I’ve been rather quiet on here since talking about refreshing my writing space and submitting that short story (omg I forgot to mention – it was accepted!!!) The reason was that I was working on a big freelance project that came my way. Once it was over, I had to deal with a couple of personal things (and honestly rest my brain!) I read four books over the last week, which was great (I hadn’t read any fiction since early September); one of them, Brandon Sanderson’s Warbreaker, was absolutely fantastic!
Today was a day spent catching up on email and whatnot. I went through all the Duotrope emails I’ve ignored over the last few months, looking into a few more listings that sounded interesting. I also signed up for my very first game jam, which will happen in mid-January. I don’t have a team yet (as far as I know, I’m the only local person who has signed up so far); I figure I’ll just make a small game on RPG Maker or Twine if no one else signs up (since I do not have the coding know-how to make an engine or anything fancy like that). I’m really excited though – I’ve always wanted to participate in one, and now there’s one being held locally (previously this particular game jam was held only in Sudbury – that’s not too far away, relatively speaking, but the time of year is so iffy with the weather).
So now I’m not quite sure what I want to be working on. I have two RPG Maker projects on the go (both Tears of the King and Memories), so I wouldn’t mind working on one of those. But I also wanted to write four polished short stories this year (and to date I’ve only written one). With just over a month left of the year, it’s looking like I may have to sacrifice one in order to achieve the other. So I’m going to take some time to decide on what exactly I want to be working on through December.
I submitted the short story I was working on last week today! 😀
It took me a bit longer to edit than I had thought. More than anything, I had a hard time finding the time to actually sit down and edit (I was exhausted all week for reasons unknown). But thankfully I managed to sit down, edit it, and submit it today.
The market I submitted it to says they try to respond within one month of receiving a submission. So I’ll report back once I hear something. 🙂
One of my goals for the year was to write four polished short stories. To work towards that goal, I signed myself up for Duotrope a few months ago (I subscribed to them years ago, but ended up unsubscribed because they stopped accepting Paypal). My goal this time was to keep an eye out for markets that sounded interesting (and hopefully ACTUALLY submit something somewhere). I found a few markets that seemed to fit the bill at the beginning of the month. Well, the month is almost over, and yesterday I realized I had done no short story writing at all! So I took another look at the markets I was planning to write for, chose one, and wrote about 100 words of a story yesterday. They were crappy words, but they were words all the same.
Today I sat down and thought a bit more about the story (specifically the characters, but also the setting – this is not set in one of the worlds I built). Once that was done, I set to work revising the bit I had already written. Draft 2 is now over 700 words long, with things (obviously) fleshed out a lot better in this draft. I doubt it’s going to get much longer, so I’ll be editing and revising it over the next few days before hopefully submitting it by the end of the week. Wish me luck! 🙂
I love my apartment. I have since I first saw the place, and knew I wanted to move in. The only issue with it is that it is tiny. I’ve been using my kitchen table as my writing space since moving in (and also the living room + lap desk setup I have). But neither of them are quite right.
So earlier this week, I bought a rug.
The rug was step one to make the space more comfortable for writing. Step two was to bring my office chair here. It’s been stored at my parents’ place since I moved in because I didn’t think I had enough room for it here. But my kitchen chairs are too low for regular writing – the angle hurts my wrists after awhile. So after researching chair storage solutions, and talking things over with my dad, we hit on the solution: move one of the kitchen chairs out, and just have the office chair at the table all the time. The office chair is higher, so my wrists are at a better angle now – I wish I had thought of this waaay sooner!!!
So now, I’m in the process of bringing more office things from my parents’ place. I brought a load of writing books and other things here today.
My dad is going to help me bring a shelf over tomorrow, which is where a lot of this stuff is going to live. This is also a great opportunity to go through the writing books I own and purge some things. I already went through some old magazines, recycling most of them. I think the books will be a bit harder because it’s a bit tough to tell what will be a good reference to keep. Wish me luck over the next while!!!
I should have written this post a few weeks ago, but I had to put Memories aside for a bit. I’ve thought about it long and hard, but I still don’t know how the game is supposed to end. So on the advice of my brother, I’m putting it aside to work on some other things for a bit. Hopefully with a bit of distance I’ll be able to figure out where the story is supposed to go.
I honestly feel a bit like a failure. I was really hoping to have the game done by now. But that’s not how it’s going, so time to focus on something else!
Life is pretty busy right now (when is it not?) but over the weekend I pulled out a short story I’ve been wanting to edit for quite awhile. The story was written as part of my NaNoWriMo blob. I originally wrote the story for a friend after his dog passed away, but I never felt right giving it to him (and let’s be honest: it was a super rough first draft that was crap – I wouldn’t want anyone to see it until it’s rewritten and edited). I came up with some editing ideas for the story last March, but never got around to implementing them until today. Even if the story doesn’t stay the way it currently is, I’ve added 300 words (it was originally about 600 words and is now over 900), and it is shaping up a bit (it’s definitely stronger than it was!)
I had a pretty fun couple of hours working on it. First I brought a notebook outside with me (it was a beautiful day!) and started writing. But after a page and a bit, I ended up grabbing my laptop and bringing that outside because I needed to be able to move some things around and expand on other things a bit. I took a break to go for a walk, then worked on it a bit more. I’m thinking tomorrow I’m going to print it out so I can do another editing pass on it (I prefer to edit on paper, at least for the first while – it’s satisfying to mark things I need to change up with pen!)
So after my paper prototyping adventures last night, I felt like I was ready to actually work on a few of the important cut scenes in Memories. The only one I have somewhat built is the one I showed you in my post about tinting the screen (and that literally has “blah blah blah” as most of the dialogue). I didn’t feel like writing the cut scenes in RPG Maker right now because I wanted a bit more flexibility for editing. So first I thought to try using Chat Mapper, but that wasn’t a great fit when I started (I was thinking about the mechanics of how the program worked more than actually writing). I had the same problem with Twine. And then I remembered: I have Final Draft! Why not write the cut scenes with that?
Sure, it took a few minutes to remember how the program worked (it has literally been YEARS since I last used it), but that was no big deal; I was back up and writing in no time!
I forgot how easy it is to read a script for dialogue. Final Draft has been the perfect tool for my current needs because I don’t have to think about formatting, I can just focus on writing the words right now (and I can very easily edit whatever I write). I managed to get a couple of key scenes written before making dinner (and quickly edited one after dinner). Once I am happy with the text, I’ll be able to copy and paste it into RPG Maker. 🙂
I spent a bit more time working on Memories tonight. As I said in my last post, I need to work on the characters and plot and pretty much everything else in the game other than the maps. I have a very rough idea of a plot for this game already, but it needs to be fleshed out. And for that I need a better idea of the characters.
I don’t have names or even more than a rough idea of what the characters might look like. What I do have right now is the fact that the main (or at least most important) characters right now are a set of twin sisters and a wizard. One of the sisters is the protagonist/player character. She/you will be saving the other sister from the wizard. Oh I also know that I want to give this game a sort of fairy tale feel. I’m not sure how exactly I’ll be pulling that off yet, but I’m pretty sure the game is going to involve heart magic. Think Once Upon a Time, like this scene from the first season:
Tonight didn’t involve a whole lot of writing (and neither did last night, when I discovered that heart story I linked to in my last post). But there was a fair bit of brainstorming and researching random things online, like heart symbolism, fairy tale witches, and the like. In the middle of all of this, I managed to come up with a bit of the backstory that leads to the beginning of the game, so that’s good. Hopefully I’ll be able to get more fleshed out soon!