Wow, has it been a while. RL truly sucks sometimes, it has been extremely mean to me lately as far as giving me time to write is concerned. Oh well, I've given up on my night classes and started a new job with the possibility of another soon so I am hopeful that I will be able to at least finish HSP before things get too out of hand again. I have actually written through chapter 23 but still need to do some notable revisions on both 22 and 23 before they will be ready to post. I have revised 21 already (I was just not happy with how it flowed) and will be replacing the existing chapter on FF.com and my site with the new one today.
The new version will also be up on FIA today or tomorrow. Chapter 24 is almost completely outlined, so I am thinking of getting started on it this weekend to let the previous two sit for a while so that when I edit them next week I will be able to see any errors more easily. So, you see, I have actually been getting a bit done in my absence. Not that my Ginny muse has been satisfied.
For being so stubborn and silent the past months and contributing to my writer's block in the face of RL drama, she sure has been a bitch about me not finishing her story. I have tried to tell her that she will get her first kiss with Draco soon, maybe in chapter 23 or 24 depending on revisions, but it has only quieted her protests instead of silencing them. I just hope I get enough done next week to prevent Draco from getting in on the torture, I shudder to think of what they could come up with working together.
Ok, so I'm a day or two later than I was aiming for, but the twenty-first chapter of HSP is now available to read on my personal site! I will be submitting it to FIA as soon as I type this up so it should be ready to read there in a day or two as well. As for chapter 22, I am scheduled to get off work a little early tomorrow and plan to go straight to campus to get some writing done in the library before class, but even if that doesn't work out, I still have my Slytherin style 'study' time during class that should produce a page or two on HSP.
Well, the really good news is that Chapter 21 is now written. The fairly good news is that the contents of the chapter only actually covered half of what was originally outline to be 21, which means that while I have another chapter done, I still have just as many chapters still to write. Not so good news for the part of me that really wants to complete this story, but good news for the part that wants this story to continue for a while (and to stretch out the current plot and character lines that I am afraid of coming out rushed or sudden). I'll leave this one to sit for a few days and then proof read and edit it by this weekend, which means there should be another chapter to read by then. I'll try to get 22 started in the meantime, but with an exam on Thursday, any true progress might have to wait until next Tuesday when I'll have a big chunk of time to write.
Chapter 20 of HSP is now available to read on my website, Sunfire's Scribbles (link in lefthand column) woohoo! I haven't yet posted it on FIA, but will be doing so shortly so it should be available in a couple days once it goes through the validation process.
More importantly, I am already half-way through chapter 21. Hopefully I can get most of it finished up during class tomorrow and will be ready to proof/edit by the weekend. I wish I could say that I'd wrap it up and start 22 during lecture Thursday but alas, that class meeting is an exam and even my inner Slytherin can't figure out how to pull that one off.
While my current schedule has left me feeling dead on my feet by the end of the day the last couple months, I am still quite alive, I assure you. I have even been somewhat productive on Hearts and Soul Parts lately. I have officially finished writing chapter 20 and plan to let it sit for a few days before I proof read it and do any needed editing. In the meantime I will be working on chapter 21 starting tonight as I've found a twice weekly chunk of time to concentrate on this story. Thank gods for a boring accounting class that requires bringing an e-book and therefore my computer with me to class. And I even look like I'm taking notes. Evil snicker. I wonder if Draco would approve, I know my inner Slytherin does.
I said I would carve out some time to write on Friday, and I did, but I ended up spending most of it reworking the outline for chapters 20 and 21. I did get some work done on 20 as well, and I am nearly done with it. Another page or two and it will be complete, though it will still require proofing and maybe a bit of polishing before it's ready to post.
On a slightly different note, a few complications and a overdue decision which I've very recently made will leave RL extremely full and hectic within the next few weeks. I hope to get a couple chapters done and the rest of the planned chapters outlined and ready to flesh out before it all hits the fan. Fingers crossed. Whatever the speed of my progress however, I will continue to work on HSP and when it's done, the other sequel(s) I have in mind whenever I can. And again, thanks so much to everyone who has asked for updates lately, it's nice to have more than just my own stubborn determination and inability to leave the story unfinished to propel me along.
Hearty thanks to all those who wished my muses active, they are certainly that, though if they would learn to take turns, I would appreciate it as the constant yelling in my head has not made progress all that well, progressive. I have been working on HSP as I'd planned but despite going through three drafts, am still only half way through this chapter. I'm trying to really focus on the development of Draco and Ginny's friendship and lay the groundwork for more between them as they work towards their joint mission but they can't agree on how to go about it so every time I get a few pages written I have to go back and start over from a different angle. (for anyone who's interested, Ginny is currently in the lead, and it honestly has nothing to do with redhead solidarity) Hopefully they will be more cooperative on Friday as I have carved out a good chunk of time to work on nothing but this fic, all my jobs aside. I hope to have more to post then.
WooHoo! I am currently posting from my new computer- one that doesn't shut down for no reason, have it's programs crash hourly, and which is actually capable of connecting to the internet! So saying, I will now be able to get some writing done (without having it all deleted by a crashing computer this time) and get a few updates up very soon. I still have my jobs keeping me busy, so posts may not be extremely often, but they will be coming, I swear. I am also hoping that I will be able to get a picture manip program on this lovely, new, capable machine and therefore get started learning how to make some fic banners for my site in the next few months- once I have gotten some noted progress made on HSP, that is. I will post updates on that here as well.
It took longer than I'd planned, but chapter 19 of Hearts and Soul Parts is now available to read on FIA and my personal site, Sunfire Scribbles (link in left-hand column). Chapter 20 is a little ways behind it, but should be out in the near future.
On this episode of When Muses Attack we will witness the bloody carnage left over when neglected muses go after their tired and overworked authors in an effort to get a few pages of attention.
Yes, I know, I'm a bad bad author, it's been forever, but I am still working, I swear, and no matter what Ginny and Draco say, I haven't forgotten them or the mission they're waiting to complete in Hearts and Soul Parts, I know they have a horcrux to steal and destroy and I'm carving out the time needed to get them through it. Now that I am back down to only 4 jobs it should be a little easier.
My goal is to have chapter 19 submitted next week. I have also started posting HSP to ff.net hoping to spur myself on, rereading the story as it goes up and getting myself back into the right frame of mind. It's starting to work, but one of my jobs requires long hours of typing and I don't know how much more I can fit in a day, even for my beloved fic- yes Ginny, I know how much of a temper a redhead can have, I'm one too you know, and I'll get to you and blondie first chance, I swear.
I've posted 18 to Fire and Ice and my own site, hopefully that will help make up for the length of time it's taking me to get 20 done. I tried to get 19 edited yesterday so I could post it too but it seems my writer's block now has a friend and I'm second guessing things I thought I'd ironed out in that chapter. URGH. Anyway, I'm still working on both and will post any progress here. I'm also posting a chapter of those of my fics which qualify for it on Fanfiction.com every time I work on HSP which has been most days lately, and the reviews and such that I'm getting there is keeping my mood high enough that I'm not getting so frustrated with the block on HSP that I don't want to work on it, so thanks so very much to everyone there who is reading and responding there!
...two freaking steps back to the drawing board. Well, blank computer screen, but that's just details- and a lack of a single word worth crap on the next chapter of Hearts and Soul Parts, dammit. It's been long enough since I've gotten anything actually accomplished that I'm afraid I can now officially say the evil writer's block has returned. Ginny and I are going to have to put our red heads together and come up with an attack plan.
I'd ask for Draco's help too, but he's done nothing but curse me lately for not coming through with the Draco/Ginny romance I promised him in chapter 20. And even his insults are lacking creativity at the moment. Woe is my poor abused pen. If it were a pencil I'd have sharpened it to a nub by now for all the outlines and false starts I've gone through the last couple weeks. Guess I'll go get a new one and get back to it, I've carved out some serious time this weekend to bang my head against this chapter until something useful falls out. Fingers crossed- at least until I need them to type.
Chapter Seventeen of Hearts and Soul Parts is now up on FIA and on my site! Unfortunately, 20 hasn't come very far, though. I've written and rewritten the first page twice now, but I'm still hacking away at the keyboard, so I hope to have some actual progress soon. For now, enjoy 17, and please let me know what you think of it, I really value the feedback.
Well, I haven't written chapter 20 yet, but the outline has been reworked and fleshed out so I'll be getting some actual writing done on it today. I'm also working on editing 17 and 18 so that I can go ahead and post them before finishing 21 since it's taking so long. I believe I've come up with a way to do that, so hopefully another chapter will be available to read soon, regardless of my progress on 20 and 21. I'm not shuffling those chapters down on my list though. I do however, have another two part-time jobs lined up one of which I hope to start this week which might edge in on my writing time just a little, but I'll do my very best to keep them from getting too much in the way. Whatever happens, I'll be getting something out by next week, I promise.
My work schedule is winding down now, and I should have plenty of time to write starting Tuesday, though I am going to try and get some more done tomorrow as well. So far I've proofed 17 and 18, and as soon as I get 20 and 21 written, they will be posted on my site, and submitted to FIA. I took a few minutes the other day to set up a FanFiction.net account and will be posting some of my stuff there too over the next week or two, depending on how much time I have for that. Most of my stuff can't go up there of course, the higher rated stuff and all the WWE fics. Their guidelines also say no songs, so I'm guessing my songfics are out too. Anyway, there should be more on Sunfire Scribbles soon. I'll post here as I go, of course. Wish me happy typing.
I have just finished posting Chapter 16 to Hearts and Soul Parts on my personal site- it's finally updated! I have already submitted the chapter to FIA and am waiting for it to be validated, so it should be up to read there soon. I don't currently have the story up anywhere else, but I am working on getting most of my BtVS, HP, and BtVS/HP stuff up on fanfiction.net as well. Unfortunately it doesn't look like I can post any of my WWE fics, songfics, or anything with a mature rating on that site, so the only place to really get most all my stuff is still my site. Still, I'm trying to get the majority up as many places as I can. I would add HSP to my page on TTH but I don't have a high enough crossover ratio to add another non-cross at the moment. Maybe in the future. For now, I'm trying to get my work out of the way and get some more writing done so I can put up some more chapters. Fingers crossed.
The writing stage of HSP is currently stalled, I don't really have the time at this moment to write up a chapter, my work schedule has picked up and will be up for a few more days while I complete this project, but I'm still working on the story. I'm trying to do what I can here and there and concentrating on what can be accomplished while working around RL. Fixing up completed chapters is probably going to be my best shot at accomplishing something since I don't have larger blocks of time to devote to writing at the moment.
I'm changing the discussion of the plot devise that runs through Chapter 21 (which is what's holding up posting of the Chapter's I've already written) so I can put up at least Chapter 16 while I get things out of the way to allow myself to get 20 and 21 done. I should be able to have Chapter 16 tweeked and proofed so I can post it within a day or two. As soon as I get this assignment done for work and have a little more time for my fic, I will be focusing back on 20 and 21 to wrap up that plot section and be able to post the other chapters without worrying about needing to change anything to make 21 work after the fact.
So, bottom line- 16 will be up in a couple days and then I'll get it written through 21 so I can put up 17-21. Just so you know, Hearts and Soul Parts is currently outlined to be 23 chapters, though it might go up to 24 depending on how well I can get things wrapped up there at the end.
So, 19 wasn't really done by the weekend like I'd wanted, but it was as of yesterday. I don't know that I can get through 21 in the next few days, but I'm going to try. My goal is to have them done by Monday, we'll see. I'm still working on it, just working around some RL complications first. I'll update here as I go.
I really shouldn't be posting right now as I'm afraid my fingers may rebel soon, but I did manage to finish chapter 18 after spending every free moment typing and retyping until I must have written ten pages but only kept three. Still, the chapter is done and the outline for 19 is nearly fleshed out. I'm planning to get 19 done by the weekend, at which point I'll only be two chapters away from being able to prepare things for posting. I'd jump up and down but I'm a little tired today. I don't know if things will continue at quite the same pace as I may be getting another small part-time job on Monday (yea, I will almost be earning enough to live on), but I'm going to do my very best. Fingers crossed- ow, shouldn't have done that, now I really have to go.
Good Ginny Muse, good girl. No, I don't normally treat my muses like puppies but my Ginny muse has been jumping around in my head and begging for attention the last two days so it seemed appropriate. Canine jokes aside, I've written most of chapter 18 of Hearts and Soul Parts! Yea me. I have the urge to sit for hours at my computer writing and rewriting once again, I haven't even had to force it at all the last few days, it's fantastic. If I can keep this pace up, I should have enough chapters written in about a week or two to start proofing and posting HSP again. Happy dance.
I'm currently posting this story to the Fire and Ice archive and my personal site https://sites.google.com/site/sunfiresscribbles/home
(shameless plug) which finally has a counter on it, after being up for months, I know, I'm technologically challenged- thanks for the help Crys.
I'm hoping to add a links page to my site soon, with a few of my favorite archives, but I'm still working on it. Hopefully that will be done in a few weeks, but since I'm moving along so well on HSP I don't want to break my momentum by focusing on anything else too much right now. Speaking of, Ginny's calling again, so I'm back to it.
I've finally managed to give myself a rough outline of the remainder of Hearts and Soul parts. I'm really hoping that having an idea, even a foggy one, of where everything is going will help starve off further problems with writers block on this one. I will be fleshing out the outline for chapter 18 and plan to start writing it within the next few days. My goal right now is to have the chapter finished by this time next week.
I'm crossing my fingers as I type this that real life won't get back in my way, but I'm feeling optimistic overall as far as this story is concerned. It has been way too long since I made significant progress on this, and I really want to get some serious distance covered towards the end of this one. As of right now, I'm anticipating HSP to end up around 23 or 24 chapters total, so the end may soon be in sight. If I squint, I can see the sequel to Mistaken Delivery being started in a couple months. That would sure be nice, since I've been wanting to do it since before I finished MD. We'll see. First I have to finish HSP.
This is to announce that the evil writer's block has finally been defeated. After a long and tense battle, the muses have finally emerged victorious. Chapter 17 of Hearts and Soul Parts is written. I lost track of the number of versions, both of the outline and the chapter itself I've gone through but I think this one should do it.
If any of you are actually following HSP you might note that I only have 15 chapters posted, and you'd be right, but there is an element of the plot in 16 to 21, that I'm still going back and forth on, so the plan is to finish the chapters that include it and determine once and for all how I want it to go before posting any of them. I apologize for the longer wait, but I don't want to lock myself into one way and then figure out two chapters later that it doesn't work after all and have that aspect less believable. I'm trying really hard to get these chapters done as soon as possible though, so I can start posting again.
I am also trying to learn photoshop well enough to put together some banners and such for my new site. I'm not very good with that type of thing, though, and just yesterday managed to get the program I need to do it, so I'll most likely take a while to get anything of any acceptable quality done and on the site. I'm hoping to have something concrete to show for my efforts- either with HSP or the site, within a few weeks, maybe a month- so please don't lose patience with me.
And on that note, my quill is returning to the front lines, hopefully Draco and Ginny are adequately armed.
Yeah, okay I've been silent way too long, and after saying I would post more regularly. Shame on me. Anyway, I haven't been lazy on everything- I've finally put together a website with almost all my stories on it (excluding ones that have very little actually done on them, those I started years ago and haven't worked on for just as long, and a couple that upon review, kind of sucked). Yea me. I've worked a little on a few different stories, but am still staring down the demons of writers block on Hearts and Soul Parts, the story I have been promising myself to focus on and get finished before I devote any significant time to any other fic. Fingers crossed my Draco and Ginny muses will start cooperating again.
As I get back into writing mode, I will use this as a place to post progress and updates (instead of rambling about other things because I didn't have anything fic-related to discuss), which was actually the purpose for my starting this in the first place. Until then, if there's anyone out there, please go check out my site:https://sites.google.com/site/sunfiresscribbles/
Six more weeks, only six more weeks, that's 42 days, more or less, before my undergraduate career is over.
Now, if only those six weeks didn't include 13 major assignments, I might start to get excited. Oh well, the by this time next week it'll be down to single digits, so that's something. Too bad all major stuff always comes due around the same time, and apparently the same time that things are really picking up at work too. I suppose that's where the deep breath comes in... right before I plunge in head first to a full load of classes that includes my gigantic senior paper, an internship, and a new job. Well, at this rate, maybe these last half dozen weeks will go by quickly- nausea and migraine inducing, and stress filled, but quickly.
And when it's all over, I'll have a few months during which I'll already have a job and can just relax and GET SOME WRITING DONE ON MY FICS for the first time in over a year and a half, and then I'll have my writing to talk about, which is what this whole thing was supposed to be for in the first place. Wouldn't that be nice?
What is it about having an 8 page paper due that makes me want to write anything else? So far in the last few days I've reread and edited three old fics, reorganized the outline for Unforgiven Intentions, which I haven't been able to work on in forever, written one chapter and outlined another of the Mistaken Delivery sequel- Return to Sender, and come up with an idea to re-write the premise for a wrestle fic I started and stashed in the stale folder years ago. Huh. Now if only I could get through the wall around my history paper, cause as much fun as it is to write fics, even old ones, this is getting me no closer to finishing the assignment due next week. That isn't to say of course, that I haven't worked on it, I've read, and strategized, and taken notes, and read some more, all while being dog sick. Yet the only writing that has actually left me feeling like I've accomplished something is RtS. And I still have a nasty paper for a truly painful class to work on. And work on. And... well, you get it. I guess I should get back to it. On my next mental health break, maybe I'll try and figure out what the hell to do with the Facebook account I started. I'm not exactly great at figuring out this stuff, though I'm obviously *so* great at posting regularly. Yeah, yeah, I'm going to actually try to write here at least weekly now. Not that it really matters, as I'm sure no one is actually reading this, but it gives me a place to vent and ramble so whatever. Now, back to Return of the Soldier and the WWI Depth Experience I signed up for in an apparent fit of insanity...