Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Today's writing notes:


Working on: Revising "The Spirit of Black Keep" for Fanfiction.net

Okay, first let's address the elephant in the room: I'm expecting to hear back from my editor about The Voyage of the Kaus Media very soon--like, sometime this week. Any day now. Maybe even today. Here's hoping. I'm sorry it's been very quiet on that front, but I'm sure she's been working on the manuscript as fast as she's been able.

Anyway, in the meantime I'll keep myself occupied with fanfiction. :) My next project is to polish up "The Spirit of Black Keep"! Admittedly I don't think there's much there that needs polishing, as it's a fairly recent piece, but it'll be nice to give it another look over to smooth out any bumps... and add dialogue tags! Always dialogue tags.

One fairly major content edit I'm making is to make Celice nicer. I feel she was a bit too snappish in the original, and while I'd still like her to come across as a bossy-older-sister type of friend, I don't want her to come off as harsh or critical--just a bit overbearing and take-charge. :) I want to make it clearer that she's trying to help Pharazon have more confidence in himself, but she's also exasperated by his whiny wishy-washiness.

Also, a small change near the beginning is that in this version, Pharazon travels to Brightvale alone because Hyren had business on the Virtupets Space Station and Terra and Blynn decided to go with him. The original had Terra make Pharazon go by himself to build character, but even though Terra does believe in helping people build character, she would also jump at any excuse to do some traveling. :) So I feel this new explanation holds water better.

I've also been rewriting much of the text that deals with the events of "Worth Searching For", since I changed so much in that story, especially the overall themes and most of the character arcs, that any subsequent references to it written before the revision now need to be updated. Which I'm okay with, because I think the revision works so much better that it makes the subsequent stories read better, too.

Also I'm playing watch-the-word-count again... currently it's at 37,000 words. I'm not expecting it to change much, but we'll see what happens as I add dialogue tags. :)

I hope at least one other person gets the nerdy web code reference about the hex generator. Hmmm maybe my humor is too obscure sometimes.

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