderer. And then there's the last chapter totally blank. Because I'm...not actually really sure how I want this to end yet.

It is pretty much exactly 5 chapters long though. I hope I don't struggle too much with communicating the details in that time. I think I may start writing it this week and hope some ideas come to me.

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Rut :| [Mar. 3rd, 2013|02:28 pm]
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I think I need more time. I'm still struggling very much with this story. I might want to try to simplify it a bit or something. Maybe change some elements to give everyone a bit more of a direction. I completed a script outline of chapter 2, looked at it and was like 'This is retarded' and started writing a tree of characters and their motivations instead.

I dunno what I'm gonna do :\. Maybe it's the stress of work right now? Maybe it's the lack of motivational/inspirational music with this? I don't know what is wrong with me here. It's March already and getting to the point where I might want to begin editing Sirenia anyway. Maybe I'll do that. I don't know yet.

Anyway, as for this, I dunno what the hell this is. I had to write something, so I sat down and wrote out a little blurb of what Arcelina is doing as a healthy 25-something-in-human-age-equivalent elf ~23 years after the events of the original story. It doesn't have much in the way of a point or even a plot for that matter, it's just a tiny little short story exploring a possibility.

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Sooooooooooooooooooooooo [Jan. 27th, 2013|11:44 pm]
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parakain
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I currently have about 8 chapters outlined now. That's at well over half the book. I was thinking maybe I should just start writing and continue outlining as I wri- oh yeah, I remember this trap. I did this with Sirenia too!

I'm kind of struggling with the outline a bit though. I mean, I made progress this week sure, but it's not the kind of progress I was hoping to make. I'm still not done with my outline. Maybe I should just write up another chapter this coming week but keep things moving with the outline. Alternate until I have a couple chapters under my belt and a complete outline.

Well, progress is progress. I'll see how things go by the end of this coming week.
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Progress Update! [Jan. 27th, 2013|02:11 pm]
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Between Tuesday and Thursday, I actually finished Sigils. Holy shit! I'll dump my thoughts on the story once I post it. But since the last chapter and epilogue ended up running long, I haven't had a chance to edit either of them yet. And oh boy, do they need them. There's too much fighting, and I'm not good at that. :|

So that's the project for this week! I'll have the end of Sigils posted shortly.
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Outlining, Outlining [Jan. 20th, 2013|11:42 am]
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I made some progress, but only like two or three chapters. The work on my bathroom has been distracting me something awful and I don't feel terribly inspired otherwise. I do not know why. I think I just need the appropriate music.

Such music is not easy because my main musical inspiration for Akashya's world is like, Persona 2, one Evanescence album and one Within Temptation album. And the latter two don't work so well while writing because they have a lot of vocals and vocals can be invasive because I concentrate on them. There isn't much in the way of modern sounding, atmospheric music. Sirenia was a lot easier in this regard because I just Kajiura'd the hell out of that.

I'll try to get more done today, though I have to be out and about soon. I don't yet know how many chapters I want this to be, either. I figured however many I land on when I reach the end of my summary is however many it shall be. But ideally, I would like it to be between 10 and 15 at the most.

Anyway, that is all I got!
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Still Outlining [Jan. 13th, 2013|10:31 pm]
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I mostly just fleshed out the early events and am starting to outline how the story should get to the later ones. I love writing the stuff that drives the story towards the climax once I have it down, but I hate how hard they can be to outline.

Oftentimes ideas come along that flesh things out at this phase and I'm glad for it. I gave Lys a sort of rival/partner figure and that so far is working out nicely. I also made Dr. Marten an actual character that exists past the prologue. They filled voids in the cast that I think were necessary to fill. One gives Lys some tension in the workplace and internally and the other provides a bridge between what's happening to Zane and the company that started this.

I'm hoping to start really writing this by the week after next, but I won't pressure myself too much yet. I want this outlined completely before I start. No big holes, no point where I just start winging it. This will go much more smoothly and be better structured than Sirenia.

I've been reading something to help my writing be more concise and detailed too. It's an editing book called 'The 10% Solution' and so far it's been pretty decent reading. It's mostly just about trimming the fat in your book to provide pointed, purposeful writing. It's really more about editing your work than actually writing it, but I've learned some lessons from it that I intend to use here.
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(no subject) [Dec. 30th, 2012|10:46 pm]
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parakain
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I've begun to outline the main plot itself now.

This coming week I want to work on getting the first chapter out there, because how I want the story to start at least is pretty set in stone. It's the second, third and fourth chapters I'm still kind of rolling around in my head and in notepad at this point. Trying to think of a good way to introduce the whole Zane/demon/shards thing without bogging down the pacing of the story. Since Lys is the main character though, I'm gonna have to make a compromise where Zane is concerned every so often.

Anyway, expect some stuffs next Sunday ^_^.
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