Archive for June 21st, 2011

Re-envisioning and thoughts.

After 30k words on Estyria II, I think I’m going to have to set it aside until C gets back to me with his edits.

Despite what he says about Estyria I needing a fine-tuning rather than a full body chop job, I’m skeptical.

See, I’m a pantser. And even though I try to edit as I write (is that a contradiction in actions?), I fully realize that the alpha draft of Estyria I contains many plot holes and many places where there will need to be much elaboration done. On the same hand, I am also cognizant of the need to cut scenes and perhaps entire chapters from the first book.

As such, I worry that if I try to write book two based on what I know of book one, I’ll be working with a shaky foundation at best. 30k words in, I admit that I might be getting in over my head as a pantser.

It’s been about 3 months since I finished Estyria I. In those three months, I haven’t really done much writing. To wit, that 30k that isn’t really going to be helpful unless the edits go through and not much has been changed. I sort of think of it as trying to build an earthquake proof house on quicksand.

It’s really perhaps time to get the whip cracking and move on until the first book has gone through revisions.

Some thoughts I have:

Cyborg versus human relationships. Or even just the role of cyborgs in general in a futuristic society. Kaitlyn O’Connor is the author that turned me onto this idea, mostly because her novels involving her cyborgs are really done well and I enjoy them immensely. I’m not sure what I would try, but I’ve been tossing around the idea of going into space for a while now. Or even, bringing space into my world. Magic versus tech, go!

Looking deeper into the story of the seventh princess. Even though I realise that it’s pretty cliche to write about the seventh daughter and play with that myth, it’s an interesting sort of YA-ish novel. I’d have to figure out how she ends up getting her kingdom back, if she gets her kingdom back, and so forth. Maybe some notes on that will be in order?

The reincarnation story I have percolating. The only problem with that is, I don’t really want to think up three or more tragic endings for a pair of lovers. Blegh. Or maybe if I don’t need to go into detail….

Re-writing Sunshine’s story and putting it up…

My mermaid story.

…or, what I really want to do right now is find a plot that will work well with the create-your-own-adventure idea that I’m finding almost absolutely irresistible right now. Sadly, the only one that really lends itself to it is Estyria, and C has pointed out that it’s perhaps not a great idea to mess with that.

*thinks*

The big problem is I’m really distracted because I really want to know how the darn story ends. *bangs head on keyboard*

Also, I’m trying to work in the gills and wings, but it doesn’t seem like that’s going to happen so I guess I need to just ditch the gills entirely because my mermaid heroine is going to have gills and just have someone be winged.

*bangs head some more*

Right.

Tomorrow.

Tomorrow I will write at least 100 words.

I swear it. *clenches fists*