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Update

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Hey guys!

It’s been a couple months since I’ve posted and figured you deserved a quick peek into what’s been going on for me. Unfortunately, not much writing has been done due to real life getting in the way.

I lost my job mid-August, and so there was a mad-hunt/search to find a new one. Found a new one (within walking distance, yay! and something I’d done before). That took some adjustment from working overnights to closing at 11pm. Wrote a little bit during that time. Now I’ve switched to just working weekends (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) at that job and got a second job (minimum wage doesn’t pay my bills) over nights again on Monday thru Thursday.

So I work seven days a week. Totaling to around 55 hours of work, on my feet, per week. However, I’m getting into a nice routine, working on my writing after work each morning/night with the exception of Friday, since I get off at 7am and have to be at my second job at 4:30pm.

Anyway, I’m going to try to stick to a monthly schedule-ish for updates on my progress. I may post more often then that, but don’t expect weekly posts like I had been doing, or trying to do, for awhile.

I’m still alive, and still writing, and you should be too!

Signing off,

Cheyenne.

Outlining (Again!)

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So I finished my outline for the Mass Effect Big Bang, and…

Well the challenge is to write no less than a 3500 word fic. No problem.

My outline is 500 words long. That’s a bare bone’s outline. No more than the essentials. Also, I know exactly where my fic is going, so I won’t get lost. I think I may start outlining everything from now on.

Figured I’d keep you guys updated (I’m not sure how you’re avoiding the WordPress counter, but I know you’re out there!)

Fan Fiction

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Fan Fiction gets a bad rap. We all know that.

And I will concede that there is some REALLY bad fan fiction out there. Like… REALLY bad. Bad from the initial idea. But I digress.

Most on the negative side of it would argue that it’s not “real writing”. Simply because it is not all original. I, personally, love reading it, but have always viewed writing it as a waste of time. And, honestly, I generally think that the way the author writes something is the way that it should be. (Except for the fact that Harry and Hermione should have ended up together.)

A post on my tumblr recently caught my eye, however. Tarysande (her fanfiction is here) posted about something called the Mass Effect Big Bang. The challenge, I would find out, is to write no shorter than a 3,500 word fan fiction using at least one character from the Mass Effect universe. (I assume that a main character is preferred, but it only states that one is “from Mass Effect”.)

I immediately signed up. Though I am new to writing fan fiction (having never done so before), I like to think of myself as a rather experienced writer (although new to the whole “finishing a project” thing.).

I am hoping that a deadline helps me (Have to have a no shorter than 3,500 word FINAL draft on May 31, with specific check-ins between now and then.

The best part about this, is when I’m done, the ARTIST sign-up starts. Each artist chooses a written piece and draws a piece of artwork and creates a banner for that story. The site says that there are always more authors than artists so not all stories may get chosen (in which case one of the two hosts will make a banner) so I am a little worried that my piece won’t get chosen but… We’ll see!

The objective is to have fun and I plan on doing just that!

For those of you wondering (if any of you are), my fic is Post-Mass Effect 3. Synthesis ending. And the pairing is FemShep x Thane Krios. Odd, considering they both died, isn’t it? Guess you’ll have to wait to find out what happens! (I hope to post the fic here, or at least link to it.)

If any reading my blog are artists wanting to sign up, you can (sorry authors! The author sign-up has ended, I barely squeaked by in time). Because of the possibility that you may, however, I do not think I can tell you the title of my piece as that may spoil the anonymity of the project!

Well… I kind of lost the point of this post, so consider it an update! Yay lots of linksys!

Also… lay off fan fiction and the writers. We just want a happy ending. (Or a certain Pairing of characters). [Don’t get me started on cross overs. Not generally a fan.]

My Writing Process

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Yay for being tagged!

So this is being put up late, but it’s still the same day!

K.R. Green over at http://krgreen.co.uk/ tagged me with this to talk about my… you guessed it, Writing Process. So here goes, yeah?

1. What am I working on at the moment?

Well…. I’m both working on writing a series of short stories (and posting them at seventhsanctumshorts) that are a practice in insanity. If I had to describe them, I’d say Doctor Who, but less cohesive.

Also, I am currently working on finishing/rewriting my 2011 NaNoWriMo project which was then titled… well I don’t remember what, it’s changed titles so often. It used to be called Shadows and Lies, then it was Shadow’s Fall, now I think it’s called Chasing Shadows. I’m bad at titles.

Chasing Shadows is part post-apocalyptic, though at first glance you wouldn’t tell. Part dystopic. The idea came from reading Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn trilogy and wondering, “What if they hadn’t killed the Lord Ruler?” Upon first write it seemed too much like the Mistborn trilogy, so I changed my magic system. Changed the backstory of the world. And changed so much that if I didn’t tell you that’s where my inspiration was, you might never know.

 

2. How does my work differ from others of its genre?

Well, for one, when I first get an idea and am writing, I don’t think in terms of genre. It’s mostly fantasy, but it has, like I said, bits of Post-Apocalypse and Dystopia sprinkled in. As well as some Science-Fiction from a pair of siblings who drop in from another dimension and are just trying to get home.

So it depends on which genre you choose. If you’re asking how it differs from Fantasy… well, it’s not your normal sword-and-sorcery. It’s practically set in modern day, but with magic. Though it’s not Urban Fantasy, either. The City (as it is called in the novel) is completely isolated, kept so by the Dark Skins that they fight constantly. It’s a mix of genre’s.

 

3. Why do I write what I do?

You’d be better off asking me why I breathe. Or why I feel.

I do it because I must. In each of the books/stories that I write. There is something about them that I entirely believe. Whether it be a theme (Not everything is as it seems, in Chasing Shadows). A character (sometimes a character comes to me, and I just have to tell his/her story). A plot (these are less frequent. If I don’t love the characters involved, there is no way I’ll write it, no matter how awesome the plot is.)

I love something about every book that I write. And they’re pounding on my head to be let out. I have to oblige, otherwise I might very well go insane.

 

4. How does my writing process work?

You tell me.

Seriously, though. I’m still trying to figure that out. I have been in a bit of a slump recently, feeling bad about not writing, but still not writing. Honestly, it’s kind of pathetic. So I’ll be giving you updates as I get it figured out. I’ll be posting (hopefully) weekly updates on the blog again, as well as updating the Seventh Sanctum Shorts tumblr as I continue writing those.

Working overnights it’s difficult to stay up late or wake up early but, I will be writing after work each day (from 7am to noon) and see if I can’t make that a habit.

 

Sadly, I don’t have anyone to tag. Especially as how I was late to get this up on my blog. If you would like to participate, you can answer the questions in the form of a comment or do so on your own tumblr/blog and post a link in the comments and I’ll be sure to check it out!