Word Count Wednesday - 19 April 2017

Things I worked on last week:
  • Chapter 6 of that one project: 1410 words (completed at 3024)
  • Chapter 7 of that same project: 1710 words
  • A new idea I came up with over the weekend that was going to be for a turn in for narrative #2 but decided against it to develop the other story more: 1738 words
  • The children's fish story thing: 389 words
  • The Blighted Earth (mainly edits and stuff): a paltry 23 words
  • A Tale from the Stars poem: 271 words
I think that's everything I worked on this week (at least in a non-journaling capacity, since I'm always journaling/ranting about something). So that brings my weekly word count to 5541. Really disappointed in the word count with The Blighted Earth, but after seeing what I did this week, I guess I feel better now, hahaha.

What am I working on?

Now that I've got chapter 6 done and out into the world for my tiny audience to read and criticize (or enjoy, I guess), I'm going to continue working on chapter 7. I honestly can't believe that people are still reading that thing despite not updating it weekly like I used to since summer ended in 2016. The fun in writing that project has returned, especially since I've gotten to a point in the plot where a group of main characters are believing the worst of this other main character. Super cliché plot point of "a serious case of misunderstanding," but I got stuck, okay? At least I'm giving what the audience wanted for quite a while and having one of the characters find a reason to go out there and pursue that other person. Talk about delayed gratification, am I right?

The children's story is also something I'm going to continue to work on, since the deadline is this Sunday.

As for the new idea I came up with, I want to write that one so badly, but I also really like working on The Blighted Earth (when I can), so I guess it's going to have to be left to simmer for a bit. Especially since the idea came to me at 5 A.M., I'm going to have to decide whether or not the idea is even worth pursuing, despite how fun and weird I think it would be to try to develop it.

How do I feel about the process?

Pretty great! I was able to bump up my word count by dropping the amount of time I'm wasting playing video games (a struggle I've had for a while, actually), and spent it with writing or practicing whatever new skill I need to learn by the next piano lesson. Namely the former. (Sorry, piano teacher. I swear I'll get those dominant 7 inversions by down heart the next time we meet!) I've also been really inspired to continue writing that-other-project-that-shall-never-be-named-in-the-open now that the characters are in a bit of a tizzy that I have no idea how they're going to get themselves out of, though I have an inkling of how that happens. Nothing really concrete yet, but it's fun just writing something out and not caring what others think of my ability to tell a story because they don't know my real identity.

I guess because of that, I'm just really surprised at how many people like what I've written so far. I still cringe at how poorly written it is and how not-thought-out all the events are, weaving it into a tangled mess that I'm spending the sequel (which is what the project is right now) by untangling it and solving it at the same time.

And also doing a bit of "giving the readers what they want" kind of thing. I never intended there to be romance, but the readers wanted romance, and there they got it. Then I yanked it away from them.

I'm cruel. I know that.

What am I reading?

So many people don't know that I'm part of this group of people that play this one game that happens to be high-fantasy, so we decided to do a book-reading thing online. And because we all have this interest in fantasy (and all somehow happen to have the all the books), we're reading the first book in C. S. Lewis's The Chronicles of Narnia series, The Magician's Nephew.

I've read it many times in the past, but it's really different when it's being read out loud. Especially when it's being read out loud by people across the country and around the world. It feels different when someone with a lilting southern drawl reads it aloud, when someone with soft English accent, or a peppy Australian, or a valley girl accent (me when I'm excited), or all these different accents reads the same words I am. Really glad someone in the group came up with this idea. I feel like it makes the fantasy world Lewis created becomes even more magical by hearing the words in a way I'm not accustomed to.

What else am I doing?

As I mentioned last week, I'm taking up piano lessons again after not having them for... um, maybe eight years? My piano teacher's pretty impressed at how well I'm able to sight read (I'm pretty surprised myself), so there's that. But when it comes to modern music, the ability to sight read is a bit useless, so she's having me work on getting chord inversions down to muscle memory and instinct. It's posing a challenge I really enjoy so far.


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