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#WriteTuesday – Make Your Way Story Draft 1 Complete!

I did it!!!  I finished the first draft of the story I’m writing for the Make Your Way anthology!  I exported the story from the Game Book Authoring Tool; the draft is 28 pages long (13,661 words)!  Check out the completed graph:

graph of draft 1 sections

The final story ended up having 71 sections!

There are now 11 possible endings (the light green sections).  Since last Tuesday, I’ve added another 23 sections to the story.

Now that it’s done, it’s going to need some major editing.  But I’ve decided that I’m going to take a week off from working on it to work on some other things.  After all of the work I’ve done on this story over the last few weeks, plus all the work I’ve been doing on Sustainably North (I have all of the May posts scheduled!), I figured that a bit of a break is in order, just to clean up (my kitchen table is my work space, and it’s totally a mess right now as you can see…)

my messy workspace

So next week I’ll get to work on editing this story (and planning out June on Sustainably North).  But in the meantime I’m hoping to have a relaxing week (maybe I’ll even read a fiction book for a change!) I hope you have a great and productive or relaxing week, whatever the plan may be!

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#WriteTuesday – Progress on Make Your Way story!

On Sunday, I was really proud of myself – I was able to write and schedule most of the remaining Sustainably North posts for May!  Prior to Sunday, I got a few quotes and the May bUneke post scheduled.  But on Sunday I wrote and scheduled the two essays for May, as well as the final Friday post (it’s going to be another taste-test!), and of course the editorial post (which I didn’t want to write until I had the two essays figured out).  So all that’s left for May is to finish reading the book I’m reviewing, then write and schedule the review!

Then yesterday afternoon, I actually did some work on the Make Your Way story!!!  I was going to plan out all of the endings before writing them up, but as I started working on it again, I found myself doing a little bit of planning, then a little bit of writing.  Going back and forth really helped me when I got stuck.  I also had to remind myself that this story isn’t a full game book, so it’s okay to end some of the threads quicker than others.  I wrote up one ending (hurray!) then took a break for dinner.  When I got back to working on the story an hour or so later, I managed to plot out the endings for the rest of the story threads!  And from there, I actually got four of them written out!  Check out the new graph:

story graph with four endings

The different blues are RPG choices the player can make. The light green marks the endings. And the reds/purple were just for me to mark different story threads.

I added about 20 sections to the story today!

Since today is the last day of the month, I’m not quite sure if I’ll be able to get this draft done before May 1st.  But that’s okay; even if I don’t, I should be able to have it finished by the end of the week! 🙂

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#WriteTuesday – After the Easter Weekend

Happy Easter everyone! 🙂

I’m really excited – on Friday I finally finished reading the book The Great Transition by Lester R. Brown for Sustainably North (that was the book I chose to review on the blog for this month).  With it read, I was able to write a book review for it and schedule it for the end of the month; now all of the April Sustainably North posts are finished and scheduled!  Next I need to get working on the May ones.

But writing the May ones wasn’t part of the plan for this week; once I was done with the April posts, I wanted to get some work done on the Make Your Way story.  Now I don’t know what my problem is, but I’ve had a heck of a time working on it and getting that first draft written (this has been an ongoing problem since last year).  I actually Googled “why do you have trouble working on a writing project” and came across this article on starting but not finishing a project, which gave some great tips depending on what you have trouble with.  I know I’m definitely someone with starting energy who gets distracted by new projects, so I really need to sit down and actually work on it if I want to see it through.  I also found this article on recapturing your motivation for a project.

While neither of those articles specifically answered what my problem is with this particular writing project, they at least reaffirmed that I need to just get it done.  So even though I (for reasons still unknown) didn’t want to work on it, on Saturday night I made myself read over what I had written to date.  The story is in definite need of editing, but the basic threads seemed pretty solid.  I also flipped through my notes a bit. Unfortunately most of those were from when I was working through a couple of issues with the City of the Dead setting (which is where this story takes place) and not actually notes on the plot.

Of course, rather than getting to work directly on the plot, I ended up going through this blog and eliminating some of the categories I had.  I really had way too many (I didn’t count, but there were three full pages of them!)   I’m hoping to cut the categories down to 15 or less, which is going to be a big job (especially once I’m through all the really small sub-categories).  By the time I finished for the night, I was down to 33.  I also rediscovered the blog post I had written back in 2014 about Keith Barker’s Stories and Dice, and decided to post it rather than delete it.

But that was okay.  Sunday was Easter dinner, so I spent the day cleaning and cooking.  The plan was to get back to the Make Your Way story on Monday.  But then I accidentally set off a fire extinguisher Sunday night in my storage room, and had to spend Monday cleaning that up, too.  I didn’t get nearly as much writing done this weekend as I had hoped to, but life’s like that some times.  Hopefully I’ll be able to cram everything I want to get done into this week instead. 🙂

So how was your Easter weekend?  Anything planned for the coming week?

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#WriteTuesday

Just a really quick update today.  First, for the exciting stuff: one of the author interviews I did for TBPL Off the Shelf was published in a book!  It was the Interview with Amor Towles – it was published in Contemporary American Fiction, Volume 3, which was edited by Harold Bloom.  Contemporary American Fiction, Volume 3 is published by Bloom’s Literary Criticism, which is an imprint of Chelsea House Publishers and Infobase Learning.

Now for the less exciting stuff: I heard back from Mythic about “A Friend from the Deep” and they rejected it, too. 😦  Now that it’s been rejected again, I’m going to have to sit down with it and look it over.  I suspect I need to give it a good edit before sending it out once again.

So now that that’s out of the way, I also spent some time over the weekend play testing a friend’s game.  He made it with RPG Maker (and has been working on it a lot over the last while).  The game was super fun, and I got quite into it (and then it ended because it’s only a demo!) 😦  I’m quite excited to see how it develops. 🙂

After playing it though, I wanted to get back into working on some of my RPGs.  So I’m going to try to power through both my Sustainably North planning and the Make Your Way story so I can get back to one of my RPGs soon. 🙂

How’s your week been?  Anything new and exciting? 🙂

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#WriteTuesday – Sick Again :(

Not a whole lot to talk about this #WriteTuesday – I got sick AGAIN last week (I started feeling off earlier in the week, but after work on Thursday night it turned into a full-blown cold, which knocked me out of commission for the weekend). :/

But I did start thinking through an idea I had for another short story (the one I mentioned in my last post for a new market).  My plan was to use an alien species I came up with many years ago for it, so I thought that wouldn’t be to tough to plan out and start writing.  Unfortunately, the more I thought about that alien, the less sense it physically made to me; so while I wasn’t planning on it, I kind of got stuck in worldbuilding for this story idea too. :/  While aquatic, these aliens don’t live on Imezza, so I haven’t really thought about them in a long time (or properly thought through their biology).  I’d really like them to make sense to me before I actually write any stories with them.  So I spent some time over the weekend doing some research on how aquatic animals evolved; I *think* I found a way for these aliens to make sense to me.

Of course, once that’s done, I’ll need to figure out how they got themselves to space since they are aquatic!  I also need to get back to the Make Your Way story.  I still need to plan out the ending(s) then write that up. So everything is currently stuck in planning.  Well, wish me luck on all of this – hopefully I’ll be actually writing something soon!

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Heard Back from Asymmetry!

Just a quick note to say that I heard back from Asymmetry about “A Friend from the Deep.”  Unfortunately they rejected the story. 😦

So I went back to the Duotrope listings and discovered MYTHIC: A Quarterly Science Fiction & Fantasy Magazine.  I liked that they are looking for fantasy from more diverse settings than the typical medieval one, so I decided to try my luck with them.  Unfortunately their deadline for submissions was today, so I didn’t really have a lot of time for editing “A Friend from the Deep”.  But I did give it a once over (and made a few edits) before sending it their way.  So we’ll see what happens this time. 🙂

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Heard Back from Zooscape!

Just a quick note to say that I heard back from Zooscape about “A Friend from the Deep.”  Unfortunately they rejected the story, but the editor said she enjoyed reading it – just that it wasn’t what they were looking for. So that is promising! 🙂

While cruising through the Duotrope listings, looking for another place to submit it, I came across Asymmetry, a website that publishes new stories every week.  I read a few of the stories there (notably “I Came From the Deep” and “In the Time of the Birds“) and loved them; after reading them, I decided to try submitting “A Friend from the Deep” to them.  We’ll see how it goes this time. 🙂

 

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