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I may be writing at the speed of molassas but I assure you I am writing. I have completed rough drafts of chapter 26 and 27 already and plan to start on 28 by Monday. And I am actually quite happy with how they have turned out, especially for rough drafts. Who knew adding another job to my hectic schedule would actually give me more time to write, but thank goodness for lunch hours long enough to need something to do but not long enough to do anything but poke at my keyboard for thirty minutes five days a week. I am thinking I will let 26 and 27 sit until 28 is done before I go back and work on revisions and such, of which I am hoping there won't be overmuch for a change. Fingers crossed that something will be ready to post in about a week. Either way, I'll keep plugging away.
Well, so much for bring on time. I have spent all my writing time going back and forth between sticking to the outline and letting the words run away with me. The filler scene that I thought I could speed through to get to the meaty stuff has taken on a life of its own. Now I am reworking the outline for the chapter and all the barebone stuff I have for the rest of the story. Arrg. Anyway, I am about half way through the chapter even if I haven't gotten through even a third of the outline I thought I would have by this point. Regardless, I should have something to be proofread in a few days and posted by early next week. We'll see.
See, I can actually be on schedule- right on schedule as a matter of fact. The outline for the next chapter is now fleshed out and I have set aside about four hours on Sunday to start writing 25, though I have a slim hope that I will end up with some free time tomorrow too. Either way, I should be able to have the rough draft mostly if not completely written by some time on Monday. I am actually pretty happy with the way the outline turned out and it bodes well for the relative ease and possibly speedy writing of the chapter. My Draco muse, however, is not quite thrilled with me at the moment. He seems to think that I am not paying enough attention to the progression of his romantic angle with our favorite redhead. Impatient bugger. Anyway, to appease him, I might be throwing in an extra reference to things but I doubt the characters will hash anything out just yet. Maybe in 26, we'll see. And in the mean time I will just have to hope Draco doesn't start holding out on me in revenge.
Chapter 24 is now done and available to read on my site (link to left) and FF.net. I have also submitted it to FIA but it might be a day or two before it's actually up. I know it's a whole day later than I had thought it would be, but to make up for such a tragic delinquency on my part (note the heavy sarcasm as we all know I've been much worse on other occasions) I have made some other progress as well.
I have put together a rough bare-bone outline of the rest of the story and it looks like it will wrap up somewhere between 27 and 28 chapters total. Knowing me and my long-winded tendencies however, 29 isn't out of the realm of possibility. Anyway, I am currently expanding the outline for 25 with the aim of fleshing it out before the end of the week as I hope to have a good chunk of time to start on the rough draft this weekend. For now, enjoy 24 and let me know what you think.
Chapter 24 is now officially taking shape. The outline actually proved as good as I had initially thought - a nice surprise, I must say - and is now completely fleshed, with the rough draft already halfway done. Phew, I am so relieved that things are going so much easier with this chapter, I was half afraid of a repeat of 23. I hope to carve out a few hours on at least two days this week so I should have the first draft written before too long. My goal is to have it written by next weekend and possibly edited and proof read a week from tomorrow.
Yippee! Chapter 23 is finally revised and proofed and I think it finally flows well and reads believably. I certainly hope so, anyway, as I've posted it. The chapter is available to read on FIA, FF.net and Sunfire Scribbles (link to left).
I am already working on the next chapter. Unfortunately, 24 doesn't have much more than an outline at this point, but it's a good outline so I should have it fleshed out and ready to write rather soon. Hopefully getting it completed won't be as nerve wracking as it was with 23.
Ugh. Still working on revising 23. Every time I rewrite parts of it, I say I'm done but when I go back to read it over, something else needs to be fixed. I am having some trouble with the believability of the duo's extraction. I just can't seem to describe it in a way that works for the story and could still be relatively feasible based on my research. Needless to say, this chapter is still kicking my ass and won't be up for a little while yet, despite it's being completely written (multiple times, I may add). Maybe by the weekend. Fingers crossed.
Chapter 22 of Hearts and Soul Parts has now been revised and submitted for posting on FIA. It should be available to read there in a day or two but if you can't wait, I have also posted it on FF.net and my site (link in left column). As for other progress on this story, it is slow going. I have been trying to finish revisions on 23 so that I can iron on the outline for 24 and start fleshing it into a rough draft, but for some reason, it just won't come out right. I should have some time tonight or tomorrow to give it another go, so fingers crossed. If nothing else, I have to get the Draco/Ginny stuff moving in the right direction or else I'm afraid my darling muses will murder me in my sleep. This story keeps attacking me at random moments, pieces of various scenes playing out in my head when I should be focused on other things. Like work so I can make my next credit card payment. Stupid grocery bills. Maybe I can sic my HSP muses on those somehow. Ahh, if only.
Well, for all that I feel like shit (migraines are evil), I have also feel almost comfortable as far as progress is concerned. Now if only my head would stop feeling like it is literally going to throb off my shoulders, I would be a happy girl. Chapter 24 is now completely outlined and I have a good sketch for flashing it out, though any real writing on it will probably have to wait until I have fully edited 22 and 23 since the content of 24 will depend on how I wrap up what happens at the end of 23. I am almost half way through revisions on Chapter 22 so, I should have it ready to post this week and hope to have 23 ready a few days after that.
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.