Lately, I think we’ve all been struggling with the effects of COVID-19 and the constant drive to keep our heads above water. So, this week’s #WritingProgressWednesday is focusing on bringing myself back together.
My husband is still working at Target during this whole disaster. I’ve been lucky enough to have him home for the last week on what would have been our anniversary vacation, but it’s not quite the same. He goes back to work on Saturday. We’ve made him masks to wear, just in case. He deals with a lot of people every day.
I spent the better part of March panicking over COVID-19, but I’m not there anymore. I’m sad. Tired. Unable to process the numbers. Florida is a growing train wreck, and I’m never quite sure what’s going to burst into flames next. Every press release is worst than the last.
Needless to say, depression has pulled me away from the writing that I’ve been desperately trying to get back to. It’s always a struggle–the depression and anxiety–trying to balance when I feel best and where my focus can be applied, if I have any focus to give at all. The virus has amplified these issues, but it’s not like they weren’t already there.
So, I’ve got over 200 pages of ms to edit and restructure. I have the same six chapters left to finish the primary story line in the first draft of PSCW. I’m pulling information I wrote on the fly and creating a world building bible for that world–though it really does need a lot of fleshing out. I’m missing so much, it’s a little intimidating.
For now, with the world building and the work I have ahead of me with PSCW and Fae’s Light, I have plenty to work through. I just need to find the drive to push through my issues to get to the end of it.
How are you all handling isolation or continuing to work? Stay safe. ❤
I’m a day late, and the last half of chapter one is subpar. Enjoy.
Most of the circus crew were shut up in their wagons, if they had them, grateful not to be left to the volatile winds in the flimsy caravan tents. Elysia warmed her hands by the tiny wood stove at the front of her wagon, rubbing them together to encourage the heat to bloom. The wagon creaked and rocked as the wind battered against it, torrents of rain pelting the worn wooden vehicle from the cliff side.
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Writing took a bit of a back seat this last week, unfortunately. I’ve had a handful of doctor’s appointments to deal with some issues that have built up over the last year. It’s been hell on my anxiety, but I feel like, from a health standpoint, I’m pushing in the right direction.
On top of the doctor’s appointments, I’ve gone through two job interviews for a pet store, with a third this afternoon. It’s been a very busy, but fairly positive week, as long as I’m looking past the anxiety hellpit that follows me around from time to time.
FAE’S LIGHT chapter one is undergoing a quick edit and reworking, and will be up on Friday. Pretty short post today. Stay tuned for Fiction Friday. ❤
Last week, I talked about PSCW and the last six chapters. I haven’t finished up yet, but I’ve done a fair bit to flesh out the magic system in that world. It needed rules, and parameters. The end result is going to be much more satisfying! That is my downfall with NaNoWriMo novels. I tend to get wrapped up in the story, but I don’t do quite enough world building before hand.
Fae’s Light actually started a few months ago as a project to help me build my world organically. It takes place quite some time after PSCW, and follows a half-Fae man named Tyr on his quest to free himself from the Fae. It’s very episodic, at the moment, and I’m going to start posting them on Fridays. While it won’t be PSCW directly, you’ll get a glimpse into that world!
Beyond Tyr’s adventures, I’ll be working on finding a new layout for the blog. I think this one has run its course. And, for some reason, the header isn’t displaying correctly anymore, so it’s got to go! Not really sure about a color scheme yet, but we’ll see.
For the first time, I don’t have anything really lined up for Camp NaNoWriMo in April. Is anyone else participating? What are you working on?
I’m adding a weekly element to the blog! Writing Progress Wednesday! I probably don’t make enough progress, but I’m hoping this bumps me into moving a little more quickly on certain projects.
In any case, I’m happy to announce that Pirate Selkie Civil War (which still has no actual title, and whose working title isn’t really even accurate anymore) has only six chapters left in draft one! It’s a big deal, since I’ve struggled with my fiction for several years now. PSCW was a project I took on as something fun and unusual to alleviate the creative block I’d hit with Amity Dawn, and it turned into something much bigger.
Amity Dawn is still sitting on my hard drive, collecting dust and being a mess, but I’ll get back to it one day. I guess I just lost my handle on it, and I needed to set it aside. Hopefully, some distance brings a little clarity.
But, right now! Pirates and selkies and faeries are making a full scale mess in another world, and I need to handle that.
So, I’ve got a sailor and her crew trying to fight a bastard king, who is burning through the country trying to find the key to the Fae realm. The Fae aren’t going to take that lying down, and I’ve got six chapters to resolve it with. Then, it’s onto hole-fixing.
Aside from PSCW, I’ve got some drabble bits going, but nothing concrete. Just trying to keep it fun for the time being!
What are you working on?
Hey, Ink Foxes!
As you might have seen, I’m working on my NaNoWriMo 2018 novel, and trying to bring this mess into a workable state. It’s been a haphazard thing since November, with bits and pieces of the world, magic, and characterization being cobbled together here and there. The holidays in retail always bring me down, but I’m back, and I’m ready.
PIRATE SELKIE CIVIL WAR (or THE WORST WORKING TITLE IN THE HISTORY OF WORKING TITLES) is a labor of love. It’s magic and pirates and supernatural beings, all crammed into a Scotland-like fantasy land, and I can’t get enough.
That said, I’m imposing a deadline on myself. My goal is to have every single piece of this beauty finished and polished by January 7, 2020. My 35th birthday present to myself will be my query letter.
No good challenge can be completed alone! (Well, I suppose it can, but where’s the fun in that?) The challenge itself is sort of in its infancy. We can establish weekly check-ins and chats. Whatever helps to get through the slog of work that comes with writing a book! (I only say “slog” because I’ve, once again, picked a project that puts me completely out of my depth! Woo!)
We’ve got ten months, so, if you’re interested, pop on over to Inkwell Imaginings and comment on the post. If you’re not on Facebook, comment and we’ll work on getting you folded into the community somehow. ❤
I’m excited, guys! I’m headed to work on my magic system.