17 March 2014

Happy St. Patrick’s Day All! I wish I could type in an accent to legitimate my (dubious) Irish origins, but alas…

Anyhow, I think that an update is long past due. In short, life continues to be chaotic and I’m running at breakneck speed 24/7 with the exception of those few moments where I pass out from exhaustion, but even those seem rushed. I won’t go into details, but this semester gets more hectic the longer it goes on and it’s only going to get busier for a while. The bright side is that there are only five weeks left until finals week and then I GRADUATE!!!!!!!!! I’m truly excited about that, just in case you couldn’t tell that from the caps and the overabundance of exclamation marks.

In terms of writing, I’ve not gotten a lot of actual words written, much to my chagrin, but I’ve been doing a LOT of plotting, planning and general project development. I invested in this nifty little device called a voice-recorder. It was actually for a school project, but it just so happens to have personal uses as well. It’s allowed me to get a lot of ideas down that I wouldn’t have had the time for before. I can do X-brainless-time-consuming-homework and when I’m struck with character ideas, plot points, cool tidbit of worldbuilding information, all I have to do is push a button and it records my melodious tones.*

So, I have a few projects in development right now. I’m planning out (in more detail) the sequel to Project Jekribo or whatever it’s really going to be called someday (because, let’s face it: I kinda stink at making names), doing some work on the Imdreyad storyline and stirring a few other pots on the stove.

You may have noticed that I took the Children of Essence page down from my “Projects” tab, and there are some very good reasons for that. Primarily, I was concerned with how little plot development I’d managed to generate for that story. I had some ideas, and I think they were rather good ideas, but there were some significant holes in the plot, some things that I need to work through before I can really start writing on it. The other reason was that I didn’t have very good characters. I had some basic skeletons (“this is the X-archetype character and he has Y-quirk”) but nothing to really craft a story out of.

What this all boils down to is that I became intoxicated by the worldbuilding that I’d done on the story, so much so that I was like, “This is great, I totally want to write a story in this world!” but really, there was NO story, there were no actors, there was no substance. Essentially, I had a cool setting, phenomenal magic system, but no real meat to make those things meaningful.

Therefore, I’ve established a rule for myself: Do NOT post things on the website unless you have a draft finished!

Simple, huh? I might find reason to tweak that rule in the future, but for now, that’s going to be my policy.

Alrighty, I’m done. Go back to your lives, citizens.

*For the record, my tones aren’t really melodious, especially when I listen to my voice at 2X speed