First Draft Deadline Extended to June 21st and Publishing Short Horror Stories

After a restful day, I’ve decided I’ll have my first draft finished by the summer solstice. I think that works out. Litha would be a wonderful way to celebrate my accomplishment.

Once the first draft is complete, I need to brush up on my editing, so I thought writing up a few short horror stories, editing them, and publishing them somewhere (probably Kindle Direct Publishing) would be a good way to review Editing Fiction 101. My editing will get sharper and I’ll be able to polish SS: Initiation with confidence.

I also plan on releasing more music. I know I’ve said that repeatedly, but I truly am ready to make this happen. I’m just the type of person that needs to work on one project at a time and make sure I hit certain milestones before moving on to the next one. I used to be quite the multitasker, but keeping it simple is much more fulfilling for me.

Did you know this first novel draft is almost 400 pages on Microsoft Word (double spaced, 12pt. font) ? I’m pretty proud of that lol.

More updates later. I’m going to enjoy the weekend.

First Draft Progress – Three Days Until Deadline (or should I just extend it?)

Grr! Well I gave myself a deadline to increase the pressure and complete this first draft. I am actually really close to the end…I just can’t write fast enough. But that’s okay. I was a bit worried that if I got into the habit of putting off my own deadline, I would inevitably just never have it done. I know I’m not procrastinating with this project. I’m so close. My mind just won’t work fast enough, even when I have a great writing flow going on.

Words Written Today: 2301 words
Current Word Count Total: 105,243 words

I did successfully finish a chapter at least….ugh. I just wanted to do more.

See this is what I mean…I shouldn’t beat myself up for this. I’ll get it done. Giving myself an extension is okay. I’m not procrastinating. I’m making sure I do this right. But it doesn’t have to be perfect. It’s a first draft. It’s fine.

I’ll announce my new deadline date when I think long and hard about it. It needs to be practical and pressuring.

First Draft Progress – Three Days Until Deadline

Words Written so far today: 1372 words
Current Total Word Count: 104,317 words

Research Topic:

  • Vampires
  • Character building

Time for my vamp lady to get some attention and face some psychological trauma. Yay! The featured picture is an idea of how I visualize her for the most part.

I have to do a bit of research before I can continue writing though. I’m making today a major writing sprint sort of day hoping to at least reach the epilogue. I’m doing this back and forth thing where I’m letting the pressure get to me because it’s made me more adamant about writing, but at the same time I’m not going to kick my ass if I don’t reach the end by June 1st. It’s fine.

I think.

I don’t know.

I like reaching goals.

Research time. More updates tonight.

First Draft Progress – Five Days Until Deadline Pt. 2

Word Count Today: 2822 words
Current Word Total: 102,920 words

No research today.

Additional Work Needed:

  • Creating certain spells and incantations for characters
  • Should I create a new language? Will I hate myself if I do? Probably
  • Continuity checks on character arcs

I’m ultra proud of my writing sprint today.

I’ve broken 100k and I’m predicting I may reach 150k. That might be because a friend challenged me to reach it, but who knows how far it’ll go. Honestly, writing at the end of the second act is such an intense time for writing, at least for me. The momentum is nonstop. My imagination won’t stop. Nothing stops. I’m enjoying it. I’m even happier that I have an ending to keep my focus on. I see the finish line. I’m ready to cross it.

Tomorrow will be the last day of airplane travel. I’ll definitely be doing some writing before hand and on the way. I will admit, the pressure of the deadline is helping so much, but I’m also unsure if I’ll actually meet it lmao! I’m still going to try, but there’s still so much! My chapters are getting longer, my descriptions of my world are becoming more dense, and my characters are so much more fun to delve into and it’s fun to think about how I want the audience to take them in. This project is so much work.

I love it. No complaints whatsoever. I’mma reach that deadline, damn it.

First Draft Progress – Five Days Until Deadline

All the traveling we did yesterday exhausted me, but I was able to write a chapter summary by hand. Writing summaries help so much. It helps trigger my imagination to see the details more clearly and type them down. Love it.

Additionally, I absolutely LOVE IT when you listen to a song and it reminds you of certain characters. I am definitely going to make playlists for them on Spotify.

Making good writing progress today though. I’ll update on word count soon. 🙂 I finally broke 100k 😁

First Draft Progress – 7 Days Until Deadline pt. 2 (I reached 100k words!)

Writing characters who are fluid in their sexuality is such fun!

Words Written Today: 1596
Approx Word Total: 100,158

Going to be traveling ONCE AGAIN and I don’t know if I’ll have the mentality to write or even read because I know I’m not going to get a lot of sleep. But I’m at a great place right now. I have a vampire character who is sooooo enticing. He’s so…Lokean? Luciferian? Mischievous? Chaotic Neutral? He’s so many wonderful things. I love him. Just love him.

Now that my deadline is getting closer and closer, I think my writing word count needs to increase. My goal is usually 1200-1500 a day, but I’m going to push myself to 2000-3000 after today. I have less than a week. I’m ready to complete this draft. I am so ready to make this reality.

Also, I reached 100k! Congrats to me!

Mini Rant

Nothing motivates me to write more than ignorance and narrow-mindedness. I know I can’t force closed perceptions to expand, but I will still challenge their endurance by plunging them into worlds within worlds then dare them to find value in their ignorance afterwards.

Ugh! I can’t stand closed-minded views! Self-deception is the WORST!

A New Summary for My Dark Science Fantasy Novel

Here’s my novel summary that I’m probably going to have on my book cover soon.

Initiation – The Spirit Strings Series
Genre: Dark Science Fantasy

Magic is regulated under a strict, theocratic movement with global rule on the planet Terrana. The Terrans, paralleling humans in appearance, were created to observe Earth and learn from human civilization to fulfill a 3000-year-old prophecy that will restore Earth from its dystopian, magic-deprived state. Most Terrans are obedient to their theistic government, but Violet LaCroix has arcane power refusing to be oppressed. She’s hidden her multifaceted magic since she was a child. The day she decides to let her power flow changes her life completely, starting with a criminal charge for performing necromancy. To save herself from merciless persecution from the government’s elite organization that hunts disobedient mages, she’s forced to join a resourceful cult that promises her refuge in exchange for her joining their coup de t’at. Violet goes from model graduating student ready for college to joining a cult of rogue mages eager to liberate Terrana from magical oppression and hoping she’ll bring the power needed to end a war between mages, deities, and unknown forces lasting for millennia.

What do you think?

First Draft Progress – 8 Days Until Deadline

Oh my! Almost down to a week!

Words Written (yesterday): about 1000-1300? I lost track while traveling…
Current Word Total: about 98500 words.

Research Topics:

  • British, Scottish, and Irish accents
  • Better development of LGBT+ relationships
  • Cool names for islands

I have about six chapters left in my story, plus an epilogue and a prologue. It’s quite the challenge and I’m excited to take it on. I’m hoping that even though I’m traveling a lot I’ll be able to complete this. The pressure of a deadline is actually helping me more than crippling me. I’m thinking more critically about plot. I’m reaching the climax/transformative revelation of my protagonist, but there’s still so much rising action that’s needed. I’m trying to weigh what is and isn’t necessary. It’s easier said than done. When you’re trying to build up suspense, you don’t want to lose momentum unless slowing down the momentum makes it agonizing in a satisfying kind of way, like, as Donna Tartt wonderfully put it, people having a casual conversation somewhere and there’s a bomb under the table they’re sitting at. When’s it going to go off? You’ll have to wait. Although I do like that style, the suspenseful elements in my novel are fueled by momentum. There’s always something going on in with the protagonist in the span of a week because of one choice she made. I want the stress to be focused on her and how she’ll be able to sustain everything going around her. We’ll see how it goes.

Also, I ended up writing two LGBT relationships that are so…complicated?! Ugh! I’m kind of upset with myself for doing that. It’s just not fair representation. I need to display simplistic and successful LGBT relationships. I was thinking way too hard about them. Gonna fix that.

Lastly, accents. I gave one of my characters a type of accent that’s a mix of Brit, Scot, and Irish. It’s VERY fun to write his dialogue.

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