First Draft Progress – 13 Days Until Deadline

A few things. First, this is the year of Stark lol.

Next, the eagerness for the completion of the first draft makes me want to just write nonstop. I’m so excited! I can’t watch a show or listen to music without thinking about my story and characters. I’m excited to edit the second draft because it’s not just time to venture into my own world and comb through the details, but I also get to study. Much of what I’m creating requires study of so much history and culture. Understanding the world is just so satisfying to me. With as much intent as possible, I hope my creations will allow me to travel the world. I want to go everywhere. I want to feel everything.

Also, one thing that has been knocking at the back of my mind is my PhD. I want to get it because I simply want it. But what do I get it in? I’ve swayed between mythology and more obscure topics like the occult or metaphysical studies (yes, these programs exist). I figured out what I wanted while I was watching Midnight in Paris (2011) (with Owen Wilson. Suuuuuuch a cute writer movie). I got really giddy seeing so many artists come to life through so many actors (Salvador Dalí was superb. I really want a movie of just him. Hiddleston stuck out to me too ’cause that American accent messed with me, but he was a great Fitzgerald! And Hemingway omg. Pain in my ass in undergrad, but his lines were great. Overall, I really, really admired the dialogue writing in the entire movie. I need to read the screenplay). I put myself in Gil’s shoes and wondered if I went back in time, which artists/authors would I want to hang out with? I started looking up some of my favorite authors; they were all from the late 18th through the 19th century. Romantics. The original emo kids and goths hanging around a lake or other areas that were nature-rich, thinking about death, subjectivity, challenging what enlightenment was and was not. It’s not really a golden age, like Gil was wanting for himself, but an imaginative one lodged in the unconscious with little bits of it escaping through poetry and other forms of artistry. Those are my people. I fell in love with so many writers, musicians, and artists from the 1800s. Mostly Romantics, some Victorian. It feels like “goth” was born there. So, if I were to get my PhD in anything, it would be Romanticism/Literature from the 18th/19th century. I’ve already decided on some easter eggs I want to put in my novel and even some study articles I want to write about my heroes. Hopefully, that’ll snag me a few letters of recommendation or references.

Gosh. I’m excited lol

I’m traveling Tuesday and I hope I’m conscious enough to write, read, and study on the plane and thereafter.

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First Draft Progress – 14 Days Until Deadline

Incredible progress!

Additional Work:
– Studying language/linguistics
– Studying literature
– Brainstorming for the novel series

Really, the majority of this update is simply the fact that I’m happy. Progress and momentum is good right now. There is a bit of a concern for this upcoming week. I’ll be around family quite a bit for this week. I’m traveling across the country and I know the travel time will give me the chance to write, but the family time. Heheheheheh, will I get a chance to write? If not on the draft itself, hopefully in a notebook or even my phone. I don’t know. I’ll make it happen.

For now, so far, so good.

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First Draft Progress – 16 Days Until Deadline Pt. 2

Words Written Today: 2726 words
Total Word Count: 95,059 words

No research. Just writing today.

Research I probably should do:

  • Linguistics
  • How to make a language for your fantasy world

Additional Work: More plot organization, cause we’re wrapping this first one up pretty soon. ❤

I am definitely rethinking the ending for this first novel. In my notebooks, I had an ending that’s a bit too obscure. Like I said in my previous post when I was critiquing the Game of Thrones show, endings are hard, but the last thing you want to do is make it look like you’re saying “Sorry guys, I don’t know what the hell I’m doing! Lol bye!”. You also don’t want to do the opposite. You don’t want the ending to be so ambiguous that your audience is not only dissatisfied, but also not even wondering, let alone caring, about the story’s next installment. I want my ending to punch my readers in the gut and I want them to ask me to punch them again.

So, I’ll be thinking with punches in mind.

Here’s some of the music I listened to while writing today.

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First Draft Progress – 16 Days Until Deadline

We’re closing in on two weeks left. 🙂 I’m stoked.

Yesterday, I was pretty tired. I ended up thinking about the upcoming novels in my series, which led to falling down a rabbit hole of…mainstream fashion and beauty drama (Yeah, the James Charles nonsense caught my eye…). I’ll be adding that to my list of not-goth confessions, but it technically was research for the third novel.

Today is going to be a burst of writing glory. Time to grab a cup of coffee and fucking rock this shit. I’ll update my progress this evening.

First Draft Progress – 18 Days Until Deadline

Research Topics:

  • Weapons in science fiction
  • The history of alchemy
  • The fundamentals of alchemy
  • Greek and Egyptian History
  • The Egyptian afterlife and The Book of the Dead

Today was a fabulous research day! Today’s research topics helped me flesh out the history of two characters who, for lack of a better term, gave me major feels while writing them. Now that I’ve worked through their lives a bit more, I can continue writing their about their pain 🙂

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Quick shoutout to the followers that can handle my ramblings, appreciate my literary research, and are slowly learning how intense and insane my imagination is. Much love. ❤