Getting Used To Disappointment

Total Word Count: 1010 words.

Today the words came at a slow crawl to 1010 words. I was distracted and more than a little bit discouraged at the lack of interest in my trans harry potter fic. It seemed like I got hits but I didn’t get enough interest to even get a kudos. It really makes me sad. Especially, since all that work I went through to get this thing off the ground came to nothing.

Although the problem might be because it was a story I rebooted three times, but still, I have zero kudos on Ao3 and that fact is eating at me. I had to push past my disappointment, give myself a prep talk and carry on.  The part of being a writer comes with the disappointment when people don’t love yor work as you do.

And yeah, I admit right here it might be legimate probelms with my story, I will never be that type of writer to think everything I create is perfect and without flaws. I’m quite the opposite in fact. I’m hypercritical of every word I write, and that is why the mess of a first draft always bothers me. I want everything perfect now, but the logical part of my brain keeps telling me that works are polished over time. *le sigh*.

I’m also coming agains the wall of being afraid to take what I learned in my description book and applying to my current projects. I don’t know, maybe it is my fear of something new.

Anyway, that’s enough for now. I’m off to eat a late dinner. I will be back tommorw.  Ta Ta For Now!

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Writing Exercise: Description #2

Exercise: one or two paragraph each describing four to six people who have enriched your life. You don’t have to write full stories, just make the descriptions vivid. 


1. Nikki, was tall for the age of three, all legs like a colt.  She had pretty caramel color skin and oval shaped dark brown eyes that were bordered with rings under them. Her eyes glared into the camera, a scowl marring her usually pretty little face.  She wore yellow ribbons in her pigtails, that almost seemed practically wilt under the sure amount the girl’s aura of irritation.  Her matching cute little yellow shirt, jeans, and crocs instead of cheering up the overall picture just made it seem all the more miserable.

2.  Mary was an old woman, but still spry and lean muscle. Her short wig was slightly crooked through, dark and wavy.  Her large oversized glasses were thick as a coke bottle, and the center bridged tapped together with ducktape that she stubbornly retapped them instead of buying new guys that her kids often begged her to replace.  As old as she was and despite the glasses, she was objectively pretty.  Her mix African and German heritage can be seen in her light cafe au light colored skin.  She had a warm husky laugh, that lit up her warm brown eyes and sassy personality that drew people to her and charmed everyone she came across.

3. Mrs. Crow was a short and squat woman.  All round curves and long and straight pretty wheat colored hair, and blue sparkling eyes.  She had a long Roman nose and a bright smile that did nothing to hide her slightly gapped tooth. She often wore colorful exotic looking tunics over long broomstick skirts that reached the bottom of feet. Today, with it, she wore her favorite strappy geeky sandals that poked a tiny bit out of the skirt.

4. Bruce walked into the store, with a jaunty walk that did have the bearing of a military man. He’s bald head and his dark brown skin seemed to shine in the bright daylight as he walked.  Bruce had a bit of a five of clock shadow that had long turned gray.  His beer gut slightly filling out his ‘I have no fucks to give’ t-shirt that he wore with his green camo pants, his white socks peeking out of his sandals.

Writing Exercise: Description #1

This exercise comes from the new book I found on Kindle Unlimited The Heart and Craft of Writing Compelling Description’ by Sharon M. Lippincott.  You should totally check it out, as I said in my earlier post it’s pretty fantastic for writers like me who have the damnest time trying to write a vivid yet precise description. 

Well, enough lollygagging. Here is the writing exercise:

Scan the room around you and find one specific item that catches your eye, then write about it. Describe it in an unusual way and strive to involve one or two senses. Find other things to describe until you covered all of your seneses at least a couple times in several variations. 


 

1.The tall bookcase stood in the corner in the room, well into my eyesight. It was a dark honey brown, the wood was smooth to the touch. There was a mix of hardback and paperback books were an organzied half hazard by size, biggest to the smallest. The spines differing in colors and fonts, and genres. A self-help book here, a book about mermaids there, and everything in between.  I opened one of the thick books, a book about herbs and I could smell the faint smell of ink and paper that always seemed to comfort me.

2. The licorice was long, tiny narrow stands of the confectionery tweet twisted together to form a larger thread, the threat felt sticky on my fingers. I tore one of the strands of the larger thread,  the strand was smooth and reminded me a bit of rubber, but as I popped the treat into my mouth my tastes buds  It was a bit tart, with a strange sweet aftertaste

Nose To The Grindstone

So no word count today. These last few days I have been editing. First the prologue and chapter 1 of Chain Reaction. Both are off to my beta DarkLadyEris who is currently whipping it into shape Now, I’m working on chapter 11 of FSOBE.  I still have to finishing that by the way. I have also noticed that now that my word count is up to 1k a day most days that my chapter word counts are getting longer.

Chapter 1 of Chain Reaction was almost 3k long and this latest chapter of FSOBE was 2.5k.  This is a lot when most of my usual chapters I have done are about 1-1.5k in length. So good on me for that.

Also recently, I have decided to work on my weak spots as a writer. Description.  I got a great writing exercise from my friend Jordan S. Brock and it’s going to be awesome when it comes to fight scenes. I actually have an illustrated book of martial moves that will diffidently come in hand for that.  I’m also working on description, I actually borrowed a book on Amazon Unlimited called ‘ The Heart and Craft of Writing Compelling Description by Sharon M. Lippincott about description and quite frankly it’s pretty brilliant. It gave me a lot of things to think about and writing exercises as well.

The book gave a wonderful idea about highlighting and taking snippets from the books I read  and inputting them into a word processor and using them as inspiration. Which is a great idea and I wish I had thought it up myself. It’s a wonderful way to learn writing and I already highlighted this book that I’m reading The Omega’s Secret Baby (Oceanport Omegas, #1) by Ann-Katrin Byrde which is by the title you already know it’s romance and mpreg romance to boot.  However, it is fanatically well written and compelling and I’m almost halfway through.

The thing is alternating POV between the two characters Matt and Elias and it’s in first person. I thought about doing first person, but organically my best POV is third person limited POV. It has the intimacy of first person without the hangups, and omnipresent is just too confusing for me sometimes.

Anyway, I’m off to bed you guys. I will talk to you later. I probably will be back to Chain Reaction tomorrow. So stay tuned for some teasers later on.  Ta Ta For Now!

ETA: So just after I finished proofreading this post who shall IM me, but my kickass beta DLE. So guess what I will be doing again tomorrow after I’m done with FSOBE? Yep! I will be editing for a third day in roll, but the good news for you guys there are diffidently more teasers ahead.

 

Off The Chain

Today’s Word Count: 1116 words

So Offline Google Docs decided to flip me the finger and I had to write on Focus Writer and copy and paste that shit into Docs for my beta readers convenience. I’m done with Chapter 1.  This chapter I was really concentrating on setting the universe and Aster’s (aka Harry Potter) current circumstances in Gotham City.

I think I did okay, but every word was a fight to write. However, I did hit my 1K daily goal and I’m somewhat happy with it.  I’m diffidently going to do some final editing before posting but it’s just some tweaks here and there.  The final word count was like something close to 2k.  Which I’m really happy about! Something quality to get the fic started.

I had an issue not describing every action like always. I know this is not a play, but I have a hard time balancing what actions I should be describing and what actions I shouldn’t be describing. I’m going to do some googling so I can get some advice.

I also fear that this chapter was mostly filler, but I think coming off that harrowing Prologue that my readers are going to really need to catch their breath. I added a lot of characterization and when I edit I will add things to really make her character voice pop on stage. Fortunately, I did end it on an awesome note which I’m totally excited about. I really can’t wait until my beta gives me feedback on Monday.

Anyway, that is all for today! Before I go, I want to say hello to my new followers! I’m shockingly surprised that anyone wants to hear my rambles, but thank you for following me just the same. *hugs*

Off With A Start + Chain Reaction Teaser

Today’s Word Count: 1025 words

So this was my first day working on my Trans Harry Potter/Bruce Wayne fic that I have rebooted like six million times called ‘Chain Reaction’, which is the first story in the Criss Cross Series. It took me a while to get the hang of things. It was a bit of slog, I was trying to find the right words to say, trying to get that first page to be a good hook for my readers.

Although, it was a struggle it was worth it in the end because I’m really satisfied with my first 1k of this fic.  I was also surprised how much better my writing with this fic is then when I started on FSOBE which was my first fic in like two or three years ago. It is really loads better, and for someone who touted to everyone and their mama that I was unable to write it diffidently something to be proud of.

Truth be told, I was going to skip this writing session because I wanted to work on the cover art for Chain Reaction. Art continues to be my first love. So it’s hard to pry myself away from art, especially when already started on a piece. But it was nap time, and this is my usual set writing time. I really don’t want to mess up my hard-won writing routine. It has made more productive on the writing front than I know what to do with.

As for balancing art and my writing that is going to really hard. but I’m willing to sacrifice to contribute to my passions of art and writing.

As for ‘Chain Reaction” I have a general outline of all the plot points I want to hit, notes on character’s personalities in such in my one note. I have Scrivener, but I can work much more easily with my Google Docs and My Onenote.  And unlike Scrivener, both are accessible to any device and is backup to a cloud.

Anyway, “Chain Reaction’ much FSOBE is going to be longer in the second draft. I’m thinking it’s going to be 25k in the end, but we shall see. My end word counts predictions almost never pan out.

Well, that’s all I got to say for today. So as promised here is my excerpt (remember this is an unedited draft ya’ll) of ‘Chain Reaction’.

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